Fisherman's Wharf is a popular leisure fishing port in Tamsui. The area features a large grassy park, a pedestrian bridge with great views, and a long pier with tons of food options, especially seafood. Popular activities here include watching the sunset, enjoying the scenery, and enjoying local snacks.
Fisherman's Wharf is officially known as Tamsui Fishing Harbor No. 2 (淡水第二魚港). It was an important harbor for fisherman, along with Tamsui port for the past 200 years due to its geographic location on the westernmost end of the Tamsui River. In 2001, it was changed into it's current form as a tourist destination. However, it still continues to be used as a fishing harbor.
There are two other official Fisherman's Wharf's in Taiwan, one Kaohsiung and one in Chiayi.
Food stalls are open from roughly 11 AM to 8 PM.
How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: Take provincial highway 2 as far west as possible and you will reach the wharf. There is paid parking inside.
By bus: Take Red Bus 26 from Tamsui MRT station west to Fisherman's Wharf station.
By light rail: The fisherman's wharf station on Tamsui's Danhai light rail line (LRT) is expected to open sometime in 2020.
Please see below:
We have been to Fisherman's Wharf a few times and have enjoyed every time coming.
Before you reach the pedestrian bridge, you are already bombarded with other food chain options in the building seen above.
The Lover's Bridge (情人橋} that crosses the harbor it beautiful and majestic, and you should definitely take your time there, take some selfies, kiss your lover, and block other people that are trying to simple walk across.
Looking up at the middle of the bridge through crowds of people.
Looking toward the sunset and the entrance to the harbor.
The pier below, full of food stalls.
Ships leaving the harbor.
People travelling down to the other side of the bridge. Mt. Guanyin in the background.
Looking east toward Taipei.
Looking east toward the main Fisherman's Wharf square and boat parking.
What food options are there? Well to be honest after taking the above photos I ditched it and ate at Tamsui Old Street instead. The food options at both places are similar, with seafood being the main attraction, like the fried squid pictured above.
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