A walk through the Dihua Street area gives visitors a feel of yesterday’s Taipei. The old-town market has scores of shops selling a variety of traditional goods such as Chinese medicines and herbs, temple icons and incense, spices and dried food, colourful bolts of cloth and bamboo and wooden crafts. Dihua is definitely a fascinating piece of the past.
The section of Dihua Street north of Yungchang Street is Taipei’s most completely preserved and historic old street. For over a hundred years this has been the city’s largest wholesale and retail market for sundry goods.
A cornucopia of restaurants, pubs, teahouses, fast-food stores, bakeries, bookshops and some leading department stores are located here. You may purchase designer label clothing at the boutiques offering international brand-name fashions and accessories or inexpensive casual wear at the export garment shops in this area. Shoe stores offering a variety of footwear can also be found easily. Street vendors in the maze of alleys sell clothes, trinkets and costume jewellery at bargain prices. Established jewellery stores offer gold and other fine jewellery and can give certificates of guarantee. Several movie theatres in the area show both Western and Chinese films until midnight.
- Where is it: Dihua Street, Wanhua District, Taipei
- How to get there:
Bus: 0 North, 9, 14, 24, 206, 255, 274, 302, 304, 601, 613. ( Buses stop one bolock east at the intersection of Yenping North road. and Naking W. Roads. )