Hip, affordable and hugely child-friendly. Taipei sounds like the perfect family city-break. And yet, although Taipei ticks all these boxes (and then some), it is often overlooked in the holiday destination stakes. That said, savvy local families are beginning to recognize its charms; hopping over for a weekend that blends culture, shopping, incredible food and a big dollop of fun! Sounds tempting? Check out our guide to Taipei With Kids with everything from family-friendly hotels in Taipei to things to do with kids in Taipei!
If you are after a luxurious oasis in the centre of the bustling Xinyi District, the W Hotel should be high on your list. Not only can the hotel arrange extra beds for children, along with babysitting services, but the heated pool is sure to prove popular. In the Da’an district, the Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza Hotel offers large rooms, as well as its own heated rooftop pool. From here you are a short walk from WUnique Patisserie, if you fancy testing out their acclaimed Millie-Feuille. Another popular family-friendly choice is the Eslite Hotel. Both their rooms and suites have large balconies. Perfect for sitting out and admiring the view whilst the kids (hopefully) sleep. Located in the Songshan Cultural & Creative Park, you have green space, a large Eslite bookstore, art studios and independent shops all on your doorstep. If you prefer the space and flexibility of a serviced-apartment, the Howard Serviced Suites have both one and two-bedroom apartments, all with a small kitchen. Song-Ji Park, with its small children’s playground, and a Wellcome supermarket are just next door.
W Hotel, No.10 Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi District, Taipei 110, Taiwan, Website
Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, No. 194, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei, Taiwan, Website
Eslite Hotel, No.98 Yanchang Road, Xinyi District, Taipei 11072, Taiwan, Website
Howard Serviced Suites, No.343m Changchun Rd., Taipei City 10547, Taiwan, Website
More Family Hotel Favorites In Taipei:
Mandarin Oriental, No.158 Dunhua North Road, Songshan District, Taipei 10548, Taiwan, Website
The Grand Hyatt, No.2 SongShou Road, Xinyi District, Taipei 11051, Taiwan, Website
Humble House, No.18 Songgao Road, Xinyi District, Taipei 11073, Taiwan, Website
Opohills Boutique Apartments, Section 4, Zhongzao East Road, Taipei, Taiwan, Website
iTaipei Service Apartment, 1F, No.209, Sec. 1, Civic Blvd, Taipei, Taiwan, Website
If you have a thing for dumplings, Taipei will feel like paradise. Be sure to head to Ding Tai Fung and guzzle down some of their exquisite xiao long bao. Founded in Taipei, there are branches across the city, including one in Taipei 101. But if you want to see where dumpling history was made, head to the original restaurant on Xinyi Road. Just beware, with no reservations, you’ll need to arrive early to avoid long lunch and dinner queues. Likewise, be certain to spend some time savoring the smells and tastes of the food at one of Taipei’s night markets. Despite the name, these generally open in the late afternoon or early evening, so are still a good option for families who are happy to eat on the go. The large, busy Shilin Night market has plenty on offer, such as hot star fried chicken and amazing ice-cream wraps. But, if you are after a more authentic vibe, head to the gates of Raohe Night Market, where you can join locals feasting on the famous black pepper buns and stinky tofu fries. Fancy a holiday treat? A trip to Street Churros Taiwan might be in order. Taipei is also famous for it's kid-friendly and themed cafes from Moomin to Hello Kitty - be sure to click here to see our recommendations for the top 10 kid-friendly themed cafes in Taipei.
Din Tai Fung, Taipei 101 Store, B1, No.45 Shifu Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei 11049, Taiwan, +886 2 8101 7799, www.dintaifung.tw
Din Tai Fung, Xinyi Store, No. 194, Sec. 2, Xinyi Road, Taipei, Taiwan, +886 2 2321 5958, www.dintaifung.tw
Shilin Night Market, No. 101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan, www.shi-lin-night-market.com.tw
Raohe Night Market, Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan Street
Churros Taiwan, No. 24, Lane 260, Guangfu South Road, Da’an District, Taipei, Taiwan, www.streetchurros.com.tw
Top 10 Kid-Friendly Cafes In Taipei, https://www.littlestepsasia.com/all-cities/articles/travel/10-family-friendly-restaurants-taipei
If you want to get a sense of the city, head to the viewing observatory in Taipei 101. To skip the queues, buy your tickets online, then whizz up to the 89th floor in a high-speed elevator! Once you have admired the cityscape below, walk down to the 88th floor, where kids can marvel at the huge wind damper, designed to make the tower typhoon-proof. Another impressive building is the palatial Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in the Zhongzheng District. The large grounds are perfect for exploring, and little ones will enjoy spotting the giant koi fish in the pond. Head to the fourth floor of the main building to see the elaborate changing of the guards’ ceremony, which takes place every hour, on the hour between 9am – 5pm. For a different side to the city, catch the metro to the Beitou district and enjoy the thermal hot springs. There are both public and private baths in the area. The SweetMe Hot Spring Resort is close to the station and offers a bathhouse with clean private rooms that you can book by the hour. Kids will adore splashing around!
Taipei 101, No.45 Shifu Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei 11049, Taiwan, +862 8101 7777, www.taipei- 101.com.tw
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, 21 Chung-Shan S Rd, Taipei, Taiwan, +886 2 2343 1100, www.cksmh.gov.tw/eng/index.php
SweetMe Hot Spring Resort, No.224 Cuang Ming Road, Beitou District, Taipei 112, Taiwan, www.sweetme.com.tw/en/
ShinKong Mitsukoshi Mall, Building A8, No. 12, Songgao Road, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan, Website
Eslite Flagship Building, No. 11, Songgao Road, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan, Website
Shida Night Market, Shida Road, Da’an District, Taiwan, Website
Need to let the kids run off some steam? Da’an Forest Park has a brilliant playground, featuring fun slides and a large sandpit. Combine this with a trip to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall or build up an appetite before heading to the nearby Din Tai Fung. If you visit at the weekend, you can also use the park as a stop off before a stroll around Jianguo Flower Market. Alternatively, go to pretty 2/28 Peace Park for a smaller but shady playground. Taipei Children’s Amusement Park is also bound to be a big hit. The minimum height for most of the rides here is 100cm, although little ones can still enjoy the indoor and outdoor playgrounds. For bad weather, Taipei also has an array of fun, clean and affordable playrooms. Just remember to keep some spare socks in your bag, as these are often essential for entry. Babies and toddlers will adore Play Space, a creative and welcoming place, hidden down an alley in Da’an. Featuring a sheltered sandpit, beautiful wooden toys and a dressing up area there is plenty to keep tots entertained. Similarly, the 3- storey Yoyo’s Fun Castle is sure to thrill a younger crowd, whereas older kids will enjoy scaling the walls at T-Up Climbing Gym or jumping around at Flip Out Trampoline Park. If you are keen to combine fun and a little Mandarin practice, Baby Boss is a popular option. Aimed at primary school children, kids have the chance to test out different jobs and earn ‘baby bucks’ to spend on toys and activities.
Da’an Forest Park, No. 1, Section 2, Xinsheng South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Jianguo Flower Market, between the overpass of Jianguo S. Road, Ren-ai Road to Xinyi Road, Taipei, Taiwan, Website
2/28 Peace Park, No.3 Ketagalan Blvd., Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan Taipei
Children’s Amusement Park, No.55, Section 5, Chengde Road, Shilin District, Taipei 11169, Taiwan, Website
Play Space, No. 22, Lane 265, Alley20, Xinyi Road, Section 4, Taipei, Taiwan, Website
Yoyo’s Fun Castle, No. 16, Fushun St, Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan, Website
T-Up Climbing Gym, No. 149, Dali St, Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan, Website
Flip Out Trampoline Park, No. 45, Lane 59, Section 2, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan, Website
Baby Boss, 7th Floor, No. 138, Section 4, Bade Rd, Songshan District, Taipei, Taiwan, Website
A Toddler In Taipei, For lots more great play options, be sure to check out www.atoddlerintaipei.com