Taipei Travel Guide

Whether it's delicious street food, world-class shopping or unforgettable sights you have in mind, there are so many things to do in Taipei.

The Zhongzheng neighborhood is the political core of Taipei and owes its architectural character to the Japanese who ruled between 1895 and 1945. The remnants of this era are keenly visible in The Presidential Building designed by Uheiji Nagano. Other landmarks in the area include the National Museum of History and the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall – an imposing tribute to the founder of modern Taiwan.

Getting lost in one of the city's bustling night markets is a great way to soak in the personality of the city. Shilin night market is the busiest in the city, but more tourist-oriented than Miaokou and Ningxia known for their food and Raohe, the oldest market in the city.

The city's storied past and cosmopolitan present offers visitors an abundance of museums and art galleries to visit. The Shung Ye Aboriginal Museum tells the stories of Taiwan's indigenous people, while the MOCA Taipei, houses some of Asia's most interesting contemporary art collections.

Still wondering what to do in Taipei? You'll find the city's glitzy shopping malls and the formidable Taipei 101 building in Xinyi, the city's financial and retail nucleus. While the world's most elite fashion flagships line the streets of neighboring Zhongshan.

If you're still looking for things to do in Taipei, take a day trip outside of the city. Hiking the peaks at nearby Yangmingshan National Park offers some respite from the hustle and bustle. Have something more relaxing in mind? The hot springs in the suburb of Beitou are popular among locals and tourists who visit the baths to heal and cleanse.

With so much going on, you'll never be scrambling for what to do next in Taipei.

An art house movie theater, café, and cinephile bookstore in the old U.S. ambassador’s residence.

The flagship store for a local book chain also sells gourmet chocolates, French fashion, music, funky stationery, electronic goods and Japanese knickknacks.

With jade-green tiled roofs and yellow walls that loom dramatically out of a mountain valley north of downtown Taipei, the museum holds one of the largest collections of Chinese artifacts and artwork in the world, including the famous Jade Cabbage—a piece of jade carved to resemble a head of cabb

Bird’s eye views, and inviting teahouses at the end of the line.

One of the more famous night markets, where snakes are sold as food.


A café/gallery/restaurant/design store, the Museum of Tomorrow stocks ingenious Japanese home wares and furniture.

Built by the Japanese in 1908, the red-brick octagonal building was recently renovated, like many old structures in Taipei. Stylishly dressed young people fill the café on the first floor and the theater on the second.

A contemporary art museum, located in the old city hall.

Known for its handsome bartenders, groovy interiors and delicious cocktails.