In a city known for its street food and shopping, what else is there to do? Other than eat (obviously!), you definitely have to sate your appetite for creativity. There’s no better way to get to know a foreign culture than to immerse oneself in its art.
Below are popular artsy destinations in Taipei, plus a rundown of what you’ll find in each.
SB Tip: UberX’s are cheaper than taxis. Also, everything opens at 11am.
1. Museum of Contemporary Art
No. 39, Chang'an W Rd, Datong District, Taipei City, 103
What: A museum
What to Expect: Ahrt. This 2-storey museum is filled with visual art that’s, to be honest, quite difficult to understand. First of all, everything is in Chinese. Second, there aren’t a lot of signs around; even title cards are hard to come by. But if it's any consolation, it's still visually arresting. Occasionally, you’ll find activities nestled with the outdoor installations.
Best For: Finding something quirky to look at.
SB Tip: Avail of the free audio tour if they have it in English.
2. Taipei Fine Arts Museum
No. 181, Section 3, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, 10461
What: Another museum...beside a farmer’s market and Taipei Expo Center.
What to Expect: Free admission! That’s three floors of anything art—the best part is it’s not limited to the stuffy old definition of fine art. This has everything from photography to paintings to interactive installations.
Best For: Anyone looking to feed their eyes with art.
SB Tip: It’s open until 8:30 pm on Saturdays!
3. Huashan 1914 Creative Park
No. 1, Section 1, Bade Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100
What: A refurbished wine factory
What to Expect: A cinema, various cafes, ice cream stalls, artisanal shops, art exhibits, and, occasionally, a flee market. Be prepared to spend; entrance to the park is free, but you’ll be paying for almost everything once you're inside—like to visit the Where’s Wally exhibit or to enter the Upside Down House Cafe.
Best For: Hipsters
SB Tip: Don’t go on a Sunday; it’s too crowded.
4. Songshan Cultural and Creative Park
No. 133, Guangfu S Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, 110
What: A former tobacco factory, it’s a less hyped but just as interesting cousin of Huashan 1914.
What to Expect: The Taipei Design Museum/Red Dot Design Museum Taipei, the view of The Egg from the courtyard, and restaurants right beside a pond for that outdoor cafe feel. They also have warehouses, whose exhibits constantly change, so be sure to check the schedule before visiting. One of the interesting upcoming ones is in collaboration with 21_21 Design Sight of Tokyo.
Best For: Designphiles and those looking for some green in the city.
SB Tip: The museum is closed on Mondays.