Raohe Commercial District

Raohe Commercial District

Famous Night Market, Fashion Wholesale Market, and Good Cafés

Text:Vision
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Raohe Commercial District, the area around the well-known Raohe Street Tourist Night Market in Taipei, was given a new lease on life with the opening of the MRT Songshan Line at the end of 2014, and now receives more visitors than ever before. The district offers a taste of the vitality and human warmth of Taipei by night, its traditional snacks and relaxing cafés all exerting powerful charm. To experience the bustle of a Taipei evening, Raohe Commercial District is a must-visit destination.

Good Fun, Good Sightseeing
Raohe Street Tourist Night Market (饒河街觀光夜市)
Raohe Street Tourist Night Market is one of the most popular night markets in Taipei. Shops line both sides of the street, and in the evening two rows of stalls, more than 100 in all, line the middle of the street. With a splendid variety of tasty snacks available, along with an enticing array of styles on offer at the many clothing shops, visitors are spoiled for choice.
Getting There: Take the MRT Songshan-Xindian Line (Green Line; Line 3) to Songshan Station, and leave via Exit 5.

Wufenpu Shopping District (五分埔商圈)
Wufenpu is Taipei’s largest clothing-retail market, bursting with fashionable, bargain-priced goods from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, and elsewhere, available for retail or wholesale purchase. With its great variety of trendy styles and low prices, Wufenpu attracts a steady stream of young shoppers.
Getting There: Take the MRT Bannan Line (Blue Line; Line 5) to Houshanpi Station, leave via Exit 4, and follow Yongji Rd. (永吉路) to Zhongpo N. Rd. (中坡北路).

Songshan Rainbow Bridge (松山彩虹橋)
Spanning the Keelung River, this bridge links Raohe Street in Songshan District and Tanmei Street in Neihu District. This eye-catching S-shaped bridge, open only to cyclists and pedestrians, is a great place from which to enjoy nighttime riverbank scenery.
Location: At the end of Lane 221, Raohe St. (饒河街221巷底)

Cafés and Restaurants
T&T Café
Located near Exit 4 of MRT Houshanpi Station, this café serves burgers, fried foods, and beer, as well as highly popular mini donuts. It is spacious and has private booths and, on Saturday nights, live music performances are staged. T&T is a fine place to meet with friends for good conversations while enjoying a few drinks.
Add: No. 544, Yongji Rd., Nangang District, Taipei City (台北市南港區永吉路544號)
Tel: (02) 2654-6884
Hours: Sun~Thu 11:00~23:00, Fri~Sat 11:00~24:00

Sparta Café
This low-price Italian restaurant is located near Wufenpu. The restaurant is clean and bright and its house special is an aromatic roast coffee series. Its extensive menu includes snacks, pasta, risotto, waffles, and handmade desserts.
Add: No. 35, Zhongpo N. Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei City (台北市信義區中坡北路35號)
Tel: (02) 2766-8604
Hours: 11:00~22:00

Must-Try Snacks
Chen Dong Ribs Stewed in Medicinal Herbs (陳董藥燉排骨)
Ribs stewed in medicinal herbs is one of the famed snacks on offer at Raohe Street Tourist Night Market. In addition to its renowned signature dish, made by stewing large pork ribs and medicinal herbs for hours, this vendor also serves goat stewed in medicinal herbs and braised pork on rice, all warming dishes that give extra nutrition in winter.
Location: In front of No. 160, Raohe St., Songshan District, Taipei City (台北市松山區饒河街160號前)
Tel: 0910-901-933
Hours: 15:30~00:30

Songshan Gebao (松山割包)
This eatery is renowned for the delicious mix of lean and fatty pork in its gebao (often referred to as a “Taiwan-style hamburger”). A steaming bun is filled with lean braised-pork strips and fatty pork that are tasty but not greasy, and then topped with preserved mustard greens, coriander, and peanut powder, in a mouthwatering combination. The restaurant also sells glutinous-rice dumplings and traditional “four spirits soup.”
Add: No. 179, Songshan Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei City (台北市信義區松山路179號)
Tel: (02) 2756-7426
Hours: 11:30~22:30

Fuzhou Shizu Black Pepper Buns (福州世祖胡椒餅)
The black pepper buns at this eatery are synonymous with good food. After baking, the delicious buns are slightly scorched and chewy on the outside, while the filling, made from pork and green onion marinated for 12 hours plus more than a dozen herbs and spices, oozes flavor. The black pepper gives a spicy kick.
Add: No. 249, Raohe St., Songshan District, Taipei City (台北市松山區饒河街249號)
Tel: 0958-126-223
Hours: 16:00~24:00