Romantic Evenings in Kaohsiung
Suggestions for Dining and Rendevouz-ing Close to the Love River
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Restaurants & Bars
San Antonio (安多尼歐水岸歐式美食藝術)
This European-style restaurant on the banks of the Love River has a décor that is reserved yet refined. The head chef uses skill and ingenuity to transform ingredients sourced from around the world into creative French-style dishes as delicate as works of art. The quiet restaurant has an elegant atmosphere that is at the same time comfortable and relaxing, making it the perfect venue for a date or get-together with friends.
Add: 7-1 Hexi Rd., Yancheng Dist., Kaohsiung City (高雄市鹽埕區河西路7-1號)
Tel: (07) 533-5330
Hours: Lunch 11:45~14:30, dinner 17:45~22:00
This restaurant is in building C6 in the Dayi Warehouse cluster of the Pier-2 Art Center. The high roof, wide space, and original feel of the former warehouse have been retained, while the retro design and artworks on display make the restaurant a new model for renovated warehouses with an art focus. The skillfully prepared Italian cuisine served up is sure to satisfy. The restaurant is particularly suited to people who love both art and food.
Add: 2 Dayi St., Yancheng Dist., Kaohsiung City (高雄市鹽埕區大義街2號C6-11 Warehouse)
Tel: (07) 521-1936
Hush Drinker (小聲點酒館)
Located just a step away from the Love River, Hush Drinker serves exquisite custom-made cocktails. Various herbs grown outside the restaurant are used in the cocktails. The interior decoration is British in style, and the relaxing music will soothe tired travelers, relieving their fatigue. The proprietor has amassed a collection of glasses of all shapes and sizes. Tell him the style and flavor you want, and he will conjure up a unique cocktail just for you.
Add: 11, Wufu 4th Rd., Yancheng Dist., Kaohsiung City (高雄市鹽埕區五福四路11號)
Tel: (07) 561-7808
Hours: Mon–Thu/Sun 19:00~02:00
Gang Yuan Beef Noodles (港園牛肉麵)
This eatery serves up beef noodles that locals just love. Broth made with a special recipe, big pieces of beef, and pleasantly chewy noodles are the secrets behind their continued popularity over six decades. If you are near the Love River -- “When in Rome ....” -- be sure to try the dry beef noodles and clear-broth beef noodles, both favorites with local gourmands.
Add: 55 Dacheng St., Yancheng Dist., Kaohsiung City (高雄市鹽埕區大成街55號)
Tel: (07) 561-3842
Ya Rou Zhen Duck Meat Restaurant (鴨肉珍)
This restaurant, specializing in duck meat, has no sign and no menu, but when you see the inevitable line-up outside you will know you’ve come to the right place! Fresh ingredients and traditional techniques are used to make low-price but delicious duck rice, soups, and side dishes that, it can justifiably be said, are foods of the common people that really should not be missed.
Add: 231-3 Xinle St., Yancheng Dist., Kaohsiung City (高雄市鹽埕區新樂街231-3號)
Tel: (07) 531-4630
Kaohsiung Grandma’s Ice (高雄婆婆冰)
The best thing to do on a hot summer night in Kaohsiung is have a bowl of shaved ice to cool down. Grandma’s Ice has been in business for more than 80 years. Here, customers can enjoy mixed-fruit, mango, strawberry, and many other treats made with local produce. Digging into the fresh, sweet fruit and cold ice instantly makes the vexing heat disappear.
Add: 135 Qixian 3rd Rd., Yancheng Dist., Kaohsiung City (高雄市鹽埕區七賢三路135號)
Tel: (07) 561-6567
Hours: 09:00 ~ 24:00
Shopping and Entertainment
New Jyuejiang Shopping Area (高雄新崛江商圈)
A rival to Osaka’s Shinsaibashi shopping district, New Jyuejiang Shopping Area offers the latest fashions, leisure fun, and good food all in one, attracting many young travelers. Here, you can not only buy the hottest clothing brands and the newest and most stylish in other products, products, but also take in a movie and enjoy tasty food treats.
Add: At intersection of Wufu 2nd Rd. and Zhongshan Rd., Xinxing Dist., Kaohsiung City (高雄市新興區五福二路與中山路口)
Pier-2 Art Center (駁二藝術特區)
The Pier-2 Art Center is centered on a cluster of warehouses that in the past was, and today once again is, indispensable to the people of Kaohsiung. The warehouses, originally used to store such produce as fish powder and sugar, are now hubs of design and cultural-creative energy that nourish the soul of freethinkers. Among its many attractions are experience performances bursting with the urban creativity and life aesthetic of this port city.
Add: 1 Dayong Rd., Yancheng Dist., Kaohsiung City (高雄市鹽埕區大勇路1號)
Tel: (07) 521-4899
Hours: Mon~ Thu 10:00~18:00, Fri~Sun and public holidays 10:00~20:00
Romantic Evening Spots
Zhongdu Wetlands Park (中都濕地公園)
Zhongdu Wetlands Park lies between Shiquan Road and Jiuru Road on the east side of the Love River, covering 7,415 square meters. Winner of a 2012 FIABCI World Prix d'Excellence Award, the park is home to an attractive ecological environment that attracts many people for a stroll or cycle outing, especially on weekends/holidays. At night the park’s lights are reflected in the water, giving it another kind of charm.
Add: At intersection of Tongmeng 3rd Rd. and Shiquan 3rd Rd., Sanmin Dist., Kaohsiung City (高雄市三民區同盟三路與十全三路交叉處)
Banana Pier & Fisherman's Wharf (香蕉碼頭&漁人碼頭)
The Banana Pier warehouse, originally called the Banana Shed, has stood beside Kaohsiung Harbor for almost half a century. Here, visitors can feel the changes that the city has undergone over the years, and taste a variety of delicious snacks. Located next to Banana Pier, Fisherman's Wharf is the biggest pier in Kaohsiung. At night, enjoy a cold beer here and admire the special lighting effects and harbor night views.
Add: 23 Penglai Rd., Gushan Dist., Kaohsiung City (高雄市鼓山區蓬萊路23號)
Xizi Bay (西子灣)
Xizi Bay is a place renowned for beautiful sunsets and natural reefs. Just 20 minutes by car from the city center, this pleasingly scenic spot sits on the sea and is backed by mountains. The sunsets are among the “eight famous sights” of Kaohsiung – as the sun descends, couples gather to enjoy the sundown glow, which paints a scene of great poetic beauty.
Add: Lianhai Rd., Gushan Dist., Kaohsiung City (高雄市鼓山區蓮海路)