An amazing city that is great to visit with both family and friends, Taipei attracts thousands of visitors every year with its impeccable views and delectable food.
But there is so much more than just bubble tea and fried chicken that Taipei has to offer. With this comprehensive 5D4N guide to Taipei, I guarantee that you get the most out of your short stay in Taipei!
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Day 1 – Ximending and Haidilao
The best meal to start with is definitely a bowl of Ay Chung Flour Rice Noodles. The Ximending area is perfect for a relaxing day out after your tiring flight as you shop for your favourite local delights and stock up on your Watsons supplies.
Head to Tian Tian Li for humble braised pork rice and grab a cup of brown sugar milk tea at Bubble Lee right beside that I personally prefer over Xin Fu Tang. Haidilao in Taiwan is also significantly cheaper than in Singapore but you still enjoy the same quality of food and service.
Day 2 – Yong He Soya Milk, Jiufen and Shifen
Take the direct bus 965 from Ximen Station directly to Jiufen, but do be aware of its departure timings as intervals are rather long. There are many scenic spots to grab your shots at Jiufen and freshly made pineapple tarts and taro balls to indulge in. Opposite the entrance to Jiufen is Li Yi Bakery that sells the best Sun Biscuit in Taipei in my opinion. Head to Shifen after lunch to release the sky lantern that you have decorated with your wishes. Each colour on the lantern has a different meaning, so make sure you choose the right one for your wish!
Day 3 – Hotspring at Beitou, Shilin Night Market
A hotspring session is sure to rejuvenate you for two more days of travelling. I recommend booking a short 2hr session with the Grand View Resort via Klook which includes tea time as well. Head down on weekdays to avoid the crowd and allow yourself enough time for the hotspring while snapping that insta-worthy shot. If you’re looking to indulge yourself, you can book a night’s stay at the resort to give yourself more than enough time to dip in the hotspring pool whenever you want.
Day 4 – Cafe Hopping / Zoo and Maokong Gondola, Tong Hua Night Market
If you’re heading there with friends, then café hopping is likely to be on your list. There’s a variety of indie cafes in Taipei that serves up solid coffee and sides that is refreshing aside from Starbucks. Some of my favourites include Jack & NaNa Coffee Store, Tamed Fox and Fika Fika Cafe with aesthetically pleasing interiors and equally satisfying coffee.
For families with young kids, heading to the Zoo and the nearby Maokong Gondola is great for some family time. Admission tickets only cost ~S$3 and you get to explore the enormous zoo that houses a wide variety of animals. There are no animal shows there but the walking about should take up the bulk of your time. Within walking distance from the zoo is the Maokong Gondola that brings you to the mountainous area. The view from Maokong is spectacular and should not be missed. Tea houses are scattered along the road for visitors to enjoy a relaxed afternoon there.
Albeit being a small night market, Tong Hua is popular amongst both locals and tourists. There were queues at Hong Hua Sausages and Monga Fried Chicken which were definitely worth the queue in my opinion.
Day 5 – Last minute shopping and Flight back
With a morning to spend before you head back to Singapore, get your last minute shopping done at Chia Te Bakery for their famous pineapple tarts, sun biscuits and more. If time permits, head to the first ever Din Tai Fung before taking the Express Train to Taoyuan International Airport. Stop by their many 7-11 or Family Mart to grab some snacks to tide you through the flight back.
I hope this short and simple guide suits your every need to see the very best of Taipei! I’ve just return but can’t wait for the next time I return to fest on braised pork rice and more bubble tea!