Tamsui Old Street is not only well loved by locals, it is also one of the hottest place to visit for tourists. Many reputable shops has been around for decades, and thanks to the internet era, we can locate them easily.
Going there is really simple, as Tamsui is the last station for red line. From the metro station, it will take about 5 minutes walk to reach the old streets.
There are actually 3 major areas in Tamsui, but I will only show a little bit here and there as I didn't managed to take much photos during my trip. When you first reach Tamsui, you can choose to either start exploring the main old street, or begin from the riverside walk.
From the Old Street
The most eye-catching shop I visited was the Hello Kitty theme specialty shop. All their Taiwanese famous products like pineapple tarts, taiyangbing, are boxed in cute Hello Kitty packaging. They are excellent gifts if you have friends who loves Hello Kitty!
Shopping along the Riverside
You will notice many shops selling mostly indentical food, like fried squid, quill eggs, ice cream, etc.. It's hard to know which shop to buy from. Just try out the samples and decide after tasting.
Chilling around the Riverside
Scenery is awesome here, with a view of a mountain across the riverbank.
I was lucky to be there during late June and managed to observe the National Largest Pumpkin Competition.
How long to stay
Tamsui has so much to offer, so allocate at least 5 hours. Make it even longer if you planning to visit Fort San Domingo and Fisherman's Wharf, so it's easily a full day itinerary.
How to go
Via metro - Take to the red line final station, Tamsui station.
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Experience Taipei in a short span of 3 days is possible. I will help you optimize your budget, at the same time without compromising the fun. The focus of this trip is to mainly experience the lifestyle of this beautiful city, by sampling a range of Taiwanese food, and with many shopping opportunities. Per pax budget estimation is based on 2 person going on this trip.
I can't wait to visit Tamsui again, so that I focus more on taking pictures and provide more recommendations here.
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