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.
For large departments stores and shopping malls, head over to Zhongxiao East Road. Divided into eastern and western sections, Zhongxiao Road is a major boulevard that brings together five city districts. Main landmarks along this road include Shandao Temple, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and Taipei’s North Gate. High-end fashion options can be found at one of the many shopping malls in this area, including SOGO Pacific, Breeze Center and the underground East Metro Mall. Alternatively, visitors looking to escape the rush of the main thoroughfare can wander through the winding side streets of the Zhongxiao Dunhua shopping area and discover fashionable boutiques and quiet cafes.Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei, Taiwan
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
Named for the wisteria vines planted in its courtyard, the Wistaria Tea House has seen many transformations over the years. It was originally built in the early 1920s to house navy officers and later became the home of David Chow, who used it as a meeting place for guests to discuss politics, art and philosophy. Today, the Japanese-style house is a historical site where visitors can enjoy tea and take in the building’s serene atmosphere. Though the teahouse staff will expertly prepare the tea, guests can also request to try their hand at tea preparation instead.Wistaria Tea House, No. 1, Lane 16, Section 3, Xinsheng S Road, Da’an District, Taipei, Taiwan +886 2 2363 7375