Taipei Travel Guide
Wondering what to do in Taipei? Whether you’re after world-class cuisine, bustling night markets, picture-perfect landscapes or vibrant cultural traditions, this cosmopolitan capital city does not disappoint. Still relatively undiscovered compared to other Asian nations on the travel circuit, Taiwan is on the brink of becoming a major tourist destination—and visiting Taipei is at the forefront of must-have experiences on the island. Get to Taiwan before everyone else discovers it.
The best hotels in Taipei
Located in the chic Zhongshan District, the Okura Prestige Hotel is understated elegance at its finest. Lounge in the heated rooftop pool while enjoying panoramic views of Taipei, or indulge in the neighbourhood’s up-and-coming restaurants and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Easy access to public transportation and top museums are an added plus.
You can never go wrong with a visit to Taipei’s Mandarin Oriental. Considered by many to be the most luxurious hotel in the city, it only takes one visit to the sweeping five-star property to understand why. This is the largest hotel spa in Taiwan where you’ll find exquisite service, generous rooms, and exceptional attention to detail.
With a convenient location in central Da’an, Les Suites Taipei offers a fantastic base to explore the rest of the city without sacrificing comfort and style. Guests continually return to the boutique hotel for its impeccable service and modern facilities.
When you’re ready to escape the chaos of the city, indulge in one of the many hiking and climbing opportunities all within a day’s reach
Things to do in Taipei
Whether you’re an avid adventurer, a museum maven or a faithful foodie, you’ll find it all (and more) in Taipei.
To better understand the rich history and culture of the city, begin with a stop at one of Taipei’s many mesmerising temples. The Xingtian Temple is one of Taipei’s busiest; here there is nearly always a crowd offering incense to Guangdong, the god of war and martial arts. The Confucius Temple is dedicated to the memory of Confucius, widely considered China’s greatest teacher. Finally, dating back to 1738, the Longshan Temple is one of Taipei’s oldest multi-denominational temples; here locals worship Buddhist, Taoist and Matsu deities.
Once you’ve had your fill of temples, it’s time to explore a few of the city’s national monuments and museums. Noteworthy attractions include the National Palace Museum (home to the world’s largest collection of Chinese art); the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, with its National Theatre and Concert Hall; and the Sun Yat-sen Memorial, in honour of the founder of modern China (Dr Sun Yat-sen.)
When you’re ready to escape the chaos of the city, indulge in one of the many hiking and climbing opportunities all within a day’s reach. Long Dong (also known as Dragon Cave) attracts rock climbers from around the world, eager to scale one of the towering 70-metre sandstone cliffs. Alternatively, Yangminshan is located just outside of Taipei’s city centre and offers everything from intermediate hiking trails to relaxing botanical gardens.
Things to see in Taipei
An iconic element of Taiwanese culture, the back-to-back stalls offer up the perfect place to sample oyster omelettes, pearl milk tea, or skewers of chicken hearts and duck tongue
Where to eat in Taipei
Shopping in Taipei
The winding streets around the Zhongshan MRT Station are where you’ll uncover independent designers and lovely boutiques. The Zhongshan Metro Mall houses , a store featuring hand-made ceramics and goods, as well as , a Taiwanese art gallery with limited-edition prints.
Pick up a budaixi, or traditional wooden puppet, from . You’ll also find vibrant bags and accessories made from Taiwanese textiles. And of course, keep your eyes open for great bargains on random odds and ends while wandering through the city’s many night markets.
Taipei’s weekend Jade and Flower market is the best place to find handcrafted souvenirs. The local disabled population makes most of the handicrafts, making this a fantastic way to give back to the community while also enjoying a leisurely morning of shopping.
Photo: Dan Moore
Confucius Temple | Photo: Dan Moore
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial | Photo: Dan Moore
Taiwan East Coast | Photo: Dan Moore