Jiufen Old Street is known for its beautiful alleys, large selection of street food and some souvenirs. We initially planned to visit the place during the day but I’m glad we changed it last minute to a night trip. The place was such a beautiful sight at night when all the lights are lit up.
How to get to Jiufen from Taipei
By train and bus. From the Taipei Main Station take the TRA to Riufang Station. Once you arrived, take the exit to the front side of the station. Turn left and walk for around 5 minutes until you reach the bus station. From there, take the bus 788/1062 to the last stop which is the Jiufen Old Street. The entire travel time could take only 1 hour and a half, and possibly the fastest option (that is if you take the express TRA).
By bus. You can also take the bus Keelung Bus 1062 from Taipei.
Other options. Best to check Google Maps directions for the best route options depending on your time of departure. I’ve only started utilising this feature during this trip and I love how it makes commuting so much easier!
Where to stay
If you’re looking for an affordable place, I highly recommend My Story Inn. It is a dormitory type accommodation conveniently located at the foot of Shuqi Road which leads to the Jiufen Old Street. The location is also next to the Police Station bus stop (2 stops before the Jiufen Old Street) and has a great view of the sea and the mountain. Ms. Jenny, the owner, is such a lovely woman, very accommodating and would make you feel really at home. She has an illustration of the Jiufen Old Street and even discussed with us the structure of the alley and where to go to find the must-tries in the old street.
What’s vegan in Jiufen Old Street
You will be spoilt for choices in Taipei, but sadly, I can’t say the same in this area of Taiwan. Aside from the obvious choices like fruits, shakes and juices in street markets, I’ve been told that the peanut ice cream roll there is actually vegan because they use coconut milk. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to find the stall since we went a little late. The taro rice balls seem vegan to me, too (wasn’t able to confirm). I only got to try the deep fried Taiwanese ‘meat’ ball which reminds me so much of siopao bola bola, except it’s really oily. If you’re vegan too, make sure to eat enough or you’ll find yourself walking to 7/11 at 11pm to buy some food (lol).
Deep fried Taiwanese ‘meat’ ball
Here are some of the photos during that night:
If you have enough time, aside from going to the old street you can also check out other nearby sights like Jinguashi Gold Ecological Park and Mount Keelung.
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