I think the last I went to Taipei was almost 20 years ago, so I don’t know anything about the city. I decided to make a Top 10 things to do in Taipei. So, I fired up Google and searched and searched and kept adding to my list of activities. I was actually very surprised about the amount of things one can do there. During our 6 day, 5 night trip, we did a lot of stuff yet we still missed many places.Let me share with you guys the stuff we did.
Eat and Drink
During those 6 days, it seemed like we were constantly eating, from street food to food courts to sit down restaurant. Every one was a treat for our tummies and taste buds. Don’t forget to try milk tea from many many different brands.
Window on China
A wonderful theme park for young and old with many interesting displays and rides. It would be even more enjoyable in the summer time since the water park would have been open. Read more about Window on China.
Hello Kitty Sweets Café
Hello Kitty fanatics like us will surely love it at this café from the decor to the drinks and even the food. Be sure to bring your cameras and take lots of pictures.Read more about Hello Kitty Sweets Cafe.
Shilin Night Market
We literally could not eat anymore with samplings of the number of street food stalls we tried. There is even a play area as well as some retail stores around the area.Read more about Shilin Night Market.
Get some pineapple pastry from this award winning store. They are the best ones I’ve tasted. Get there early as they do run out late in the afternoon. Read more about Chia Te Pineapple Pastry
National Taiwan Science Education Center
A nice learning adventure with interactive displays galore that kids will definitely enjoy. Read more about Taipei Science Center….
The tallest building until recently being dethroned. Try to go up to the viewing deck to see the circular mass tuned damper that helps the building withstand the strong winds. Myriad choices of high end shopping abound. Read more about Taipei 101.
It was winter season when we went there so shopping for clothes was almost non existent. Shoes, particularly boots are aplenty though, so Lauren was in heaven. We saw a lot of Japanese brands and stuff around, and I would guess this would be shopping heaven during spring and summer seasons.
We were supposed to visit the Hello Kitty Terminal C3 in the airport before our departure but we arrived late and ran out of time. So we consoled ourselves by just shopping for exclusive Hello Kitty stuff.
Taipei is not as popular a destination for tourists from the Philippines compared to Singapore and Hong Kong. This is evidenced by the small number of flights going there. I can’t pinpoint the exact reason but maybe its because of the language barrier, very few people speak English, or maybe the added cost of the tourist visit (we paid P2700 per person). Whatever the real reason, I feel people should really give it a chance.