Taipei was not the kind of city I had expected for Asia. It was my first time visiting Taipei so I was excited to explore it on my own. It was organized yet there were whizzing motorcycles, it was cosmopolitan yet felt tropical. There was the kind of upscale dining you’d expect, but for every 5 star restaurant there was a food cart to match. You could experience both sides of the spectrum and truly enjoy both. Taipei is a city for those who love food and who love to explore endless streets. A trip to Taipei is the experience for those looking to be surprised by somewhere that is too often overlooked.
There are so many things to do in Taipei, so take a look at where to say in Taipei and use this travel guide to help plan your trip!
What to Know Before Visiting Taipei
- Taipei has a great international airport that is easily reached with many direct flights. Landing in Taoyuan International Airport, you can take the shuttle bus (U-bus) to the Taoyuan High Speed Rail station to access Taipei Main Station. Pre-arranged transfers with a hotel is also advised.
- Once in the city of Taipei, the MRT (metro) is easy to use. Be sure to get an Easy Card at a Seven Eleven to use for easy entry into train stations.
- Uber is very affordable and practical for getting around Taipei. Avoid rush hour as traffic can be painfully slow.
- I would recommend a minimum of 4 nights if you plan to do a day trip at least once. The city is big, with plenty to do and eat.
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Through looking at the different seasons, I believe the best time to visit Taipei is during the fall. It is cool weather and the least amount of rain.
Where to Stay in Taipei
- CHECK客栈:Centrally located and footsteps from the MRT, this is a good, well-priced option. It is a young hotel and features a good cafe for breakfast and coffee as well. (this is where I stayed)
- 台北W酒店: For those looking for a luxe experience, this design-forward hotel is the spot. Well located and beautiful, it’s an upscale stay.
Browse all Taipei hotels here:
Where to Eat in Taipei
- Addiction Aquatic Center:轻松一些我曾经有过的最好的寿司，这个地方是必须的。鱼市场认为是惊人的内部的现款寿司吧和一个伟大的夜晚在台北。
- Cafe Megane:A beautiful space serving incredible onigiri and other delights like waffles with peanut butter sauce!
- Din Tai Fung:这是一个经典，几乎在台北时，每个人的名单上。点心和汤饺子到台北访问是必须的。临提示：解决午餐或晚餐之前，把你的名字的名单，前往台北101的顶部上。
- Choose me Cafe & Restaurant:Solid cafe for coffee and small plates.
- Pinecone Restaurant:在ventive dishes in a beautiful space, like Japanese-fried chicken over spaghetti.
- Aura Pizzeria: Come here for your pizza cravings.
- 唉涌面粉米粉: The place (with lines) which serves some incredible Taiwanese noodles and food.
- Yongkang Beef noodles: An iconic dish from Taiwan, beef noodle soup is a staple during a trip.
- Tamed Fox:是autiful space with a brunch menu.
- 冰馆：A must try is Taiwanese shaved ice and this place serves some of the best.
What to Do in Taipei
- Checkout the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is one of the best things to do in Taipei.
- Shop and cafe hop down the tree-lined Fujin St.
- 去台北101大楼的顶部和捕捉视图。是sure to put your name down at Din Tai Fung before going up.
- Catch sunset over the city from Elephant Mountain.
- Head to the neighborhood of Ximending where you can shop through multiple merchants and there’s plenty to eat.
- Hit a night market while in town, like the Shilin Night Market.
- Takea day trip to Jiufen.
- If you’re looking for a great view over the city, be sure to head to Taipei 101.
- One of my favorite places to visit from Taipei is alsoSun Moon Lake.
If you’re looking for a guided day tour, take a look at these options:
*Bon Traveler was welcomed as a guest of Taiwan Tourism Bureau. As always, all opinions are own.