Top things to do in Taipei

Top Choice Museum in Shilin

National Palace Museum

Home to the world's largest and arguably finest collection of Chinese art, this vast hoard covers treasures in painting, calligraphy, statuary, bronzes, lacquerware, ceramics, jade and religious objects. Some of the…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ximending & Wanhua

Longshan Temple

Founded in 1738 by Han immigrants from Fujian, this temple has served as a municipal, guild and self-defence centre, as well as a house of worship. These days it is one of the city's top religious sites, and a prime…
Top Choice Historic Site in Zhongshan & Datong

Dihua Street

This former 'Centre Street' has long been known for its Chinese medicine shops, fabric market and lively Lunar New Year sundry market. It has attracted numerous restoration and cultural projects and is now a magnet …
Top Choice Museum in Xindian

National Human Rights Museum

This former detention centre, court and jail was where political prisoners were incarcerated and tried during the White Terror period (1947–87). The English audio guide is highly recommended. These peaceful but somb…
Top Choice Tower in Xinyi

Taipei 101

Towering above the city like the gigantic bamboo stalk it was designed to resemble, Taipei 101 is impossible to miss. At 508m, Taipei 101 held the title of 'world's tallest building' for a number of years. Until 201…
Top Choice Teahouse in Da'an

Wistaria Tea House

History, nostalgia and fine tea combine in this charming former wooden dormitory from the Japanese era. Wistaria was built in 1920 for naval personnel and later used as a hang-out for artists, literati and political…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Da'an

Toasteria Cafe

A marvellous Mediterranean kitchen with a massive menu that's heavy on the cheese. Tapas, hummus, big eggy breakfasts, pasta, grilled fish, salads and paninis. Try the apple Brie with honey-mustard toasted pocket. A…
Top Choice Dumplings in Da'an

Din Tai Fung

Taipei's most celebrated Shanghai-style dumpling shop – the New York Times once called it one of the 10 best restaurants in the world – is now a worldwide franchise. This is the place that started it all, and daily …
Top Choice Ice Cream in Zhongzheng

Snow King

Snow King is a legend, serving intensely flavoured homemade ice cream for more than 70 years. There are scores of wild tastes, from the expected (chocolate) to the downright bizarre (wasabi, pork knuckle or Taiwan B…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Da'an

Indulge Experimental Bistro

Taipei's cocktail jewel in the crown was voted one of the world's 50 best bars in 2018. It offers gorgeously and imaginatively designed drinks with fairy-tale names and spices from the east. 'Soldier & Village' …