My top 10 Taipei recommendations!
- Soup Dumplings at Din Tai Fung:
You can’t visit Taipei without having dim sum and Din Tai Fung has the best. This was the first place I went to as soon as I arrived. Everything we ordered was yummy and the ambiance is great. You can even watch as they make the soup dumplings.
- Taipei 101 and Taipei 101 Observatory:
The building was designed to resemble a gigantic bamboo stalk. At 508m, Taipei 101 held the title of ‘world’s tallest building’ for a number of years and until 2011 it held the title of the world’s tallest green building. Observation decks are on the 88th and 89th floors, with an outdoor deck on the 91st floor.
- Elephant Mountain:
For the best view of Taipei City, make a hike to the top of Elephant Mountain! The hike takes a total of around 15-20 minutes to the top and includes lots of stairs, but the incredible views are worth the hike.
- Night Markets:
In Taipei, the best nightlife is found at food markets. Shilin NM is probably the biggest, and definitely the most famous night market in Taiwan. It’s a great place to try many typical Taiwanese snack foods.
- Maokong Gondola:
This is a must do when visiting Taipei. There are several stops along the mountainside with really amazing views as you ride. You pay one rate and can get off, visit Zhinan Temple and stop for some food and then hop back on and keep going.
- Zhinan Temple:
This is my favorite temple in Taipei and it’s fun to ride the Maokong Gondola to get there. Zhinan Temple is a Taoist temple on the slopes of Houshan in Taipei and is said to be one of Asia’s must-see destinations due to its long history and because of how important it is to the Taoists of Taiwan.
- Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall:
The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a national monument, landmark and tourist attraction erected in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China. It’s definitely a place to visit especially if you want to learn the history of the country and all his mementos, photographs, rare letters and documents from his personal and political life.
- Smoothie House:
Mango shaved ice is a classic and something you must try at least once in Taipei. The shaved ice is fluffy, the mango is sweet, and the sauce is amazing. It’s a delicious dessert or afternoon snack. The portions are really big so it can easily be shared with a few people.
- Songshan Cultural and Creative Park:
One of Taipei’s largest creative arts spaces, this complex sits on the grounds of a former tobacco factory established by the Japanese. Space is now a large public park with exhibition halls, art shows, and conference spaces.
- Shifen Waterfall:
Shifen Waterfall is a scenic waterfall located in Pingxi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan, on the upper reaches of the Keelung River. The waterfall creates a rainbow as it splashes into the lake and is one of the most scenic in all of Taiwan.