Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan
A Taste of Contemporary Taipei: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 6½ Hours
Taipei has become synonymous with a modern, futuristic idea of contemporary Asia. But some of its most appealing culinary treats have been around for decades. You'll experience these on this fascinating, delicious tour of Taipei's markets.
A 50-minute panoramic drive from the port of Keelung brings you to Dihua Street, where photogenic houses built in the 1920s make for a charming streetscape. This used to be one of Taipei's main centers of commerce, packed with shops selling Chinese herbal medicine, dried food, tea and rice. Today, it's still a thriving market where merchants now hawk fabrics and groceries.
Next, you'll walk to the Xia-Hai City Temple. Built in 1856, this temple is filled with statues, including a famous god that is said to have brought together thousands of couples.
The Ning Hsia Night Market, inaugurated more than 60 years ago, was once a place to buy clothing and accessories. Today, it's strictly a foodie affair and a favorite of Food & Wine magazine -- a fluorescent wonderland of fabulous flavors. More than 200 vendors sell snacks from across the country. You'll taste five of the most popular snacks, such as a Taiwanese pork sandwich, an oyster omelet, stinky tofu, a peanut ice cream roll, and seasonal fruit.
Save room: You're heading back to Dihua Street for dinner in a 100-year-old historical house -- a rare opportunity to revel in the traditional atmosphere of old Taipei. Your evening consists of an in-depth exploration of the cuisine of this non-stop, forward-thinking city.