City Guide Taipei, Taiwan

Visiting Taipei

With a population of approximately 2.6 million people, Taipei is not just the capital of Taiwan but also one of China’s provincial capital cities. It is a peculiar mix of old and new. On one part of town you can visit ancient temples whereas other parts are gleaming with neon lights.

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Taipei City Reviews

  • 60%


    Ideal for a short stay

    I stayed for 8D7N in Taipei and was running out of things to do by the 3rd day. Shopping wise you'll probably get better deals at the alleys in the Eastern Shopping District @ Zhongxiao Dunhua for young adults. The fashion offered at Wufenpu and Ximending are more catered towards teenagers. Food at the nightmarket is relatively cheap and nice too.

    Insider Tip:If you intend to go clubbing, some clubs at Hsin Yi District (the hottest clubbing district in Taipei) offers a lower price or even free entry for ladies on Wednesdays. However with that said, the clubs during Wednesday nights could be relatively empty as it's still a workday. For a better clubbing experience, go during fridays or saturdays.

  • 80%


    cheap price and kind people

    it was a little hot and humid to get around the city in this season but still it's a fun, lively city with kind people. u can enjoy nightlife with lots of shops and bars 24 hour open. also night markets in the city are worth visiting where they sell various street foods and cheap items. it's a great place to get some rest which has hot springs nearby and lots of foot massage shops.

  • 80%


    First solo trip to Taiwan

    I am a female traveler who decided to go to Taiwan for my first solo trip around the world and it is an extremely good place to start for a solo trip. The people are really friendly and hospitable, and most of the people there are able to understand basic English. I really enjoyed my time there and will definitely recommend this place to people who intend to travel solo for the first time.

  • 70%


    Great place to visit, but don't go in the height of summer!

    Taipei was AMAZING. It was cheap, there was plenty to see, and it was very easy to get around with no Chinese (thanks Google Maps!). The only downside was the heat and humidity...I'd never go in the summer time again. Top sights: Taipei 101, Taipei Zoo, Maokong (cable car ride to the top of the mountain from Taipei Zoo, MUST SEE at sunset and for the amazing tea houses), Chiang Kai-shek Memorial, Sun Yat-sen Memorial, Xingtian Temple, night markets.

    Insider Tip:If you're a vegetarian like me (or vegan), be sure to get your fix at Loving Hut! They're all over the city and offer cheap and delicious vegan food. For transport, definitely get the metro transport card!

  • 80%


    Taiwanese/ Mandarin collision

    Taipei was relaxed, big enough that there is plenty to see and night markets to try but I found it hard to find the good eats in English. I met some great Taiwanese friends and they showed me some of the best places but couldn't have found them on my own. Plenty of shopping and good street food in Ximen. Also all the illegal carts scurry when the motorcycle cops come in Ximen at night and is quite fun to observe.

    Insider Tip:Best Pineapple Cakes at a bakery known as Chia Te. They have a website and usually a waiting line outside the bakery! Everything is fresh with no preservatives. Brought some back for friends and family in the US.

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