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Taipei Off the Beaten Path

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Curious about what the locals are doing while the tourists are busy ticking off all the big must-see attractions? For a more authentic Taipei experience, follow this list of interesting alternatives.

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

8 Places

3 City Tips

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8 Places

Beitou Thermal Valley(Hell Valley)

Geologic Formations

Zhishan Garden

Gardens

Yangmingshan National Park

Historic Walking Areas, Hot Springs & Geysers, Mountains, National Parks, Parks

Daan Forest Park

Parks

Wulai Falls

Waterfalls

Addiction Aquatic Development

Restaurants

Ximen Red House - Ximending

Specialty & Gift Shops

Sogo(Fuxing)

Specialty & Gift Shops

Sophia L's City Tips

  • While WiFi isn't available everywhere, many of the popular shopping centers offer it.
  • In Taiwanese bathrooms, the shower head is sometimes attached to the sink — an efficient use of space, but surprising if you aren't used to this kind of shower set up!
  • Hostels are a good way to meet other travelers, but check before booking to see if they feature communal areas where you can share travel tips.
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    Beitou Thermal Valley(Hell Valley)
    Geologic Formations
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    Sophia L Says:

    If you don't have time to stay the night or explore farther afield, but still want to get a great taste of Taiwan's hot springs, There's no better place to do it than Beitou Thermal Valley. You may forget you're even in Taipei City!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Stick to the designated paths as you explore the area.
    • If you'd like to stay the night, Beitou Hot Springs offers great accommodation options, including some rooms with their own private springs.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 307 things to do in Taipei
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unique blue lake 04/21/2015
    • Wow, it's unique and cool~ 04/10/2015
    • Beitou Thermal Valley(Hell Valley)
    Address:
    Zhongshan Rd. near Wenquan Rd.
    Taipei
    Taiwan
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    Zhishan Garden
    Gardens
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    Sophia L Says:

    A walk through this beautifully landscaped, peaceful garden is a great way to enjoy Taipei's outdoors and public parks.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring bottled water with you.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #89 of 307 things to do in Taipei
    • 国立故宮博物院に行ったら帰りに寄ってください 04/23/2015
    • 博物館もいいけど、こちらもおすすめ! 04/02/2015
    • Zhishan Garden
    Address:
    Chih-shan Road, Sec. 2; Shih-lin District
    Taipei
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    02-28812021
    Other:
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    Yangmingshan National Park
    Historic Walking Areas, Hot Springs & Geysers, Mountains, National Parks, Parks
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    Sophia L Says:

    Yangmingshan National Park offers a chance to enjoy both history and the great outdoors. Here, you can explore a variety of hiking trails through valleys, lakes, ridges, and waterfalls, as well as Taiwan's tallest dormant volcano. There are also numerous hot springs and sulfur deposits to discover.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Network access may be limited here.
    • If you visit during the spring time, don't miss the amazing cherry blossoms in bloom here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 307 things to do in Taipei
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Calla Lily Festival 04/25/2015
    • Good place for trekking 04/24/2015
    • Yangmingshan National Park
    Address:
    Jhuzihhu Rd, Beitou District
    Taipei 112
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    886 2 2861 3601
    Other:
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    Daan Forest Park
    Parks
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    Sophia L Says:

    Get a taste of true wilderness, and spot a variety of animal and bird life, at this minimally landscaped forest park.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring a camera!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 307 things to do in Taipei
    • Nice for family hangout 04/24/2015
    • Very pleasant picnic 04/21/2015
    • Daan Forest Park
    Address:
    Xinsheng South Road, Daan District
    Taipei
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    02-27003830
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    Wulai Falls
    Waterfalls
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    Sophia L Says:

    Taiwan is full of beauty natural creations, and here at Wulai Falls you can still see how the water shapes the land.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear shoes that can get wet.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 307 things to do in Taipei
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pleasant and scenic natural attraction 04/20/2015
    • Great day trip 04/03/2015
    • Wulai Falls
    Address:
    Taipei County, South of Taipei
    Taipei
    Taiwan
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    Addiction Aquatic Development
    Restaurants (Seafood)
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    Sophia L Says:

    Pick your own fresh seafood straight from the tank here at Addiction Aquatic restaurant/deli, and then watch your dish being prepared by professional chefs in a very authentic, Japanese style.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Be prepared for long lines at the restaurant.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 2,545 restaurants in Taipei
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic seafood experience 04/25/2015
    • Excellent fresh seafood! 04/23/2015
    • Addiction Aquatic Development
    Address:
    Address: 18, Alley 2, Ln 410, Minzu E Rd
    Taipei
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    02-2508-1268
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 am - 12:00 am
    Other:
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    Ximen Red House - Ximending
    Specialty & Gift Shops
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    Sophia L Says:

    Explore the variety of hip boutiques here in Ximending, a fashionable shopping district where the younger crowd gathers to browse and hang out. From snacks to clothing to accessories, you'll find all the latest trends here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't be shy! Many food shops will let you try before buying.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 121 Shopping in Taipei
    • Sentimentally historical spot to get rest 04/25/2015
    • Ximen Red House 04/22/2015
    • Ximen Red House - Ximending
    Address:
    No.10 Chengdu Rd., Wanhua Dist.
    Taipei
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    02-23119380
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 am - 9:30 pm
    Tue - Thu
    11:00 am - 9:30 pm
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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    Sogo(Fuxing)
    Specialty & Gift Shops
    Sophia L Says:

    Shop alongside the locals at Sogo, a multi-level shopping center featuring all the well-known international clothing brands, plus a variety of restaurant options.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you're missing something from home, you have the best chance of finding it here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 121 Shopping in Taipei
    • The Big Sister, and I mean expensive too! 04/11/2015
    • Traveller? Go somewhere else! 02/05/2015
    • Sogo(Fuxing)
    Address:
    No.300 San Section,Zhongxiao East Road
    Taipei
    Taiwan
    Phone:
    02-27765555
    Other:
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