In addition to being a wholesale district where you can buy souvenirs at low prices, it has also been undergoing a lot of renovation in recent years. It is a hot spot where fashionable general stores and cafes are opening one after another.
If you want to go shopping in Taipei, I definitely recommend Dihua Street.
If you are planning to go to Dihua Street, please refer to the following list of general stores, cafes, photo spots and the time required.
Dihua Street is one of my favorite spots in Taipei because of its many cute grocery stores!
- Three charms of Dihua Street with its cute grocery stores and cafes
- Three must-go grocery stores in Dihua Street
- ASW Tea House is recommended for Dihua Street cafes.
- Stores where you can buy dried fruits and tea
- Dihua Street has many photogenic spots
- Time required for Dihua Street
- Points to keep in mind when touring Dihua Street
- Dihua Street is a great place for shopping
Three charms of Dihua Street with its cute grocery stores and cafes
Attraction 1: You can buy Taiwanese souvenirs such as dried fruits and tea at low prices
Dihua Street is known as the oldest wholesaler street in Taipei, where you can buy Taiwanese souvenirs such as dried fruits, tea, and mustard seeds at discount prices.
It is worth stopping by just to buy some souvenirs, as you can buy delicious food at wholesale prices.
Attraction 2: Cute Taiwanese-style general stores and cafes are popping up one after another
Dihua Street has developed as a wholesaler’s street, but in recent years, many fashionable general stores and cafes have opened one after another.
I also bought a basket bag and a bamboo luncheon mat at Dihua Street as souvenirs. (Reference: 16 souvenirs from Taiwan! I know which sweets, sundries, and cosmetics to buy!)
Dihua Street is also a great place to buy Taiwanese cloth and Tyrolean tapes.
There are also some very cute cafes, so it is recommended to take a break after shopping.
Attraction 3: Dihua Street is a great place to take photogenic pictures
Dihua Street is an area where old streets still remain. There are many photogenic spots, such as European-style buildings and brick corridors.
There were many cute spots, and it was really fun to shop while taking pictures. (Reference: [Travelogue of Taiwan] Fully enjoying the spectacular scenery, cafes, and sundries. A 4-Day, 3-Night Trip Immersed in Taiwanese Culture (Part 1))
It was a strange spot with many European-style buildings.
There are also many popular gourmet restaurants, such as Di Cha, famous for its tapioca with brown sugar jelly, and breakfast at Min Le Qi Fish Rice Powder Soup, which is popular for its swordfish stew soup.
There is also the Sheng Yuan Drugstore, famous for its Chinese medicine, so this is an area where you can spend time in a variety of ways!
Three must-go grocery stores in Dihua Street
Gaojian Tub Store
This is the most recommended restaurant in Dihua Street. If you go to Dihua Street, you should definitely go there.
This store is popular for its baskets made of woven plastic bands. They have a wide variety of sizes and patterns, and I wanted to buy as many as I could. I bought a large, light blue basket.
This basket bag is very durable! I use it when I go shopping at the supermarket, and no matter how heavy I put things in it, it never breaks. I wish I had bought more of them in different sizes.
Nylon bags made of fisherman’s nets are also recommended as souvenirs. You can buy a small one for about $2.
Gao Jian Tub Store is also a must-see for its bamboo products. A bent-wappa lunch box, which would cost about $20 in Japan, cost about $6. You can also buy small spoons, forks, and other kitchen utensils that would cost you a fair price in Japan.
What I bought
Basket bag: 150 yuan (about $5.50)
Luncheon mat: 120 yuan (about $4.20)
Address: No. 204, Sec. 1, Dihua St., Taipei City
Opening hours: 9:00 – 19:00
Closed: Open all year round (closed for about 5 days during Chinese New Year)
Directions: 10-minute walk from Taipei Metro Dajiaotou Station.
This is a store that offers goods with the motif of the Taiwanese hackberry, a bird commonly found in Taiwan. If you’re a woman, you should definitely visit this Inka Raku.
It is a store that uses original textiles to make cute goods ranging from handkerchiefs and bags to aprons and pouches. There were so many things I wanted that it was hard to choose.
I found the luncheon mat with chopsticks and spoons very cute.
I bought a computer case from Inkaraku. I use it for work, and I love carrying it around with me every day.
What I bought
Computer case: 750 yuan (about $28)
Address: No. 28, Taipei Civic Recreation Street
Business hours: 9:30am to 7:00pm
Closed: Open all year round
Directions: Take MRT North Gate Station Exit 2 and walk for about 15 minutes.
You can also walk from MRT “Oh-Ga-Tou”, “Zhongshan” and “Shuanglian” stations (about 15~20 minutes walk).
Wing Hing Agricultural Tools Factory
This store is located near the Takaken Tub store. This store also has basket bags and other goods woven from plastic bands and bamboo.
The products on offer are slightly different, so it’s a good idea to look at both to find your favorite.
Address: No. 288, Sec. 1, Dihua St., Taipei, Taiwan
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-18:00, Sat 9:00-18:00, Sun 8:30-18:00.
Directions: 10-minute walk from Dajiaotou subway station.
ASW Tea House is recommended for Dihua Street cafes.
ASW Tea House is a cafe where you can drink Taiwanese tea. The tea is delicious, and the interior of the cafe is just too beautiful to mention.
The dark green walls and bookshelves that look like something out of a picture book are cute.
I could spend hours in this cute cafe. It’s located in the center of Dihua Street, so it’s easy to get to.
At ASW Tea House, we ordered Taiwanese black tea and royal milk tea. The black tea was 180 yuan (about $6.70) and the royal milk tea was 220 yuan (about $8).
I thought it was a bit expensive, but they brought us a big pot and we were able to drink about four cups. I would recommend it to people who want to take a rest. The tea was really good, full of flavor and rich. I could feel the sweetness even without adding sugar.
We went there around noon on a weekday, and there were not that many people in the restaurant, so it was a quiet and peaceful space.
Address: 2F, No. 34, Sec. 1, Dihua St., Taipei
Business hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed: Open all year round
Directions: 10-minute walk from MRT North Gate Station Exit 2
Stores where you can buy dried fruits and tea
“Baishengtang Yaohang” is famous for dried fruits
This store is famous for its dried fruits and shiitake mushroom chips. You can sample most of their products, so you can find the flavor you like and buy it.
Address: No. 122, Sec. 1, Dihua St., Datong Dist.
Opening hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
If you don’t have much time, go to “Dim Sum Foods” where you can find all kinds of dried fruits, nuts, and teas
If you are going to Dihua Street but don’t have much time to relax, you can go to “Dengzi Food”. You can find almost all kinds of souvenirs such as dried fruits and teas.
Most of the products are available for tasting, so you can choose without fail. I think it would be more efficient to pick up food souvenirs at the store and spend the rest of your time shopping for general merchandise.
Address: No. 73, Sec. 1, Dihua St., Taipei
Opening hours: 9:00 – 18:30
Closed: Open all year round
Directions: MRT North Gate Station, Exit 2
Dihua Street has many photogenic spots
Dihua Street still retains its old-fashioned old streets, so there are many European-style buildings and retro photo spots.
Red brick corridor
This red brick corridor is one of the most popular photo spots in Dihua Street. The red-brick corridor has a cute retro atmosphere.
The other side of the Takaken Tub Store is this red brick corridor.
Cute Taiwanese signage!
I took this photo under the ASW Tea House, which has a cute sign that says “20’s.
Photo taken in a hallway typical of Taiwan.
It is located in a place called “Dadaocheng Ancient Art Museum. The hallway looks a little retro and nostalgic.
Photographing a Chinese character sign as a bag
This photo was taken on the second floor of Yongle Market. If you take a picture with a Chinese character sign in the background, you can get a very Taiwanese picture.
Also, the background here is red brick, so if you blur the background, the photo will look pinkish, which makes for a cute photo.
There is also a restroom in Yongle Market, so it would be a good idea to stop by when you are strolling around.
Time required for Dihua Street
It takes about two and a half to three hours at Dihua Street.
We spent the following time allotted to us.
- Sundry shopping for 1 hour
- Tea at ASW 1 hour
- Photo spot 30 minutes
If you don’t have a lot of time, we recommend that you pick out the stores you want to visit in advance. If you do that, you should be able to go around in an hour.
Most stores open at 9:00 or 9:30
Most of the stores in Dihua Street open at 9:00 or 9:30.
So, if you are in Dihua at 9:30, you can enjoy shopping in many stores that are open.
If there is a store you definitely want to visit, make sure to check the opening hours beforehand.
Points to keep in mind when touring Dihua Street
Because the area is wide, check the stores you want to visit in advance
Dihua Street is a large district, and depending on the stores you want to visit, the nearest station may be different. It’s not too far to walk, but it’s better to check the stores you want to visit beforehand in order to get around efficiently.
Recommended to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for walking
The stores you want to visit may be far away from each other, and you may have to walk a lot to visit them. We recommend that you wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable for walking.
If you get tired easily, try shopping while taking a break at a cafe.
It’s a very cute town, so I recommend taking your time!
Dihua Street is a great place for shopping
Dihua Street is one of my favorite tourist spots in Taipei. With cute goods, cafes, and souvenirs, time just flew by.
I think women who like to shop will especially enjoy this town.
Dihua Street is much bigger than you might think, so please make sure to set aside some time to enjoy a leisurely stroll.
Credit cards are recommended for shopping in Taiwan
When shopping in Taiwan, we recommend using credit cards.
The reason for this is that when you get pickpocketed, having a lot of cash on you will cause more damage.
You can stop a card right away with a phone call, so it’s best to pay with a card basically. There are many stores in Taiwan that accept cards.
While shopping, it is safer to be connected to the Internet
When shopping in Taiwan, it is a good idea to be connected to the Internet so that you can do some research.
If you don’t have access to the Internet, you may not be able to get to the store you want to go to, or you may have to give up on buying something because you don’t understand the words on the product…
But with pocket wifi, you can connect to the Internet at any time and shop in comfort.
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