Yongkang Street is home to some of the best food in Taipei. Neither a night market nor an old street, it is just a street with good food. The street is mostly geared to the tastes of tourists and foreign travelers. Besides food, there are also art shops, clothing shops, bookstores, tea shops, and many other specialty shops.
Yongkang Street sits in front of Dongmen MRT station and ends at Lishui Street. It is surrounded by sites such as the CKS memorial, Da'an Forest Park, and NTU. The Street has become a popular place for foreigners, especially from Japan and Korea to try out Taiwan's local delicacies such as Mango Ice and Beef Noodle Soup. I think this can be attributed partly to foreign media and blogging, and partly to the Taiwan Tourism Bureau.
24/7, but most shops are only open until about 9 PM.
How to get there:
By car/scooter: It is not hard to find from central Taipei, but parking is hard to find, so I do not recommend driving here if you can avoid it.
By MRT: Right in front of Dongmen MRT station.
Please see below:
I have been to Yongkang Street many times. It is a great place to find a meal.
Mango Ice is a big thing here. There are at least three or four mango ice shops here.
We tried one of the smaller shops which was being filmed at the time.
Our mango ice.
And there is a very famous and delicious green inion pancake shop on the street that usually has long lines.
Waiting for our pancake.
Delicious and for a very good price.
Specialty shop with random Taiwan snacks.
Taiwanese-Japanese style restaurant Lu Sang (呂桑). This is where I had dinner on my wedding day with family.
One of my favorite restaurants here, Jin Ji Yuan (金雞園).
They also have fried chicken and beef noodle soup here.
An example of a bento meal at Jin Ji Yuan.
Milk tea shop.
Hamster specialty shop.
Another trinket shop.
And if you don't mind being approached by missionaries, the only Mormon temple in Taiwan is just a block away.
More photos of the area above.
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