Do you want to explore Taipei in just one day? Well you come to the right place. In this blogpost, I’m going to show you some of the best landmarks you should visit, as well as Taiwanese food you should try to maximize your Taiwan experience.
Before we start to the list, let me quickly mention about Taipei Public Transportation. Here, we can basically rely on the public transportation; Taipei Metro/MRT, Public Bus, and Ubike. But you need Taipei Easy Card for the payment (You can buy the One-Day Easy Card at MRT station anywhere). Most of the public transports have English instructions, so don’t worry if you can’t read or speak Mandarin (Click here for further information about Taipei Metro/MRT). But, most of the places mentioned below are easily accessible with Taipei Metro/MRT. So without further ado, let’s begin with the first list:
1. Try Taiwanese Breakfast!
Taiwan breakfast is a delicacy that you should not miss! There are a vast variety of breakfast menu which is often enjoyed with a warm soy milk (Dou Jiang/豆漿). Here are some breakfast menu you should try:
- Flat bread (油條/you tiao)
- Taiwanese egg pancake (蛋餅/dan bing)
- Sesame flat bread (燒餅/shao bing)
- Scallion pancake (蔥油餅/chong you bing)
You can find a lot of breakfast restaurants everywhere in Taipei. However, since it’s traditional food, they usually won’t have English menu, so you need to brave yourself to speak some mandarin (you’ll love the experience of trying to speak mandarin in Taipei, I guarantee :))
2. Chiang Kai Sek
The first stop is Chiang Kai Sek. It is a must visit site in Taipei, since you have seen it in most of Taiwanese postcards. Every hour from 9am-5pm you can watch a guards change activity which is quite interesting show in the main hall. If you’re lucky you can find some music or dance performance during a special occasion. Also, don’t forget to check the Chiang Kai Sek Museum and learn some Taiwanese history.
3. Enjoy Mango Shaved Ice For Dessert
Are you a fan of sweet? if yes, then mango shaved ice is for you to try while in Taipei. Like the name, this dessert consists of mango cubes and other summer fruit of choice and topped with condense milk, and shaved ice. This dessert usually come in a big portion so it is perfect to eat with some friends in the summer.
4. Lunch at Taiwan Famous Restaurant Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung is Taiwan delicacy that you should miss, especially when you just want to enjoy Taipei in one day. You can find one of its branches in Taipei 101 food court. The restaurant offer vast majority of Taiwanese favorite cuisines. Also, you don’t have to worry if trying to speak mandarin is not for you, you will surely find English menu at this restaurant. Here are some of my favorite menu in the restaurant:
- Beef noodle
- Chicken bun/Xiao Long Bao
- Noodles with sesame and peanut sauce
- Taiwanese shrimp fried rice dan fried vegetable
- Hot steamed chicken soup
5. Visit Famous Landmark Taipei 101
Visiting Taipei is not enough without coming to Taipei 101, the tallest building on the island. You can visit Taipei 101 observatory at 89th floor if you are interested to see the museum and the architecture design from inside the building, including the mass damper that help the building from earthquake. However to visit to the observatory, you need to pay NT$ 600/US$20 for a single entry.
6. Sunset at Elephant Mountain
After all the meal from Din Tai Fung, you can enjoy enjoying some sun at parks around 101, like Daan Park. However if you still keen and have the energy, you should check out another infamous hiking trail to get the beautiful view of Taipei 101 from the nearby hill, Elephant mountain.
Elephant mountain is a well paved trail that are famous for tourist since it gives us a beautiful view of Taipei 101 and the landscape of the city. The hike is approximately around 30 mins from the bottom to the top. Don’t forget to bring sun glasses and drink, especially under Taiwan summer heat. I guarantee the view on the top won’t disappoint you.
7. Visit Taipei Night Market
Taiwan Night Market will give you unique experience of truly Asia atmosphere in my opinion. Right after the sun set, small stalls will crowd famous area or street in Taiwan. There are a lot of night market around Taipei, three of the biggest ones are Shilin Night Market, Ximen Night Market and Raohe Night Market.
- Shilin Night Market
- Ximen Night Market
- Raohe Night Market