Taipei City is an eclectic mix of modern skyscrapers, Japanese colonial history and ancient Taoist temples. Eat your way through the city’s colourful food scene, sampling specialties like stinky tofu and pineapple sponge cake along the way. There are plenty of cultural attractions to explore, fantastic shopping opportunities and a lively nightlife scene.
Things to Do
History buffs will enjoy exploring Taipei City’s melting pot of cultures. You can start with visiting the 300-year-old Lungshan Temple of Manka, built during the Qing Dynasty. Afterwards, you can admire the Japanese colonial houses that dot Qidong Street and discover ancient treasures at the National Palace Museum.
For panoramic views of the city, head to the bamboo-shaped Taipei 101 skyscraper, towering 509 metres above the city. Take in the views from the observatory, before hitting up the high-end shops and boutiques at ground level.
In Taipei, eating out is so popular that many of its pint-sized studio apartments don’t include a kitchen. Exploring the city’s street stalls and night markets is all part of the fun, with many cheap eats on offer. Get lost in the sprawling Shilin Night Market, or make reservations at one of Taipei’s famous themed restaurants.
For a breath of fresh air, take a day trip to Yangmingshan National Park. Just 30 minutes from the city, the mountainous area is home to Taiwan’s largest dormant volcano. Expect scenic hiking trails, bubbling hot springs and knockout views.
Navigating Taipei is easy thanks to an efficient metro network operating throughout the city. Choose from six major Metro Taipei (MRT) routes, connecting both the city centre and other districts of Taipei County. Buses and taxis are also an option, though expect a bit of traffic in the city centre.