Top Things to Do in Taipei


A modern cityscape steeped in rich historical, cultural and religious influences, Taipei offers exciting experiences for every type of traveller. These are the top things to do in Taipei.

1. Longshan Templeshutterstock_392827825

The Mengjia Longshan Temple is the most well-known and oldest temple in the country. Located in the old section of Taipei, Wanhua District, this temple was built by the early Chinese settlers in 1738, this temple has stood the test of time lasting through several natural disasters and wars.

2. Chiang Kai Shek Memorialshutterstock_336083726

An important historical landmark, the Chiang Kai Shek memorial symbolises the democratic political system in Taiwan observing the essence of Chiang’s politics. Make sure to catch the Changing of the Guards which happens hourly starting at 9 am.

3. National Palace Museum

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A must for history buffs. The National Palace Museum has a permanent collection of more than 696,000 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks, one of the largest collections in the world. It encompasses over 10,000 years of Chinese history from the Neolithic age to the Qing Dynasty.

4. Dihua District

Dilhua Street

Dilhua Street Image by Chi-Hung Lin on flikr

Formerly known as “Centre Street” because it served as an important centre for commerce with products like Chinese medicinal herbs, fabrics, and incense produced in this area. Today, Dihua is a bustling section of the city lined with cafes, restaurants, art studios and antique shops.

5. Fisherman’s Wharfshutterstock_60468667

The Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the most famous locations in Taiwan. It’s a popular destination for those on the hunt for good seafood or some romantic view from the Lovers Bridge. You can also take a boat cruise on the Danshui River and pass through the country’s historical monuments.

6. Yangmingshan National Park shutterstock_182128334

One of the best things about Taipei is that you’re not too far away from the natural wonders that serve as the perfect backdrop to the city. The Yangmingshan National Park is surrounded by mountains giving it a beautiful lush scenery. It is the only park in Taiwan that has volcanic geography and hot springs, making it a great destination both in the summer and winter.

7. Formosa Vintage Cafe

Inside Formosa Vintage Cafe

Formosa Cafe Image by raymondjune on flikr

The Formosa Vintage Cafe is a little off-the-grid but well worth the visit. Owned by Lin Yun-fang, who started collecting items and documents related to Taiwan’s cultural and social history in the early 90s as a means to preserve Taiwan’s idiosyncratic culture. Here you’ll find posters from the Japanese colonial era and other kitschy items.

8. Beitou Hot Springsshutterstock_447669037

Another quick escape from the urban cityscape is the Beitou Hot Springs. Beitou has been well known for its natural resources and wonderful scenery for a long period of time. But it was while Taiwan was under Japanese Imperial Rule that the Hot Spring facilities were developed. Today, it has developed into one of the most popular leisure attractions in Taiwan.

Where to stay: Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Beitou and relax at the famous hot springs. Find the best holiday homes and cozy apartment rooms near Beitou here.

9. Night markets

A visit to Taipei is not complete without a trip to its many bustling night markets. Famous not just for shopping, night markets are the best places to take a bite of Taipei‘s famous street food. But with so many night markets all over the city, here are the two that you shouldn’t miss:

a. Shilin night market

Pork Sausages and Barbequed skewers at Shilin market
Pork Sausages and Barbequed skewers at Shilin market

Taipei’s largest and most famous night market. Known mostly for its variety of food vendors, food courts, and small restaurants. In addition to the food court, side streets and alleys are lined with stores and roadside stands. There are also cinemas, video arcades, and karaoke bars in the area.

Where to stay: Stay close to all the action in Shilin market. Choose from our selection of cozy and affordable accommodation options here.

Crispy Fried Crab at Rahoe Street stalls
Crispy Fried Crab at Raohe Street stalls

b. Raohe night market

Raohe is Taipei’s oldest night market located in the heart of downtown Taipei, selling mostly famous street food. It’s not the biggest night market, but being the oldest, you’ll find its old style charm refreshing.

Time to pack up those bags and explore the best of Taipei with HomeAway.

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