Taipei boasts famous attractions, bustling nightlife, excellent restaurants and extensive shopping opportunities, as well as a heady mix of history and culture with modern and progressive thinking. It has something for almost any interest and every kind of traveller, whether you’re on a budget or looking for luxury.

With a name that literally translates as “North of Taiwan”, the city is the diplomatic, financial, governmental and cultural heart of the island. It’s made up of 12 districts, ranging from ancient Wanhua to ultramodern Xinyi, where you’ll find the marvel of design and engineering which was once the world’s tallest building – Taipei 101. It’s a city of many facets and is a place where you can discover a little more with every step, around every street corner and at every small roadside café.

What to see & do in Taipei

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The choice of things to do in Taipei is large and diverse, ranging from the largest collection of ancient Chinese artefacts on the planet at the National Palace Museum to the ultramodern Taipei 101, which once held the title of the world’s tallest building. Thanks to the city’s placement in the Taipei Basin, with the Keelung and Xindian rivers running through it and the volcanic Yangmingshan National Park to the north,...

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Where & what to eat in Taipei

Taipei restaurants cater to a broad range of tastes and budgets, from the simple street food stalls in the many night markets up to fine-dining establishments with multi-Michelin-starred chefs. With its discerning population, particularly in the business districts, the quality of dining in Taipei is generally very high, even among the back-alley local restaurants with a menu listing just 1 item. A number of such places have become so successful...

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Where to shop & what to buy in Taipei

Shopping in Taipei is practically a national sport. There’s a remarkable number of shopping malls, boutique stores and local markets, selling everything from the very finest luxury items to the simplest little tourist trinkets. Da'an and Xinyi districts are particularly popular with shopaholics, with every other building being an air-conditioned mall containing an impressive range of international brands, generally located close to the Taipei Metro. Whole swathes of these areas...

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Where to go & what to do at night in Taipei

The nightlife in Taipei is a very mixed bag of cultural theatre, fashionable nightclubs, busy bars and swanky lounges, reflecting the city’s very cosmopolitan population. The city is not exactly world-renowned as a party town, but it perhaps should be. It has an impressive night scene, as popular with the locals as it is with visiting tourists. Our information on Taipei’s nightlife includes the city’s top venues over a range of...

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