Hi everyone, today I will give you an useful article about the best itinerary to visit Taipei in 1 day. Thanks to visited Taiwan 2 times and many times I wandered in Taipei city, I have summarized my experience to create a reasonable itinerary that you can use when traveling to Taipei city. So, what to do in Taipei for 1 day? Let’s joining with Living Nomads to check out our very details Taipei 1 day itinerary (Taipei one day itinerary, 24 hours in Taipei, 1 day in Taipei) on how to spend one day trip in Taipei (one day in Taipei) with the best way to see Taipei in a day to help you find out the answer!
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I’m not know which flight you’re flying to Taipei, but for example you start your trip in Taipei at 7AM. What is the first place you should visit?
1 day in Taipei — Longshan Temple (7AM – 8:30AM)
Why? Of course, going to the temple in the early morning is the most beautiful. Last time I went to Longshan Temple about 7:30 am, I saw many people praying. Not to mention the fresh air in the early morning plus the smoke emanating from the incense making the temple immersed in beauty. In addition, there are many delicious foods around the temple, so you can take advantage of time to have breakfast.
Coming to Longshan Temple to learn about the religious life of the people of Taiwan, you will admire the architecture and traditional interior and exterior decoration with carved wood, decorative stone and colorful dragon statues. It is very similar to the temples in Chinatown in District 5 in Saigon, Vietnam. Longshan Temple was built in 1738, during the reign of Qianlong Emperor, the Qing Dynasty. Over 270 years of history, this temple has been restored many times but retains its original architecture. The current temple in Taipei was restored in the early 1900s with a combination of both Buddhist and Taoist elements. Longshan Temple is built in a 回 (hui) character shape – this is a layout that shows respect in the Chinese tradition.
Address: No. 211, Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10853
Access: You can easily reach Longshan Temple Station by subway, the nearest MRT station is Longshan Temple.
24 hours in taipei — National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (9AM – 10AM)
The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is very famous, but perhaps anyone who reads about Taiwan has heard or know about Chinese history. Chiang Kai-shek is the President of Taiwan (ROC). You can read more online documents about him.
Chiang Kai-shek was the first president of the ROC. The monument consists of a 76-meter-tall white octagonal building with a blue tile roof and red accents, symbolizing the flag of the Republic of China. The number 8 is a traditional symbol associated with wealth in Chinese culture. The two walkways, consisting of 89 steps, represent the president’s longevity, leading to the main hall with a large statue of him inside the main hall.
Getting there: From Taipei Main Station, take the MRT Tamsui Line to Xindian, get off at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall MRT Station.
Option 2: Bopiliao Historical Block
Another option besides Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is the Bopiliao Historical Block, located very close to Longshan Temple, you can combine to visit the temple and visit this area to check in and live virtual, then move to another area. At the end of the Qing Dynasty (late 1800s), Bopiliao was one of the busiest and most prosperous commercial areas in Taipei. This historical path has witnessed many important periods of Taiwan, especially during the Japanese occupation. In the early 2000s, the Taipei City government restored the historical architecture of the region and established the Heritage and Culture Education Center of Taipei to preserve this historic heritage.
The architecture of the region is the combination of many cultures: Southern Fujian, Qing Dynasty – China, Japan and a bit of modern Western architecture. Key features include red brick walls, balconies and old houses.
Address: Lane 173, Kangding Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Taipei 1 day itinerary — Taipei 101 and lunch at Din Tai Fung
After visiting the 2 places above, it also is almost noon, so stop by Taipei 101 to avoid the sun! Coming to Taipei is a must to see this iconic building of Taiwan, one of the top 5 tallest buildings with the fastest elevator in the world. From the Taipei 101 observatory, you can admire the majestic scenery of the Taiwan Strait and the remote mountains. Taipei 101 can be considered as a symbol of Taipei that anyone traveling to Taiwan must also visit once. To see Taipei City from Taipei 101 you can buy tickets to access the observatory here: Taipei 101 Observatory E-Ticket.
In addition, just below Taipei 101 has a famous dimsum restaurant, maybe you have heard of Din Tai Fung, right? Here, you can find typical dishes of Taiwan in particular and of the Chinese in general. Have a “high-end” meal at Ding Tai Fung space and then visit the Taipei 101 tower, so it’s too complete for a lunch, right?
Read more: Visit Din Tai Fung Taipei Original (Din Tai Fung Xinyi) — Tasting the best dimsum at the best dimsum restaurant in the world.
Address: No.45, Shifu Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei 11049, Taiwan
Access: You can also take the subway and get off at Taipei 101 station. (Remember to buy Easy Card for easy travel)
One day trip in Taipei — Sisi Nan Cun (四四南村, South Village #4-4)(2PM-4PM)
Sisi Nan Cun was originally an old-style building for soldiers of the Taiwan army, later they changed its function but still had a few houses but mostly small cute cafes, including a place describes a part of Taiwan’s history and culture. I really like this place, although it is a bit crowded and every time I take a photo, I have to wait for a while to reduce the number of people who can sticky in photos.
Access: This place opposites to Taipei 101, you just need to walk across the street.
What to do in taipei for 1 day — Elephant Mountain (象山, Xiangshan)(4:30PM – 6.30PM)
This is an ideal place to watch the sunset and the city of Taipei as well as Taipei 101 building. It is not difficult to climb this mountain, because there are stairs to climbing, I remember I took about 30 minutes to reach the peak. This mountain is located right in a residential area, so people also climb very crowded, and I met the uncle who leads his dogs to climb too. Very happy!
Access: You can go to XiangShan MRT station from Taipei 101 station or walk through as well. That day I walked, maybe 20 minutes or more.
Taipei in a day — (7PM till night)
After a day of visiting Taipei City and climbing Mount Xiangshan, surely enjoying Taiwanese cuisine at Raohe night market is the best. I remember I had eaten all kinds of foods that day, full, both delicious and cheap. To know what I’ve eaten, you can read this article: Taipei night market food — Top 18 best Taipei street food night market you should try.
Getting there: You can take the MRT to Songshan Station and then walk to reach it, can Google maps or ask the people there.
Address: Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Option 2: Ximending Night Market
If you don’t want go to Raohe night market, you can visit another night market: Ximending.
In the afternoon with cool weather is perfect time for walking and shopping in Ximending area, nothing is better! This is an ideal place for you to explore Taiwanese street food, especially bubble milk tea and tofu pudding! Along the street is a series of fashion and cosmetics shops from world famous brands such as H&M, Uniqlo, Adidas, Nike, Watsons to domestic Taiwanese brands. You also easily find many shops selling souvenirs, cake gifts (especially pineapple cakes that must buy in Taiwan) to buy for family and friends. Walking and shopping at the night markets is gradually becoming an indispensable cultural experience for any visitor while traveling in Taiwan.
Read more: Ximending food blog: Ximending street food — What to eat in Ximending, Taipei?
Address: No. 127, Hanzhong Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108 (Nearest MRT Ximen Station)
Where to stay in Taipei?
In addition to the two hostels I recommended above Below we recommend more best budget, mid-range and upscale hotels with good ratings and reviews you can refer to.
- Cityinn Hotel Plus – Fuxing N. Rd., Branch, 3-star hotel with room rates from $75/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Taipei Garden Hotel, 3-star hotel with room rates from $79/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Park Taipei Hotel, 4-star hotel with room rates from $78/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- YoMi Hotel, 3-star hotel with room rates from $53/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- WESTGATE Hotel, 4-star hotel with room rates from $131/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Swiio Hotel Daan, 4-star hotel with room rates from $139/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Hotel Relax 3, 3-star hotel with room rates from $70/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
- Pacific Business Hotel, 4-star hotel with room rates from $91/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
You can find more, check rates, availability & book for Taipei hotels on Agoda.com or Booking.com.
Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, to and from Taipei you can refer to
- Taoyuan Airport Private Transfers (TPE) for Taipei
- Sedan Taoyuan Airport Transfers (TPE) for Taipei
- [SALE] Taoyuan Airport MRT Ticket & Exclusive Shopping Coupon
- Taipei Popular Sightseeing Private Car Charter : Jiufen, Pingxi, and North Coast (Chinese/English/Korean)
- Northeast Coast Scenic Day Tour
- Jiufen Shuttle Bus from Ximen
- Yehliu, Shifen, and Jiufen Day Tour with Korean and English Speaking Guides
- [10% Off + 1 Extra Free Day] 4G SIM Card (TW Airport Pick Up) for Taiwan from Chunghwa Telecom
- 4G SIM Card (TPE Airport Pick Up) for Taiwan from Far EasTone Telecom
- [Sale – Taiwan Food Promo] Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Discounted Ticket from Taipei
- Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Consecutive Unlimited Pass (2 or 3 Days)
- Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Discounted Ticket from Taoyuan
- THSR Exclusive Discount One Way Ticket from Taoyuan (Two Tickets for the Price of One)
Are you finding more top things to do in Taipei: Tours, activities, attractions and other things? Read more: Taipei travel blog — The fullest Taipei city guide for a wonderful trip to Taipei for the first-timers.