Taiwan’s beautiful tourist island is not only known as one of Asia’s leading crowded economic centers but also famous for its centuries-old towns. Most of these towns still remain the old-fashioned look, the business shops with dozens of years old to hundreds of years old still survive so far. Let’s discover Taiwan Old Street and Taiwan Old Town — Top 7 best old streets in Taiwan: Where to go, what to eat and top things to do to explore the features of Taiwan’s old towns with Living Nomads below.
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Taipei Old Street
When traveling to Taipei, everyone must have put Jiufen Old Town or Kowloon in their MUST-LIST. From above we can look down the mountains and the sea below. There are the clouds floating around so that everything around it becomes romantic and very magical.
Jiufen Old Town was born from the Qing Dynasty. This small town was isolated from the outside until gold was discovered here during the Japanese domination in the late nineteenth century. Up to now, many of the houses in Jiufen still remain their original architecture and have the features of the Japanese domination.
Grandma Lai’s Taro Balls
Taro Ball is one of the famous specialties in Taiwan. Grandma Lai’s Taro Balls store is located in Jishan in the old style and specializes in selling delicate and fine crafts. Here, they pick and peel the raw taro, then stew, mixed with potato powder and cut into small pieces to eat with colorful colors. Taro balls will be boiled to reach the toughness, moderately softness. You can use this taro balls with many different flavors such as traditional flavor, green tea flavor, and black sesame flavor.
Address: No. 143 Jishan Road, Jiufen, Ruifang District, Xinbei 224, Taiwan
A-Zhu Peanut Ice Cream Roll
Peanut Ice Cream Roll sounded a little strange, but Living Nomads ensures that once you try, you will definitely be fascinated to eat. The A-Zhu peanut ice cream roll is simply made with 2 taro creams, wrapped with malt peanut candy (which is grown at Yilan) and is rolled into a fascinating roller.
A-Zhu peanut ice cream roll is the perfect snack choice if you come to Jiufen Laojie on a hot day because it’s cool, tasty, and extremely cheap!
Address: Jinshan Road, Ruifang District, Xinbei 22450, Taiwan
Sanxia Old Town
The ancient town of Sanxia is 260 meters long. It is the longest ancient town in Taiwan today. The people of Fujian and Guangdong from mainland immigrating to Taiwan settled and developed Sanxia. Since then, this place has become a center for shipping goods such as pottery, tea, dyed fabric … from the river down to central Taipei.
In 1920, due to urban planning, the roads were repaired, and the merchants also remodeled their homes in the predominantly European style of the time. Thus, that forms a unique architectural style with red tiled brick houses in dome architecture and special signs.
Kang Hsi Shuan Croissants
Kang Hsi Shuan Croissants is one of the famous specialties of the Sanxia area with the crispy crust and delicious taste, smooth and soft bread. The store not only creates many flavors to launch into the market such as banana, chocolate, etc. but also research to develop a yogurt cream used with croissants. This is a very favorite product.
Address: No. 44, Minquan St., Sansia Dist, New Taipei City
Tea Soap Store
A soap-making family has been passed down for three generations. They use the local raw materials or from other Taiwanese regions, while also focusing on the protection of the natural environment. Tea soap with the famous Zhōnghuá Mínguó tea of Sanxia is a famous product.
Address: No. 79, Minquan St., Sanxia Dist, New Taipei City
Yingge Old Town
Yingge became famous in the early 19th century when Wu An – a potter from Guangdong mainland immigrated to Taiwan. Previously along Wenhua Road and Jianshanpi Road, there are many pottery workshops, so this place is known as the ceramic road. At present, traditional ceramic kilns on the streets are no longer available; instead, they are ceramic shops along the streets.
Taopinji Pottery Workshop
Located in the Yingge Pottery Museum, this place sells daily ceramic items such as porcelain cups with various shapes and elaborately designed dishes.
Address: No. 200, Wenhua Rd., Yingge District, New Taipei City