Dihua Street ranks among Taipei’s most atmospheric areas, and there’s plenty to see and do, even if you don’t plan to shop. The area is home to the Xia-Hai City God Temple, AMA and Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museums, and a couple local theaters. Many sightseeing tours of Taipei, including half-day cycling tours and guided walking tours of Taipei’s Old Town include some time along the street. Those with an interest in Taipei’s food culture can eat their way along Dihua Street during a traditional Taiwanese food tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Dihua Street is a must-visit for history buffs and first time visitors.
- The street tends to get more crowded as you approach its southern end, near the temple.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes, as this neighborhood is best explored on foot.
How to Get There
To get to Dihua Street, take the Green Line to Beimen Station and leave through Exit 3, or take the Orange Line to Daqiaotou Station and leave through Exit 1.
When to Get There
Dihua street is bustling throughout the day, though each business and attraction maintains its own business hours.The street hosts a wildly popular bazaar during Taipei’s Lunar New Year celebrations, so it’s best to avoid during this time if you don’t like crowds.
Best Places to Shop in Taipei
While Dihua Street is one of the best places in town to shop for tea and traditional Chinese medicine ingredients, the city is dotted with numerous other worthwhile shopping areas. Shilin Night Market is perhaps the most famous, known for its street food and wide range of products, while lesser known Wu Fen Pu is the go-to for inexpensive apparel. For the latest trendy items, take a stroll through Ximending.
- Taipei Confucius Temple
- Bao'an Temple
- Tittot Glass Art Museum
- Taipei Expo Park
- Taipei Fine Arts Museum
- Xiahai City God Temple
- Ningxia Night Market
- Taipei Eye
- Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
- See-Join Puppet Theater
- Xingtian Temple
- National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine
- Shilin Night Market
- National Taiwan Museum
- Zhongshan Hall