After you’ve seen the Taipei 101 and shopped the city’s mega malls, get a sense of what Taipei was like decades ago with a visit to Dihua Street. The street that once served as Taipei’s major commercial center during the late Qing Dynasty still caters to more traditional tastes.

You won’t find any souvenirs or trinkets here, but you will see a wide range of traditional Chinese goods, like tea, medicinal herbs, dried mushrooms and seafood, beans, rice and sweets, and many locals coming to shop. Dihua Street gets particularly busy in the days leading up to Chinese New Year when families come to stock up on traditional holiday foods. During this time, the street becomes a solid wall of people haggling for their ingredients.

If you’d like to sample some traditional Taiwanese foods, Dihua Street might be a good option. Most of the shopkeepers don’t speak English, but they’ll happily let you sample their products. You can always select dishes by looking around at what those around you are eating and simply point.

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Taipei Morning Walking Tour to Old Town Wanhua, Taipei, null
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Taipei Morning Walking Tour to Old Town Wanhua

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Wanhua is the first developed district in Taipei back to 16th century. From 16th century to the middle of 19th century, Wanhua was the busiest business ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $26.00
Taipei Old Town Dadoucheng Neighborhood Walking Tour, Taipei, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Taipei Old Town Dadoucheng Neighborhood Walking Tour

Join this 4.5-hour private walking tour to explore the old town at Dadaocheng to reminisce about the good old days and experience the mixed-culture and the ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $30.00
Small-group Vintage Taipei Day Tour including Bao'an Temple and Confucius Temple, Taipei, Private ... 
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Small-group Vintage Taipei Day Tour including Bao'an Temple and Confucius Temple

See Taipei’s past and present in one day! Gain a deeper understanding of Taiwan’s vibrant origins. You will learn about the rich history and philosophy of ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00

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