Besides the places I’ve done stand-alone posts on, here are some noteworthy places you can visit in Taipei:
1. Yong Kang Street
In between Dongmen Station and Daan Park Station is Yong Kang Street, a destination for foodies. The original Din Tai Fung can be found here, as well as a number of hip cafes and restaurants. Every few blocks, one can find mango shaved ice. That, and Yong Kang Sliced Noodles = definitely worth the queue!
2. Elephant Mountain
Looking for a not-so-typical view of Taipei 101? Brave the Elephant Mountain trail near Xiangshan Station. I wasn’t able to reach the top because it was getting pretty dark, but my brother and I still enjoyed the hike nonetheless.
There’s also beautiful and very detailed Buddhist temple near the entrance of the trail which makes for good photos.
Once you get out of Ximen station, you can’t miss the 100-year-old Red House Theater.
Across the theater is the famous Ximending Shopping District. Try the famous Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodles, shop your heart out at the affordable boutiques in the area (if you’re not into night markets), and stay out ’til late in the evening so you can try all the amazing street food and tea-based drinks.
There’s also a place I always visit here called Mag Freak. Heaven in the form of a Japanese bookstore.
4. Songshan Cultural and Creative Park
Walking distance from Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. The Eslite Spectrum is an artsy mall that sells the latest collections from local fashion designers, Japanese and Korean crafts and home goods, and of course, a wonderful selection of books at the Eslite bookstore on the highest floor.
5. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Since I always stay in hotels in Zhongxiao Dunhua, it’s impossible for me to miss the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, dedicated to the Father of the Nation.
6. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
If there’s one national monument you shouldn’t miss, it’s this one. From the main hall, you can see the Liberty Square, the National Concert Hall and the National Theater.
Don’t forget to time your visit so you can witness the changing of the guards.