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Dihua Street, Taipei

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Dating back to the 1850s, Dihua Street today is popular among shoppers and foodies. This main avenue used to be called Centre Street and still contains historical architecture that is protected by the city. Explore this attraction, which has long been known as the center of Taiwanese commerce and sells products ranging from foods, herbs, and tea to Chinese fabrics and incense. Recently this area has seen even more business here in the form of cafes, vintage shops, and art galleries. To visit Dihua Street on your holiday in Taipei, and find out what else Taipei has to offer, use our Taipei journey builder website .
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  • Unique old tea, dried, full of shops selling them the cloth in the region. Than you think just hand stuff this is my law. 6:00 pm is exceeded, the shops are going to one of the two closing mood early.
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  • Close walking distance from Beimen MRT. 10-15 min. Many restored old architecture buildings there. Quite interesting. Wish we had more time to slowly understand the history. Many medicinal halls here ...  more »
  • With its narrow cobbled streets and old shops, the area harkens back to a bygone era. It’s not large, but the compact area is buzzing with activity from traditional shopkeepers selling their wares to ...  more »
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  • Walking up and down Dihua Street is a great visual experience. Many shops including tailors, dry fruits of all types, gummy bears with Taiwanese flavour, tea sets for the tea collectors, items for the Chinese New Year and other celebrations. The street is full of architecture landmarks for those who are appreciative on the values of lines and shapes.Many Taiwanese delicatessen to purchase. Moreover, the temple nearby is a "sacred spaces" with the appreciation of ritualistic events. Fruits bars with organic Taiwanese taste are offered in some stores. Dihua Street is a plus place for anyone visiting Taipei!!!!
  • It's a street. Literally. Packed with small interesting shops. I had tea at a shop with my friend that feathered art from some famous Taiwanese painter. I enjoyed the experience of wandering the street where I bought nuts for my travels and some gifts for special people
  • My favourite area to explore in Taipei city. It really feels like you have stepped back in time, the people & the pace are gentler. Its easy to spend a couple of hours here - wandering through the local market (a quirky mix of stalls selling, fresh veg & fruit, meats, fish, clothing, household essentials & even a couple of tailors!), visiting the temple to the city God, photographing the well maintained old buildings & just exploring the little old world shops. Many sell ingredients for Chinese Traditional medicine, but many also sell preserved dried fruits (cranberries, apricots, lemons, tomatoes...you name it they are likely to have it) & some lovely teas. I even found a shop that had heavenly smelling lavender! There are 3 shops that sell all kinds of lovely bamboo products ( I bought a couple of chopping boards, a cheese board etc). The prices here are also a throwback to an earlier age! Though a fair number of shop owners don't speak any english they are very friendly & happy to let you taste their various offerings. This is as authentic an experience as you will get.
  • A stretch of street selling dried goods, Chinese herbs and sundries. The place to go for such things! Worth a visit if you want to buy something or have never seen such Chinese shops before. Otherwise, you'll get bored with the repetitive goods on sale. The shopowners are generally happy for you to taste and sample before committing to a purchase.
  • Popular tourist destination to see old stores with traditional dried goods and Chinese medicine. Most stores can handle both English and Japanese. In recent years a steady flow of gentrification has led to numerous new café and coffee shops. Don't come too early or too late because stores generally won't open until 10:30 or 11 and most will close soon after dinner time.

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