Where to go in Taipei

If you head to Taiwan, in particular Taipei, you certainly won’t be short of things to do and see. We mostly spent our time eating, and a few cultural things too. See below for some more detail on each place. We also have direct links to our other blogs on where to eat and get good coffee in Taipei, as well as our blogs to other areas in Taiwan. Hope you enjoy!

Taipei 101

Standing at 508 metres, Taipei 101 is a skyscraper in the Xinyi district in Taipei. It was the world’s tallest building until 2010, overtaken by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. See our blog for more detail here:

                                 

Guanghua Digital Plaza Computer Market

For the inner nerd. Located super close to the creative park is the largest electronics marketplace in Taiwan with 6 stories devoted to phones, computers, accessories, VR devices, Karaoke systems and massage chairs. Next door is the Syntrend Creative park, showcasing all the goods, new technologies and it is sure to get your tech nerd excited.

How to get here: catch the train to  Zhongxiao  Xinsheng and walk less than 5 mins.

Creative Park

Formerly a winery in Taipei, it is now a cultural centre with art, exhibitions, shops and cafes. Worth a look around as it showcases some interesting and creative pieces.

How to get here: catch the train to .. and walk less than 5 mins

Fortune pigeons

Get your fortune cards selected by a pigeon. Head to the Longshan underground mall, just underneath Longshan temple and find the pigeons that will pick up your fortune cards. A bit of a gimmick but good fun all the same.

Note – bargain with the sellers. We took them down from 1500 TWD to 300 TWD.

   

Jade Market

Market place selling plenty of precious stones and jewellery. Be sure to bargain.

AddressJianguo Elevated Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106

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Brewery

Taipei have their own brewery of Taiwan beer which you may like to try if in the area.

AddressNo. 85, Section 2, Bade Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491

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Graffiti Art

‘America Street in Xiamen has a whole host of purpose painted graffiti in the alleys and sidestreets. They’re pretty cool and worth checking out if in the area.

Kavalan Whisky Bar

A must visit if you’re a whisky fan. See our blog here for more detail:

Shilin night markets

Shilin Market can be found north of the CBD and easily accessed on the MTR. It is often considered to be the most famous night market in Taiwan, particularly for tourists. Similar to Raohe market with its street food and games, but on a bigger scale. They also had more variety in food. They have a few Michelin starred venues too. The suckling pig and oyster vermicelli is a must.

AddressNo. 101號, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111

Raohe Night market

We loved Raohe night markets in the Songshan district. It is a street (almost a kilometre) cut off and line with street stalls. There’s games, drinks and plenty of food. It is one of the oldest night markets in Taipei. We firmly recommend one of our favourite foods of the whole street market; the pepper pork bun, baked in an oven. Other notable foods include the stinky tofu, oyster vermicelli, sticky rice buns with pork sausage, grilled skewers, flame torched wagyu and desserts. It is a must visit tourist destination.

AddressRaohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105

Watch your Sports team @ The Brass Monkey

For the sports fan, they stream international key games here. We watched the state of origin. Plenty of beers, wines and cocktails and a range of bar style food and curries. Busy on a popular sports night, so be sure to book a table.

AddressNo. 166號, Fuxing North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491

Where else to visit? 

  • National Palace Museum – for Chinese art and treasures
  • National Taiwan Museum
  • Taipei Fine Arts Museum
  • Xinyi – for the Taipei 101 tower and shopping
  • Ximending – for young shooing, markets, nightlife
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial hall – a memorial to the National father of the Republic of China. It’s a huge cultural centre with a building to explore, beautiful well kept-gardens and close to Taipei 101
  • Songshan cultural park – the site was once a tobacco factory and now a creative park with exhibitions and art spaces
  • Museum of Contemporary Art

We also liked this blog for ideas https://www.nickkembel.com/taipei-ximending-night-market/

Accommodation

We stayed in a few places to mix it up a bit.

Happy Wow

Huge rooms with a jacuzzi! Bathroom was massive, room has a comfortable bed, fridge, desk, television, kettle and a coffee machine. The hotel also had a small gym. We were given a breakfast voucher for a sandwich and coffee. Staff were super helpful and the hotel is very clean. It was only a short walk from the art district and metro.

Sato Castle Hotel 

For a random experience, see our blog on the Sato Castle Motel here

Miramar Garden

It is in a great location in the city. Very sophisticated and has an amazing health club. See our blog here:

Eating in Taiwan

For where to eat, see our blog here

Coffee in Taiwan 

For where to get good coffee, see our blog here

 

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