This post is all about things to do in Taipei. I stayed in Taipei for two weeks and although it rained a lot I absolutely loved it. Taipei is a beautiful city, there are plenty of things to do in Taipei and I will definitely be back.
1. Visit a night market
There is an abundance of night markets in Taipei and they are all a little different. Exploring night markets is actually one of my favorite things to do in Taipei and if you look hard enough then I am sure you’ll find something that’s vegan. Whenever it rains markets remain open. The best part? Night markets are usually way less crowded when the weather is far from ideal. My favorite night market is the Lehua Night Market.
2. Check out Huashan 1914 Creative Park
The Huashan 1914 Creative Park wasn’t even on my list of things to do in Taipei and I am really glad that I stumbled upon it. It was originally a winery and has since been transformed into a beautiful space that’s home to Taipei’s creative scene. At the Huashan 1914 Creative Park, you’ll find small designer stores, exhibitions, an art cinema and heaps more. I really enjoy the atmosphere in this space and highly recommend just strolling around and taking it all in.
3. Indulge at iVegan Supermarket
iVegan Supermarket is a vegan grocery store that opened its doors in 2014. The store has a great selection of tofu, mock meats, and fresh and mostly unpackaged fruit and vegetables. Please note, not all personal care products appear to be cruelty-free according to a handful of folks on Happy Cow. For a detailed review of my visit and lots of photos click here.
4. Explore an abandoned luxury spa
The Stanton Club is an abundance luxury spa that’s only a few minutes away from the bustling 101 district. My man found out about it online and we were both really keen to check it out. When we got there it looked like it hadn’t been abandoned for all too long. There was just a bit of graffiti and small signs of neglect. The site itself is open and you are free to roam around on the street level of the spa. If you are into exploring abandoned places, then I can only highly encourage you to stop by.
5. Hike up Elephant mountain
Elephant Mountain is close to the Taipei metro station “Xiangshan” and makes for a wonderful and short hike. Elephant Mountain is just 183 m high and the hiking trail is about 1.5 km. This hike is super easy as you are really just going up a bunch of steep stairs. The view from the top is beautiful though and I highly recommend going. For detailed instructions check out this blog post.
6. Pop into Songshan Cultural Creative Park
Visiting the Songshan Cultural Creative Park is one of my favorite things to do when the weather sucks. It used to be a tobacco factory and the space is now home to exhibitions, the Taiwan design museum, shops, and local companies. I got to see a handful of free art exhibitions and greatly enjoyed just strolling around. It’s worth noting that there are quite a few water fountains and toilets on site.
7. Visit the Yinhe Cave Temple (Maokong)
This is one of my favorite things to do in Taipei. The Yinhe Cave Temple is a lovely little temple that’s nestled in the mountains in the Maokong area. Right next to it (to the left) is a beautiful waterfall that had heaps of water. The region is known for its tea plantations, tea houses, and amazing hiking trails. We got off at the Taipei Zoo Station and simply followed the trail and signs all the way to the Yinhe Cave Temple. The hike took roughly three hours and because it’s gotten late we took the gondola back. For detailed instructions on how to get their check out this blog post.
8. Visit Keelung
Keelung is a coastal city near Taipei. It takes roughly 45 minutes by train from the Taipei Main Station to reach it. The city is famous for its port and its huge night market, the Miaokou Night Market. It’s a beautiful day trip destination and if you’ve got a bit of time on your hands then I highly recommend visiting. One-way train tickets are around NT $41 and depart from Taipei Main Station.
9. Marvel at Taiwan’s coastline
Long Cave (Longdong) is the largest bay on the Northeast Coast. It’s a beautiful place and a hot spot for rock climbing, hiking and snorkeling. Head to the Taipei Main Station Bus Terminal and buy a ticket to Longdong harbor/port. A one-way bus ticket is NT $131. Alternatively, you can take a train and bus. On the way back we hitchhiked from Longdong to Keelung and took a train from Keelung to the Taipei Main Station for NT $41.
10. Go snorkeling
Longdong is just northeast of Taipei and a hotspot for snorkeling. We hiked a little near the cliffs and my friend was really keen on going snorkeling. There is a spot near the Longdong harbor that’s perfect for it and this guide will help you get there. I didn’t have the appropriate clothing (swimwear, goggles, etc.) and didn’t end up going snorkeling. If you plan on going snorkeling, make sure to be prepared and careful. Several people on the day had cuts from sharp stones so make sure to bring suitable footwear that you can wear for snorkeling.
11. Indulge in Vegan Taiwanese food
The food scene in Taipei is incredible. There is an abundance of vegan-friendly restaurants in Taipei and it would take months if not years to explore them all. My absolute favorite foods that I highly recommend trying are Sesame noodles, Taro ice cream, and a Sesame Bun. I’ve created a super neat guide to vegan food in Taipei featuring my favorite restaurants, snacks, and sweets that I highly recommend checking out.
This was it for my favorite things to do in Taipei. I greatly enjoyed my stay in Taipei and can’t wait to be back! Are you thinking of visiting? Let me know in the comments!
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