TAIWAN: Jiufen Old Street

When we were finalizing our itinerary for our recent trip to Taiwan, we found out that one of the highly recommended places to visit was Jiufen Old Street. It would have been a lovely experience to tour the place without the rain. But nonetheless, I did enjoy going through the narrow streets, going up and down the hill, dropping by some of the stores, and seeing the beautiful view of the mountain, temple, and foggy sky.

In this post, I’ll be sharing photos of our experience and how we traveled from Taipei to Jiufen and back to Taipei again.


We started our journey by riding Taipei’s MRT. When you reach Beimen station (Green line), look for the pathway leading to A1.

There, you’ll see more maps and directions leading to their TRA (Taiwan Railways Administration). Once you arrive at the TRA station, enter Platform 4. We weren’t sure about the right train, so we asked help from their staff. Thankfully, they directed us to catch the local train going to “Su’ao” which leads to Ruifang Station.

When you reach Ruifang Station, exit towards the area where the store “Lick Lick Ice Cream” is. Beside that is a stairway leading to an underground pathway towards Ruifang’s police station.

Within that area, you’ll see a bus stop where this sign is posted. It contains directions to the bus stop leading to Jiufen Old Street. Take note of the correct bus numbers: 965, 788, and 1062.

We walked towards that bus stop and rode one of the buses mentioned. It took us around 15 minutes to travel by bus before we reached the stop near Jiufen Old Street. Most people riding the bus will go down at the stop “Jiufen Old Street”, not “Jiufen Police Station”.

Once there, you’ll need to walk uphill for a few minutes until you see a 7/11 store beside the main entrance of Jiufen Old Street. Just around the curve of the road.


After touring the place, from 7/11, walk uphill again for 1-2 minutes until you see the bus stop across the huge JIUFEN letters on the wall. Wait in line for Bus 1062 since this will bring you to Songshan Station (Green line). It will take you 16-17 stops from Jiufen Old Street to Songshan station. From there, you can ride the MRT to your next destination.


We weren’t able to finish touring the place due to time constraints and fatigue. Haha! But, in a nutshell, this old and lovely village is situated on a mountain and is filled with cafes, restaurants, stores, and street food.

Also, we ate lunch at one of the restaurants, which I will share in a different post. If ever you plan on visiting this area, I suggest that you go during Summer, so you wouldn’t have to walk around holding an umbrella and trying your best not to get wet as you go through the shops. Moreover, this place is packed with tourists and locals, so make sure not to bring bulky bags or things, so you can easily go around the place.

You can hire a driver or rent a vehicle going to the place, but if it’s your first time to visit it and if it wouldn’t be a hassle for you to walk, I would suggest that you experience commuting to the place too. Not only will it save you money, but it will also make the journey of discovering Taiwan and Jiufen more exciting.




TAIWAN: Milk Tea in Taipei

Our family just came back from our recent trip to Taipei, Taiwan. One of the main highlights for me was of course, their milk tea drinks. This is where iced bubble milk tea started. :)

Throughout the trip, we were only able to try the original / plain drinks from six stores. In a span of five days, I think that was enough. Haha.


1. TRUEDAN (Jen Ju Dan)

ADDRESS: 11 Section 1, Kaifeng St. Taipei City

ORDER: Bubble Milk Tea

MILK TEA: This drink has a nice, fresh milky taste. Although I barely tasted the tea and I’m not sure if they used tea. Haha. But, I think this is a refreshing choice. Downside for me: The ice used was crushed finely, so it melted quickly.

PEARLS: Large, chewy, and sugary. The cup is almost half-filled with pearls.

PRICE: NTD 75 / PHP 128



: Inside Shilin Night Market – No. 101 Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City

ORDER: Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream Mousse (bestseller)

MILK TEA: This drink also has a fresh milky taste. It also has a thin layer of cream on top which gives it a nice flavor.

PEARLS: Large, chewy, and sugary. They also add extra pearl syrup inside and around the cup.

PRICE: NTD 85 / PHP 145




ADDRESS: No. 6 Section 1 Xinsheng S Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City

ORDER: Tai Chi Pearl Tea Latte (bestseller)

MILK TEA: This has a balanced flavor of tea and fresh milk.

PEARLS: They used large white and brown sugar pearls. The white one wasn’t as chewy as the brown ones.

PRICE: NTD 65 / PHP 110



4. EVE & T (in light bulbs)

ADDRESS: Shin Kong Mitsukoshi A8 Basement 2, 110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Songgao Road

ORDER: Bubble Milk Tea (in a light bulb)

MILK TEA: They didn’t add ice because of the container, but they used cold milk tea. It also has a balanced flavor of tea and milk.

PEARLS: Large, chewy, and sugary. They didn’t use much.

PRICE: NTD 149 / PHP 254 (More expensive because of the container. But they have normal cups with a more regular price.)



ADDRESS: B1, No. 9, Songshou Rd., Xinyi Dist Shinkong Mitsukoshi A9, Taipei

ORDER: Bubble Milk Tea

MILK TEA: You could taste the tea more in this drink than the milk, which is something that I like. The owner of this brand (Mr. Liu Han-Chieh) introduced iced milk tea to the world. :)

PEARLS: Small and slightly chewy

PRICE: NTD 85 / PHP 145



ADDRESS: Inside the Foodcourt of Taoyuan Airport Terminal 2

ORDER: Roasted Oolong Milk Tea with Original Bubbles

MILK TEA: Among all the drinks we tried in Taiwan, this has the best milk tea flavor for me. Even after drinking it, you could still enjoy the aromatic flavor of it in your mouth. It has the perfect balance of milk, tea, and ice in it.

PEARLS: Unfortunately, I was not a fan of their pearls. They used white, chewy ones that weren’t coated in sugar. It had a slight grainy texture too.

PRICE: NTD 90 / PHP 153

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