Dihua Street in Dadaocheng, Taipei Guide + Photos

The historic district of Dihua Street and Dadaocheng in Taipei is perhaps most famous for its amazing architecture, traditional Chinese medicine shops and Lunar New Year celebrations – however, in recent years, the area has welcomed an influx of coffee shops and craft beer bars.

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Dihua Street in Dadaocheng, Taipei

A marvellous mix of new and traditional Taipei, the main Dihua Street and its opulent mansion houses were once Taipei’s most prosperous area, built up in the 1850s – it has real charm and character and is one of the most interesting Taipei neighborhoods to visit.

Featuring historic markets and temple food courts plus creative coffee shops, there are many things to do in Dihua Street and Dadaocheng (including a riverside wharf with container bars and street food kiosks).

From tasty Taiwan food finds to themed 7-Elevens, here is our ultimate guide to Dihua Street and Dadaocheng district in Taipei.

Dihua Street in Dadaocheng, Taipei

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How to get to Dihua Street  & Dadaocheng

Dihua Street is located between two MRT stations – Daqiaotou MRT station in the north on the orange line) or Beimen MRT station towards the south (on the green line).

Both MRT stations are around a 10 minute walk to Dihua Street. It is also a 20 minute walk from the main Ximending Entertainment District.

Also check Google Maps or the official Go! Taipei Metro app to see which is the quickest and best route for you.

Dihua Street in Dadaocheng, Taipei

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Dadaocheng Hotels and Recommended Accommodation

Budget ($)
Beimen WOW Poshtel
Popular hostel with both dorms and private rooms, located a 10 minute walk away from Dihua Street. Check rates and availability on booking.com, agoda.com or hostelworld.com

Mid-Range ($$)
Royal Seasons Hotel Taipei ‧ Nanjing W
4 star hotel located within walking distance of Dihua street. Check rates and availability on booking.com or agoda.com

Luxury ($$$)
Palais de Chine Hotel
5 star hotel with outdoor swimming pool, gym, bar and 3 onsite restaurants. Check rates and availability on booking.com or agoda.com

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Dihua Street and Dadaocheng – Things to do

1. Dadaocheng Cisheng Temple Food Street

We think this might be our favourite thing to do in Dadaocheng – the Cisheng Food Street must be one of the most serene street food settings in the world, with a huge outdoor seating area, surrounded by banyan trees and next to the temple.

There are around 20 or so stalls selling traditional Taiwanese tidbits, from pig trotters to congee, fried oysters to Sishen soup.

Cisheng Temple Market Food Court featured on the recent Taipei episode of Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix. Phil explores the Dadaocheng neighborhood and meets up with Instagrammer Charlene Yang to eat at the Usu-Tasi Pork Noodles stall.

When we visited, it was a warm sunny afternoon and most of the tables were busy, with local groups of elderly gentlemen, many of whom seemed to be enjoying big bowls with big beers – ganbei!

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2. Ningxia Night Market

A short 10 minute walk from Dihua Street, Ningxia night market is one of Taipei’s best night markets with hundreds of food stalls lined along one road.

Ningxia Night Market Taipei

Even though it is smaller than say Shilin Night Market or Raohe Night Market, it can get so busy especially on weekends and Friday night when it can take a LONG time to walk down the central aisle, as dozens of hungry customers wait for their food.

Ningxia Night Market Taipei

Many of the larger stalls have outdoor seating areas plus there are permanent restaurants dotted along either side of Ningxia Night Market. From beef noodles to Taiwanese pancakes, you will not go hungry here!

As well as food, you’ll find lots of gaming / fun-fair style stalls for kids plus it seems to have the largest concentration of marble pinball machines and ring toss stalls of anywhere we’ve seen.

Ningxia Night Market Taipei
Ningxia Night Market Taipei

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3. Yongle Fabric Market

The largest fabric market in Taipei, Yongle Market is a colourful kaleidoscope of materials, silks and gorgeous garments and a wonderful way to see local life up-close.

There are several floors of fabrics and a treasure trove of satin, silks and gauzes to browse on the upper levels, plus you can get garments made to order or just fixed.

Yongle Fabric Market also has a fair few food stalls on the ground floor, so it is a fine fabric and foodie combo, for shopping and eating or a spot of Chinese herbal tea. Please note Yongle Fabric Market is usually open from 10am to 6pm but closed on Sundays.

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4. Taipei Xia Hai City God Temple

Dihua Street’s most famous temple, Xia Hai City God Temple was built in 1859 and is a small but sublime shrine that is home to several hundred deity figures.

Taipei Xia Hai City God Temple

Many locals come here to wish for prosperity and good fortune plus there is a stall inside selling random fortunes and religious icons.

Taipei Xia Hai City God Temple bustles any time of day but particularly during the Lunar New Year celebrations and during the City God annual festival and birthday celebration in mid July (this is usually the 14th day of the 5th lunar month).

Taipei Xia Hai City God Temple

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5. Sumikko Gurashi Themed 7-Eleven

Sumikko Gurashi goes to 7-Eleven! Located in Taipei’s Datong District near Dihua Street, this cute, themed 7-Eleven Taiwan store is full of fun Sumikko Gurashi characters and merchandise.

Featuring Shirokuma, Penguin, Tonkatsu and friends, this super Sumikko Gurashi 7-Eleven store even has a themed seating area complete with character chairs, cool display cabinets (shaped like toast) plus Sumikko Gurashi plush toys and souvenirs.

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6. Du Hsiao Yueh Taipei Dihua

One of the most famous and well established Dihua Street restaurants, this is the go to place for Danzai noodles in Dadaocheng (the dish is also known as Tàⁿ-á-mī).

Du Hsiao Yueh Taipei Dihua street restaurant Taipei

Often with a queue out the front, this Dihua branch Du Hsiao Yueh has two floors of seating and ordering is via a simple pen and paper pad – the staff were also nice (rushed BUT nice).

Food is relatively inexpensive with a small bowl of danzai soup noodles costing NT$50, Lu Rou Fan (Taiwanese Braised Pork Rice Bowl) NT$55 and deep fried shrimp rolls NT$200.

Du Hsiao Yueh Taipei Dihua street restaurant Taipei

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7 Dadaocheng Wharf

Overlooking the Tamsui River with lots of container / pop-up bars and food kiosks, Dadaocheng Wharf is an easy walk from Tamsui Street and enjoys lots of riverside paths and walkways.

A container park with nice views, this is a good place to grab some Taiwan craft beer, international street food or traditional Taiwanese eats.

Note Dadaocheng Wharf is great for a riverside walk any time of day but other than a couple of container cafes, this only really gets going in the evening (alas we visited at lunchtime so it was pretty dead and quiet).

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8. Chinese Herbal Medicine Shops on Dihua Street

Dihua Street is perhaps best known for its long line of traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine shops that line both sides of the main street.

Chinese Herbal Medicine Shops Dihus Street and Dadaocheng

It is fascinating to watch as pharmacists have numerous boxes and cabinets full of dried animals, plants and spices that are combined to create magical natural health remedies.

Some of Dihua Street’s herbal stores are very ‘fragrant’ and most of the stores are steeped in history, like they haven’t changed in decades – these stores also seem to be the last to close at night.

Chinese Herbal Medicine Shops Dihus Street and Dadaocheng
Chinese Herbal Medicine Shops Dihus Street and Dadaocheng
Chinese Herbal Medicine Shops Dihus Street and Dadaocheng

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9. Dadaocheng Visitor Center

One of the best looking information centers in Taiwan, Dadaocheng Visitor Center is found along Dihua Street and located in an old historic building.

Dadaocheng Visitor Center Dihua street Taipei

The visitor center has been made to look like a traditional medicine store, coffee shop, tailor store and a public school (complete with old school desks and chalkboard).

Best of all, the Dadaocheng Visitor Center has traditional clothing that you can put on and dress up in, free of charge.

Dadaocheng Visitor Center Dihua street Taipei
Dadaocheng Visitor Center Dihua street Taipei

What makes this visitor center different is that on the upper levels, it has some very Instagrammable photo points and selfie spots, like a huge lantern room filled full of colorful lights and lamps – Dihua Street is ‘lit’.

Dadaocheng Visitor Center Dihua street Taipei

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10. Chinese / Lunar New Year on Dihua Street

We’ve been lucky enough to visit Dadaocheng and Dihua Street during a couple of Chinese New Years festivities (usually in late January) and this is one of the best times of year to visit.

Lit up lanterns are strung all across the streets for Lunar New Year, plus on occasion, there has been special market stalls lining the length of Dihua Street.

Chinese / Lunar New Year on Dihua Street Taipei

On our last visit, they were even giving out cardboard dragons with LED eyes which you could take away and make at home or hotel.

Xia Hai City God Temple is the focus for New Year celebrations, prayers and worship with fire-crackers, special ceremonies and lanterns. on our last visit, they were even giving out.

Read more in our Lunar New Year in Dihua Street article >

Chinese / Lunar New Year on Dihua Street Taipei

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11. Mikkeller Bar Taipei

Located close to Taipei’s famous Dihua Street, we have a love-hate relationship with Mikkeller Bar Taipei – whilst they possibly have the largest craft beer selection in Taipei, boy do you have to pay for it!

Mikkeller Bar Taipei Dihua Street

It can be pretty expensive, as it worked out to cost around £20 a pint (over $NT800) based on the small measures we opted for. “Tai-wanna” drink more here but the cost of craft beer at Mikkeller is quite hefty, easily the most pricey pint we had anywhere in Taiwan.

Mikkeller Bar Taipei Dihua Street

Two x 150ml craft beers cost us just over $NT400 (in early 2024).That said, if you aren’t a budget traveller in Taiwan, Mikkeller Taipei has over 20 craft beers on tap and a shiny sleek bar of epic proportions as you first enter.

Upstairs, there is a nice seating area with the Mikkeller beer characters painted on the wall and it was super busy on the Saturday night we visited. It has a nice atmosphere and there were drinkers of all ages.

Mikkeller Bar Taipei Dihua Street

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12. Dadaocheng Park

A gorgeous green space towards the northern end of Dihua Street. Dadaocheng Park is a nice spot for sitting down or a quick picnic place to eat any takeouts you may have bought.

Taipei Dadaocheng Park

It is perhaps most famous as being Taipei’s musical park, with a big bronze statue of Lee Lin-Chiu in the centre, one of Taiwan’s most prominent songwriters who died in 1979 and once lived in the Dadaocheng  area.

A speaker in Dadaocheng Park plays Lee Lin-Chiu’s most famous compositions for 15 minutes on the hour, between 9am and 6pm every day.

statue of Lee Lin-Chiu  in Taipei Dadaocheng Park

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13. Dadaocheng Theater

One of Taipei’s best known traditional theaters, Dadaocheng Theater gives the opportunity to enjoy classic opera performances such as Taiwanese opera (Gezi) or musical glove puppets.

Dadaocheng Theater Dihua street

Located above Yongle Market on the 8th and 9th floors, this is one of the many cultural Taipei activities you can enjoy along Dihua Street and in Dadaocheng.

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14. Lin’s Wagashi Confectionery

Another local food shop to feature on the Taipei edition of Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix. Follow in the footsteps of Phil to Lin’s Wagashi Confectionery, a small pastry shop in Dadaocheng to sample some dessert items.

A traditional taste of Taiwan, try their wafer with red bean paste, pineapple cakes and honey cakes.

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15. Dixielane

Whilst Dihua Lane has less coffee shops and decadent dessert places than the likes of Yongkang Street or Zhongshan, there are few cool cafes along the way.

One of the best places day or night is Dixielane – known for its delicious desserts and strong coffee, at night Dixielane turns into a jazz bar with live performances and soulful singers.

Dixielane Taipei

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16. Dihua Street Post Office

Constructed during the Japanese colonial era, Dihua Street Post Office dates back to 1915 and still today looks like it hasn’t changed much inside (although considerable renovations have been made outside).

Famous locally as the Post Office that political Taiwanese activist Jiang Wei-shui used to send such telegrams in the 1920s, today this is a popular place to almost step back in time and send postcards overseas.

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17. Kuo’s Astral Bookshop

Kudos to Kuo’s Astral Bookshop, a cute four storey book store that also has a small cafe at the rear – even the stairs are made to resemble novels.

The antithesis of Eslite bookshops, this place is a pleasant pit-stop for a quick drink after exploring Dihua Street, with coffees costing from NT$120.

 Kuo's Astral Bookshop Dihua street Taipei

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Our last thing to do in Dihua Street and Dadaocheng

18. Olympus Plaza Taipei

Wandering around Dihua and exploring all the historic interiors make us snap happy so it is apt that there is an Olympus Plaza Taipei photography store, selling the best of old and new cameras, plus offering photography workshops.

Olympus Plaza Taipei store Dihua street

Part photography exhibition space, part camera store, this is a great spot to browse cameras or just learn more about what to photograph locally.

Olympus Plaza Taipei store Dihua street

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