Where to stay in Taipei

Where is the best place to stay in Taipei?

Taiwan’s sophisticated capital has excellent food, friendly people and a reputation for being lovely and safe. Visit the city’s many decorative temples, or explore its fascinating museums, and you’ll get an insight into the colourful heritage of this thriving city. Head over to the Taipei Zoo and hop on the thrilling Maokong Gondola for some fantastic views.  The beautiful Longshan temple gives a glimpse into the city’s Buddhist history. As the sun sets, take a trip up the 101 Tower to see some awe-inspiring panoramic views of the city and the surrounding landscape.


When deciding where to stay in Taipei, you should know that one of the best areas to stay in the city is the Zhongshan district. Here, you’ll be within easy reach of the MRT metro line, which will take you to many sights including the Shilin Night Market and Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf, as well as the National Palace Museum, Maokong Gondola and the Taipei 101 building. In this district, you’ll find a wonderful selection of restaurants and cafes and some beautiful parks to relax in. You’ll also be able to enjoy plenty of excellent shopping in the area - including Duty Free options. The main station in Taipei is just one stop away from the Zhongshan MRT Station and from there, you can travel to other parts of Taiwan.

Hotel   Avg price
CityInn Hotel - Taipei Station Branch II
No.81 Chang'an West Road
35€ - 34$
CityInn Hotel Plus - Ximending Branch
No.63 Baoqing Road
38€ - 37$
CityInn Hotel - Taipei Station Branch I
No.7 Huaining Street
52€ - 51$
Ambience Hotel
No.64 Section 1, Chang'an East Road
58€ - 57$
Hotel   Avg price
San Want Residences Taipei
No.128 Section 1, Nanjing East Road
164€ - 161$
Regent Taipei
177€ - 173$
The Okura Prestige Taipei
No.9 Nanjing E. Rd
185€ - 181$


If you are interested in where to stay in Taipei, you may also be interested in where to stay in Beijing, where to stay in Shanghai and where to stay in Guangzhou.

Zhongshan, the best area to stay in Taipei


ZhongshanThe neighbourhood of Zhongshan is one of the most popular areas in the city. It is incredibly diverse, which can’t be said for the many of the districts in the city. There are many beautiful temples to visit, with Bao’an, Confucius amd Xingtian being the most popular sites. Bao’an is dedicated to the Taoist God of Medicine and showcases some of Taiwan’s most wonderfully preserved temple architecture. The Confucius Temple is one of the largest temples in the city and is used as a centre for students. It is usually quite busy, as it is a real 'must-see' because of its sheer size.


If you are lucky enough to be in the city on September 28th, then head to the temple where you will see the world's largest Confucian event of the year. Xingtian can get exceptionally busy. This temple is dedicated to the God of War, and has beautiful and detailed carvings inside, as well as the exterior and it also has wonderful gardens. Another special religious site is the National Revolutionary Martyr’s Shrine. This was erected in memory of the people who died in the war of the Republic of China. Zhongshan also has various recreation parks and these include Rongxing Garden Park, Meiti Riverside Park and Daija Riverside Park. All of these have great open spaces to relax and have a picnic, as well as many woodland areas.


The parks have good scenic views and some have facilities including tennis courts, golf courses and football pitches - which keep all the sport enthusiasts happy! Another major attraction in Zhongshan is the Shilin Night Market, which is said to be the largest and most famous in the country. There is a huge number of stalls that sell various items including electronics, food, clothes, jewellery and lots of other items. The market is a stunning spectacle.


The district is also home to a variety of museums, including the Suho Paper Memorial Museum, Museum of Jade Art and the Fine Arts Museum. All of them have fine pieces of art and other similar exhibits that are well worth seeing.  Shopaholics will be in heaven as Zhongshan District has many shopping centres and many streets lined with shops. One of the most famous areas for shopping is the Zhongshan Metro Mall. The mall also has pubs, bars and restaurants.  There are many traditional eating places in the whole area where you can try local food. There are plenty of hotels to choose from - and the choice suits all budgets.



Hotels in Zhongshan


Other districts to stay in Taipei




WanhuaThis is the oldest district in the city and has a whole host of historic buildings to explore. These include Longshan Temple, which was first built in the 18th century but was badly damaged during World War II, so it has been carefully restored. It is now an excellent example of Taiwanese classical architecture - which many people come to see. Other attractions include the Snake Alley Market, where visitors can enjoy the famous snake soup or fried snake and for the brave, there is even rats' meat to try! There are many different night markets and these are very easy to find as you will see large numbers of people gathering on street corners waiting for them to start. Most of the markets sell spices, foods, jewellery and electronics.


And since you are there, make sure you do not miss Xinmending - one of the most beautiful and quirky parts of Wanhua. Xinmending is a must visit' district  and is easy to explore as it has the first and largest pedestrian  precinct in Taiwan and is the home of taiwan's fashion scene. Make sure you allow enough time to discover all it has to offer you!


Xinmending area has been built to cater for every crazy shopaholic's desires! It has all the shop, markets and street vendors that one could ever wish for, selling everything from cosmetic and clothes for girls, to the newest gadgets on the market for men. It`s a paradise for fans of Japan, as its famous bookstores sell Japanese music CDs and magazines. Lovers of Japanese culture will find their dream Japanese clothes here, along with exquisite dishes from the delicious Nippon cuisine.


This new, trendy area is made for curious ones who like to experience new things. An ancient knife massage? You got it! (Don`t worry though, it won`t hurt - it`s actually one of the best massages one can get in Taipei). Weirdly shaped food? Yes you will find it there! Just go to the Modern Toilet Restaurant in Xinmending! Yes, the food is actually served on toilet-shaped plates! Cosplay cafes? Get your costume and come visit Xinmending! Beer or chicken flavoured ice-cream? Yes, just visit the Snow King in the area!  Since Sushi restaurants with rotating table are already too common, Xinmending tempts you with a Sushi train restaurant, where your plates are delivered by a toy train on rails!


Tired of watching movies when the cinema is so full? Just get your own private movie theatre at the MTV Parlor there! Xinmending welcomes everyone with open arms and has various LGBT cafes and pubs. If it`s way past coffee hour, chill with a beer instead at Driftwood - a craft beer bar that has been declared the best one in the area - and one the best in the country.


Need any more reasons to stay in Xinmending? What if you were told that Xinmending is not only a place for the hipster and adventurer travellers, but also for culture hippies? The RedHouse is one of the area`s symbols and is the place where art meets culture and people. Built in 1908, this attractive octagonal building awaits you with craft shops, theatres and cafes. Xinmending is made for those who want to see what`s beyond mainstream travelling.  It`s the place where adventurous touristic places are beautifully intertwined with Taiwan`s history and culture.



Hotels in Wanhua






Da`anAnother notable place for good accommodation is the Da`an area. It is perfect for everyone who wants to immerse themselves in Taiwan`s amazing nature and tradition. Take a stroll through the gorgeous Forest Park which is, the largest green space in Taipei. It covers a vast  area of 64 acres and is situated right in the middle of the Da`an district. Despite being in the middle of the city; you will feel secluded from all the hustle and bustle as you wander among the tall, leafy trees that have guarded the park for hundreds of years. During summer, you can sit in the shade and enjoy the free  shows in the  park`s amphitheatre,  whilst sipping the popular iced coffee.


After a long stroll, your appetite can be satisfied at Yongkang Street, a food market which is open both for lunch and evening. Try out the best dumplings in town at Din Tai Fung (bear in mind that the waiting time is usually one hour or more- but it`s definitely worth it!) Want to experience Taipei`s student life? Just visit the campus of the most prestigious university in the country- National Taiwan University! Its green campus welcomes you with numerous cafes, restaurants and museums. Get lost in the huge and fascinating Insectarium, which has more than 100-year-old species on display, or admire the natural artifact collection at the Anthropology Museum.


For those who thought Taiwan was all about Buddhist or Taoist temples, in the Da`an Area you will find the impressive Taipei Grand Mosque. Covering over 2,700 square metres, this is the most famous Islamic Building in the whole country.  Try your hand at preparing tea in the famous Wistaria Tea House, which has a history spanning almost 100 years. This Japanese-style house awaits you with great tea, friendly staff and plenty of laughter.


So, there you have it;  numerous historical sites, great parks and good food. Want to see what else Da`an has to offer? Book a room in the area and discover all this district`s wonders.



Hotels in Da`an






DatongTaipei City is filled with different districts, all with cafes, that after a while, can start to look the same… Unless you dare to find somewhere really different - like the Python reptile cafe in Datong. However, this place is not for the faint-hearted. There, the cold-blooded creatures will happily walk amongst your drinks and desserts, once you take them out of their cage! If you feel like taking them home, don`t worry, the owners will happily sell you snakes and lizards! For those who cannot take care of them any longer, they will also buy the reptiles back at a lower place!


Datong Area, is similar to Da`an, as it welcomes tourists with a wide variety of cultural and artistic places of interest.  Start your visit with the Taipei Confucius Temple, which was built in 1879. The temple gives an insight into the spiritual and religious path of this extraordinary country. Encounter the Taiwanese folk religion (a traditional religion of the local residents) at Dalongdong Baoan Temple. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Datong Area is for those who want a taste of this country`s incredibly modern art.


Did all this visiting increase your appetite? Dihua Street is the ideal place to try traditional Chinese food and herbs. For a more varied choice of delicacies, visit the Ningxia Night Market, where you`ll find every cuisine from Vietnamese to Japanese, Taiwanese and Thai food. Getting away from all the city`s hustle and bustle has never been simpler than in Datong district- just hop on any public transport to Yanping Riverside Park and stroll along the banks on the beautiful river among its rare trees and flowers.


Datong area welcomes all visitors who want to enjoy the city, but also those who appreciate the silence and beauty of nature. If you fit the description, you should definitely consider Datong for your Taipei accommodation.



Hotels in Datong




Xinyi District


Xinyi DistrictOfficially where the Tapei City Government resides, Tapei’s Xinyi district is a fantastic place to stay for shoppers and entertainment lovers. Although it is known as Tapei’s financial district, the reality is that Xinyi District is much more exciting than this!


Xinyi District is a shopper’s paradise! Indeed, it is home to numerous air-conditioned shopping malls, with more stalls than you could imagine. For sightseers, you can visit the famous Tapei 101, as well as the Tapei World Trade Center and the Tapei International Convention Center.


There are also many exciting entertainment venues and cinemas located in Xinyi District, making it ideal for families and couples. With numerous high-end restaurants serving up authentic, local cuisine, you can really enjoy a bite to eat here after a day of shopping or sightseeing. In terms of hotels, there are fantastic luxury options available, as well as mid-range should you want to cut costs.



Hotels in Xinyi District




Songshan District

Songshan AirportIdeally located near Songshan Airport, the Songshan District makes for another popular place to stay in Tapei. It is another important financial district that is also brilliant for shoppers and local produce. There are many excellent restaurants and cafés in this district, with a wide range of hotels on offer.


One of the major attractions here is the famous Raohe Night Market. With very friendly vendors and delicious local food at great prices, you can’t go wrong here! The atmosphere is electric at night and you can really soak up the local culture.


The Songshan District is also home to some of Tapei’s best tourist attractions. You can admire temples such as the impressive Songshan Ciyou Temple and visit informative local museums. The Keelung River also runs through the Songshan District, and you can enjoy a very relaxing riverside walk along the iconic Rainbow Bridge- particularly pleasant at sunset.



Hotels in Songshan District






ZhongzhengThis neighbourhood is well-known for its political buildings . It is a great place to explore on foot. As well as the Presidential Office and the four different Yuan buildings, there are attractive gardens and museums that focus on the history of the country.


Other notable places of interest include the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. This was built in memory of the former president and is home to the National Theatre.


There are also several traditional markets in the district, as well as shopping centres, which have numerous shops that cater to most needs. There aren’t as many bars and places to eat, but the area does have a good number of hotels -many with scenic views.



Hotels in Zhongzheng