Tamsui, also known as Danshui, is a small city in northern Taiwan that is a popular tourist attraction because of its historic importance (in the 19th century it was the center for shipping).
During my last trip to Taiwan, we spent an afternoon there. The sleepy village doesn’t have too much going on, but it has some nice views of the water and a lot of tourist shops and food stalls.
I had to get one of the gigantic soft serve ice cream cones. There are many vendors that sell them, so you can’t miss it. They come in several different flavors, though we chose vanilla. It’s pretty amazing how high they can stack the cone.
Unfortunately, this is more for show than anything. The ice cream itself melted quickly and was very icy.
Red Bean Filled Pancakes
One of my favorite treats to get when in Taiwan. You can sometimes find these in the US, but they never taste quite right to me. The pancake itself is very crispy on the outside with a good amount of sweet filling on the inside (usually red bean or custard).
We passed by a lot of cute shops, like ones making these macarons
There were a bunch of cute Hello Kitty stores. I purchased a few of the pastries as gifts for friends.
We passed on the giant fried squid, but I found the sign amusing.
I always like getting sugar cane juice in Taiwan. The sugar cane in the US isn’t as sweet and the juice I’ve had in the US always tastes watery, but the ones served by the vendors in Taipei are sweet, refreshing and concentrated. No water added.
We passed by this very enthusiastic Turkish Ice Cream stand. We didn’t get any, but there was cheerful music playing and the owner was full of energy.
One of my favorites were these quail egg skewers. Fresh quail eggs, lightly battered and cooked and then put onto skewers and drizzled with a sweet and sour sauce. We ended up getting a few orders of these.
After walking around a bit, we went to have lunch at a restaurant by the water. We got to sit in these pretty booths which directly overlooked the water. I’ll post about the food from the restaurant another day.
I found this giant Starbucks amusing. Obviously, a sign that this is a touristy area.
If you’ve never been, Danshui is a fun place to visit at least for an afternoon. In addition to eating, you can also ride bikes or take a boat ride. It’s very convenient to get to Danshui because there is a MRT line that takes you directly there.