2-7 days flexible Taipei itinerary for solo travelers

Traveling solo to Taiwan? Here’s my suggested Taipei itinerary for solo travelers and digital nomads who want to explore Taipei for 2-7 days!

Hi Trisha! Thank you for all the tips on the blog. My name is Julia and this is my first trip to Asia. I am really scared and at the same time excited. Thanks to your blog, I am able to gain the confidence to go to Asia on my own. I read about Taiwan a lot in your blog and I decided to add it to my Asia trip. Do you have a 5-day Taipei itinerary that I can look into for reference? I love all your advice and it all seems doable. So far, the best and most clear blog that I found on the Internet! Thank you so much for all your help. Please know that young girls like me look up to you – I love your life!

-Julia, San Francisco, CA

Hi Julia,

Thanks for reading the blog! This Taipei itinerary is doable for solo travelers as each day is dedicated to one area only. I feel like this is the best way to see Taipei as each neighborhood is really unique!

3-5 days in Taipei is enough but I always spend up to 2 weeks in Taipei since it’s one of my favorite food cities!

The daily itinerary below has activities for morning, afternoon, and evening with suggested things to do and places to see. Enjoy your solo trip to Taipei and let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below!

Xx, Trisha

Ximending Taipei Itinerary

Including Ximending in your Taipei itinerary is essential for solo travelers seeking a vibrant blend of modern and traditional Taiwanese culture.

Known as Taipei’s “Harajuku,” Ximending offers an energetic atmosphere with its bustling streets, eclectic mix of shops, and an array of street food stalls and restaurants.

Here’s a full-day itinerary for going around Ximending:

Morning: Breakfast at Ay Chung Flour Rice Noodle

Adding Ay Chung Flour Rice Noodle Restaurant to your Taipei itinerary offers a taste of local Taiwanese street food at its finest.

This iconic eatery is famous for its delectably smooth and savory rice noodles, served in a thick, aromatic broth with tender pieces of braised intestines, a true staple of Taiwanese cuisine.

Mid-morning: Ximending Pedestrian area and Red House

The Ximending Pedestrian Area and the Red House must be in your Taipei itinerary as it is the heart of Taipei’s youth culture and creative arts scene.

The pedestrian zone buzzes with energy, showcasing the latest fashion trends, street performances, and an eclectic mix of shops.

The Red House, a historic theater turned cultural marketplace, offers a unique blend of artisanal crafts, boutique shops, and LGBTQ-friendly bars and cafes.

Check out the Red House’s weekend markets where you can find one-of-a-kind handmade items, perfect for unique souvenirs, while supporting local artists and craftsmen.

Lunch at Modern Toilet restaurant

Dining at the Modern Toilet Restaurant is a must for those looking to add an unusual twist to their Taipei itinerary. This quirky-themed restaurant serves food and drinks in miniature toilet bowls and bathtubs, providing not just a meal but an extraordinary dining experience.

The concept might sound bizarre, but the playful presentation and tasty dishes make it a memorable part of any visit to Taipei. Opt for the chocolate ice cream dessert!

Afternoon: Tianhou Temple

Tianhou Temple is a great addition to your Taipei itinerary, offering a peaceful respite from the bustling streets of Ximending. This temple, dedicated to Mazu, the sea goddess, stands as a testament to the area’s rich cultural heritage and the local community’s spiritual life.

Here, you’ll find intricate carvings and offerings, reflecting centuries of devotion. Participate in a temple ritual or get a fortune reading to immerse yourself fully in the local traditions.

I am not a fan of fortunetellers but I did it anyway since I was traveling on my own! Just try it but I don’t recommend you to make your life revolve around these “fortunes.”

  • 📍 No. 7號, Lane 50, Xining S Rd, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
  • ⏰ 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM

Evening: Taipei Cinema Park

Integrating Taipei Cinema Park into your Taipei itinerary appeals to those seeking a blend of urban culture, art, and leisure in an open, outdoor setting.

Unlike traditional movie theaters, Taipei Cinema Park serves as a cultural hub, hosting outdoor film screenings, music concerts, and art installations, reflecting the vibrant and creative spirit of the city.

The park’s graffiti-covered walls and skateboard-friendly spaces add to its youthful and rebellious charm, making it a popular gathering spot for local artists and performers. I really enjoyed Cinema Street and it’s one of the best things to do in Taipei alone!

Dinner in Ximending Night Market

Ximending Night Market is essential for experiencing Taipei’s vibrant nightlife and street food scene. This market comes alive at night, offering everything from fashion finds to an array of local snacks.

Go to the stall selling “flame-torched beef,” where you can watch your food being prepared. This not only guarantees a delicious treat but also an Instagram-worthy show!

Shilin Taipei Itinerary

Add Shilin to your Taipei itinerary for its bustling atmosphere and friendly vibe. It provides a perfect backdrop for those who wish to dive into the everyday life of Taipei.

Shilin offers a rich, sensory experience that is both safe and welcoming for solo travelers. The district’s easy accessibility and the abundance of experiences cater to a variety of interests, ensuring that your visit is both fulfilling and memorable.

Here’s how to spend a full day in Shilin, Taipei:

Morning: National Palace Museum

The National Palace Museum is home to an unrivaled collection of artifacts spanning millennia, this museum offers a profound insight into the artistry, craftsmanship, and philosophical underpinnings of ancient China.

Download their official app before your visit. It offers guided tours and detailed descriptions of exhibits in multiple languages but you can also do this on your own without a guide.

Lunch at Zhong Cheng Hao

Including lunch at Zhong Cheng Hao offers a delightful culinary experience in your Taipei itinerary. Renowned for its authentic Taiwanese beef noodle soup, this eatery promises a taste of local comfort food at its best.

The rich, flavorful broth and tender beef make it a must-visit for foodies. Ask for a side of their homemade pickled vegetables – it will really complement the beef noodles!

Afternoon: Chiang Kai-Shek Shilin Residence

Visit the former residence of Chiang Kai-shek, the leader who ruled China and later Taiwan, until his death in 1975. This historical site, also known as the Shilin Official Residence, features a well-preserved house and garden, offering insights into the life of this significant political figure.

Late Afternoon: Tianmu Historic Trail

Adding the Tianmu Trail to your Taipei itinerary invites a refreshing nature escape within the city’s limits. This easy-to-navigate trail is known for its lush scenery and birdwatching opportunities, offering a pleasant respite for nature lovers.

Tianmu Trail is home to various local bird species, and you’ll have the chance to spot and identify them along the way.

Evening: Shilin Night Market

No visit to Shilin is complete without experiencing its famous night market. Start your visit around dinner time. This is the largest night market in Taipei and offers an endless array of food stalls, games, and shopping opportunities.

Beyond the food, explore the market’s lesser-known sections like the underground arcade and the old movie theaters for a slice of local entertainment and nostalgia, making your visit to Shilin Market a comprehensive cultural experience.

Xinyi Taipei Itinerary

Add Xinyi to your Taipei itinerary if you want to experience the modernity Taipei. This district is also great for solo travelers who want to participate in Taipei’s nightlife.

Xinyi is a cultural and entertainment hub where solo adventurers can immerse themselves in a cosmopolitan lifestyle, from upscale shopping and dining to vibrant nightlife. The area’s well-planned, pedestrian-friendly streets make it safe for solo travelers.

Here’s how to spend a full day in Xinyi:

Morning: Taipei 101

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Start your day early at Taipei 101, once the world’s tallest building. Go up to the observation deck on the 89th floor for breathtaking views of Taipei. The building opens at 9:00 AM, so getting there early helps you avoid the crowds.

After enjoying the view, head down to the Taipei 101 Mall for breakfast. The mall offers a range of dining options, from international cuisine to local Taiwanese dishes.

If you want something popular, try Din Tai Fung inside the Taipei 101 mall. Otherwise, there are many other food choices to choose from including Thai, Indian, Japanese, and Vietnamese.

After Taipei 101, you can spend your mid-morning exploring the Xinyi Shopping District. This area is filled with several high-end malls like ATT 4 FUN, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, and Breeze Xinyi, each offering a wide selection of fashion, electronics, and luxury brands.

Lunch at Yongkang Beef Noodles

After your morning activities, head over to Yongkang Beef Noodles for an authentic taste of Taipei. The restaurant is renowned for its depth of flavor and quality ingredients.

It’s not only a favorite among locals but also a must-visit spot for food-loving travelers. The atmosphere is casual and welcoming, providing a great midday break before you continue your exploration of Xinyi.

Afternoon: Songshan Cultural and Creative Park

After lunch, make your way to the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. This renovated factory now serves as a creative hub, featuring art exhibitions, design shops, and occasional market events. It’s a great place to explore Taiwan’s contemporary culture and creativity.

If you have more time, visit the Taipei City Hall, an important government building in Xinyi. The area around the City Hall often hosts events and has a bustling atmosphere.

Late Afternoon: Elephant Mountain Hike

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In the late afternoon, embark on a hike up Elephant Mountain to catch a stunning sunset view of Taipei, including an iconic view of Taipei 101 against the city skyline. The hike is relatively short but steep, taking about 20-30 minutes to reach the viewpoint.

Evening: Dinner at Good Cho’s

Dinner at Good Cho’s Xinyi is a must in your Taipei itinerary! This is one of the best street-food style joints in Xinyi that has good Taiwanese food.

If you are skipping this during the evening, they also have weekend brunches where they serve specialty dishes not available during the week. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to meet locals and fellow solo travelers, as the communal seating encourages diners to chat.

Xinyi Nightlife: Placebo Bar

Placebo is perfect for solo travelers to meet other travelers. You can come here and have cocktails after your dinner. Sit in the bar, chat with the bartenders and ask for a custom cocktail.

The next thing you know, you’ll be drinking with other people in the bar! I always came here alone without expecting anything. I end up hanging out with people I just met and continuing to other bars in Xinyi!

Tip: This bar has great dumplings for snacking!

Datong Taipei Itinerary

Datong should be in your Taipei itinerary if you want to know one of Taipei’s oldest districts. This district is a treasure trove of cultural heritage, traditional markets, and architectural gems that tell the story of Taipei’s evolution.

Here’s how to spend a full day in Datong, Taipei:

Morning: Breakfast at Yong Le Market

Begin your day with breakfast at Yong Le Market, known for its fabric market on the upper floors and a variety of food stalls on the ground floor.

Try some traditional Taiwanese breakfast items like soy milk, egg crepes (dan bing), and rice balls.

Mid-Morning: Dihua Street

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After breakfast, take a leisurely stroll down Dihua Street, the oldest street in Taipei, known for its well-preserved Qing Dynasty and Japanese colonial architecture.

This street is famous for its traditional Chinese medicine shops, tea shops, fabric stores, and a variety of Taiwanese snacks and souvenirs. It’s a great place to experience the blend of culture, history, and commerce.

Late Morning: Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple

Visit the Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple on Dihua Street, renowned for its City God and matchmaking deities. It’s a small but highly revered temple, bustling with worshippers seeking blessings for relationships and business.

Lunch at this Taiwanese street food open 24/7

The street food joint in Datong is in Taiwanese (世界美食總匯) and I have no idea what the English name is. You can open it on Google Maps. It’s a 24/7 street-food joint so you can decide to visit any time.

This restaurant has a variety of Taiwanese food but I love their beef noodle soup and fried rice. For drinks, the best-seller is the Lassi.

Afternoon: Confucius Temple and Bao’an Temple

Spend your afternoon visiting two of Taipei’s most beautiful and important temples. The Taipei Confucius Temple is known for its elegant architecture and tranquil atmosphere, offering a space for reflection on Confucian values.

A short walk away, the Dalongdong Bao’an Temple is a stunningly ornate temple, awarded for its meticulous restoration work and dedicated to the God of Medicine.

Please remember that this is a place of worship so be mindful about noises and taking photos.

Evening: Ningxia Night Market

Unlike the city’s larger, more tourist-centric markets, Ningxia Market provides a more intimate atmosphere, making it easier for solo visitors to navigate and interact with locals.

This night market is famed for its wide array of traditional Taiwanese snacks and dishes, from oyster omelets to sweet taro balls, allowing you to sample a variety of flavors in one go.

The compact size of Ningxia Night Market also means that everything is conveniently located, perfect for a solo adventure without feeling overwhelmed.

Da’an Taipei Itinerary

Including Da’an in your Taipei itinerary introduces you to one of the city’s most diverse districts, blending the charm of tree-lined streets, chic cafes, and a vibrant cultural scene.

For solo travelers, Da’an offers a unique opportunity to experience Taipei’s lifestyle from a local’s perspective. This district is a hub for fashion, art, and gastronomy, providing a plethora of options to explore at your own pace.

Here’s how to spend a full day in Da’an:

Morning: Breakfast at Ruian Soy Milk

Ruian Soy Milk is renowned for its fresh, homemade soy milk and a variety of classic breakfast dishes that offer a genuine taste of local cuisine. Order the salty soy milk (Xian Dou Jiang), which is a unique savory take on soy milk, flavored with vinegar, dried shrimp, and chopped youtiao (fried dough).

Pair it with a crispy youtiao and a dan bing (egg crepe), staples of Taiwanese breakfast that are both comforting and delicious.

Mid-Morning: Da’an Park

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After breakfast, head to Da’an Forest Park, the “lungs of Taipei.” This large urban park is perfect for a morning stroll or bike ride.

Enjoy the tranquil ponds, lush greenery, and open spaces. The park also hosts various cultural events and has playgrounds, making it a peaceful retreat in the city.

Late Morning: Yongkang Street

Spend your late morning exploring Yongkang Street and its surrounding alleys. This area is famous for its diverse food options, boutique shops, and the original Din Tai Fung restaurant, known globally for its xiao long bao (soup dumplings).

While it might be too early for lunch, you can sample some Taiwanese snacks or enjoy a cup of tea at one of the many teahouses.

Lunch on Yongkang Street: Tian Jin Onion Pancake

Famous for its crispy, flavorful scallion pancakes, Tian Jin Onion Pancake offers a mouthwatering treat that perfectly embodies the simple yet rich flavors of Taiwanese cuisine.

These pancakes are made to order, ensuring a fresh and satisfying crunch with every bite. For a truly local experience, order the classic scallion pancake with egg and add a dash of their spicy sauce!

Afternoon: National Taiwan Normal University (Shida) and its Surrounding Area

After lunch, take a walk to the nearby Shida area, centered around National Taiwan Normal University.

The Shida Night Market (smaller and less crowded during the day) and the surrounding neighborhood are filled with boutique clothing stores, bookshops, and cafes, offering a glimpse into the student life of Taipei.

Late Afternoon: Eslite Spectrum Dongqu Store

Visit the Eslite Spectrum Dongqu Store, a multi-story complex that’s part bookstore, part lifestyle store, and part art gallery. It’s a great place to browse through books, admire local art, and shop for unique Taiwanese designs.

Evening: Dinner at Golden Delight Taiwanese Snacks

Golden Delight is celebrated for its authentic dishes that capture the essence of Taiwanese cuisine, offering a variety of flavors that cater to both adventurous eaters and those seeking comfort food.

Highly recommended dishes include their braised pork rice, which is a quintessential Taiwanese dish featuring tender pork belly over steamed rice, and their oyster omelet, a perfect blend of savory, sweet, and slightly crispy textures.

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