Taipei Travel Guide and Itinerary

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Delicious street food, historic cultural landmarks and easy day trips to lush nature spots — Taipei certainly has it all. We've got tips on where to stay, where to eat, and what to see and do in this Taiwanese city.

About Taipei  

With a vibrant urban center and plenty of verdant natural attractions at its doorstep, Taipei offers the best of both city and country life.  

The city, despite having a 300-year history and a population of roughly 2.7 million, still manages to give off a friendly and low-key vibe — but that doesn’t make it any less of an exciting holiday destination. In the mood for a history lesson or to soak up some culture? Head on over to one of Taipei’s many palaces, museums or temples. Need to get away from the action for a bit? Take an easy day trip to a tranquil hot spring, forest reserve, hillside village or national park. Hankering after a midnight snack? Simply hit up one of the famed night markets to get a taste of the mouth-watering street food scene. 

 

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Located in northern Taiwan within the Taipei Basin, the city is bordered by the Xindian and Tamsui rivers and has the Qixing and Datun mountains as a picturesque backdrop. The skyline is anchored by Taipei 101 (currently the world’s 10th tallest building), while closer to the ground you’ll find a blend of historic attractions that hark back to its storied past mixed with all the trappings of a modern metropolis.  

Although the weather is pleasant year-round, spring (when you may catch a glimpse of cherry trees) and fall are ideal times to visit as temperatures hover around 20°C. Summer is the main peak tourism season so expect some crowd-jostling if you’re visiting at this time and also when the area is likely to experience a typhoon or two. Getting around is a breeze, as the city’s MRT system is cheap, efficient and easy to navigate. Visitors can also take advantage of the extensive bike-sharing program and widespread free public WiFi access. 

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Highlights for the Traveler 

Mention Taipei to the average traveler, and one of the first things that comes to mind will certainly be its stellar street food scene. Taipei is home to some of the best casual nosh in the world from the buzzy Shilin Night Market to the legendary standalone stalls that dot the different districts with each individual vendor usually specializing in a specific dish. Expect to feast on culinary delights such as fan tuan (sticky rice rolls), shui jian bao (pork- and cabbage-filled dumplings); tender beef noodles; oyster mee sua (thin wheat noodles in a delicious gravy) and highly Instagrammable bubble waffles. If you’re after fancier fare, there is also a robust fine-dining and bar scene. And don’t leave without visiting a teahouse to sample tea leaves from one of Taiwan’s many tea plantations. 

Culture and creativity also flourish in Taipei, with a great mix of museums, temples and historic landmarks to explore. The city is home to plenty of elegant and elaborate temples many of them with Taoist roots constructed to honor particular deities, while culture buffs can drop by spots such as the National Palace Museum, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and National Taiwan Museum to learn more about the destination’s history.  

Besides all the international brands you would find in a big city, Taipei’s shopping scene boasts an emerging field of independent fashion labels and designers. You’ll find many of these in the funky Zhongshan neighborhood, which has a strong Japanese influence. 

While the city offers plenty of activities to keep visitors busy, there are also a plethora of day trips you can take to explore more of Taiwan. From quaint mountain towns such as Jiufen and Jinguashi to natural wonders such as Yangmingshan National Park and Beitou Hot Springs, no trip here is complete without taking one of these jaunts. 

Be it traditional festivals or cultural happenings, Taipeis events calendar offers something for everyone throughout the year. Lunar New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival are key celebrations, while summer sees the annual Dragon Boat Festival. Arts-wise, the city hosts the yearly Taipei Jazz Festival and Taipei Fringe Festival, both of which are aimed at promoting arts appreciation. 


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