33 Top Things To Do in Taipei

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I’ll cover various free- and paid things to do in Taipei. I’ll talk about some fantastic places to try Taiwanese food, cultural representations of the country, and tourist hot spots.

I’ve lived in New Taipei City (adjacent to Taipei) for over three years. And since I’ve isolated myself in Northern Taiwan, I’ve explored many incredible places in Taipei.

I want to share those places with you.

Throughout this guide, I’ll cover a massive list of the top things to do in Taipei, which will cover almost all aspects of Taiwan’s culture. When covering each activity, I’ll briefly cover why you should go there and where you can find it.

Let’s fill your Taiwan itinerary.

1. Miniatures Museum of Taiwan

miniatures museum in taipei taiwan

Founded in 1997, this museum showcases many miniature and doll displays sourced from America and Europe.

While it’s small, you’ll likely find yourself in the Miniature’s Museum for hours observing the details of each display.

Miniatures Museum address: 10489, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, Section 1, Jianguo North Road, 96號B1

2. Real Life ASMR Ear Cleaning

Hear me out before you skip this part. Using cotton swabs can damage your ears [1]. That’s why I recommend visiting an ear cleaning salon when you’re in Taiwan. If you have clogged ears.

You can go with clean ears. But it’s not as gross. When at these places, they’ll run a snake camera in your ear to show you the before-and-after.

You can see all of the ear wax clogged in your ears.

Anyway, if you’re a frequent Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) listener, you’ll love these salons. They won’t whisper in your ear, though. They will offer these services:

  • Melt wax over your ear (ear candling): supposed to create a vacuum and remove ear wax
  • Rub a feather on your ear
  • Massage your ear
  • Pick out ear wax
  • They hit some metal thing that they’ll run against the feather (it sends faint vibrations through your ear)

When I went, they didn’t melt wax over my ear. I don’t remember why. Probably for the best, I couldn’t find legitimate sources to back any health benefits.

I don’t recommend any salon in particular, but they’re everywhere. Expect to pay NT$600 ($20) or higher. But it’s a unique experience that I’d want to do again.

Before choosing one, I recommend scrolling through their reviews to see whether they speak English. If not, you could always bring a friend who speaks Mandarin.

3. Jianguo Holiday Flower Market

This market’s under a highway and has a wide selection of flowers, bonsai trees, and other plants. Although it’s under a bridge, you can’t hear the cars above.

Be sure to check out the local street food vendors while you’re here. They have great food.

The Jianguo Holiday Flower Market’s only open on Saturday and Sunday—9 am–6 pm. It’s also free to enter.

While you’re in the area, you can also visit the nearby jade market and explore their vendors’ wares. You can also walk more at Taipei’s largest park, Daan Forest Park.

If you don’t want a Uber or take a taxi, you can take Taipei Metro’s Red line toward Daan Park Station. Afterward, walk around five minutes, and you’ll find yourself at the Jianguo Holiday Flower Market.

Jianguo Holiday Flower Market address: Section 1, Jianguo South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

4. National Palace Museum (Northern Branch)

If you want to know what to do in Taipei to time travel, here you go.

The National Palace Museum’s northern branch houses over 700,000 ancient Chinese artifacts, dating back at least 8,000 years. These exhibits make this museum the largest of its kind on earth.

You can find the following items in the National Palace Museum:

CoinsCarvingsEnamel wares
BooksRare documentsPaintings
A list of some items that you’ll find at the National Palace Museum

They offer a virtual tour of the museum’s facilities to get a better idea of what you’ll find there.

National Palace Museum (north) address: No. 221, Sec 2, Zhi Shan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, 111

5. Taipei 101 Observatory & Skyline

Taipei 101 boasts a few noteworthy facts like from 2004–2009 it was the tallest building in the world.

And thanks to features such as the mass damper, it can withstand a magnitude nine earthquake.

Humble House Hotel, Taipei City, Taiwan

Each evening from 6:00 to 10:00, the top of the tower displays a color associated with the day:

Day of the WeekColor
This table shows colors that appear on top of Taipei 101 depending on the time of the week

Eight modules flare outward from the central core of the structure. In each module, there are eight floors stacked on top of one another.

Many Asian countries consider eight to be a lucky number.

Inside Taipei 101, there’s a lot you should check out like the underground mall and food court.

If you’re brave enough, explore the skyline at the top of the tower.

If you’re not, take an elevator to the observation deck (89th floor) and take in the view of the concrete jungle below. Want to know what you’ll look at from the observatory? Their website shows you an interactive panorama.

Afterward, if you set up a reservation for the world’s highest Starbucks, ascend again within one of the world’s fastest elevators and enjoy your expensive coffee from above the clouds.

Check the weather before you visit Taipei 101. A cloudy day can ruin the atmosphere.

Taipei 101 address: No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Rd, Xinyi District

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6. Coffee at Simple Kaffa

If you’re a coffee snob, you must try Simple Kaffa’s coffee. The 2016 World Barista Champion, Berg Wu, owns this cafe and serves coffee that deserves the rating this shop has.

Simple Kaffa offers desserts, light meals, and coffee for those who need a high-quality caffeine fix to start their days.

Simple Kaffa address: No. 27, Section 2, Zhongxiao East Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100

7. Visit One of Many Temples

Taiwan has thousands of temples for Buddhists, Taoists, or Confucianists. These include temples for neighborhood deities that watch over the locals and notable temples that host events.

A majority of these temples are free to enter. However, you’ll want to ensure you look into superstitions and temple etiquette before entering these temples to not make an ass out of yourself.

A couple of examples of what not to do include pointing at the gods (statues) and standing between a person in the middle of praying and an incense altar. Photography is acceptable; however, don’t be obnoxious about it.

Moreover, you may notice swastikas at Buddhist temples; it’s a religious icon from way before the Nazi regime used by Eurasian cultures. Buddhist swastika symbols will look like this (卐) or (卍).

Taiwan tip. While you’re at each temple, observe the roof. They have three figures toward the center, representing what worshipers hope for when they pray at that temple.

8. Maokong Gondola

maokong gondola model
Maokong Gondola model

The gondola starts at the Taipei Zoo Station—another area you can explore—and ascends to three stops:

  1. Taipei Zoo South Station
  2. Zhinan Temple Station
  3. Maokong Station.

A one-way trip will take you 20–30 minutes.

While taking the gondola, you can see through the floor and watch the forest below as you ascend. Furthermore, you can watch the distant city as strangers surround you.

Once you reach Maokong Station, roam. Explore the various tea houses. After you find a seat and grab yourself a glass of tea, take in the fantastic scenery Taipei offers.

If you’re in Taipei during New Year (not Lunar New Year), you should book a table and watch Taipei 101 erupt into fireworks.

You’ll have a better view than having to take part in the moshpit happening in Xinyi.

Taipei’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and the gondola doesn’t close until after 2 am on New Year.

Maokong Gondola address: No. 8, Section 2, Xinguang Road, Wenshan District, Taipei City, 116

9. Explore Shopping Centers: Enjoy the Conditioned Air

Whether you want to avoid Taiwan’s scorching humidity throughout most of the year or the rain, you can stroll through one of their hundreds of shopping malls. Usually, these malls will have food courts and supermarkets, among other stores owned by brands you’re familiar with.

Xinyi Shopping District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Xinyi Shopping District in Taipei City

While the malls themselves don’t offer any entertainment value, it’s still a great way to get exercise indoors and see what types of goods Taiwanese people love.

10. Shi Yun Fried Chicken

Do you love fried food?

You’ll love Shida Night Market’s Shi Yun. If you’re not familiar with how many Taiwanese restaurants work, let’s break it down. You approach the cart, snatch a pair of tongs and a red basket, and move all the food you want into the basket. Afterward, hand it to the vendor.

The chicken’s affordable and mouth-watering.

Shi Yun Taiwanese Fried Chicken, Shida Night Market, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan

Shi Yun Fried Chicken (Ximen) address: No. 32, Chengdu Road, Wanhua, Taipei 108 Taiwan

Shida Night Market—student market—address: Lane 39, Shida Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

11. Hike on Yangmingshan

Yangmingshan’s a bit more challenging to get to than most places, but it’s beautiful. There’s a lot of scenery to admire at this national park. Moreover, this mountain’s home to a sulfur valley that offers a picturesque landscape.

Before hiking, prepare yourself for bugs (e.g., Asian giant hornets) and snakes. There are plenty of snakes slithering through the tall grass you’ll encounter.

Address: Yangmingshan National Park

12. Miramar Entertainment Park

Miramar Ferris Wheel

An outdoor bar, IMAX theater, shopping center, and 95-meter-high Ferris wheel all give us various ways to have a blast or have a romantic view of Taipei’s skyline.

Miramar Entertainment Park address: No. 20, Jingye 3rd Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, 10491

13. Hike on One of Taipei’s Many Paths

Taipei City has over 165 hiking paths spread throughout the city. Each leads to various peaks and endpoints where you can gaze at Taipei. When you’re trekking these trails, you’ll stumble upon religious temples a lot of the time.

However, when hiking, be careful of snakes and giant hornets. Wear boots to protect yourself from bites, and avoid wearing strong scents to deter the murder hornets.

14. Spend the Day in Da’an Forest Park

daan park taipei, taiwan

If you want to flee the concrete jungle of Taipei, you can stroll through the lungs of Taipei city while observing the critters and plants. Moreover, while you’re at Da’an, you can check out or hang out around the following:

  • Skating rink
  • Children’s playground
  • Amphitheater
  • A couple of ponds
  • Various pavilions

15. Visit the National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine

The National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine was built to honor the Kuomintang (KMT) soldiers who perished during the Chinese Civil War and the relocation of the KMT government to Taiwan.

It has several small exhibits to observe and learn about Taiwan’s past. Moreover, it’s free to enter.

National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine address: No. 139, Beian Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, 10491

16. Taipei Children’s Amusement Park

Taipei’s children’s park has 13 rides, a playground, a children’s theater, and a neighboring National Taiwan Science Education Center. The science center houses plenty of exhibits that teach kids about geology, electronics, and more.
Anyway, back to the amusement park. You can use an EasyCard to pay for all the rides. You can also purchase a one-day pass for unlimited use on their rides.

Taipei Children’s Amusement Park address: No. 55, Section 5, Chengde Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, 11169

17. Guanghua Digital Plaza & Skytrend: Computer Builder’s Paradise

Taipei’s electronic enthusiasts’ haven consists of two massive buildings—one newer and the other older.

If you’re into tech, you’re in for a treat. You can reach the Guang Hua Digital Plaza by taking Taipei’s MRT to Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station on the Blue Line and Orange Line.

Once you reach the station and exit, you’ll walk through a small maze of electronic shops and food vendors until you reach a street crossing. Once you cross, you can explore the Guang Hua Digital Plaza, an older-looking building filled with tech vendors and computer parts.

Guanghua Digital Plaza in taipei taiwan

Or, you can visit Skytrend, an adjacent shopping mall that looks newer. Each floor in this building has different themes. For instance, one floor is themed “Photography,” and another is “Household.”

You’ll find a showroom of different tech and items from notable companies like Microsoft, Wacom, and more on each floor. Moreover, if you want to spend money, you can go to a maid cafe on the upper floors.

Guanghua Digital Plaza address: No. 8, Section 3, Civic Blvd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100

18. Indigenous People’s Park: Learn More About Taiwan’s Culture

A park dedicated to preserving Taiwan’s indigenous people’s culture. While you’re here, you’ll find statues, totem tiles, and other cultural images that’ll help you learn more about the indigenous people in Taiwan and how they’ve impacted the country.

It’s not the biggest park, but it’s a pleasant walk. Moreover, there’s a nearby castle that you can observe.

Indigenous People’s Park address: Sec 2, Zhi Shan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, 111

19. Stroll Through One of the Memorial Halls

chiang kai shek memorial hall gate, it's one of the top things to do in Taipei

Taipei has two memorial halls, Chiang Kai-shek and Sun Yat-Sen. Each of these halls is dedicated to the fellows they’re named after.

They both have parks that surround each set of monuments and offer a means for you to learn about both of these notable figures in Taiwan’s history.

At Chiang Kai Shek memorial hall, you can also explore the National Concert Hall and National Theater, which often host famous musicians like Shao Lian Lin.


20. Visit One of the Many Night Markets

Taipei has over 15 night markets, all ready for you to venture into. Each has a collection of food vendors, carnival games, and general wares shops.

Here are some popular ones:

Explore More Night Markets Throughout Taiwan

Central & Eastern Night Markets:

Southern Night Markets:

21. Old House Bouldering | Double 8

Rather than hiking outdoors, you could boulder (rock climb) between 30–60 minutes inside Double 8. Afterward, take some time and explore the outside Dihua old Street.

Double 8 address: No. 251號, Section 1, Dihua St, Datong District, Taipei City, 10348

22. Taipei Expo Farmer’s Market

taipei city expo center, taipei, taiwan

This farmer’s market is a perfect opportunity for tourists to explore Taiwan’s local farming culture. With foods sourced from around the country, you can browse this market on a nice day and see what they have to offer.

Once you’re done in the farmer’s market, there’s a lot to do in this area. Neighboring MAJI square houses a lot of food vendors, bars, and nightclubs. There’s also a children’s park nearby. Furthermore, the Keelung river’s somewhat close if you want to ride a bike along the river.

If you’re riding the Taipei MRT, go down the Red Line and depart at Yuanshan.

Taipei Expo Farmer’s Market address: No. 1號, Yumen Street, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, 10491

23. Have a Drink at Dadaocheng Wharf

Paying for a drink isn’t free; however, you can bring a drink from home to Dadaocheng Warf and have a drink while observing the Tamsui river. Moreover, you can explore historic Dadaocheng and stroll along the waterfront while you’re here.

24. Beitou Hot Springs

2 beitou library taipei, taiwan

After all your exploring, take a load off. You can either bathe in the public spring (cheaper), rent a room hourly, or stay overnight in one of their hot spring hotels.

When you’re done lounging, you can explore the resort.

Find out more about the past occupation of Taiwan by Japan in the hot springs museum. If history isn’t your thing, find your way through the haze of the Thermal Valley.

To find the Beitou hot springs resort, take the Taipei Metro Red Line toward Tamsui and depart at Beitou station. From there, you will transfer to Xinbeitou and take the train to the resort.

25. Time Travel: Qidong Street Japanese Houses

Qidong Street has spanned through various eras, including the Qing Dynasty, Japan’s colonization, and the current government.

When Japan ruled over Taiwan, this area belonged to the Saiwaichō civil servant housing group between the 1920s and ’40s. However, if you go to these houses now, they remain unchanged for the most part.

So, you’ll get a glimpse of what life was like in Taiwan under Japanese rule.

26. Jiantanshan Trail

Rather than hiking on the overcrowded Elephant mountain, roam through the nature-rich environment of Jiantan Mountain Trail to get a breathtaking view of Taipei.

Perfect for watching fireworks on New Years’ Eve or snapping a fantastic picture.

Don’t forget to buy a drink to slurp down while gazing at Taipei.

This two-mile (3.3 km) hike leads to a vista where you can gaze upon a 180-degree view of:

  • Taipei 101
  • Four Beasts Mountains
  • Dajia Riverside Park
  • MacArthur Bridge
  • Keelung River
  • The airplanes ascending and descending at Songshan Airport

You can also catch the Red Line train to Jiantan Station to reach the trailhead. From that point, leave through exit two and follow stone steps toward a trail.

Jiantanshan Trail address: 10491, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, 中山北路四段71巷2弄69號

27. Taipei City Hakka Cultural Park

If you’d like to learn more about the Hakka people’s culture, this is one of the best places to go in Taipei. It’s a place for the Hakka people to gather and socialize while also presenting scenery to teach you more about their culture.

Taipei Hakka Cultural Park address: No. 2, Section 3, Tingzhou Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100

28. Indulge On Various Taiwanese Dishes and Drinks

Eat around. Taipei’s full of drink shops, street food, convenience stores, and bakeries. Try bubble tea at various shops. Buy a pineapple cake from a bakery.

Explore Taiwan’s convenience store culture. All options will fill your tummy for the day and ensure you get the gist of Taiwan’s food culture.

29. Get Lost in Taipei and Play Pokémon GO

If you have data or utilize Taipei’s free WiFi, you can hop on your phone and play Pokémon GO all day. You can usually find a lot of Pokémon at parks and tourist spots. Moreover, you won’t have to worry about a lack of people doing raids or attacking gyms.

A lot of the time, when you go to a gym that just activated, you’ll see a large group of people gathered in one area battling the raid boss.

30. See What’s Going on at Huashan 1914 Creative Park

The Huashan 1914 Creative Park is a multi-purpose park that hosts various events throughout the year.

Sometimes, you’ll find exhibits while you’re here, while other times, you’ll run into a European market, concert, or whatever else they’re hosting.

Huashan Creative Park is close to the Skytrend Shopping Center, so you’ll have plenty of free things to do in this part of Taipei.

Huashan 1914 Creative Park address: No. 1, Section 1, Bade Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100

31. Cycle Along the Riverside

The cycling part isn’t free; however, you can still walk along the riverside and gain the same benefits. You’ll find roadways alongside Taiwan’s various rivers throughout the country, especially in Taipei or New Taipei.

However, you can spend around NT$10 ($0.36) per half hour—for the first four hours—and rent a YouBike.

Dadaocheng Wharf, Taipei, Taiwan

As you explore these paths, you’ll find parks, photo spots, portable toilets, vending machines, and art on the floodwalls.

I recommend wearing sunscreen, though. Unfortunately, you won’t find that much cover.

32. Sleep in an Internet Cafe

If you wanna know where to stay in Taipei for cheap, keep reading.

For a better understanding of how internet cafes in Taiwan work, we will use QTime as my example.

While it doesn’t have the best ratings, it offers many features for foreigners and Taiwanese alike.

QTime’s pricing menu is available in English, Japanese, and Chinese. This cafe also operates 24/7. So, if you’re arriving in Taipei late and don’t want to deal with a hotel, an internet cafe is an excellent alternative. Ensure you bring your passport. They’ll need to see it.

They have two tiers that tie into pricing; membership and non-membership. If you’re planning to stay over five hours, you might want to grab a membership. It’s the best bang for your buck. The membership only costs NT$100 ($3.50).

QTime has three types of rooms available; Open Area, Box, and Japan Box.

The Open Area. Members-only pay NT$39/hr while non-members fork out NT$60/hr.

Box rooms are single-person rooms you could rest in. For non-members, these rooms cost NT$60/hr, and for members, it’s NT$39/hr.

Japan Boxes are only available for members and cost NT$102/hr. These rooms can accommodate two people.

It appears the Box and Japan Box rooms come with at least 1 USB port (not Type C), TV, DVD player, electrical outlet, a gaming computer, and a light.

Other than ice cream, they don’t have other food options. If it’s the middle of the night and your stomach’s growling, make your way to one of Taiwan’s thousands of convenience stores. They’re also open 24/7.

If you stay between 10:00 pm–11 am, you’ll only pay:

  • Five continuous hours for NT$135
  • Eight straight hours for NT$160
  • 12 hours for NT$230

You’ll pay for your room when you leave.

Whether you’re a member or non, you have all these perks available:

  • Unlimited ice cream (chocolate and vanilla) by the front counter.
  • Unlimited drinks like; grapefruit-, green-, milk-, lemon-, and black tea; grape and orange juice; hot- and iced water; and Pepsi.
  • Showers (NT$75/hr)
  • Free DVDs rentals
  • manga and magazine library (Chinese characters only)

QTime address: 100, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District, Guanqian Road, 6號B1

33. Visit the Ximending Pedestrian Area

Ximending, or Ximen, is a youth shopping district where you’ll find street performers, various shops, interesting restaurants like the modern toilet, or even the unofficial Ximen Night Market.

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Taipei Travel Essentials #

When visiting Taipei, you’ll need to consider Taiwan’s climate.

Most of the year, the country’s hot and humid or rainy and humid. So you’ll need to prepare accordingly by packing these items:

  • Lightweight waterproof jacket: something that provides UV protection, can repel water, and is light enough to not cause a heat stroke—like a parka
  • Sunscreen: essential to protect you from UV rays
  • Insect repellant: Taiwan has many mosquitos and Asian giant hornets, so it’s in your best interest to repel them
  • VPN: Taipei has free WiFi everywhere, if you decide to use it, you’ll need to protect yourself against hackers
  • Umbrella: you can find these everywhere in Taipei, but you can either use them to protect yourself against the sun or rain
  • Reusable water bottle: save money on bottled water and refill your bottles at Taipei Metro stations

FAQ: Top Things to do in Taipei

Browse these commonly asked questions about tourist attractions in Taipei to see if you’ll find an answer to a question that has been bugging you.

What Are the Top Attractions to Visit in Taipei?

The top attractions to visit in Taipei are Taipei 101, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, the National Palace Museum, and Shilin Night Market.

What Do You Think of These Top Things To Do in Taipei?

Out of all the top things to do in Taipei, my favorite place to visit is the Skytrend technology shopping center.

Everyone has different preferences, though.

Since Taipei’s so small, you can probably explore a good portion of these places in a few days. And likely when visiting Taiwan, you’ll spend most of your time in this area.

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