With it’s amazing food markets. Cheap and efficient transport. Adventures across both city and nature scapes. Taipei the capital city of Taiwan is the perfect place for your next family adventure. There are plently of fun things to do with kids in tow and we all loved this amazing modern city. We spent 1 week in Taipei and never ran out of things to do.
Here are our top 5 places to visit in Taipei.
Travel is all about the food! Taipei doesn’t disappoint when it comes to vibrant, busy, exciting night markets. You can find them in most areas across the city from small local markets to much bigger ones like Shilin. This is one of Taipei’s top tourist attractions.
With kids we suggest going just as the sun is setting, its not really busy as yet but you can still get the vibe of what’s to come. Some of the lines get crazy long for food like chicken schnitzel the size of your head so be prepared to wait a bit and its a great chance to chat with other travellers!
My kids loved the carnival games on offer like throwing a dart at a water balloon or seeing how many hoops you could get with the basketball.
The markets do get busy, we found after 8pm it became really hard to push Coopers wheelchair through the crowds. We also recommend your kids have some identification on them incase you get separated. We use these tags.
Transport: Tamsui Line. Shilin station.
At the end of the Tamsui MRT line lies the river front area of Tamsui. It is a great half day sightseeing trip from the city with a more relaxed vibe. Families wander along the waterfront tasting a variety of seafood, having fish spas and taking a small boat cruise. You can also hire bikes to explore and they have options for all the family.
Transport: MRT Tamsui Line. Tamsui Station.
Din Tai Fung.
You cant come to Taipei without having the famous soup dumplings! We went to the restaurant just under the Taipei 101 building around 2pm. We were able to be seated within 10 minutes so recommend this time between the busy lunch and dinner rush. First you check in and take a menu ( it is in Chinese and English) and tick what you would like and pass it to the staff. After that you will be seated and ready to eat! There is also a spot to watch the masters at work.
Transport MRT : Tamsui Line. Taipei 101 station
While not in actual Taipei this area is not to be missed! Exploring the Geo park is like walking on another planets surface with amazing rock formations and ocean breeze. It is easy to access with a tour but we decided to make our way way there on a big comfy public bus from Taipei Main station. There are lots of seafood restaurants to dine at or grab a quick snack from 7/11. Wheelchair access for this adventure is great as there is a boardwalk throughout the park.
Open daily from 8am to 5pm.
Adult ticket NTD80
Half-fare ticket NTD40
For the children aged between 6 and 12.
Group ticket (thirty persons upward) 20% discount
FREE entry: Disabled
Children under age of 6.
Transport: Terminal A (located at Taipei Main Station), go to the KuoKuang (國光) window and purchase a ticket for NT$96 to Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園). The journey takes around 90 minutes, and the bus will drop you on the main road just outside the park entrance.
A great hike to get the BEST view of Taipei including Taipei 101. There are around 2,000 steps up ( we know as Pepper counted them!) . In Summer make sure you wear a hat, sunscreen and bring drinking water as the humidity and heat are pretty full on. There are lots of different look outs and its a great way to get your bearings on this beautiful city.
Transport: Take the red line on the MRT all the way to Xiangshan. It’s the last stop on the line. You then have around a ten min walk to the start of the hike. There is a Family Mart to stock up on drinks just down right of the steps.
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Extra tip :
Make sure you bring a notepad for the kids so they can stamp their pages at each station for some amazing travel memories.
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