Go on a picnic in Taipei!
What better way there is to enjoy quality time with friends and family at a picnic on the grass on a fine holiday in the fast-paced Taipei? Travel Taipei has selected five best spots for picnic.
Prepare a picnic blanket, a basket, some juice and handmade sandwiches along with some snacks. Let’s go on a delicious afternoon picnic!
- 1Da’an Forest Park
- 2Huashan 1914
- 3Flora Expo Park
- 4Dahu Park
- 5Meiti Riverside Park
Da’an Forest Park, the lungs of Taipei, is located at the center of Taipei. It is an urban jungle with lavish trees, spacious lawn and various facilities including pavilions, jogging path, a playground and an outdoor stage where cultural and art performances take place aperiodically. Many picnickers come for the refreshing air. The trees planted in early years have flourished into dense shades that allow you to enjoy the easy transition from the city into the forest in a second after admiring the beauty of the awarded architecture of MRT Da’an Forest Park Station.
Reasons to visit : It is located in downtown Taipei which is easily accessible by MRT or bus, and it is also very convenient to shop nearby.
Address : Sec. 1, Da’an Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Transportation : Take MRT Tamsui-Xiyi Line to “Daan Forest Park" station.
Huashan 1914 Creative Park is a municipal ancient monument that has been reopened as an exhibition venue available to the arts and literature industry, non-profit organizations and individuals since 1999. In addition to frequent exhibitions and events, a number of restaurants, shops, art galleries and other business facilities can be found in the park.
The massive grassland in Huashan 1914 Creative Park is the best picnic spot in Taipei. It is suitable for family or couples. If you are an artsy person, after picnicking, you can take some time to stroll around the park to check out the shops of distinctive features. Then, you can watch a movie at Spot Huashan Cinema, and that is a leisure day well spent!
Reasons to visit:The convenient transportation allow young hipsters to take part in art and cultural events in Huashan 1914 Creative Park.
Address:No.1, Sec. 1, Bade Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City
- Take MRT Bannan Line or Zhonghe-Xinlu Line to “Zhongxiao Xinsheng” station. Take Exit 1 and walk for about 3 to 5 minutes to arrive at Huashan 1914 Creative Park.
- Take MRT Bannan Line to “Shandao Temple” station. Take Exit 6 and walk for 5 to 10 minutes to arrive at Huashan 1914 Creative Park.
Converted from the venue of 2010 Taipei International Flora Expo, the Taipei Flora Expo Park is an urban recreational facility that comprises three park areas, Yuanshan, Taipei Fine Arts Museum and Xinsheng. The display areas including 3D vertical gardens, flower landscape, fine flowers and fruit tree garden were kept after the expo. Its convenient location nearby MRT Yuanshan Station makes it a perfect venue for events and exhibitions.
Xinsheng Park is the top holiday destination in many people’s minds for its massive grassland and facilities. It only takes a ten-minute walk to get to Xinsheng Park if you take MRT to Yuanshan Station. Put on your picnic mood and enjoy this romantic time at leisure!
Reasons to visit:The park is spacious with large grassland where you can enjoy the comfortable space full of greeneries.
Address:No.105, Sec. 3, Xinsheng N. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City
Transportation: Take MRT Tamsui-Xinyi Line to “Yuanshan” station. Take Exit1 and follow the signs to Xinsheng Park after passing Yuanshan Park and Taipei Fine Arts Museum.
Dahu Park situates in Dahu district, a location that is slightly distant from the city hustle and bustle. Its unique slow-living characteristic derives from that it is “away from the bustle but not away from the city”. The park is especially picturesque during summer and autumn when it gets slightly foggy after the rain. Le Monde reported about the stunningly scenic Dahu Park in May, 2012.
Dahu Park not only boasts mesmerizing mountain views and scenic waterfront but also features Chinese-style bridges, pavilions and weeping willows. You can enjoy the scenery while strolling along the lake under the shades of weeping willows and bald cypresses amidst the refreshing natural aroma. You can also engage in several leisure activities in Dahu Park like fishing, picnicking, swimming and hiking in the neighboring mountains. In short, Dahu Park is definitely a lovely scenic spot perfect for a half-day or one-day getaway.
Reasons to visit:The sunlit lawn is extravagantly refreshing, and Jindai Bridge in Dahu Park is praised as “the bridge of heaven”.
Address:No.31, Sec. 5, Chenggong Rd., Neihu Dist., Taipei City
Transportation: Take MRT Wenhu Line to “Dahu Park” station.
- 5Meiti Riverside Park
Speaking of best picnic spots in Taipei, Meiti Riverside Park is the top picnic destination by Keelung River. In fact, it has been the designated event location of “TLC Taipei Picnic Day” for three consecutive years. Sitting at the riverbank of Keelung River, Meiti Riverside Park boasts large areas of grassland. The striking scene of the river course, greeneries and blue sky is simply beyond description. This is where you can fully immerse in the soothing ambience which is rarely found in the city.
During the day, a clear view of Dazhi Bridge and the Grand Hotel in the backdrop is dotted with departing and arriving airplanes. At night, it is quite a delight to stroll around Dahu Park with the company of sparkling lights on Dazhi Bridge and along the riverbank. Dahu Park is the best night viewing spot in Dazhi where the gorgeous scene of Taipei City at night will be in full view.
Reasons to visit:The nearby Miramar Entertainment Park is a great place for family outing and couple dating!
Address:Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City Meiti Riverside Park
Transportation: Take MRT Wenhu Line to “Jiannan Rd.” station. Walk along Jingye 3rd Road towards the riverbank for about 10 minutes to arrive at the gate on Lequn 1st Road.
Before going on a picnic:
Spring and autumn are the best seasons for picnicking. Remember to check the weather forecast before heading out. The time from 2 to 5 pm everyday is usually more suitable for a picnic. To avoid heat stroke caused by the scorching sun, it is best to picnic after 3 pm in the summer. Rainy days are not suitable for picnics because the lawn would be soaked. In terms of picnic outfits, easy and convenient is the dress code.
Recommended food and drinks for a picnic:
Fresh fruit, dried fruit, salad, french fries, roasted chicken wings, sandwich, bread, cake, sushi, rice ball, pizza, cookie, tea, juice, etc.
- 1.Waterproof picnic mat, picnic basket, tray, environmental-friendly tableware (cooler, garbage bag).
- 2.Sunscreen and bug spray.
- 3.Tissue, wet wipes and other cleaning supplies.
- 4.Board games, playing cards, bubble gun, ball and other recreational gadgets.