As the gloomy weather started to steer off for a sunny day, we found ourselves enjoying the stroll along Damsui district. Before heading to our desired destination, we dropped by Yong He Dou Jiang at Xi Men Ding to fuel up. Ordering at Yong He Dou Jiang was kind of stressful because the menu was in chinese and we couldn’t read any of it. Luckily there was a tourist from Singapore who kindly helped us along the way.
Going to Damsui was pretty easy using the MRT from Xi Men Ding with a change of line at SongShan station. As I have mentioned previously, taking the MRT for disabled passenger is really a breeze as signs were well planned and visible and the train platforms had no wide gap.
Along the way to Tamsui Old Street, there were many photo taking worthy areas so do take your time to enjoy the quiet lives of Tamsui away from the hustle bustle of Taipei city.
We accidentally stumbled upon the market as we saw a large crowd gathering near the entrance of an alley. Little did we knew, the market inside gave off a different vibe. The air was permeated with the smell of fresh seafood, street food and many vendors yelling out their goods. It was literally a scene taken out from a movie.
After we devoured the food, we make our way to Tamsui old street. Basically both sides of the streets were selling Tamsui’s famous food like Castella cake, nougat, iron egg (which I didnt get to try) and souvenirs for you to bring back to Taipei. Honestly if we have bottomless stomach, we would probably try every of their delicacies.
Moving on, we decided to make a visit to Tamsui Custom Officers Residence by taking a little detour off road to Maxie street. We found a cafe named 光子豆豆 with its warm ambience and friendly owner. He took his time to introduce his signature drinks (we had brown sugar coffee latte and pumpkin soybean latte) and he took a couple of really nice photos for us. A must visit cafe when you are in Tamsui.
If you follow the path along the cafe, you will find the famous landmarks of Tamsui where part of the journey consisted of a steep hike.
Within 200 m walk from Althea University, you will see Fort San Domingo on your right. Upon entering I was greeted with yet another steep hike and I was adamant to just skip the place. But one of the staffs was kind enough to give us a buggy ride right up to the Fort! And the view was beautiful up there!