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If you have only one day in Taiwan, the best way to spend it is by exploring Taipei. Start with a breakfast from a street vendor. Our favorite? Bubble milk tea paired with an egg-stuffed flaky tortilla called a dan-bing. Following your hearty breakfast, head to the National Palace Museum, where you can browse through thousands of years of Taiwanese history.
Though it’s easy to spend hours at the museum, be sure to save time for a trip to the Lungshan Temple. But before heading to the Wanhua district, stop in at Din Tai Fung Dumpling House for the most legendary steamed soup dumplings on the planet. Follow up your dim sum meal with a long stroll to the temple. When you smell the warm incense, you know you’ve arrived at the city’s oldest temple, which is still bustling with social and religious activity.
Following your trip to the historical landmark, head back to your hotel to freshen up before heading to the Shida Night Market. There, grab small bites from different vendors. Try the stinky tofu with chili sauce and don’t miss the fried bean curd. Shop around while you eat, then finish off the day with a few cocktails at the city’s underground indie lounge, Underworld, just a block away from the market.