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The Ultimate Guide to Kaohsiung for Sea Lovers

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Kaohsiung, fondly known as “The Harbour City”, is the largest city in southern Taiwan with endless seaside charms eager to be explored by travellers.

Facing the Taiwan Strait, Kaohsiung has gifted a coastal lifestyle to its local residents, offering abundant seafood and resources, thriving maritime trade and a unique coastal cultural landscape.

For those who love the ocean, we have put together a dedicated travel guide to help you relish in the harbour city’s charm and navigate the streets and alleys of Kaohsiung to find amazing food to eat, places to stay, and things to do.

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Chao Ming sources fresh ocean fish daily and prepares them with traditional Taiwanese home-style cooking methods such as red-braising and pan-frying. (©MICHELIN)
Chao Ming sources fresh ocean fish daily and prepares them with traditional Taiwanese home-style cooking methods such as red-braising and pan-frying. (©MICHELIN)

Chao Ming sources fresh ocean fish daily and prepares them with traditional Taiwanese home-style cooking methods such as red-braising and pan-frying. (©MICHELIN)

Where to Eat 

Kaohsiung is home to 16 fishing ports, and among them, Ch’ien-chen Fishing Harbour has the highest fishing catch in Taiwan. Here, you can find an abundance of both large deep-sea fish such as tuna and Spanish mackerels, as well as freshly caught coral reef fish from nearby coastal waters.

If you wish to enjoy seasonal seafood, then Chao Ming in downtown Kaohsiung is an excellent choice. The small restaurant sources fresh ocean fish daily and prepares them with traditional Taiwanese home-style cooking methods such as red-braising and pan-frying. Combined with their friendly, family-style service, Chao Ming offers an authentic home-style dining experience.

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On the other hand, Kuca Seafood offers a completely different style of cuisine. While they also use seafood from the southern Taiwan waters, the restaurant incorporates innovative Western ingredients and techniques. For instance, mullet roe is added to a salad with squid and fresh prawns, while fried rice is tossed in truffle oil and squid ink. (Right photo: Kuca Seafood

Over at Taiwanese restaurant Fu Yuan, the chef personally visits the market daily to source the freshest ocean fish. Apart from their daily seafood specials, signature dishes at the restaurant include Taiwanese Thick Soup with Assorted Seafood and Meat as well as Pan Fried Prawn Omelet, Shitake Mushroom, Sauerkraut.

Kaohsiung also has numerous restaurants that specialise in crab dishes. One such example is Crab’s House. This half-century-old restaurant uses fresh seafood sourced directly from Penghu to craft their signature dishes such as stir-fried salt and garlic mud crab. Good Crab House is another restaurant that gets their seafood fresh from Penghu or Taiwan’s main island. Their most renowned dish is no doubt the salt-baked virgin mud crab, which is loved for its deliciously rich and sweet roe.

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Tainan Wang's founder started by selling Tainan-style eel fried noodles, but has since adapted the Kaohsiung menu by mixing eel noodles with sesame oil vermicelli. (©王大衛/Tainan Wang)
Tainan Wang's founder started by selling Tainan-style eel fried noodles, but has since adapted the Kaohsiung menu by mixing eel noodles with sesame oil vermicelli. (©王大衛/Tainan Wang)

Tainan Wang’s founder started by selling Tainan-style eel fried noodles, but has since adapted the Kaohsiung menu by mixing eel noodles with sesame oil vermicelli. (©王大衛/Tainan Wang)

Another eatery worth mentioning is Tainan Wang located in the Qianjin District. Its founder started by selling Tainan-style eel fried noodles, but has since adapted the Kaohsiung menu by mixing eel noodles with sesame oil vermicelli. During mud crab season, customers can pre-order virgin crabs from the store. These crabs have a firm texture with a rich umami flavour. If you’re lucky, you may even get to try the “double-shelled virgin mud crab” (refers to virgin crabs before they have molted, when the crab roe is at its fullest and richest), which is considered a true delicacy among gourmets.

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Sho's signature clay pot rice incorporates seasonal ingredients to reflect the change of time. (©Sho)
Sho's signature clay pot rice incorporates seasonal ingredients to reflect the change of time. (©Sho)

Sho’s signature clay pot rice incorporates seasonal ingredients to reflect the change of time. (©Sho)

If you are looking for refined interpretations of local seafood, you can visit the one-MICHELIN-star Sho. The chef sources seasonal ingredients from various fishing ports and small farms around Taiwan. Their signature clay pot rice, for example, features the blackthroat seaperch sourced from Yilan’s Nanfang’ao in autumn.

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Taking a different approach, Nibbon utilises French and Italian cooking techniques to prepare locally sourced ingredients, with a seafood-focused menu that changes every two months. Past menu items include sweet shrimp with broth and seafood jelly; charcoal-grilled mussel foam with winter melon and edamame; and the steamed red coral perch with apple salsa and Thai-style lemongrass soup.

Apis Grill specialises in open-flame cooking, which lends a unique depth of flavour to their seafood through the use of charcoal and wood smoke. Apart from la carte menu items such as abalone with sea urchin sauce; large tiger prawns with seaweed and cheese sauce; and scallops with special fish broth; diners can also ask for the daily secret menu that features the catch of the day.

Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park's exterior, lobby and guest room designs have incorporated strong elements of the harbour city’s identity. (©Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park)
Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park's exterior, lobby and guest room designs have incorporated strong elements of the harbour city’s identity. (©Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park)

Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park’s exterior, lobby and guest room designs have incorporated strong elements of the harbour city’s identity. (©Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park)

Where to Stay

Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park

Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park is a boutique hotel brand under the InterContinental Hotels Group. Recognising Kaohsiung’s role as a globally connected port city, the hotel’s exterior, lobby and guest room designs have incorporated strong elements of the harbour city’s identity. For instance, the hotel’s rooftop features sculptural art installations resembling shipping containers, while the hotel lobby has a décor shaped like the bow of a ship complete with a real ship’s anchor. With shipping container-themed guest rooms and deep ocean blue bathrooms, guests are immersed in the vibrant maritime atmosphere of this port city during their stay.

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 The bar on the fifth floor of InterContinental Kaohsiung  hosts two sessions of the immersive “The Sea of Fertility” light show on operating nights, providing a captivating ambience both day and night. (©InterContinental Kaohsiung)
 The bar on the fifth floor of InterContinental Kaohsiung  hosts two sessions of the immersive “The Sea of Fertility” light show on operating nights, providing a captivating ambience both day and night. (©InterContinental Kaohsiung)

The bar on the fifth floor of InterContinental Kaohsiung hosts two sessions of the immersive “The Sea of Fertility” light show on operating nights, providing a captivating ambience both day and night. (©InterContinental Kaohsiung)

InterContinental Kaohsiung

InterContinental Kaohsiung is conveniently connected by different modes of transportation so guests can easily reach the city’s major cultural landmarks such as Kaohsiung Exhibition Center and Kaohsiung Music Center. The uniquely designed hotel offers customised accommodation packages and luxury amenities. With its design inspired by the ocean, the hotel lobby, corridors and public spaces have traces of coastal elements. The bar on the fifth floor hosts two sessions of the immersive “The Sea of Fertility” light show on operating nights, providing a captivating ambience both day and night.

Silks Club has collaborated with up-and-coming artists to captivate guests with graphic artworks, 3D sculptures and dynamic installations. (©Silks Club)
Silks Club has collaborated with up-and-coming artists to captivate guests with graphic artworks, 3D sculptures and dynamic installations. (©Silks Club)

Silks Club has collaborated with up-and-coming artists to captivate guests with graphic artworks, 3D sculptures and dynamic installations. (©Silks Club)

Silks Club

Located close to Kaohsiung Station, Silks Club offers easy access to the city’s various attractions. Apart from its excellent service and facilities, one of the hotel’s main highlights is its tranquil ambience. The hotel has also incorporated a maritime theme to its design. Not only can guests in high-floor rooms enjoy spectacular harbour views, the hotel has also collaborated with up-and-coming artists to captivate guests with graphic artworks, 3D sculptures and dynamic installations related to Taiwan and its island aesthetics in the hotel’s interiors, corridors and suites.

Where to Go

Kezailiao Harbor

Located in Zihguan District, this small fishing village was once a gold mine for oyster farming, but had since transformed into a popular tourist port and fish market. It is also a key production area for mullet roe. Every afternoon when the fishing boats return to the harbour, visitors can observe the lively auctions at the fish market and absorb the bustling atmosphere while getting a glimpse of amazing catches.

The fishing village’s surrounding areas also have some hidden scenic spots. If you have the time and energy to spare, make your way to the Chihkan Settlement also in Zihguan to admire the traditional red-brick courtyard houses and the picturesque views of the traditional fishing village.

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) at Love River

The small canals within Kaohsiung are also a well-known local attraction. The Lover River has complete entry points and floating dock platforms, which have opened up since last year to offer visitors water sport experiences such as SUP. Paddle along the river towards the estuary and you will be greeted with changing views of mangrove forests, cityscapes and the harbour. If you choose to venture out in the evening, you can even enjoy the stunning sunset and dazzling night views.

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The article is written by Charlie Chang and translated by Iris Wong. Read the original article here. 

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