Taipei is a city rich in culture and tradition, and you're really missing out if you never visit a few off the beaten path destinations during your stay. Whether you're into adventurous eating, luxury spas, museum hopping, or digging deeper into the local culture, avoiding the main tourist spots for a walk on the local side will give you a Taipei experience few travelers get to have.
Travelers come to Taipei from all over the world to eat, and the city has some of the best food around. Instead of merely tasting the local food, learn how to make it for yourself at Jodie's Kitchen. If you have the time to spare, sign up for the three-day course to learn about Chinese and Taiwanese drinks and dishes.
Head over to Alan's Mountain Bike to take your travels off the beaten path...literally. With full equipment rental services and guided tours to many of Taiwan's stunning national parks, you'll get your heart pumping while seeing the natural side of one of Asia's biggest cities.
Taipei is famous for its natural hot springs, and while Villa 32 definitely caters to tourists, their offering of private hot springs and pools with a cap on visitors means you'll be soaking up all the health benefits of the springs without fighting the crowds at some of the city's other resorts.
Every tourist in Taipei probably plans an evening at the Shilin night market, and for good reason. But if you're looking for that street market vibe without the hordes of tourists, give the Jingmei night market a try. The wares may not be as exciting, but the food options are just as good and you'll be shopping with the locals.
2F 29-1 Zi Yun St.
Taiwanese and Thai cooking classes in the mountains near Taipei... read more
38, Section 5, Roosevelt Road
Close to National Taiwan University
Family owned mountain bike shop offering rentals and tours... read more
No. 8-2, Lane 40, Sec. 3, Zhinan Rd.
Gondola ride to the top of a mountain for hiking and tea tasting... read more
No. 32, ZhōngShān Rd
Private and public hot springs in Beitou... read more
Chinese and Taiwanese snacks as well as cheap clothes and household goods... read more
B1 96 Jian Guo North Road, Section 1
The first miniatures museum in Asia... read more
No. 189 Shihshang Road
Hands-on science museum in Shilin, great for kids...
No. 20, Jingye 3rd Rd.
Huge shopping center with a ferris wheel and Imax screen... read more
No.167-1, Kantung Rd., Yehliu Valley
Unusual eroded rock formations along the Taiwanese coast... read more