Beitou is famous for hot springs. A quick ride on the MRT from Taipei will take you to one of the hidden gems of northern Taiwan. Certainly a stop at the public hot springs is a must if you’re visiting Taipei or find yourself on an extended stay. See our article here about the Beitou public hot springs.
If you’re willing to venture a bit further away from the main Beitou Hot Springs areas (about 30 minutes from Beitou Station by taxi), you might want to visit Emperor Spa (Google map here: https://goo.gl/maps/ikEkMHRW3CJgnHj69)
No. 42-1號, Lane 402, Xingyi Road, Beitou District, Taipei City, 112
The area is actually home to 3 hot spring / restaurants. They have basically the same food – and offer a special deal on free hot springs passes if you stay for a meal.
The food at each of the spas is really quite good. The spicy egg dish with tomato shown here is delicious. There are lots of other options including stir-fried fresh vegetables and sweet spare ribs.
The main attraction though, is the seafood congee. The hot springs congee must be ordered ahead of time. So when you arrive, book your congee, and then enjoy a dip in the springs.