Want to experience the best of Taipei in 3 days?  In this installment of our Taiwan Travel Guide Series, we do the planning for you and show you how to conquer the best of Taipei over a long weekend.

Suggested 3 Days Taipei Itinerary

DAY 1 – Taipei Key Sights and Best Foods

Focus on the key sights in Taipei City, as well as the foods to try when you are in Taipei.

  1. Taipei Main Station
  2. Chiang Kai Shiek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂)
  3. Yong Kang Street (永康街)
  4. Original Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐) in Taiwan
  5. Mango Smoothie Dessert at Smoothie House
  6. Little Three (小三美日) – for Taiwan Skincare Products
  7. Taipei 101
  8. Xiangshan (象山)

Taipei Main Station

Check in to a hotel at Taipei Main Station (台北车站).  Although there are many precincts in Taipei, we strongly recommend staying at a hotel near Taipei Main Station because this station is the interchange and gateway to the metro lines and also to the Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR), both of which you will be heavily dependent on if you want to explore Taipei and other cities on your own.  The instructions in this itinerary assume that you are using the Taipei Main Station(台北车站) as a base and starting point every day.

Recommended Hotels near Taipei Main Station

These are the recommended hotels at Taipei Main Station:

Budget: Hotel Relax [Book this Hotel] [Our Full Review]

Mid-range: Cosmos Hotel [Book this Hotel] [Our Full Review]

Luxury: Palais de Chine Hotel [Book this Hotel]

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Chiang Kai Shiek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂)

Visit the most prominent historical landmark in Taiwan, the Chiang Kai Shiek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂).  The architecture itself is enough to WOW you.  Stay and watch the change of guards which take place on the hour.

Chiang Kai-Shiek Memorial Hall (CKS Memorial Hall)
The Chiang Kai-Shiek Memorial Hall is one of the most iconic site in Taiwan

How to go to Chiang Kai Shiek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂)

From Taipei Main Station, take the Tamsui-Xinyi Line (淡水信儀線) (RED LINE) in the direction of Xiangshan (象山).  Stop 2 stops later at Chiang Kai Shiek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂).  Chiang Kai Shiek Memorial Hall is just outside the MRT station.

Yong Kang Street, Din Tai Fung, Smoothie House, Skincare Products at Little Three (小三美日)

Yong Kang Street is famous for housing many good restaurants and eateries, but we highly recommend that you lunch at the original Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐), world-famous for their Xiao Long Bao.

Original Din Tai Fung in Taiwan
Do not miss out on experience the world famous xiaolongbau from the original Din Tai Fung outlet at Yongkang Street

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After lunch at Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐), walk a short distance to Smoothie House and enjoy the famous mango shaved ice dessert. Enjoy an exclusive discount on mango shaved ice dessert when you book a set meal at Smoothie House.

Mango Shaved Ice Dessert from Smoothie House
Smoothie House serves the best Mango Shaved Ice Dessert! One portion is more than enough for 2 to share.

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Lastly, pick up the best Taiwan skincare products at Little Three (小三美日) which is just a stone’s throw away.

Little Three Yong Kang Street Taipei
Little Three is where the locals get their beauty products from

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How to go to Yong Kang Street

From Chiang Kai Shiek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂), take the MRT Tamsui-Xinyi Line (淡水信儀線) (RED LINE) towards Xiangshan (象山) to Dongmen (东门), which is 1 stop away.  Exit the station through Exit 5, and walk towards Yong Kang Street.  Din Tai Fung is right in front of the exit.

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Taipei 101

Visit the most iconic building in Taiwan – the Taipei 101.  The best time to visit the Taipei 101 observatory deck is in the late afternoon or early evening, so that you can see both the day and night views of Taipei city.   Purchase your tickets online beforehand to skip the queues which are known to be outstandingly long.  After that, continue on with shopping at Taipei 101 itself – you’ll be spoilt for choice in the kinds of high range products available.  Have dinner at the Food Court at Taipei 101, or if you up for some indulgence, make a reservation at Shin Yeh, an authentic Taiwanese Restaurant where you get to dine with the city at your feet.

Taipei 101
There’s more to the Taipei 101 other than its observatory. Book the admission tickets to the observatory online so that time spent in the queue can be used for exploring the rest of Taipei 101

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How to go to Taipei 101

From Dongmen (东门), take the MRT Tamsui-Xinyi Line (淡水信儀線) (RED LINE) towards Xiangshan (象山) to Taipei 101 station.

Xiangshan (象山)

If you find the night is still young by this point, take the Tamsui-Xinyi Line (淡水信儀線) (RED LINE) from Taipei 101 to the terminal stop of Xiangshan (象山) which is only 1 stop away.  Hike up the mountain for the best view of Taipei 101 that you will ever get in Taipei.

Taipei 101 from Elephant Hill
Xiangshan is one of the best places to view the Taipei 101. The hike up the hill will be worth it

How to go to Xiangshan (象山)

From Taipei 101, take the MRT Tamsui-Xinyi Line (淡水信儀線) (RED LINE) to the terminal stop Xiangshan (象山) which is 1 stop away.

DAY 2 – Jiufen and Shifen

Focus on the northern Coast of Taipei for some scenic views and cultural immersion at Jiufen and Shifen.

  1. Yehliu Geopark (野柳)
  2. Jiufen (九份)- Jiufen Old Street (九份老街)
  3. Shifen (十份) – Shifen Old Street(十份老街)
  4. Release Sky Lanterns (放天灯) at Shifen (十份)
  5. Shifen Waterfall (十份大瀑布) – Little Niagara
  6. Jinguashih (金瓜石)
  7. Ximending (西門町)

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The northern coast of Taipei can be rather inaccessible and inconvenient to get to.  If you are looking at doing only Jiufen and Shifen in 1 day, refer to our guide on how to do so using Taipei’s public transport system.  For the fastest or most convenient way to go to Jiufen and Shifen, the best is to book a day tour.

If however, you are looking at covering Yehliu on top of Jiufen and Shifen, there are 2 options for you:

  • Book a seat on a shuttle service. Shuttle services depart from either Taipei Main Station or Ximen Station and goes to Yehliu, Jiufen and Shifen.  It is a round trip service at a very affordable price of about SGD$30 per person and leaves you time on your own to explore the attractions.
    —> Departing from Ximen Station
    —> Departing from Taipei Main Station
  • Book a chartered vehicle (private day tour) which is great if you are a party of more than 2, have young kids, or simply want to have a customisable itinerary. If time permits, this option may also allow you to cover more areas such as Jinguashi (金瓜石) and Yin Yang Sea (阴阳海).   This option cost about SGD$143 for a vehicle that can take 4 persons, and that’s already quite close to the cost of 4 persons taking the shuttle service.

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Fabulous Day Trip to Jiufen Old Street (九份老街)

Fabulous Jiufen Old Street (九份老街), Taipei 

Scenic Shifen Waterfall

Exploring Shifen Old Town (十份老街), Taipei

Releasing Sky Lanterns at Pingxi, Taipei

Jiufen and Northern Coast of Taipei Taiwan
Scenery from Jiufen before the shopping and eating spree begins at Jiufen Old Street
Sky Lanterns at Shifen
Release Sky Lanterns at Shifen Old Street
Shifen Waterfall
Take a short hike to Shifen Waterfall, also known as Little Niagara
Yehliu Geopark
Wander through Yehliu Geopark and marvel at nature’s sculptural work. Locate the Queen’s head, which is said to last only for the next 10 years before it collapses

Ximending (西門町)

If you are taking the round trip shuttle that ends at Ximen station, why not spend the evening at Ximending (西門町).  Even if your shuttle ends at Taipei Main Station, Ximen Station is just one stop away on the Bannan Line 板南线 (BLUE Line).  Ximending is where the high street fashion are, and where the young hangs out at, very much like Singapore’s Bugis Junction.

While there, indulge in the famous Ah Zong Mian Xian (阿宗麵線).  Or indulge in a piping hot bowl of Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodles, popular among the locals.

If you like hot pots, do not miss the Xin Mala Hotpot (台北新马辣经典麻辣锅) Buffet!

DAY 3 – Romantic Getaway in Taipei

This day can be a romantic getaway for couples, or even a day of family fun. 

  1. National Palace Museum (故宫博物院)
  2. Beitou Hotspring Experience
  3. Tamsui (Danshui, 淡水)
  4. Horse Riding at Sunset at Tam Sui Beach
  5. Shilin Night Market (士林夜市)

National Palace Museum (故宫博物院)

The best collection of Chinese artifacts can be found in Taiwan’s National Palace Museum (故宫博物院) – said to be better than the collection in the Forbidden City in Beijing.  View a replica of the formal court attire worn by the Yongzheng Emperor and the jewellery worn by court consorts of the Qing dynasty.  Spend the early morning at the National Palace Museum and leave before noon when the tour groups hit the museum and you find it too difficult to navigate the place.  It is highly recommended that you purchase your Admission Tickets online to skip the queues which can get horrendous.

National Palace Museum Taipei Taiwan
The National Palace Museum houses rare artifacts that is said to be better than the collection in Beijing

How to go to the National Palace Museum

  • From Taipei Main Station, take the MRT Tamsui-Xinyi Line (淡水信儀線) (RED LINE) towards Tamshui (淡水) to the Shilin Station and take bus R30 (Red 30) to the National Palace Museum.
  • For those who are starting from Taipei 101, a more convenient way will be to take an express shuttle that goes directly to the National Palace Museum. It costs only SGD$4 one way.

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Enjoy a Hotspring Experience at Beitou in Taipei

In Asia, Taiwan probably ranks as the second best place to experience hot springs after Japan.   The most popular hot springs in Taipei are located in Beitou, Urai and Yangmingshan and each of them have either private or public hot spring facilities.  We highly recommend a private hot spring experience at the 5-star Grand View Resort Beitou for its poshness, exclusiveness, and ease of accessibility, all at a affordable price.  Grand View Resort Beitou run hot spring waters from upstream sources which are known to be purer and cleaner.

Spend the rest of the morning at the Grand View Resort Beitou to relax those tense muscles, and let your skin reap the benefits of the natural spring waters.  You can choose from a menu of private hot spring rooms, each running on different themes.  We guarantee that you will love the Grand View Resort Beitou.

Make a reservation online and enjoy an afternoon tea for 2 after your hot spring experience at the Grand View Resort Beitou.

Private Hot Spring Suite at Grand View Resort Beitou
Pamper yourself with a private hotspring experience at Grand View Beitou Resort. It is guaranteed to be a memorable experience

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Tamsui (Danshui, 淡水)

Spend a leisurely afternoon strolling along the Old Streets of Tamsui (淡水老街), one of the best places for shopping and eating in Taipei.  Similar to Jiufen Old Street (九份老街), this place is replete with shops and eateries selling traditional fare.  You also get to enjoy the scenic waterfront area.  At Tamsui, you can also take a scenic ferry ride to Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf (淡水鱼人码头), a popular filming site for Taiwanese dramas and a great place for seafood.  Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf is also home to the Lovers’ Bridge (淡水情人桥), a great place for lovers and photography.

Tamsui waterfront Taipei Taiwan
Soak in the beautiful Tamsui waterfront view, ride a bicycle, or explore the Tamshui Old Street

What to Buy in Tamsui (Danshui, 淡水)

If you are into Iron Eggs (铁蛋), then Tamsui is the best place in Taipei to buy it.  Other traditional fares such as Muah-Chee are also readily available at Tamsui.

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How to go to Tamsui (Danshui, 淡水)

Take the Tamsui-Xinyi Line (淡水信儀線) (RED LINE) to its terminal end at Tamshui (淡水).  Once you exit from the metro station, you’ll be able to see the waterfront and the busy Tamshui Old Street (淡水老街) which is less than a few minutes walk away.

Horse Riding at Tam Sui Beach at Sunset

Take a trip off the beaten track and enjoy a relaxing horse riding experience at a beach in Tamsui.  Have a picture taken of you on horseback on the beach at sunset.  First learn the reins of riding a horse from the friendly experts at the horse training centre before venturing out with your private handlers who will keep you safe at all times. Ponies are available for children.

How to experience Horse Riding at Tam Sui Beach

The professional horse training team will send a private transport to drive you to the horse riding facilities at a location at Tam Sui Beach.

Horseriding at Tamsui Beach
Learn all about horses from the friendly professional trainers.  Saddle up and have a horse ride at Tamsui beach under the watchful eye of the trainers.  See the sunset at the same time

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Shilin Night Market

No trip to Taipei is ever complete without a trip to Shilin Night Market.  Have a food marathon at Shilin Night Market and indulge in authentic Taiwanese Street Fare.  Besides that, you’ll find that Shilin Night Market is a shopping haven where you can find almost anything from electronics, fashion, accessories and more.  There’s even a street dedicated to pets where you’ll find pets and pet accessories for sale.

Shilin Night Market Taipei Taiwan
Ditch your diet and engage in a food marathon at Shilin Night Market. There’s loads of shopping here as well

Must-try Food in Shlin Night Market

  • XXL fried chicken cutlet – The XXL fried chicken cutlet in Singapore is said to have originated from a recipe from Shilin Night Market.
  • Pepper Pork Bun
  • Sugar-coated fruit sticks

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Experience the Best of Taipei in 3 Days | DiscoverBookTravel.com

First published 12 Oct 2018
Last updated 21 Dec 2019

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