Taipei might not seem like a travel destination for a family with children, but it’s surprisingly family friendly.

First, the food is exotic, but not too exotic. It’s plentiful and generally inexpensive, so if your children are finicky or their moods change within the course of a meal, you won’t fuss them too much.

Once you are ready to head out and see a few sights with your kids, consider the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a memorial to the Taiwanese dictator. It’s beautiful outdoor gardens with huge koi ponds and formality and pomp inside are sure to enchant children.

Your children are likely to enjoy seeing a zoo in a different country. The Taipei City Zoo is considered a child-friendly facility that’s well organized, clean and inexpensive (at about $2 USD).

The Shihlin Night Market is considered a must-see, must-do Taipei activity. It’s mostly about the food but there are also interesting things to buy from various vendors, and carnival games. It’s a combination sure to draw the kids in.

If you want to get away from the crowds and enjoy some simple pastoral beauty, consider taking the family to Yangming Park, just a short bus trip from downtown Taipei. It’s a large national park with beautiful scenery, great hikes, and hot springs not to be missed.