A Guide to Yongkang Street – The 4th Coolest Street in the World!

The famous Yongkang Street, accessible from the Dongmen MRT station in the Daan area, is a popular destination for both tourists and locals. It’s one of the best places in Taipei to shop for gifts, including Taiwan’s famous pineapple cake. It has recently been recognised by Timeout as the 4th coolest street in the world, and it’s easy to see why.

Perfect For

  • Cafes
  • Desserts
  • Gifts
  • Restaurants
Yongkang Street

The area is also blessed with many great cafes, tea shops, dessert places and restaurants, including the original Din Tai Fung.

Almost 0.5 km in length, Yongkang Street isn’t pedestrianised, so traversing the pavement can be difficult, especially during a weekend. The roads and alleys that lead off the main street (mainly to the west) are also filled with shops and cafes.

Yongkang Park is a good place to eat any street food you may have purchased, and during the weekend it will host a small farmer’s market.

On the north corner of Yongkang Street is the flagship Din Tai Fung restaurant, which is the most popular branch in the city. Even though it’s on three floors, waiting times will often exceed 1 hour, especially at weekends. They are in fact opening another branch just over the road, due to open in 2020.

My post below includes tips on how to get a table.

Din Tai Fung Dongmen
Click to read about Din Tai Fung

If the wait here is too long, there are many other restaurants and food stalls in the area.

Being a former Japanese colony, there are some great Japanese restaurants, offering a wide range of cuisine such as sushi, ramen, teppanyaki and izakaya – although some of these are also very popular at lunch and dinner hours.

One of the best Japanese restaurants in the area is Wu Liu Shou, a narrow restaurant that serves delicious bites.

Wu Liu Shou Dongmen
Click to read about Wu Liu Shou

Toasteria is another highly recommended restaurant should you wish for more western style food. Actually located next door to Din Tai Fung, it has a modern interior and serves great dishes for any time of the day.

Click to read about Toasteria

One of the best food stands in Taipei, Tian Jin Onion Pancake serves delicious Scallion pancakes, a savoury dish that’s very popular, especially at breakfast time.

Tian Jin Onion Pancake
Click to read about Tian Jin Onion Pancake

There are dozens of nice cafes to found found in the area. A couple of our favourites are Youmoutoohana and Yaboo.

Youmoutoohana Coffee
Yaboo Cafe

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Yongkang Street is also one of the best places in Taipei to try a shaved ice dish, a refreshing and fruity way to cool down.

Smoothie House, in a prime position on the street is the most popular and one of the best. If you have trouble getting in here, there is another branch situated just off the main street.


Alternatively, Ice Monster serves some fine iced desserts too.

Ice Monster
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Yongkang Street is located within walking distance of both Daan Forest Park and the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (about 0.25 km), or alternatively they’re just one stop either side of the Dongmen MRT station.

You could visit the area as part of a walk I’ve devised.

Daan Route
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Yongkang Street has a more relaxed vibe than other areas in Taipei, and attracts a mixed crowd, with many different nationalities and age groups wandering the streets and alleys. There is something for everyone here.

Yongkang Street Location

Closest MRT: Dongmen Station (red/green lines)

Yongkang Street Places of Interest

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