The best things to see in Taipei as a tourist
Awarded the title of Design Capital in 2016, Taipei, Taiwan is a fascinating and vibrant city. Very different from the cliches people can have, it’s a walkable, exciting and full of wonders capital. There are many fun things to do in Taipei and around it and some of the best tourist attractions in Taiwan. Taiwanese food is one of the best in the world! So whether you’re in Taipei as a couple, with friends, for a week or for one day, here are our top picks of things to see and do.
Climb Elephant Mountain and admire Taipei 101
One of the best attractions in Taipei is to climb up Elephant Moutain to admire the city and the Taipei 101. It takes 10-15 minutes to walk up the trail but it’s totally worth it. You’ll get an amazing panorama of the city and of its most iconic tower. We would definitely recommend going there just before sunset, so you can admire the colors changing in the sky, and see the city at night. To get to Elephant Moutain, the easiest is to get a cab or Uber.
Visit the night markets
Probably the most famous activity in Taiwan for locals, night markets are a must-visit. There are many night markets in Taipei, and you will most certainly find yourself spending your evenings in them. They’re the perfect spot for Taiwanese food, as hundreds of food stalls prepare local dishes. They’re also fun because they’re home to fin shops and games. The best night markets are Rahoe Night Market, Ningxia Night Market or Shida Night Market.
Could you call Ximending a little Tokyo? We guess you could! A famous Taipei neighborhood, Ximending is not very dissimilar to Shibuya in the Japanese capital. Ximending is full of cosplay stores, game stores, big brands and is quite hectic! At night the streets are full of locals going out for food, drinks, and games. The numerous neons and lights make it for a special atmosphere. Centrally located, Ximending is also a great place to find a hotel.
Enjoy delicious Taiwanese food at Din Tai Fung
Taiwanese food is one of the best in the world! As proof, Taipei is home to many Michelin-starred restaurants. If you’re on a budget, don’t be scared: there are countless cheap amazing restaurants. You should definitely check out Din Tai Fung, which is the most popular restaurant in Taipei. Some will say the best restaurant in Taipei. Make sure you go early and you won’t have to wait too long to get a table. Din Tai Fung has many branches in Taiwan and the original one is on Xinyi Road. There are many other good restaurants in Taipei, and quite frankly it’s hard not to find good local Taiwanese food.
Visit Taipei 101 Tower
The most iconic tower in Taipei’s skyline, Taipei 101 is a spot you won’t be able to miss while in Taipei. With a height of 508 meters, it was for a long time the highest skyscraper in the world. The tower is open to visitors and hosts many bars, restaurants, and an observatory. Make sure to buy tickets if you plan a visit.
National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a remarkable place to visit. It was erected for Chiang Kai-Shek, the former President of the Republic of China. The structure is quite impressive and made of White Marble, which Taiwan has plenty of. It’s a popular tourist attraction in Taipei and you should get tickets if you plan on visiting.
Visit Longshan Temple in Taipei
Taiwan is home to many impressive temples. Probably the most famous in Taipei is Longshan Temple. It was built in 1783 and is one of the largest and oldest temples in Taiwan. It’s opened from 6AM to 10PM and entrance is free.
Take a day tour to Jiufen village
What about getting out of the city to explore the city’s surroundings? One of the best thing to do in Taipei might actually be to rent a car and visit Jiufen. About an hour outisde Taipei, surrounded by moutains, it’s a very scenic and charming village. The village is very famous because it’s very similar to the village in Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away movie. If you can’t rent a car to visit Jiufen, you’ll find many organized day tours.
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