- Exploring the local streets in cool, residential Da'an district
- Hot chocolate and cheesecake at Swell Co. Cafe
Good to know
Taipei is very kid-friendly, locals are genuinely helpful and the majority of venues are equipped with baby-changing facilities, high chairs and the like. Taiwanese people are lovely and helpful, do bear in mind not much English is spoken. Ensure to have addresses in mandarin printed out or on your smartphone. A basic translation app will also help.
Recommended time of the year
Taiwan has a tropical climate and it is best to visit during shoulder seasons. You may want to avoid typhoon season, which is September.
About This Day
Taipei is a unique mix of old-school traditions, high-design shops and eateries and truly lovely people. The city is atmospheric and slower-paced than the megacities of China, so enjoy this Taipei itinerary with kids. The Da'an district in particular offers a unique atmosphere and many fun things to do in Taipei. Explore the local creative scene of the city at Huashan 1914 Creative Park. It's a lovely counterpoint to the usual traditional temples, gardens and night markets. Our visit coincided with the Art Taipei Biennial for a healthy dose of contemporary art from all over the region.
Huashan 1914 Creative Park is an abandoned factory turned into an art, food and retail space. The venue is busy, yet full of character with a wealth of options - coffee, food, toy stores, street performances, cinema, galleries, etc. Your nuggets will love running around the pedestrian space and exploring every nook and cranny. While they are engaged, you get to do some people watching, as the space is very popular with local, smart families. The art is somewhat commercial (think Lego exhibitions) but great fun for children and the space alone is entirely worth the trip.
DIRECTIONS Huashan Creative Park is located in central Taipei. The walk from the Da'an district takes about 45 minutes but is a great way to soak in the atmosphere of the city and enjoy street art along the way.
TIP We grabbed coffee and cakes when we first arrived at FAB cafe. Do bear in mind most venues don't open until 11 a.m. and plan to arrive accordingly. We had fantastic (if expensive) rustic Italian food at VVG Thinking in their beautiful and dark industrial décor.
The Da'an neighbourhood has a great atmosphere. Walk around the Dongfeng Lu (Road) area, it has an excellent selection of hip restaurants, shops and bars with cool, fun design and decor. It makes for a pretty magical setting at dusk with the old apartment blocks and small streets in the evening. If you skipped lunch at Huashan 1914, try the great fusion Sichuan food at the famous 'Kiki' branch at 51 Dongfeng Road. The venue is very kid-friendly with high chairs and non-spicy options.
DIRECTIONS Hop in a taxi from Huashan 1914 Creative Park back to the Da'an district, taxis in Taiwan are not expensive.
TIP Small streets are devoid of sidewalks or pavement, so do be careful with children and car traffic.
Who knew Taiwan has a vibrant surf culture? boasting several surfing-inspired venues in the city. Situated in a small back street of Da'an district, Swell Co. Cafe is a chill place with great coffee and simple, affordable food. While it seems mostly popular with young adults, the staff were very sweet and totally patient with our three nuggets running around. A great place to relax and watch the Taipei cool crowd socialize, coffee in hand.
DIRECTIONS Swell Co. Cafe is located on a back street of Da'an district, walking distance Dongfeng Lu.