When I found out there was a little town outside of taipei called Houtong- 'the cat town' - I knew we HAD to go.
The place was pretty small and weird- but worth the stop for sure!! It was along the train route to lantern town- so it wasn't out of the way- and we only stopped for an hour! and they were so many cute cats!
Taipei has one large temple downtown caled "longshan temple' that is so unique. It's full of bright colors and ornate carvings- all with the backdrop of a very dirty city! this old and beautiful temple is smack dab in the middle of a concrete jungle.
We stayed an an airbnb in 'Taipei main station' that was great. The kids thought it was pretty boring because there wasn't a pool or jungle out back! It was super cheap and in the perfect location, however. This is a picture of the building it was connected to. Ours was next door.