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Top 10 Fun, Adventurous and Interesting Things to Do in Taipei (2024)

byTan Shu Yun
  • Jan 04, 2024
  • 10 mins
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Taipei, you can also easily gain a deeper understanding of the unique local traditions and interesting festivals. By night, the city buzzes alive and famous night markets or after-dark clubs and bars light up the streets, ready to welcome partygoers and foodies.

Taipei is a treasure trove of experiences. But with an abundance of activities for travellers to try, it can be challenging to sieve through and narrow down your options. To ensure you enjoy all the best this vibrant city offers, we have curated a list of the top things to do in Taipei in the morning and at night.

From activities to try after arriving at Taoyuan International Airport to your tour around Jiufen and Beitou, this guide provides you with all you need to make the most of your time in this exciting city. Besides planning your travel schedule, figuring out the logistics and administrative work is also essential to minimise any unpleasant surprises and make your trip as perfect as possible. To help you out, we’ve also included our best travel tips to cover all grounds so you can focus on creating memorable memories in Taipei.


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Taipei Huashan 1914 Creative Park

1. Soak up in Cafes and Art Spaces at Huashan 1914 Creative Park

If you are into the arts and indie culture, Huashan 1914 Creative Park is certainly not to be missed. Located at the site of a former wine factory, the park is now one of the hottest venues for art and cultural exhibitions.

With an abundance of inspiring exhibits and quirky stores selling cute stationery and whimsical things, the park is a hipster’s dream come true. When tired of touring the shops, you can also take a break in one of the cosy cafes or enjoy a mini-concert by local musicians in the park, and it will do the trick to power you through the rest of the day.

Cost: Free admission.
Address: No. 1, Section 1, Bade Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City.
Opening hours: Public areas are open 24/7, and most shops are open from 11:00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Guided tours on weekends: 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
How to get there:

  • Travel to Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station by MRT (blue/orange line). Come out from Exit 1 and walk for about three minutes.
  • Travel to Shandaoshi Station by MRT (blue line). Come out from Exit 6m and walk for around five minutes.

2. Take a Walk Down Memory Lane in Sisi Nan Village

Tucked away in the lively urban area of Taipei, Sisi Nan Village can be easy to miss. This quaint little village is a former dwelling of military dependents and retains several nostalgic old townhouses that contrast sharply with the modern, sleek architecture of the Taipei 101 building nearby.

For those who love retro and cultural things, do remember to stop by the Military Heritage Museum, where a collection of relics from the village’s former residents are displayed. After a quick museum tour, you can head to the farmers' market or the market for thrift items and creative handicrafts to find the perfect, unique souvenir to bring home.

Cost: Free admission.
Address: No. 50, Songqin Street, Xinyi District, Taipei City
Opening hours: The weekend market is open from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
How to get there:

  • Travel to Taipei 101/World Trade Centre Station by MRT (red line) and come out from Exit 2. Walk straight and then turn left onto Zhuangjing Road. The complex lies ahead on the left.

3. Sip on the Best Teas in Town at Maokong

Formerly one of Taipei’s largest tea cultivation areas, a trip to Maokong offers one of the most immersive ways to experience Taiwanese tea culture.

Nestled among the terraced tea plantations and rich forest canopy high in the mountains, visitors can take a gondola up or enjoy hiking up the trails and admiring the beautiful spring blooms along the way. Among the things you can do at Maokong, sampling some quality brew in a zen tea house and enjoying a moment of tranquillity certainly tops the chart.

If you have worked up an appetite after your hike, there are also restaurants featuring delectable local tea-based cuisine.


  • Adult one-way gondola ticket: NT$120.
  • Gondola one-day pass with unlimited rides: NT$260

Address: Section 2, Xinguang Road, Wenshan District, Taipei City
Opening hours:

  • Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Holidays: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • The gondola is closed for maintenance on Lunar New Year’s Eve and Monday, except for national holidays.

How to get there:

  • Travel to Taipei Zoo Station by MRT (brown line) and walk along Xinguang Road Section 2 for about 350m to reach the gondola that takes you up to Maokong.
Taipei jiufen

4. Be Spirited Away from Taipei to Jiufen

If you have ever been mesmerised by Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, you will be thrilled with a visit to Jiufen, which looks just like the fantasy realm of this animated film. With charming lantern-lit lanes and traditional architecture, Jiufen brings you back in time, and you will be enchanted by the romantic atmosphere as you meander along its narrow alleys.

Do also stop by Amei Tea House, one of the most iconic buildings in Jiufen that closely resembles the set in Spirited Away.

Cost: Free admission.
Address: No. 89, Qiche Road, Ruifang District, New Taipei City
Opening hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday to Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

How to get there:

  • Travel to Zhongxiao Fuxing Station by MRT (brown/blue line). Take Keelung Bus 1062 at the bus stop outside Exit 2 and alight at Jiufen.
  • Travel to Taipei Main Station by MRT (blue line) and transfer to Ruifang Station (Pingxi line). Take Keelung Bus 1062 from Ruifang Station and alight at Jiufen.

5. Soak in the Relaxing Thermal Springs at Beitou

On some days, you may want to relax and take things slow. In this case, it is a must for you to do a day trip to Beitou's hot springs.

Set amongst the lush greenery of Taipei, visitors can unwind in one of the many hot spring facilities in Beitou, each offering a range of hot and cold pools and spa services. If you’re looking to relax and rejuvenate, a trip to Beitou's hot springs will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world.

Cost: Free admission, but the cost of hot spring services varies.
Address: Zhongshan Road, Guangming Road, Beitou District, Taipei City
Opening hours: Most attractions are closed on Mondays.
How to get there:

  • Travel to Beitou Station by MRT (red line). Transfer to Xinbeitou Station (pink line) and take a five-minute walk to the destination.

6. Uncover Taiwan’s Natural Beauty at Yangmingshan National Park

One of the most magnificent natural reserves in Taiwan, the unique sights and scents of Yangmingshan National Park are sure to win you over even if you are not a nature lover.

Here, visitors can hike along scenic trails, admire the seasonal blooms all year long, and snap gorgeous photos to freeze the magical moments in time. Like Beitou, the park is home to various hot springs, enabling you to enjoy activities aside from hiking and exploring nature.

By offering numerous things for visitors to do, Yangmingshan National Park ensures an enjoyable experience for all.

Cost: Free admission.
Address: No. 1-20, Zhuzihu Road, Beitou District, Yangmingshan, Taipei City
Opening Hours:

  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • All visitor centres are closed on Lunar New Year's Eve and the last Monday of each month (will be postponed by a day if the Monday coincides with a national holiday).

How to get there:

  • Travel to Taipei Main Station (blue line) and transfer to Jiantan Station (red line). Come out from Exit 1 and take Bus R5, S15 or S17 to Yangmingshan Station.
Taipei 101 sunset

7. Catch the Sunset at Taipei 101

As an iconic landmark in Taiwan, Taipei 101 should also be among the top places on your bucket list!

Up at the observatory on the 89th floor of the skyscraper, you will be treated to a stunning 360-degree panorama of the city. The building itself is a work of art, with its unique architecture and design incorporating elements of Chinese culture. If you are not a fan of heights and architecture, you can also explore the Taipei 101 Mall, which joins the ranks of renowned shopping districts such as Paris' Champs-Elysees.

Housing an extensive range of boutiques and dining options, you will never run out of things to do.

Cost: Tickets purchased on platforms like Klook cost S$26.25.
Address: No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City
Opening Hours:

  • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Last ticket sales for Taipei 101: 8:15 p.m.

How to get there:

  • Travel to Taipei 101/World Trade Centre Station by MRT (red line).

8. Light up the Sky with Lanterns at Pingxi Old Street

If you are looking for a unique and unforgettable experience in Taipei, why not travel down to Pingxi Old Street?

This charming and historic area is where the Taiwanese blockbuster movie You Are the Apple of My Eye was shot and is also famous for its Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival. The event sees hundreds of sky lanterns released into the night sky, creating a magical display of colours and light that will leave you feeling truly enchanted.

Cost: Free admission, but sky lanterns can cost between NT$150 to NT$400, depending on the number of colours the lantern has.
Address: No. 45, Pingxi Street, Pingxi District, New Taipei City
Opening Hours: All day.
How to get there:
Travel to Taipei Main Station by MRT (blue line) and transfer to Ruifang Station (Pingxi line).

9. Explore the Shinjuku of Taipei

As one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Taipei, the Ximending shopping district boasts a line-up of trendy boutiques, eateries, impressive graffiti art and hip things to do.

The area is especially popular among younger crowds, who enjoy the lively atmosphere and how the neighbourhood comes to life with street performances. For party animals, you will be satisfied with the nightlife entertainment options in Ximending.

Home to some of the wildest clubs in Taiwan, you will relish the opportunity to let your hair down and have fun twirling to electrifying beats on the dance floor.

Cost: Free admission.
Address: Wanhua District, Taipei City.
Opening Hours: All day.
How to get there:

  • Travel to Ximen Station by MRT (blue/green line).

10. Eat All You Can at Night Markets

The first thing that comes to mind when we think of Taipei is the delectable local street food found in its famous night markets, which promises to surprise even the most seasoned foodies.

From the all-time favourite bubble tea to exotic peanut ice cream rolls and everything in between, night markets promise a delightful gastronomic experience like no other. As such, no visit to Taipei will be complete without strolling through one of these marketplaces. If you are short of time, do visit at least one of the top 10 night markets, such as Shilin Night Market.

Cost: Free admission.
Address: Neighbourhood of Dadong Road, Danan Road, Wenlin Road and Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City
Opening Hours: 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m., but the best time to visit is from 7:00 p.m. onwards.
How to get there:

  • Travel to Jiantan Station by MRT (red line). Come out from Exit 1 and cross the street diagonally to the left to enter the night market.

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Shu Yun is driven by an enthusiasm to offer readers different perspectives and information on the evolving world through exploring diverse lifestyle topics. From vacation planning to tips on wellness, she hopes to stimulate thoughtful dialogue through her writing and recommendations.

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