Tamsui is at the end of Taipei's Red Line. The Old Street has a variety of restaurants and shops and you can reach the oceanfront from here, in contrast to the bulk of Taipei which is several miles inland.

Shilin Night Market

Visit the underground food court at the Shilin Night Market to try Taiwanese specialties like the oyster omelette.

The Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is one of Taipei's most distinctive landmarks. The museum on the bottom levels paints an over-the-top picture of Chiang Kai-Shek's life. The 228 Memorial Hall a few blocks away is worth a look for a more balanced take on the excesses of the Kuomintang.