This Taipei travel guide will help you to discover the best Taipei attractions. The city has world class Chinese temples, art and history museums, and some of the coolest (and biggest) night markets in Asia.
Visit Taipei Attractions – Some Favorites
When you get to Taipei, the most obvious landmark is Taipei Tower (Taipei 101) – the second-largest building in the world. The Taipei 101 building is massive, and just to see it up close is a treat. The inside of the building is mostly high-end shopping. The Taipei 101 building is the most beautiful skyscraper I’ve ever seen. You cannot visit Taipei and miss this sight.
Dadaocheng is the most historical neighborhood in Taipei city. Dihua Street 迪化街 is lined with old buildings, traditional shops, tea houses, temples, street food. It’s the top place in the city to buy traditional Chinese gifts such as tea, pottery, crafts, desserts. The Dadaocheng Wharf is also definitely one of the hottest Taipei attractions these days. It’s also a popular place to watch the sunset.
Visiting Longshan Temple in Taipei is a great way to feel like you are removed from the city life throughout the rest of Taipei. I have visited more than 100 temples in Taiwan, and to this day, Longshan Temple in Taipei is still way up there at the top of my list of favorites.
Even if you are not into museums or history, you can’t really visit Taipei and not go to the National Palace Museum. I have been to some of the best museums in the world and I still believe the National Palace Museum in Taipei is the most impressive of them all!
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is conveniently located near the Taipei 101 tower. If you have some extra time after visiting Taipei’s famous skyscraper, go for a walk to visit the Sun Yat-sen Memorial, it’s just past Taipei City Hall when you head north. Great for pictures!
If you visit Taipei with kids, you don’t want to miss this attraction. It is located right next to an MRT station, has two giant pandas, and tons of other cool animals and sights!
Maokong in Taipei is a very nice place to hike, drink locally grown tea, and relax. You can take the Maokong Gondola from the Taipei Zoo MRT Station.
Baoan Temple is situated in the Qing Dynasty-heavy Datong district, next to the more touristy Confucius temple. Baoan is Taoist in religion and is built to worship Baosheng Dadi, the divine physician who is most widespread in Taiwan.
This national park is right next (north) of Taipei City and it’s packed with easy hiking trails. Yangmingshan is not a massive mountain by any means, so inexperienced hikers shouldn’t have a big problem with any of the common trails.
Beitou in Taipei is littered with hot spring pools ranging from the cheap public variety to the exclusive, upscale versions. If you’ve never had the hot spring experience, Beitou is a great place to make it happen.
Confucius Temple, Ba’oan Temple, Longshan Temple (and more) are waiting for you to show you what religion is all about in Taiwan. See pictures of Chinese gods, dragons, and calligraphy at the city’s best temples.
For more Taipei attractions, you can check out this page about things to do in Taipei!