Jiufen Old Street

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The village of Jiufen was once a center of gold mining in Taiwan. The gold is long gone, but this quaint old village, built of closely-packed houses clinging to steep mountainsides, continues to offer enchanting scenery and fascinating glimpses into the lifestyles of the past. The canopy constructed to keep rain out caused lack of light on the street, thus the term “Dark Street”. The street became popular as the movie “City of Darkness” was filmed at this very place, attracting people for tea, snacks and other popular taiwan street food.

– taken from the brochures about Jiufen Old Street

Sneak peeks of the long street
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Their famed pineapple cakes (凤梨酥 feng li su)!

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30 NT for a bowl of warm bouncy balls and soup. Loved the peppery taste of the soup!

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Flavoured fish balls – spicy flavour was the best!

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Famous Taiwan chinese sausage 香腸

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Escargot – super yummy. Shellfish lovers, this is a must-eat! The homemade “mala” sauce was simply amazing with the flamed escargot.

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Grape seed juice – 250 NT per container. Very sweet, but au naturale. No sugar added. Just water! We bought 3 tubs and bargained for a discount.

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View from atop Jiufen Old Street
jiufen laojie taiwanNobody goes to Taipei and doesn’t go to Jiufen once. Go with an empty stomach, trust us.

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Address:

Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224
Tel: +886 2 2960 3456

Get a driver to bring you there 🙂

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