Top Things to Do and Eat in Taipei in 7 days!

A Guide to Visiting Taiwan for Food Lovers!

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Hey everyone, welcome to my guide for visiting Taiwan! Technically, I spent eight days there, but since one of those days involved a late-night arrival, I'll be focusing on the seven full days of exploration in Taipei. I also have separate guides for Taichung and Sun Moon Lake, as well as Beitou/ Tamshui.

Click Here for my guide to Jiufen, Taiwan.

Click Here for my guide to Sun Moon Lake and Taichung.

Click Here for my guide to for First Timers visiting Taiwan.

Click Here for my guide to Tamsui and Beitou.

My mom is originally from Taiwan, but I hadn't been there since I was very young and couldn't remember much. So when my friends suggested spending Lunar New Year's in Taiwan, I jumped at the chance. Lunar New Year is a significant time in Asia, but unfortunately, many restaurants and shops close during this period. Looking back, I might have chosen a different time to visit. However, as you'll see from this guide, there's still plenty to see and do in Taipei during Lunar New Year.

Without further ado, let's dive in!

Here is my MAP

This was my detailed itinerary

2/5 Monday

- Shilin night market Late night

2/6 Tuesday 

  • Early morning Soy Milk and breakfast at Din Yuan Soy Milk
  • YongKang Street for scallion pancake
  • Walking around ZhongSheng District
  • High speed rail to Taichung- 10:30 AM 
  • Arrived in HSR Taichung Station- take train to Taichung Station 20 min- Return to HSP Taichung Station.
  • Hotel Shuttle to Sun Moon Lake
  • Drive to Assam Tea Farm
  • Walk to Wenwu Temple- Right next to hotel 
  • stay the night in Sun Moon Lake

2/7 Wednesday

  • Big Tree Bike Rental Follow the Bike Path
  • Start at Shuishe Village bike along the lake. Bike to Moom Bay. Bike back to Bike Rental in Shuishe Village.
  • Take Ferry from Shuishe Pier to Xuanguang temple. every 15 min shuttle, 10 dollars for a pass
  • Hike to Cien pagoda 1 hr hike.
  • Return to Shuishe Village- Took taxi to Fengchia Night Market
  • Fengchia night market 
  • Highspeed rail back to Taipei at night.

2/8 Thursday 

  • Din Tai Fung for breakfast or Fuhongdong jiang (breakfast place) 
  • Jiufen afternoon time (1 hr bus ride)
  • Secret Tunnel to tea house, Yu zai fan shu tea made resy online.
  • Keelung night market. night time, 3 sisters dumplings, yammy sando, oyster pancake.

2/9 Friday

  • Fuhong beef noodle soup
  • Ximending hello kitty
  • Ichiran
  • taipei 101
  • Breeze mall
  • Celebrated CNY at night

2/10 Saturday 

  • Pokemon Center
  • Hot pot for lunch Mala hot pot
  • Taipei zoo 2-3 hours
  • Raohe night market- Raohe street market (Fuzhou black pepper bun), fried ribs, shi boss stinky tofu, mochi baby pine apple bun.

2/11 Sunday 

  • Wagyu 24 for lunch
  • Lady M
  • Yong kang Street for mango shaved ice and shopping and tea
  • Ximen little pot drink and street performers
  • Fuxing lantern fest
  • Yanping riverside park
  • Ningxia night market attempt - Oyster pancake, chicken rice

2/12 Monday 

  • Bread Wu Pao Chung
  • Elephant Mountain hike
  • Huashan 1914 Creative park during the day time, annabelle experience.
  • Guiji tea
  • Syntrend walking
  • Raohe night market again and buying gold.
  • Keelung night market again
  • Shilin Night market.

2/13 Tuesday

  • Le palais de chine for lunch
  • Beitou train
  • Beitou hotspring and thermal valley
  • Spring City resort
  • Taxi to Tian Yuen Temple
  • Tamshui at night - shaved ice

Must Visit Spots

Yong Kang Street

Scallion Pancake Yong Kang Street
Smoothie House

Yong Kang Street stands as a bustling epicenter of culinary delights in Taiwan, drawing in locals and tourists alike with its irresistible offerings. One of its standout attractions is the renowned scallion pancake stall, where the aroma of freshly cooked, flaky pancakes fills the air. These savory delights can be customized with a variety of toppings, including egg, giving each bite a burst of flavor.

But that's just the beginning of Yong Kang Street's gastronomic journey. The street is also home to the legendary Yong Kang Beef Noodle shop, revered for its rich and aromatic broth paired with tender beef and chewy noodles—a dish that has garnered worldwide acclaim.

As you wander down the bustling thoroughfare, you'll encounter an array of eateries showcasing Taiwan's diverse cuisine, from traditional delicacies to innovative fusion dishes. And for those seeking souvenirs to commemorate their visit, Yong Kang Street offers an eclectic selection of shops selling everything from local handicrafts to unique trinkets, ensuring a memorable experience for every visitor.

Taipei 101

Taipei 101 stands tall as Taipei's premier shopping destination, drawing visitors from far and wide with its array of upscale boutiques and duty-free stores. Here, indulgence knows no bounds, with a plethora of high-end brands awaiting exploration.

But beyond the realm of luxury shopping, Taipei 101 offers a treasure trove of cultural delights. Dive into the bustling marketplace and discover an assortment of souvenirs, from the renowned Sunnyhill pineapple cakes to the coveted scallion crackers—a true taste of Taiwan's culinary heritage.

Venturing further, Taipei 101 unveils a culinary paradise, with options to suit every palate. From elegant fine dining establishments boasting panoramic views to the bustling food court on the lower levels, where a world of flavors awaits exploration.

And amidst the holiday bustle, the expansive food court remains open, offering a festive retreat year-round.

Elephant Mountain Hike

The Elephant Mountain hike in Taipei offers adventurers a thrilling ascent amidst lush greenery and panoramic city views. As one of Taipei's most popular trails, it's renowned for its iconic stone steps, which wind their way up the mountain, presenting both a physical challenge and a scenic delight. Reaching the summit rewards hikers with breathtaking vistas of the city skyline, including the towering Taipei 101 skyscraper. Whether it's for fitness enthusiasts seeking a workout or photographers seeking the perfect shot,

Elephant Mountain promises an unforgettable experience blending nature, exercise, and urban beauty in perfect harmony. Expect to do this hike in about 30-45 min but expect an uphill steep, so bring plenty of water!

Breeze Nan Shan

pokemon Center Taipei
Breeze during the New years

Breeze Mall, nestled just outside Taipei 101, beckons with its unique blend of shopping and entertainment. Its claim to fame? Being the proud home of the Pokémon Center in Taipei, drawing fans from all corners of the globe.

However, the allure of Breeze Mall extends beyond its Pokémon haven. Be prepared for potential long queues, especially for entry to the Pokémon Center. It's advisable to check online for any time entry requirements or pre-registration to ensure a seamless experience.

Amidst the excitement of catching 'em all, don't forget to treat yourself to a satisfying meal. One standout option is Ichiran Ramen, where you can indulge in a bowl of authentic Japanese noodles, perfectly complementing your shopping excursion at Breeze Mall. With its vibrant atmosphere and diverse offerings, Breeze Mall promises a delightful experience for visitors of all ages

Taipei Zoo

Tiger Bun

The Taipei Zoo holds a special place in my heart—it's truly immense, offering enough to keep you enthralled for a good 2 to 3 hours. One of its star attractions? The elusive pandas. Despite their reputation for being hard to spot, you might just catch them lounging outdoors, happily munching on bamboo. Their adorable presence adds to the zoo's allure.

But pandas are just the beginning of the zoo's wonders. Inside, you'll find a variety of exhibits, including one dedicated to pangolins and another to birds, among others. Prepare for some up-close encounters—many of these animals might be just a whisker away, so brace yourself for some surprises.

What's more, the entry fee is incredibly affordable, just around two dollars,due to the cost being the station entry fee. So, whether you're a wildlife enthusiast or simply seeking a memorable outing, the Taipei Zoo offers an enriching experience without breaking the bank. There's also food and lockers on sight.


This colossal building is a haven for electronics enthusiasts, boasting a vast array of cutting-edge technology spread across multiple floors. From the latest gadgets to high-quality camera equipment and a dedicated section for anime enthusiasts, Syntrend offers an immersive experience for visitors of all interests. Whether you're browsing or shopping, you can easily lose track of time exploring the diverse offerings and marveling at the technological wonders on display. With its expansive layout and diverse range of products, Syntrend is a must-visit destination for anyone fascinated by the world of electronics

Huanshan 1914 Creative Park

annabelle experience

Huashan Creative Park, nestled in the heart of Taipei, is a vibrant hub of art, culture, and creativity. Originally a wine factory dating back to the Japanese colonial era, this historic site has been transformed into a dynamic space where innovation thrives. Today, it serves as a platform for artists, designers, and cultural entrepreneurs to showcase their work and engage with the community.

Visitors to Huashan Creative Park are greeted by a bustling scene of outdoor vendors selling handmade crafts, artisanal goods, and delectable treats. The park's industrial-chic architecture provides a unique backdrop for the myriad of pop-up exhibits and installations that constantly rotate throughout the year. From immersive experiences inspired by popular culture, such as the Squid Game and Annabelle exhibits, to interactive art installations and theatrical performances, there's always something new and exciting to discover at Huashan Creative Park.

Beyond its role as a cultural hotspot, Huashan Creative Park also hosts workshops, lectures, and events aimed at fostering creativity and collaboration. Whether you're a seasoned art enthusiast or simply looking for a fun day out, Huashan Creative Park offers an immersive experience that celebrates Taiwan's rich artistic heritage and contemporary cultural scene.

Ximending /Ximen

Ximending, dubbed as the "Shibuya of Taipei," is a vibrant district renowned for its electrifying atmosphere and diverse offerings. Comparable to Times Square in its bustling energy, Ximending pulsates with life day and night, making it a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike.

At the heart of Ximending's allure is its dynamic nightlife scene, where neon lights illuminate the streets and talented street performers captivate audiences with their artistry. From musicians to dancers, the sidewalks come alive with entertainment, creating an immersive experience for visitors.

Food enthusiasts will rejoice in Ximending's culinary delights, with a plethora of eateries serving up a tantalizing array of local and international cuisines. Whether you're craving traditional Taiwanese snacks or exploring trendy fusion dishes, there's something to satisfy every palate.

Moreover, Ximending is a shopper's paradise, with its labyrinthine alleys lined with boutiques, department stores, and souvenir shops. From fashion apparel to quirky trinkets, you'll find an eclectic mix of merchandise to peruse and purchase.

During certain times of the year, Ximending hosts cultural events and festivals, adding an extra layer of excitement to the area. The annual lantern festival, for instance, infuses the district with a magical glow, creating a spectacle that's both mesmerizing and unforgettable.

With its vibrant ambiance, diverse offerings, and endless opportunities for exploration, Ximending epitomizes the pulse and spirit of modern Taipei, ensuring a memorable experience for all who wander its streets.

Night Markets - BRING CASH!

Shilin Night Market

The Shilin Night Market is renowned for its abundance of games, offering visitors plenty of opportunities for fun and excitement. It's also famous for its signature Hot Star Chicken, a must-try delicacy. One of the highlights of the market is its giant panoramic screen featuring captivating imagery of tigers and cats, adding to the vibrant atmosphere.

What sets the games apart at Shilin Night Market is the generosity of the vendors—they often provide multiple chances to win big prizes, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. While some of the food options may seem repetitive, there are also many Michelin-worthy offerings to explore.

I highly recommend trying the sausage and sticky rice sticks, as well as the refreshing cold peanut noodles, for a true taste of Taiwanese street food. With a plethora of food stalls and activities to choose from, Shilin Night Market offers a lively and unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

Must eats

Shilin Night Market (Friday- Mondays best day ) 

  • Good Friend cold noodles
  • Chung Chia Steamed Bun  38-Xiadong street
  • Hai You Pork Ribs
  • A Hui Vermicelli/Mee Sua- 52 Danan Road
  • Uncle Shilin Bean curd- Ice 
  • Hot Star Fried Chicken 
  • Other options: Barbecue chicken


Raohe Night Market, nestled in the heart of Taipei, is a culinary haven renowned for its vibrant atmosphere and mouthwatering street food offerings. At the top of the list of must-tries are the famous Fuzhou pepper buns, which have achieved legendary status and attract long lines that curve around the corner. As one of the most crowded night markets in Taipei, Raohe is a hotspot for both locals and tourists, bustling with energy and excitement.

Fuzhou Black pepper buns

What sets Raohe Night Market apart is not just the quality of its food but also its affordability. Here, you'll find a plethora of tantalizing treats at wallet-friendly prices, making it the perfect destination for budget-conscious foodies. Plus, with its convenient location and diverse array of vendors, Raohe Night Market is a popular choice for holiday feasting, ensuring that visitors can always find something delicious to enjoy no matter the time of year.

Mochi Baby

During my visit, I indulged in a variety of delectable delights, including aromatic pineapple buns, savory dumplings, and the irresistible mochi from Mochi Baby. Each bite was a delightful explosion of flavor, showcasing the rich culinary heritage of Taiwan.

Ice Fire Pineapple Buns
Shi Boss Spicy Stinky Tofu 

Recommended Eats?

Raohe Night Market

  • Fuzhou Pepper bun 
  • Chengdong Pork Ribs
  • Oyster vermicelli 
  • Mochi Baby 
  • Shi Boss Spicy Stinky Tofu 

Keelung Night Market

Keelung Night Market, located in the bustling port city of Keelung just a short distance from Taipei, is renowned as one of Taiwan's top culinary destinations. This vibrant market boasts a rich history dating back over a century and is famous for its fresh seafood offerings and delectable street food delicacies.

Three Sisters Dumplings

One of the highlights of Keelung Night Market is its wide array of oyster-based dishes, including the iconic oyster pancakes that have become a signature delicacy of the market. These savory treats feature plump, juicy oysters encased in a crispy batter, creating a flavor sensation that keeps visitors coming back for more.

Another must-try at Keelung Night Market is the pan-fried dumplings from Three Sisters, a beloved vendor known for their mouthwatering dumplings filled with flavorful fillings and perfectly crispy bottoms. Despite the occasional scolding from the sisters themselves, these dumplings are considered by many to be among the best in Taiwan.

With its lively atmosphere, diverse culinary offerings, and affordable prices, Keelung Night Market offers a true taste of Taiwanese street food culture. Whether you're sampling fresh seafood, indulging in savory snacks, or exploring the market's vibrant stalls and bustling alleys, a visit to Keelung Night Market is sure to be an unforgettable experience for food lovers and travelers alike

Ningxia Night Market

Yuan huan bian oyster Egg omelet
Yuan huan bian oyster Egg omelet

Ningxia Night Market, nestled in the heart of Taipei, is a culinary gem renowned for its diverse array of street food offerings and vibrant atmosphere. Boasting a history that spans several decades, this bustling market is a favorite haunt for foodies and locals alike.

One of the standout features of Ningxia Night Market is its reputation for housing multiple stalls offering Michelin-rated delicacies. From savory snacks to indulgent treats, visitors can sample a wide range of gourmet delights prepared by skilled chefs right on the street.

The market is particularly famous for its oyster pancakes, a beloved Taiwanese street food staple. While opinions may vary on which night market serves the best version, Ningxia's rendition is undeniably popular and draws in crowds of eager food enthusiasts.

However, navigating through the throngs of visitors can be a challenge, especially during peak hours. It's essential for visitors to remain vigilant against pickpockets and take precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Despite the crowds and potential risks, Ningxia Night Market offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in Taipei's culinary scene and indulge in a wide variety of delicious street food offerings. Whether you're a seasoned foodie or a casual diner, a visit to Ningxia Night Market promises an unforgettable gastronomic adventure.

Food options:

Ningxia Night Market  (Friday- Sunday best Time to visit)

  • Yuan huan bian oyster Egg omelet  closed Tuesday and wednesday 
  • Fang Jian shredded chicken on rice - close Monday
  • Liu yu zai- closed Thursdays
  • Lin When Zhao mochis, close Mondays 
  • Rongs Pork Liver

More Food Options

Beef Noodle Soup

Fuhong Beef Noodle Soup

Taiwan's beef noodle soup holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike, with its rich, flavorful broth and tender chunks of beef. Considered a national culinary treasure, this beloved dish has even been celebrated in festivals and competitions dedicated solely to beef noodle soup.

Fuhong Beef Noodle Soup, located in Taipei, is renowned for its mastery of this iconic dish. Boasting a history that spans decades, Fuhong has garnered a reputation for serving up some of the best beef noodle soup in the city. Its aromatic broth, made from a secret blend of spices and simmered to perfection, pairs perfectly with the tender beef and springy noodles.

Despite its popularity, Fuhong remains committed to providing consistent quality and taste, ensuring that every bowl of beef noodle soup lives up to its reputation. Open every day, including holidays, Fuhong is a reliable choice for satisfying your cravings for this quintessential Taiwanese comfort food.

While opinions may vary on the service quality, many patrons appreciate the unique touch of unlimited sour pickles and the option to customize the spiciness level of the soup according to personal preference. These small details add to the charm of dining at Fuhong and contribute to its enduring appeal among locals and tourists alike.

Other Options:

  • Fuhong Beef Noodles (customize bowl) budget 24/7
  • Lao Shandong Homemade Noodles
  • Bandao Beef Noodle Restaurant (great review) 
  • Niu Dian Beef Noodles (famous) 
  • Yong Kang Beef noodle  (most famous she likes) won first place
  • Lao zhang

Boba Tea

A boba tea a day keeps the doctor away!" That's the mantra I lived by during my time in Taiwan, where I indulged in this delightful beverage daily. The sheer variety of boba tea options is astounding, and the affordability is truly remarkable. With endless flavors and combinations to explore, I wholeheartedly recommend embracing the boba tea culture and savoring as many as possible. It's not just a drink; it's an experience that adds a touch of joy to each day in Taiwan. I recommend Lowfun, the boba tea stall outside the Roahe night market and Guiji Tea.


XLB at Din Tai Fung

I believe that dumplings reign supreme as Taiwan's quintessential culinary delight. Among the myriad options, indulging in the dumplings at any of the Din Tai Fung establishments across Taiwan is an absolute must. Renowned for their meticulous preparation and consistent quality, Din Tai Fung's dumplings encapsulate the essence of Taiwanese cuisine. The succulent Taiwan pork filling, bursting with rich and clean flavors, boasts a signature taste that is simply unbeatable. From bustling street markets to upscale restaurants, Taiwan offers an abundance of dumpling options, each a delicious testament to the country's culinary prowess.

More options:


  • 張記鍋貼牛肉麵
  • 龍門客棧餃子館 (林森店) Longmen Dumping House 
  • Happy Dumpling DongFeng Restaurant
  • Li Yuan
  • Takumi Dumplings

Taiwanese Breakfast Spots

Yong He Soy Milk King

Taiwanese people hold their breakfast in high regard, and to truly savor the most renowned spots, an early rise is essential. From steaming bowls of soy milk to flavorful fantuan and delectable egg and ham sandwiches, the Taiwanese breakfast scene offers an unparalleled culinary adventure. Each bite is a testament to the country's rich culinary heritage and diverse flavors. So, set your alarm early and embark on a breakfast journey that promises to tantalize your taste buds and awaken your senses to the wonders of Taiwanese cuisine.

More options:

  • Fuhongdong Jiang
  • Ruian Soy Milk
  • Yong He Soy Milk

Wagyu 47

Wagyu 47, located in Taipei, is renowned for its upscale dining experience and focus on premium Japanese beef. Boasting a sleek and modern ambiance, the restaurant offers an extensive menu featuring various cuts of Wagyu beef, prepared using traditional Japanese techniques to enhance their natural flavor and tenderness.

One of the highlights of dining at Wagyu 47 is its course menu, which allows patrons to sample a variety of dishes showcasing the restaurant's culinary expertise. From savory appetizers to decadent desserts, each course is thoughtfully curated to provide a well-rounded dining experience.

While the quality of the Wagyu beef is undoubtedly the star of the show, Wagyu 47 also prides itself on its impeccable service and attention to detail. Knowledgeable staff members are on hand to guide diners through the menu and offer recommendations, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable meal.

In addition to its culinary offerings, Wagyu 47 boasts stunning views of Taipei 101, adding an extra layer of sophistication to the dining experience. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to indulge in premium beef in a stylish setting, Wagyu 47 promises a dining experience that's both unforgettable and indulgent.

LE Palais

3 michelin Star
Flaming Duck Course

Le Palais, a prestigious restaurant in Taipei, is renowned for its flaming Peking duck. Reservations are highly sought-after, so booking with a credit card is advisable. Utilizing a friend's assistance can aid in securing a spot.


With a coveted 3 Michelin star, Le Palais offers a culinary journey of traditional Chinese cuisine, including delectable Taro pastries and succulent charsiu. However, the highlight is the flaming Peking duck, expertly carved tableside for a memorable dining experience of sophistication and refinement. This is a 3 michelin Star restaurant. You can do the tasting menu but i recommend ordering a la carte.

Taro Pastries
Cheese Pastry

Whether its food or attractions, You're in for a treat when visiting Taiwan!

Click Here for my guide to Jiufen, Taiwan.

Click Here for my guide to Sun Moon Lake and Taichung.

Click Here for my guide to for First Timers visiting Taiwan.

Click Here for my guide to Tamsui and Beitou.