#1 See an amazing view of Taipei from Elephant Mountain
A great alternative to spending (cost) to get the top of Taipei 101, is seeing the amazing view that Elephant Mountain has to offer. A convenient
This is a great place to not only learn about Taiwan history but to also also enjoy enjoy the sun and walk around.
#2 Explore Asia’s largest zoo at Taipei Zoo
Also referred to as Muzha Zoo, Taipei Zoo displays animals from Taiwan, Australia, Africa, Asia and the desert over 165 hectares. Exhibitions include an insectarium, amphibian and reptile house, penguin habitat, koala habitat, nocturnal animals display and panda exhibition. The most famous of which is the Giant Panda House which is home a panda family of 3 and well known to the Taiwanese community.
Opening hours: Taipei Zoo is open Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm.
Getting there: Taipei Zoo Station is on the MRT Brown Line and is easily accessible by public transport and by MRT.
Tips: While there, also check out the Making Gondola
#3 Get cultural at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
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#4 Explore Xinyi shopping district
Xinyi is the suburb surrounding Taipei 101 and is home to Taipei’s prime shopping district. It includes a large number of department stores, shopping malls and numerous high-end restaurants. “The Xinyi District is most commonly known as the stretch of development between Xinyi Road and Zhongxiao East Road, in the area surrounding Taipei 101.”
Getting there: 5. Take the Red Line to Taipei 101 Station or alternatively it is a short walk from the Blue Line to Taipei City Hall Station
#5 Sweat it out at Beitou Hot Springs
This is one of our favourite things to do in Taipei. Nestled in the north of Taipei, Beitou is a mountainous district famous for its natural thermal hot springs. Its history dates back to the Japanese colonial period when Beitou was used as a resort with hotels, tea houses, parks and public baths. Beitou’s rich history gives it a range of things to do and see, all within a comfortable walking distance. Getting there is quick and easy by MRT is a must do for travellers.
Opening hours: Millennium Hot Springs are open from
Getting there: The best way to get there is by MRT to Beitou Station, then an easy transfer to Xinbeitou Station and then a 5 minute walk from there.
Tips: Make sure you bring the right swimwear to the public hot springs (no board shorts). Also visit the Beitou Hot Springs Museum, Plum Garden, Thermal Valley, Catalan Cultural Centre and the old train station.
#6 Walk around beautiful Yangmingshan National Park
Tip: Visit during early Spring to experience the flower festival.
Get a morning coffee from Cama Cafe
Cama is Taiwan’s answer to Starbucks. .. that uses home grown milk from local farmers to produce
Explore the centre of Taipei in Zhongshan
“Zhongshan is one of the main districts of Taipei, and it’s considered both the center of Taipei tourism, and a central business district of Taipei. If you want to feel like you’re in the heart of suburban Taipei (yet with plenty of pleasant neighborhood side-streets), Zhongshan is a great area to choose. There’s plenty of shopping and restaurants to choose from.”
Tips: Try the Malange Cafe for an awesome dessert at a fair price.
View the world’s largest collection of ancient Chinese imperial artefacts and artworks at the National Palace Museum
Housed inside stunning traditional Chinese architecture , the National Palace Museum is a must do for anyone interested in learning about Chinese history. Originally established in Beijing’s Forbidden City in 1925, the Chiang Kai-shek Nationalist Government ordered its evacuation to Taiwan to prevent desecration during the Chinese Civil War. It now boasts 700,000 pieces of China’s most precious artefacts, encompassing 8,000 years of history.
Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 8:30am – 6:30pm
Friday-Saturday 8:30am – 9:00pm
How to get there:
Tips: This place is huge with a lot to see, so prepare to spend a lot of time here to get the full experience. Avoid visiting during holidays and weekends to miss the huge crowds.
Eat stinky tofu at Shenkeng Tofu Street
Not the most convenient location in Taipei, but if you do get to it, the Tofu Street has its own unique flavour of stinky tofu to offer. Shengkeng District is a former agricultural and mining town that is now famous for its own unique style of stinky tofu. Getting there takes around 40 m
#8 Ride a U bike along Xinyi Road
Have brunch in Banqiao
There are so many boutique brunch places
#9 Go clubbing around ATT4Fun
#10 Explore the boutique underground mall between Shuanglian and Zhongshan stations
#11 A lot of unique little local brands
#12 Eat at a foreign restaurant in Gongguan
Home to Taipei’s largest student district and underground music scene, Gongguan also offers an attractive range of foreign cuisine options. Italian food, Indian food, Russian food and middle eastern food are all on offer for reasonable prices. If you’re keen for an after dinner stroll, you can also look around to find a neat coffee shops or browse through the secondhand book stores.
Getting there: Take the MRT Green Line to Gongguan Station
#13 Update your wardrobe at Shida night market
Lots of takeaway tea shops
Have a picnic in Da’an Park
Tips: Turn it into a romantic day and visit the flower market next-door, open on weekends
#14 Get Japanesey at Yongkang Street
You may get your cultures mixed up, but Yongkang Street, also known as Japan Town, is well worth the it. there are some good restaurants and tea shops(more like for gifts)
#15 Get a haircut in Ximen
#16 Meet the local expats at Yuanshan
#17 Make-out at Bitan Suspension bridge
#18 Visit Longshan Temple
Considered a must do by many, Longshan Temple packs a long and interesting history into its walls. Originally constructed in 1738, throughout its life Longshan Temple has provided a place of worship for various religions, acted as a Japanese stronghold during World War II, and survived multiple natural disasters. Now Longshan Temple serves as a place of worship and tourist hotspot.
What else to know: If you understand Chinese or are with a Chinese speaker, get your fortune told for an interesting experience in the markets surround the temple.
Getting there: Take the MRT Blue Line to Longshan Temple Station, and through exit 1.
#19 Explore the huge flea market under Fuhe Bridge
#20 Enjoy live music at Pipe Livehouse