Although there is no way in which you can really explore all that Taipei has to offer in just one day, if you plan your time carefully, you will still be able to soak up some of the city’s essence. From Taipei 101 to the Longshan Temple, this one day itinerary for Taipei encompasses a number of the city’s must-see highlights.
Begin your day in Taipei at the National Palace Museum, as this museum is a fantastic introduction to the city, as well as the country as a whole. After learning about Taiwan’s history, head on over to the Longshan Temple, which is just a short taxi ride away. This is located in Taipei’s oldest neighbourhood, and was originally build in 1738, in a traditional Fujianese style. The atmosphere is always buzzing with life, and it is worth spending thirty minutes here just soaking up the ambience. Once you are done, make your way to Xinyi Road, where you will find the original branch of famous restaurant chain Din Tai Fung. Try to allow some time for the long queues that form at the door, and, although you may not have much spare time in the city, this restaurant is worth the wait.
After lunch, take a little stroll around Ximending to work off your meal. Xinmending is the main shopping district of Taipei, and is filled with everything from international luxury stores to small, local designer boutiques. Then, head on over to the Taipei Zoo, not for the zoo itself but for the Maokong Gondola, which begins just nearby. This gondola ride will take you high up over the city, giving you an incredible view of Taiwan from above. Once you disembark, you will see several tea shops in front of you, so do stop off for a few samples of local tea.
As evening falls, pay a visit to Taipei 101. While this was, at one point in time, the tallest building in the world, it is now the eighth tallest skyscraper, but is still one of the best spots to go to to enjoy a view of the city. While many may disagree, the view is even more memorable as the sun sets, as you will then be able to see the city turn into a twinkling network of lights. Once you have finished admiring the view, it is time to visit the Shilin Night Market. Taipei is home to a number of different night markets, and, depending on how tired you are, you could check out a few different ones. However, if you only have the time and energy for one, make it the Shilin Night Market, as this is also where you will be able to find some delicious local food for dinner. Whether you opt for dumplings, the oyster omelette, or the local favorite, beef noodle soup, this is a great spot to enjoy a casual bite to eat. Once you have eaten, take some time to explore the rest of the market, perhaps picking up a few souvenirs that you can take back home with you.
Taipei is packed with so much to see and do, and spending a day here is a great introduction to the city’s general vibe and ambience. From the history at the Longshan Temple to the street food at the Shilin Night Market, these are some of the best spots in the city to spend your day exploring.