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Dadaocheng Taipei: What to Do, Buy & Eat on Dihua Street in Taipei Taiwan

Dadaocheng is an area in Datong District in Taipei, Taiwan. It is one of the oldest areas in Taipei and an important commerce centre for selling Taiwanese products like Chinese medicinal herbs, incense, fabrics, Taiwanese tea and other unique products found in Taiwan.

The surrounding neighbourhood is known as Dihua Street commercial loop (迪化街商圈), and it brings in more than 3 million USD in revenue, making Dadaocheng in Taipei an excellent distribution centre.

Today, Dihua Street (迪化街) is the oldest street in Taipei and the main avenue of Dadaocheng Taipei. Significant efforts were put into conserving the original architecture of the old shophouses, and many young cultural entrepreneurs brought new life into the restored spaces.

Dadaocheng is one of the top tourist attractions as Dihua Street has many things to do, buy and eat. Keep reading and learn about all the things you can experience in Dadaocheng in Taiwan.

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What you need to know before visiting Dihua Street in Dadaocheng Taipei

Before visiting Dadaocheng in Taiwan, look at my post on everything you need to know before going to Taiwan. I included a lot of travel information including how to get a Taiwan SIM Card, how to get around Taiwan and other travel tips.

Plus, I have a solo travel guide on Taipei for those who have never been to Taipei.

Here are a few additional tips for visiting Dadaocheng Taipei:

  • The best time to visit Dihua Street in Dadaocheng is Friday or Saturday. Many eateries are closed Mondays, and other stores are closed on various days throughout the week.
  • I recommend wandering up and down Dihua Street and the surrounding area the entire day.
  • Leave some room in your stomach and try several food places. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops along Dihua Street.
  • Dihua St is a good place to buy souvenirs especially if you want to buy fabrics, local cultural goods, etc. As for the medicinal herbs, check with your country’s customs and import regulations as you may or may not be able to bring the dried goods home.
  • Some local workshops are conducted in Mandarin. But as a shopper, you don’t need to understand Mandarin. Many shop owners speak a bit of English.

How to get to Dihua Street in Dadaocheng Taipei

Dihua Street is in Datong District in Taipei. It is between Nanjing W Road and Minquan W Road.

The street is a 16-minute walk from Taipei Train Station. From the station, walk northwest until you reach Dihua St.

Alternatively, Beimen Station is the closest MRT station. From Beimen Station, walk north on Tacheng Street for 9 minutes.

Map of Dihua Street Taipei

I pinned all the best things to do in Dihua Street on the interactive map. I also included all the places to eat and shops on Dihua Street. Click on each individual pin to get more information and look for the description below.

What to do on Dihua Street in Dadaocheng

From a cultural and historical perspective, there are a handful of attractions that you must visit when you are in Dadaocheng. All the things to do on Dadaocheng are pinned with a numbered blue pin.

Here are my top picks:

1. Taipei Xiahai City God Temple (台北霞海城隍廟)

Built in 1856, Taipei Xiahai City God Temple (台北霞海城隍廟) is one of the oldest temples in Taiwan. Locals visit the temple and pray to the City God for a happy love life. Legend has it that the City God was selected from a mortal who was a standup citizen and an honourable devoted official.

Moreover, the Wife of the City God is in the temple next to the City God. Married couples visit the pair of Gods and buy a pair of Fortune Shoes so they may be blessed with a happy family.

Many events throughout the year will bring many people to Xiahai City God Temple. If you want to see the temple during a festival, visit during:

  • The Lantern Festival (the first full moon after the lunar new year)
  • Lamp-Lighting ritual during City God’s birthday (January 10th of the lunar year)
  • Xiahai City God Cultural Festival (May 13th – City God’s birthday)
  • July Recincarnation Rite (July 26th to 28th)
  • Birthday of the Wife of City God (September 4th of the lunar year)
  • Deities arrival and departure (December 24th of the lunar year)

Address: No. 61, Dihua Street | Hours: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

2. URS127 Cultural Center (知識客廳)

Urban Regeneration Station 127 or URS127 Cultural Center (知識客廳) is a cultural centre in several heritage buildings. Don’t be fooled by the restored heritage building; the interior is quite modern.

At the time of my visit, the cultural centre had a small gallery of portrait paintings. Even though the space is quite small and narrow, it is enough to display the creativity of each piece of artwork. I guess that the gallery space changes from time to time. If you have a chance, pop into URS127 and see what is happening.

Address: No. 127, Dihua Street | Hours of Operation: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed Mondays)

3. Dihua Street Heritage Building (迪化街新天地)

At the north end of Dihua Street, the Dihua Street Heritage Building (迪化街新天地) is a group of restored shophouses with an interior courtyard. The red brick buildings with uniform beautiful archways have several retail stores and are an excellent spot for taking Instagram photos.

There is a feeling of nostalgia in the restored heritage building. It almost feels like you’re back in Taiwan in the 1800s where Dadaocheng was a thriving commercial hub. It is worth visiting!

Address: No. 366, Dihua Street | Hours:

What to buy on Dihua Street in Dadaocheng

As the main commercial centre in Taipei, there are plenty of things you can buy on Dihua Street. From Chinese medicine, Taiwanese tea, and dried food to modern cultural products and nostalgic necessities you can only find in Taiwan.

Dihua Street is especially popular during the lunar new year. Locals buy traditional new year’s food, snacks and other ingredients right before the new year.

Below are some of my favourite places to shop on Dihua Street and each shop is pinned with a green numbered pin on the interactive map.

1. Yongle Market (永樂市場)

There are many things to see in Yongle Market (永樂市場). From fresh produce to food stalls, the market has plenty of things to see and eat. More about the cooked food in the next section.

During the height of the textile industry, Yongle Market used to be the largest fabric distributor in Taiwan where over a thousand fabric stores occupied the market.

Today, you will find most textile stores on the second floor of this Dihua Street market where vendors sell fabric and their own creative products.

Address: No. 21, Dihua Street | Hours: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed Sundays)

2. Fabric Store (欣合手創館)

One of the many things Dadaocheng is known for is fabric stores. And while there are plenty of fabrics along Dihua Street and in Yongle Market, I really like this particular fabric store called 欣合手創館.

They sell fabric by the yard and products made with their own fabrics such as handbags, cosmetic bags and other creative things. Moreover, they made products that can help save the environment like reusable shopping bags, food/sandwich bags, and bubble tea cup holders!

Address: No. 10, Lane 32, Dihua Street | Hours: 9:45 am to 6:00 pm (closed Sundays)

3. ArtYard (民藝埕)

ArtYard (民藝埕) is a pottery store in the old heritage residences on Dihua Street. The store has a collection of teapots, dishes, cups, and other ceramic goods.

The one-of-a-kind ceramic store is great for picking up unique souvenirs and supporting local artists and businesses.

Address: No. 67, Dihua Street | Hours: 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

4. Chinese Pharmacy (永盛藥行有限公司)

永盛藥行有限公司 is one of many Chinese pharmacies on Dihua Street. The area is known for selling medicinal herbs, so this would be an ideal place to pick up…whatever it is you need to buy.

I think these medicinal stores are really interesting and really speak about the theories and methodologies of Chinese medicine. Peek in and look and see what kinds of things people use to cure different types of illnesses.

Address: No. 85, Dihua Street | Hours: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

5. Gao Jian Home Goods Store (高建桶店)

I had the most fun looking through Gao Jian Home Goods Store (高建桶店). The mom-and-pop stores sell all kinds of nostalgic household items and kitchenware. From woven bags to baskets to anything made with bamboo, there is so much to see that most items are spilling out of the store!

What caught my eye was the display of shopping bags. The store has a big selection of retro Taiwanese-style shopping bags. I love the vintage feeling of these bags. And they are very affordable too!

Address: No. 204, Dihua Street | Hours: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

6. inBloom (印花作夥)

There are three inBloom (印花作夥) stores all over Taipei, and two of them are in Dadaocheng.

I love the store’s motto: “develop an eco-conscious lifestyle inBloom’s printed fabric“. They make many products that support sustainability such as reusable shopping bags, water bottle holders, reusable utensils and many more.

Moreover, inBloom runs many arts and crafts workshops at its stores. If you understand Mandarin, attending one of the creative workshops would be worthwhile.

Address: No. 248, Dihua Street | Hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed Thursdays)

7. Lao Mian Cheng Lantern Shop (老綿成燈籠店)

At the north end of Dihua Street, there is a small shop selling paper lanterns called Lao Mian Cheng Lantern Shop (老綿成燈籠店). They sell paper lanterns in different sizes and shapes plus other knickknacks.

Even if you don’t buy anything, look at the lanterns, especially at the storefront. I really love how the colourful lanterns add to traditional architecture.

Address: No. 298, Dihua Street | Hours: 9:30 am to 7:30 pm

What to eat on Dihua Street in Dadaocheng

There are many local restaurants, food stalls, cafes and coffee shops along Dihua Street. If you want to try traditional local food, you are at the right place! See all my suggestions below and the red numbered pins on the interactive map for more info.

1. Mikkeller Bar Taipei (米凱樂啤酒吧)

Mikkeller Bar Taipei is a small bar with Scandinavian-inspired interiors in a historical building.

The bar has many draft beers on tap including beers shipped from Mikkeller in Europe and local Taiwanese breweries. And what is special about the bar is that they also serve cold brew Taiwanese tea on tap. How cool!

The bar has a casual atmosphere and is the perfect setting to unwind at the end of the day.

Address: No. 241, Dihua Street | Hours: 4:00 pm to 12:00 am (Tuesday to Thursday), 4:00 pm to 1:00 am (Friday to Saturday), 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Sundays), & 1:00 pm to 12:00 pm (Sundays)

2. Food vendors on Minle Street

Besides all the restaurants and cafes along Dihua Street, there are a few food vendors just east of Dihua St on Minle Street just south of Yongle Market. These vendors serve several Taiwanese classic dishes.

民樂旗魚米粉 is a food stall that serves homemade swordfish and rice noodles, crispy red braised pork, fried shrimp and fried oysters. They have an English menu with photos.

Other vendors serve Taiwanese food like stinky tofu, milk tea and other local dishes.

They open at different times but generally open early and close early.

Address: No. 3, Minle Street | Hours: 6:00 am to 1:00 pm

3. Japanese food (丸隆生魚行)

丸隆生魚行 is a popular Japanese food stall known for quality fish and affordable prices. The small restaurant in Yongle Market attracts many locals and tourists, and the queue starts at 10 am!

You have to spend NT$200 per person but you get unlimited miso soup. The board menu is in Chinese only, but they have an English menu too. Just ask to see one.

And if the queue is too long, there are several other Japanese restaurants in Yongle Market as well.

Address: Floor 1 Yongle Market, No. 21, Dihua Street | Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (close Mondays)

4. Luguo Cafe (爐鍋咖啡)

Luguo Cafe at Art Yard is a cozy coffee shop with an eclectic vintage interior. And they brew specialty coffees and serve homemade desserts. There are five shops in Taiwan but visit the one in Dadaocheng – I really like the interior!

Address: 2nd floor, No. 32, Dihua Street | Hours: 10:30 am to 6:30 pm

5. Lin Wu Hu Ancestral House / Chen-Wey Teahouse (林五湖命相館-林家祖厝)

The Lin Wu Hu Ancestral House or Chen-Wey Teahouse (林五湖命相館-林家祖厝) is Dihua Street’s oldest shophouse. The tea house is in traditional Minnan (south Fujian) architecture.

Opened in 2012, the Lin family has been giving tours around their ancestral home. But unfortunately, the tour is in Mandarin.

Even if you cannot enjoy a free local tour, I suggest visiting the heritage building and enjoying some tea in an old tea house.

Address: No. 156, Dihua Street | Hours:

6. Lao-A-Bei (老阿伯胖魷焿)

Lao-A-Bei (老阿伯胖魷焿) is a causal restaurant and has been around since the 1960’s. It is popular with locals and there is always a long queue.

You must try the mixed thick soup with squid and fish ball which is what they are known for. You can get the soup as is, with noodles or with rice. It doesn’t matter which carb you choose, you only pay NT$80.

They also have braised pork rice and other small dishes. The dishes are quite small, so you could order a thick soup and braised pork rice if you are hungry.

Order and pay at the counter and they will bring you your food. The menu is in Chinese and English.

Address: No. 226, Dihua Street | Hours: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (close Wednesdays)

7. Dadaochen Bubble tea shop (大盜陳茶飲)

The list of places to eat on Dihua Street wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include a bubble tea shop. Dadaochen is particularly good. They have many classic bubble tea flavours and different seasonal drinks, and if you like cheese in your bubble tea, you must try one from Dadochen.

The main menu is in Chinese, but the seasonal menu has English. Either way, there is an English menu on their website.

Address: No. 217, Dihua Street | Hours: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

8. Summer Tree Sweet (夏樹甜品)

Summer Tree Sweets is one of several Taiwanese dessert shops on Dihua Street selling delicious sweet douhua (tofu pudding) desserts.

Get a red bean with almond tofu (my favourite) for NT$80 or an almond tofu ice dessert for NT$140. They are both refreshing – perfect for a hot summer day!

Address: No. 240, Dihua Street | Hours: 10:30 am to 6:30 pm

9. Hence Love tea house (恆樂茶空間工作室)

Unlike other tea houses on Dihua Street, Hence Love Tea House is a modern tea shop with modern and minimalist finishings.

Choose from over 40 types of teas like Sun Moon Lake black tea, Alishan Oolong tea and other tea that you can only find in Taiwan. Get a beautiful gift box for yourself or for your loved ones back home.

Address: No. 292, Dihua Street | Hours: 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm (Friday to Sunday)

Other things to do in Dadaocheng Taiwan

1. AMA Museum (阿嬤家-和平與女性人權館)

Ama Museum (阿嬤家-和平與女性人權館) is a one-of-a-kind museum that honours women during the time when the Japanese occupied Taiwan. Ama means “grandmother” in Hokkien (Chinese dialect) which refers to the grandmothers who comfort younger women during wartime.

Opened in 2016, the museum has been displaying historical materials on the women’s rights movement and other cultural artifacts related to women during World War II. The sombre reminder of what happened in the past is meant for healing for the future.

The museum used to be on the north end of Dihua Street but have since moved. It’s such a great museum which is why I had to include it in this post.

Address: No. 32, Chengde Road, Datong District | Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed Mondays & Sundays) | Admission: NT$100

2. Dadaocheng Pier Plaza (大稻埕碼頭)

The Dadaocheng Pier Plaza (大稻埕碼頭) has several food hawker stalls set up in shipping containers right by the Tamsui River. Locals and tourists love this spot – it is a popular hangout at night. And on weekends, the area is even crowdier especially when there is live music.

But there’s not much to do during the day. On weekends, locals catch the ferry to Tamsui, a popular day trip destination from Taipei, to avoid the MRT crowd.

If you are in Datong District in the evening, check out the lively wharf. It is only a 5-minute walk from the south end of Dihua Street.

Address: Yanping Riverside Park, Datong District | Hours: 4:00 to 12:00 am

Where to stay in Dadaocheng Taiwan

It is not necessary to stay in or near Dadaocheng as public transportation in Taipei is quite good. And there are plenty of excellent accommodations in Taipei for solo travellers all over the city.

However, there are two places I would recommend if you do want to stay near Dihua Street:

  • We Come Hostel ($) – For a more affordable stay, choose a dormitory bed at a new hostel that is only a few minute’s walks away from Dihua St.
    • Check prices & reviews: Agoda
  • OrigInn Space ($$) – The quaint little hotel is in a historic building not far from Dihua Street. From the entrance on the ground floor retail store to all the guest rooms, retro finishings and Scandinavian-inspired furnishings are used throughout the space.
    • Check prices & reviews: Agoda

What will you do on Dihua Street in Dadaocheng Taipei?

I hope you enjoyed reading my post about my favourite street in Taipei: Dihua Street! It has so much character and is definitely a highlight in Taipei. It doesn’t matter if you are not visiting during the lunar new year because there is always something to see on Dihua Street and lots of things to do.

And remember, these places are only a fraction of all the places in Dadaocheng Taiwan. There is so much to see and discover!

Let me know in the comments which attractions, restaurants or stores you like on Dihua Street!

Thank you for reading my Dadaocheng Taipei post

You might also like these other posts on solo travel in Taiwan:

Introduction to Taiwan

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Hi, my name is Queenie, and I've been a solo traveller for 18+ years and currently based in Hong Kong. Follow me on my adventures through Instagram and my blog!

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