20 Must-Visit Attractions in Taipei

The impressive entrance to the National Palace Museum | © Latinboy / WikiCommoms
The impressive entrance to the National Palace Museum | © Latinboy / WikiCommoms
Photo of Ciaran McEneaney
28 February 2018

Taipei 101 and night markets are the two main attractions that most tourists think of when you mention Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei. But there’s so much more to this vibrant city than the former tallest building in the world. Here’s our pick of the best in town.

Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

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Dr Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall | © Chein Hao / Flickr
Dr. Sun Yat-sen was the former leader of the KMT party and the first president of the Republic of China, which we also know as Taiwan. The park around the memorial hall is a nice place to relax in the afternoon while the hall itself houses some of Sun Yat-sen’s personal items.

Elephant Mountain

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The view from Elephant Mountain at night
The view from Elephant Mountain at night | © Chris / Flickr
This is by far and away the best place to get a bird’s eye view of the city, and Taipei 101 in particular. It’s a short and not too taxing hike to the top, and it’s the perfect location for a few snapshots of the city skyline.

Grand Hotel

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Grand Hotel, Taipei
Grand Hotel, Taipei | Andrew Currie / Flickr
Taiwan’s most famous hotel has been host to many foreign dignitaries and celebrities. It’s a wonderful building with a historic feel. Even tourists who are not staying at the hotel come to enjoy afternoon tea and take photos of the impressive structure.

Chiang Kai-shek Shilin Residence

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Pond outside the official residence
Pond outside the official residence | © 1992 Since / Flickr
The former president’s official residence is set within beautiful botanical gardens and is now open to the public after years of restoration work. The building is full of interesting items that once belonged to both Chiang Kai-shek and his wife, who was known as Madame Chiang.

Danshui Old Street

A wonderful old street in the old fishing village of Danshui (which is now more of a town), Danshui Old Street checks all the boxes for quaintness, food, and souvenirs.

Danshui Old Street | © susan curry / WikiCommons

National Taiwan Museum & 228 Memorial Park

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National Taiwan Museum at entrance to 228 Park
National Taiwan Museum at entrance to 228 Park | © Taiwan junior / WikiCommons
The National Taiwan Museum is two separate buildings: the main wing is located in 228 Memorial Park, while the second building is across the street in a former bank. Both buildings are filled with interesting exhibits on the natural history of Taiwan and its aboriginal tribes. When you’re finished here, you can take a walk through the park.

The Presidential Palace

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Presidential Palace
Presidential Palace | © Uwe Aranas / WikiCommons
The Presidential Palace was built during the Japanese Colonial period and is quite the impressive feat of architecture. It houses the day-to-day working office of the president, but some sections are open to the public.

Huashan 1914 Creative Park

Set in a former winery, this creative park is now home to a variety of shops, cafés, restaurants, and exhibition halls. Here you’ll also find a lot of local craft and artworks for sale.