I can't seem to find an apartment with a kitchen in Taipei. What gives?

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This is a typical studio apartment in Taipei city. As you can see there isn't a kitchen, or even a living room!Taipei is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Space is sold at a premium, and in a city where there's a 7-Eleven at every corner, street vendors, night markets, and noodle shops, is a kitchen really necessary?

When I moved to Taipei in 2013, I struggled to find an apartment with a kitchen so I could cook healthy food and watch my diet, but I did finally find one. When buddies come over, one of the first comments I get is "Whoa you have a kitchen!" Now I can't live without it, but for years I was perfectly happy scavenging for a three-dollar bowl of noodles around like corner. This is one of the beauties of living in densely populated urban areas in Asia, whereas in the suburbs of Florida, going out for dinner is an event that involves planning, traffic jams, tipping, and spending big bucks.

When you get tired of the street food in Taipei, the next step is to get a few buddies together and rent a bigger flat with several bedrooms, a kitchen, and a living room. The roommate experience is part of Taipei expat culture. With rents as high as NTD $35,000/month for a small two-bedroom apartment, you'll definitely need a couple of friends to move in with you, unless you're in finance. Just make the best of it and learn how to cook some delicious healthy dinners.

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