Taipei is a city dear to my husband’s heart because he was born there. When we were throwing out ideas on where to take the kids on their first overseas trip, we knew Taipei was the perfect choice. A bit ambitious with twins, but we figured starting them early would help them adjust. The main purpose of the trip was to visit family, but we made sure to sneak in the popular sites.
We arrived on Monday morning and left Friday evening. It was a short time in Taiwan considering it took us 16 hours to get there, but I’ll make sure to break down our schedule over 3 days.
Airlines- EVA was a great choice with good service and super kid friendly. They had baby meals which consisted of milk, jarred food and juice for the twins. They also handed them a bag of toys to keep them busy. Although we were disappointed they no longer fly the hello kitty jet out of Houston. 😞
Accommodations- we stayed at an Airbnb mainly for the washing machine, but a surprising perk was the rooftop pool with views of Taipei 101 that would make Drake jealous. The washing machine was a lifesaver when traveling with kids. They can be quite the mess! We chose to stay near Taipei 101. The hotel is about 30 miles from the airport. With traffic and city lights, it took us a little over an hour to get to our hotel.
Day 1- Go see Taipei 101. Take photos outside the building and go inside to the observatory deck. I always recommend going to the local city tower to get a good Birdseye View of the city. This will help you familiarize yourself on where the sites are to map out your itinerary. If you don’t want to spend the money for the deck, another alternative is to book a reservation at the 86th floor restaurant for classic upscale Taiwanese cuisine.
Go on a bike tour. We booked our tour through www.taipeibiketours.com Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Bike tours are our favorite thing to do in every city because it’s a quick and fun way to check out the main attractions. You can always go back to spend more time at the places you’re interested in.
Stops along the tour from their website:
• Traditional Breakfast Eatery– We begin our tour with an included and hearty breakfast of danbing, dumplings, youtiao, soy milk, scallion pancakes, sesame cakes, and many more traditional breakfast foods.
• ShuangLian- Morning Market– A traditional street market where locals come to buy produce, meats, clothes, and other necessities.
• WunChang Temple– A Daoist temple dedicated to a deity of culture and literature that is nestled inside the morning market
• DiHua Historical Street– A 19th-century riverside trading hub for herbs, medicines, dried goods, fabrics, teas, and other products.
• Xiahai Temple-A festive temple often visited by those seeking to improve their love life. Delicious free tea is generously offered here.
• Danshui Riverside Bike way– Spacious and scenic bike path along an expansive river with open skyline views.
• Longshan Temple– The most famous, and arguably the most alluring, temple in Taipei.
• Ximending Shopping Area– Known as the “Shibuya of Taipei,” where Taipei’s expressive youth come to congregate and shop.
• Graffiti Area– Incredible street art abounds in this area hidden in the back of Ximending.
• Presidential Office Building– Built by the colonial Japanese, this building now serves as the office of Taiwan’s leader.
• Taipei Guest House– This historical site once served as the house of the Governor-General of Taiwan during Japanese colonial rule in Taiwan.
• Jing Fu (East) Gate– Reconstructed east gate of the wall that once enclosed the capital city.
•CKS Memorial Hall-A grandiose memorial dedicated to the former leader of Taiwan and the Chinese Nationalist Party.
If you decide to book the same bike tour as we did, it will end at Chiang Kai Shek. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the area, and visit the memorial and museum. Give yourself about 1-2 hours for this attraction.
Day 2– Taipei Zoo to see the pandas
High mountain for tea and views
Take the gondola down the Maokong mountain for views of the city.
Day 3- Hike Elephant Mountain for the best views of the city and Taipei 101. Its a steep hike, so be prepared.
Last, but not least….enjoy the night and visit the most famous Shilin night market for tasty street food and cheap shopping.
I hope you find this itinerary helpful.