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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.

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 An information map at the exit of MRT TamSui Station, showing most of the attractions in DanShui.

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.

MRT Route:

Longshan Temple Station[Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center – Yongning/Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center – Far Eastern Hospital]>Taipei Main Station[Tamsui – Xindian]>Tamsui Station

捷運龍山寺站[南港展覽館-永寧/南港展覽館-亞東醫院]>捷運台北車站[淡水-新店]>捷運淡水站

 

Waterfront

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Cycling slowly along the commuter path, or just sit at the riverside of waterfront enjoying the refreshing wind, you can definitely find a way to enjoy yourself at this peaceful and laid back place…

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Whole stretch of gaming shops at waterfront, it is fun to play together with your kids, families and friends. Some are old traditional games that I used to play, remind me of those happy childhood memory :)

kid snacks

Some shops were selling snacks that I liked eating when was a kid, those good old days… Do you find any familiar food in the picture above?
Lovely Story House in Tamsui (淡水故事馆), just like its name, it was selling the story of our generation, our generation’s snacks, toys, … They did sell nice post cards too.
 
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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.

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A few roadside stalls selling fried and grilled squids at DanShui Waterfront, the one we tried was right in front of ferry terminal.

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Various seafood was available, those squids were so huge…

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We ordered grilled squid, it was fresh and tasted not bad, selling at NT120.
 

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 – 1900

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LaoPai Fish Ball (老牌 可口鱼丸), a well known shop selling good fish balls and steamed stuffed bun.
 
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Wasn’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 – 2200

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AXiang Shrimp Rolls (阿香虾卷), a little stall selling nice shrimp rolls, NT20 for 3 pieces.
 
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Customers 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

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APo Iron Egg (阿婆鐵蛋), this soya mixed egg was so popular, the texture was kind of hard, and tasted a bit salty. I bought 2 packages as souvenir (NT100 each). I heard some visiting DanShui just for this…
 

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

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XuYi Fish Cracker (許義魚穌), come with both original and spicy flavor, we bought 6 packages (NT50 each). The shop was famous for a reason, the fish cracker was nice, a good option as souvenir .
 

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)

Contact: 02-2625-5100

Operating Hours: 1100 – 2200

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83 Coffee (83号咖啡), a small coffee shop for a break and a cup coffee… We tried the NT35 coffee, the aroma was good but I prefer heavier flavor. The shop was also selling coffee beans.

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The dog at 83 Coffee, cute kid and dog…
 

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)

Contact: 0800-055-567

Operating Hours: 0930 – 2130

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Black Gold Legend Brown Sugar Ginger Tea (黑金传奇黑糖姜母茶) stall, I didn’t realize the brand was so popular until the staffs told me there were distributors in other countries like Malaysia and Singapore…
 

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)

Contact: 0987-100897

Operating Hours: 1100 – 2000

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QingGuang Imagawayaki (晴光红豆饼), I wasn’t a fan of Imagawayaki but I am now a fan of this stall…

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Had a relax afternoon at DanShui, having a piece of delicious Imagawayaki at that laid back and peaceful environment, I love that feeling…
 
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).

 

Tips:

  1. 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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You might also want to checkout my other Taiwan Trip Day 5 Posts, just click on the links below to have a look, enjoy:)

Taiwan (台湾) – Day 5 Itinerary: LongShan Temple (龙山寺), DanShui Old Street (淡水) & NingXia Night Market (宁夏夜市)

LongShan Temple (龙山寺) [TaiPei (台北)]

NingXia Night Market (宁夏夜市) [TaiPei (台北)]

Alec Chan

Alec Chan is an intrepid traveler, travel writer, author, speaker, serial entrepreneur and self professed Asia travel ambassador. Traveling all around Asia since 2003, and still traveling, Alec is an accomplished and passionate traveler seeking to bridge the cultural gaps in Asia. Through his unique perspective as a Canadian born Chinese, Alec shares his special insights on Asia to help others around the world to have a better understanding on Asian culture so that they can have a more meaningful, fun, and stress free trip to Asia. Alec has written numerous travel guides on several destinations in Asia and is the editor in chief of AlecTravelGuide.com

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10 Responses to Taiwan (台湾) – Day 5: DanShui Old Street (淡水老街) [TaiPei (台北)]

  1. Elvina says:

    Thank you for the blog post and addresses! Really help a lot! (:

    • Alec says:

      Hi Elvina;

      Thanks for the compliment and glad you found this useful

      Please do come back to this blog for your future travelling needs in Asia!

      Alec

  2. Zinc says:

    Good and detailed reviews on the food!! :)

  3. Net says:

    Hi, how many hours you spent @ Dan Shui?

    • Alec Chan says:

      It depends what you would like to do and at what pace you are going to explore

      For me, a walk through the street market plus taking the ferry to the Fisherman’s wharf all that took me about half a day easily

      Hope this helps

      Alec

  4. Dorothy says:

    Hi Alec,

    The stalls mentioned in your post above, are they along the stretch of old street at tamsui?

    Thanks!

  5. c says:

    Hi ! is the waterfront in danshui too ?!

  6. Dorothy says:

    Hi Alec,
    Am planning a company trip for about 40 persons to have dinner at Danshui. The Budget is about S$ 30. Do you know if there is any seafood restaurant in Danshui with such criterials? Do there allowed us to book in advance.
    Thank you.
    Dorothy

  7. Tks for sharing. I went to danshui in March at night. The shops by the river are all closed. Do they only open in the day time?

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