EAT: Sushi in Taipei is considered the best outside of Japan and many Japanese tourists come here to get a better bang for the buck. Nomura, off the beaten track, offers an omakase only menu (chef's choice) at two price points. The tiny eatery seats under 20 people, make a reservation.
PLAY: Raohe Night Market requires an empty stomach and an open mind. Try the chicken and tempura mushrooms as Mago, the fresh mushrooms, the stinky tofu (if you've never had it, it's not pleasant but it's a cultural experience) and the pepper pork buns at the entrance to the market. They make the buns fresh in front of you, and cook them in a clay over. The massive line moves fast, the wait is well worth it. In Wulai, Pause Landis Resort offers beautiful private and public spa rooms at reasonable rates. Our private room for 1.5 hours cost around $50 USD.
Stay: The W Hotel Taipei is a destination on it's own. The hotel is centrally located, with an MRT stop right next door. The service is impeccable, the views incredible and the breakfast buffet will make your eyes (and belly) pop. WooBar, on the 10th floor, has partnered with a local brewery to create a custom beer just for the hotel, and all of their cocktails were to die for.