Flights to Taipei (TPE)

Explore Taiwan’s capital to discover one of the most laidback cities in Asia filled with buzzing nightlife, beautiful restaurants and excellent shopping.
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Taipei, Taiwan

What to do in Taipei

Explore Huashan 1914 Creative Park

When this old factory packed its last box back in 1987, a group of creatives saved it from disrepair. It has since become a spectacular space housing exhibitions, music performances, restaurants and cafes. There's always something going on, but check listings for special events.

Zhongzheng District
100
+886 2 2358 1914
huashan1914.com

Enjoy Taipei Film House

One of the best examples of Taipei's burgeoning creative side is Taipei Film House. This beautiful 80-seat independent cinema in an old ambassador’s villa screens local and international flicks, but is also worth a visit just to see the architecture. Have a coffee on the terrace and browse the gift shop.

No 18, Section 2
Zhongshan North Road
Zhongshan District
104
+886 2 2511 7786
spot.org.tw (Taiwanese language website)

Visit Yangmingshan National Park

Just a bus ride away from the city centre, Yangmingshan is simply stunning. With its hot springs, cherry blossoms and dramatic landscape, which includes Taiwan's tallest dormant volcano, Seven Star Mountain, it’s a wonderful place to visit if you enjoying hiking and the great outdoors.

Jhuzihhu Road
Beitou District
112
+886 2 2861 3601
english.ymsnp.gov.tw

Visit the Miniatures Museum of Taiwan

The Miniatures Museum of Taiwan is weird, wonderful and completely captivating. It's home to incredibly intricate houses, castles and palaces – both Eastern and Western – and whole sprawling towns, as well as scenes from classic children's stories such as Alice in Wonderland. It’s worth visiting however old you are.

No 96, Section 1
Jianguo North Road
Zhongshan District
104
+886 2 2515 0583
mmot.com.tw

Shop at Shida Night Market

Shilin may be Taipei's most popular market, but Shida is the coolest. It all kicks off at 6pm and runs late into the night. It’s a great place to pick up clothes and jewellery, and an even better place to eat street food. Which stall does the best beef noodle soup? Let the sampling begin.

Lane 44, Section 1
Taishun Street
Da’an District
106
facebook.com/pages/Shida-Night-Market (Taiwanese language webpage)

Read all night at Eslite Dunnan

Eslite Dunnan, which once held the title of Asia's best bookstore, is open 24 hours a day. Saturday nights here – or, rather, Sunday mornings – are a Taipei institution. And you can read as long as you like with no pressure to buy.

No 245, Section 1
Dunhua South Road
Da’an District
106
+886 2 8789 892
eslite.com

Where to eat in Taipei

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Shin Yeh (Taiwanese)

The owners of Shin Yeh set up shop back in the 1970s as a tiny back alley joint, before it became one of Taipei’s best restaurants. It did this by focusing on Taiwanese comfort food and adding a contemporary twist. There are several Shin Yehs in the city, but this, the original, is the best.

No 34, Section 1
Shuangcheng Street
Zhongshan District
104
+886 2 2596 3255
shinyeh.com.tw

Kanpai (Japanese)

Kanpai is a Japanese barbecue, where you can have food prepared and served in the usual way, or cook it yourself on the barbecue pit built into the table. It is one of the most fun and sociable places to eat in the city.

No 17, Lane 236, Section 1
Dunha South Road
Da’an District
106
kanpai.com.tw

Eastern Ice Store (Shaved ice)

You can't visit Taipei without having a shaved ice dessert – big bowls of shaved ice with condensed milk and various toppings. You can have it anywhere in the city, but those in the know say this little side street vendor is the best.

No 38, Lane 216, Section 4
Zhongxiao East Rd
Da’an District
106
+886 2 2777 2057
efy.com.tw (Taiwanese language website)

Din Tai Fung (Taiwanese)

There are several Din Tai Fungs in Taipei, and around Asia, the success of which is built on its spectacular steamed soup dumplings (xiao long bao). But everything on the menu at this Xinyi Road eatery is a five-star delicacy, as are desserts such as the steamed red bean dumplings.

No 194, Section 2
Xinyi Road
Da’an District
106
+886 2 2321 8928
dintaifung.com.tw/en

Campus Cafe (Cafe)

Campus Cafe, as its name suggests, is an American-style coffee house perfect for lunch with friends or getting lost in a good book. It's a cosy, contemporary setting where the hot drinks are great and the Philly cheesesteak sandwich is the best you'll taste outside of the United States.

No 99, Lane 11
Guangfu N Road
Songshan District
105
+886 2 2742 3438
gocampuscafe.com

Places to stay in Taipei

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Dong Wu Hotel

Located in the old town, close to a metro station and with lots of restaurants nearby, Dong Wu is the best value-for-money hotel in Taipei. It is perfect for those who want a comfortable, convenient but inexpensive base from which to explore the city.

No 258, Section 2
Yanping North Road
Datong District
103
+886 2 2557 1261
dongwu-hotel.com

W Taipei

W Taipei is as good a hotel as you're likely to stay in. It's stylish without being stuffy, and friendly without being formal. It looks good, has an amazing pool and the free candy you’ll find in your room is a nice touch.

No10
Zhongxiao East Road
Section 5
Xinyi District
110
+886 2 7703 8888
wtaipei.com

The Okura Prestige Taipei

There are seven types of rooms on offer at this luxury hotel in Taipei. One to splash out on for special occasions, The Okura is widely regarded as one of the best hotels in Taipei – the reception area alone will take your breath away.

No 9, Section 1
Nanjing East Road
Zhongshan District
104
+886 2 2523 1111
okurataipei.com.tw/en

Les Suites Taipei (Ching Cheng)

The only thing better than the central location of this five-star boutique hotel is its decor. Smart, stylish and understated, Les Suites Taipei and its staff are on hand to make you feel at home. Plus, you’re just a short stroll from Nanjing East Road metro station.

No 12
Ching Cheng Street
Xinyi District
105
+886 2 8712 7688
hotelsuitesching-cheng.com

Hotel Quote Taipei

Close to both Taipei Arena and Songshang Airport, Quote is a stylish hotel that boasts 64 exquisitely designed rooms at seven different prices. It has all the gadgets you'd expect of a hi-tech hotel, and serves excellent food and drink.

No. 333 Section 3
Nanjing East Road
Songshan District
105
+886 2 2175 5588
hotel-quote.com/en-us

CityInn Hotel Plus – Ximending

There are several CityInn hotels in Taipei, but the best of the bunch is the Ximending branch. Its location is ideal – right next to Ximen Station – and the helpful staff and the playful, modern decor make it one of Taipei’s best budget hotels.

No 63
Baoqing Road
Zhongzheng District
100
+886 2 7725 2288
cityinn.com.tw/EN/Cityinn4

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