Last November, we went to Taiwan for two weeks and we did a road trip around the island and it was fabulous ! The weather, the people.. and the food, oh the food…. it was just amazing ! We landed in Taipei and we started to drive clockwise around the island. Previous parts:
After our visit of the incredible Yehliu Geopark, we headed towards Jiufen (just on time for lunch :p) ! Before entering the city, we found a massive temple a bit out of the way (our satnav took us via a very windy and narrow steep road). We stopped there and we managed to explore it on our own… no one was there ! It was really nice, and all the ornaments and decorations were impressive. Unfortunately, I didn’t take note of its name and can’t really find any information in my guidebook (feel free to comment if you know the name of this temple).
After a break from the rain, we continued our drive and finally arrived to Jiufen, a lovely little village with narrow backstreets that are supposed to be vehicle free… We saw several moppets trying to force their way through the crowds though ;-)
The Old street in Jiufen is very famous for all the local snack vendors. You can find a lot of delicious street food, including taro balls, fried meat and fish, cakes, tea, fruits… I really enjoyed the cool vibe despite being really crowded at some point. It was a different experience than the traditional Night Markets and it shouldn’t be missed.
The street is filled with these delicious snacks, it is very exciting. Almost every tourist who comes to Jiufen would taste a few and we ate a lot of them as well (loving some more than others) :-)
Tea houses in that area are also very popular for both local and tourists. We had nice tea in one of the old tea house. It was very expensive but we loved the experience ! The views were also gorgeous. We spent a lot of time there ! We decided to sit outside but the inside is also incredible, with the natural light from the roof window and the steam coming out of the multiple tea pots.
We went back to Keelung to have dinner with some friends and they took us to a very local place and it was really amazing. We also tried to have some bubble tea but most of the shops had ran out of bubbles !! (That was crazy).. we finally found some on the night market :p