The Top 10 Things To See And Do In Daan, Taipei

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Rebecca Adams

Though its name translates to “great peace,” Daan District in Taipei is a bustling area that offers plenty to keep any traveler busy. As a commercial and educational hub, this district is home to colorful night markets, up-scale shopping areas and Taipei’s largest park. With plenty of bus routes and metro lines linking it to the rest of the city, visiting couldn’t be easier. Here’s our list of the best things to see and do in Daan District.

1. Get lost in a night market

Market, Street Food

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Experiencing the vibrancy of a Taiwanese night market is a must for any traveler. The Tonghua Night Market, also known as the Linjiang Street Night Market, is famous for its abundance of street food. The market is best enjoyed on an empty stomach, as street vendors offer a tempting range of snacks from fresh fruit drinks and fried dumplings, to more adventurous options like fried chicken feet and stinky tofu. Along the crowded neon-lit streets, visitors can also find good deals on clothes, shoes, souvenirs and even foot massages. More courageous travelers may even wish to try out their bartering skills.

2. Stroll through Daan Forest Park

Park, Forest, Skate Park

Located near the center of Daan District and occupying 64 acres, Daan Forest Park is the largest green space in Taipei. With two ponds, pavilions and beautiful strolling paths, the park is the perfect getaway for anyone needing a break from the hustle and bustle of Taipei city. Visitors can enjoy free shows at the amphitheater during holidays or enjoy the various exercise areas, such as the playground and skating rink.

3. Eat your way along Yongkang Street

Market

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From quaint food stalls and cafes to gourmet restaurants, the assortment of venues that lines the famous Yongkang Street makes it the perfect destination for foodies of all budgets. The area is home to the world-renowned Din Tai Fung Dumpling House and Yong Kang Beef Noodle, both of which are known for serving mouth-watering Taiwanese cuisine. Visitors can head to Yongkang Street for a delicious lunch or dinner, wander through niche boutiques, or simply relax with a coffee or tea in one of the street’s trendy cafes. Yongkang Street is located within view of the Taipei 101 and can be accessed from the Dongmen metro station.

5. Indulge in up-scale shopping

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6. Explore Taipei’s most prestigious University

Museum, University

With scenic parks and botanical gardens, the prestigious National Taiwan University is a beautiful campus. Founded in 1928 during the Japanese rule, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in many disciplines and is considered one of the best universities in the region. Visitors can enjoy the abundant green space, grab lunch at one of the many restaurants or find a cafe and curl up with a book. The campus is also home to several museums, including an insectarium with species over 100 years old and the Museum of Anthropology, which features collections of cultural artifacts from the Taiwan Indigenous People.National Taiwan University, No.1 Section 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei, Taiwan

7. Head over to the Taipei Grand Mosque

Building, Mosque

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Covering an area of over 2,700 square meters, the Taipei Grand Mosque is Taiwan’s most famous Islamic building. Built in the 1960s, the mosque is home to the Chinese Muslim Association headquarters and also hosts a variety of Islamic courses, including a class in Arabic language. Upon entering the prayer hall, visitors will notice the huge green-domed roof rising overhead. Persian rugs, chandeliers and arches also decorate the interior. The mosque was designed by famous architect Yang Cho-cheng, who designed other well-known buildings in Taipei.

8. Enjoy live music

Bar, Cocktails

After a day filled with shopping and haggling in Taipei’s markets, head over to Sappho Live for some live music. Sappho Live features a variety of music from blues and jazz, to swing and funk. The bar also serves a mix of Western and Asian cuisine, including Chinese dumplings, pasta dishes and the ever-popular Sappho burger. Sappho Live is the perfect place to grab a cocktail and chill.

9. Learn the art of tea-making at Wistaria Tea House

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10. Dive into history

Historical Landmark

Visitors wishing to step back in time can visit two historic homes found in Daan District. The first is the Fanglan Mansion, a brick and wooden structure built in 1806 which belonged to the Chen family. Though much of the mansion has collapsed over the years, decorative details on the roof can still be seen. The second historic home is Yifang Mansion, built in 1876 to serve as the Chen family’s third home. Both homes are located near the Gongguan metro station.
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