DanShui/TamSui (淡水), a small charming city in the north of TaiPei (台北), that offers relaxing and laid back environment and atmosphere, huge variety of delicious local cuisines, beautiful sceneries, fun games and many more, a wonderful place that you will not want to miss. Everything seems moving slow at this laid back place, be it the people cycling slowly along waterfront’s pathway, senior citizens fishing at the docks, or the couples watching sunset… I like it…
Thanks to its location that wasn’t far from TaiPei, DanShui was always been popular among locals especially city dwellers could have a break there, enjoying their coffees along the riverside with the beautiful sunset view.
In the 1600’s, DanShui was a settlement of Spanish, then Dutch. In year 1641, Dutch built Fort Anthonio which eventually being renamed as Hongmao Castle (紅毛城), which literally translated as ” Red Hair Castle” as referring to the red-haired Dutch. The castle is now one of the most popular landmarks in DanShui, with address 1, Lane 28 Zhongzheng Road, Danshui.
DanShui played an important part in Taiwan’s history, it continued to grow and became the largest port in Taiwan in the 19th century. But most port operations were forced to move to KeeLung (基隆) in the 20th century due to accumulation of silt in the river.
There were few more attractions in DanShui like DanShui Fisherman’s Wharf (淡水漁人碼頭) and DanShui Old Street (淡水老街). We were mainly focus on DanShui Old Street during our visit, but we do have another post on DanShui Fisherman’s Wharf, click here if you are interested to know more.
Getting to DanShui/TamSui (淡水)
An easy way getting to DanShui was by MRT (台北捷運), the nearest MRT station was TamSui Station.
We were at LongShan Temple (龙山寺) before visiting DanShui, so we took MRT at LongShan Temple station to TamSui Station, each ticket cost NT44 and the ride took around 44mins.
Longshan Temple Station[Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center – Yongning/Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center – Far Eastern Hospital]>Taipei Main Station[Tamsui – Xindian]>Tamsui Station
Foods in DanShui
Delicious local foods is another main attractions in DanShui, old street was full of roadside stalls and shops selling traditional cuisine with long history. We had a list on hand, tried to cover some popular one with good reviews.
LaoPai Fish Ball (老牌 可口鱼丸)
Address: No. 232, Zhongzheng Rd, Danshui District, New Taipei City, 251 (台北縣淡水鎮中正路232)
Contact:（02） 2623 – 3579 ,
Operating Hours: 0700 – 1900Wasn’t crowded on the day we visited. We tried a bowl of fish ball and a steamed stuffed bun (NT50), I personally find it wasn’t so good, just normal, would rather reserve my stomach for other foods.
AXiang Shrimp Rolls (阿香虾卷)
Address: No. 230, Zhongzheng Rd, Danshui District, New Taipei City, 251 (台北縣淡水鎮中正路230)
Contact: +886 2 2623 3042
Operating Hours: 1000 – 2200Customers were given sticks and self service for their shrimp rolls. Thumb up for the shrimp roll, crispy and tasted good! I liked it with both garlic and chili sauces, must try!
APo Iron Egg (阿婆鐵蛋)
Address: No. 135-1, Zhongzheng Rd, Taiwan 251 (新北市淡水鎮中正路135之1號)
Contact: +886 2 2623 3042
Operating Hours: 0900 – 2200
XuYi Fish Cracker (許義魚穌)
Address: No. 184, Zhongzheng Rd, Taiwan 251 (台北縣淡水鎮中正路184號)
Contact: +886 2 2621 1414
Operating Hours: 0630 – 1830
83 Coffee (83号咖啡)
Address: No. 83, Zhongzheng Rd, Danshui District, New Taipei City, 251 (台北縣淡水鎮中正路83號)
Operating Hours: 1100 – 2200
Black Gold Legend Brown Sugar Ginger Tea (黑金传奇黑糖姜母茶), buying this was one of our main purpose visiting DanShui… Some friends had tried their products and recommended to us (especially lady). Heard the products are good for health, no harm trying so we bought 3 packs at NT500. By the way, it tastes so good…
Black Gold Legend Brown Sugar Ginger Tea (黑金传奇黑糖姜母茶)
Address: No. 6, Gongming St, Danshui District, New Taipei City, 251 (台北縣淡水區公明街6號)
Operating Hours: 0930 – 2130
QingGuang Imagawayaki (晴光红豆饼) wasn’t in our list, I just felt like having a desert at DanShui Waterfront and found this. Lucky me, it was so good… I recommend to eat on the spot, that is when it tasted the best, but be careful as it is quite hot. The skin was crispy with heavy butter flavor, inside was full of red bean paste, the red bean wasn’t so sweet and just nice. The best thing is, it was selling at NT10 each!
QingGuang Imagawayaki (晴光红豆饼)
Address: No. 80, Gongming St, Danshui District, New Taipei City, 251(新北市淡水区公明街80号)
Operating Hours: 1100 – 2000
QingGuang Imagawayaki (晴光红豆饼), I wasn’t a fan of Imagawayaki but I am now a fan of this stall…
DanShui, we will be back…
It wasn’t a good idea to bring along all the goods we bought at DanShui to the next destination, so we decided to head back hotel for unloading and a short break, before moving to NingXia Road Night Market (宁夏夜市).
- There are numbers of shops selling exactly the same products, make sure you jot down the addresses and go to the right shops.
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