No.6, Ln. 2, Sanmin St., Tamsui Dist., New Taipei City 251, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Hidden on a hillside next to Tamsui Old Street, Tamsui Red Castle (淡水紅樓) is a Victorian style red brick complex-turned-restaurant that should be on everyone’s itinerary for this district. A climb up a flight of 106 stone steps is necessary before you can catch sight of it. But please don’t hesitate! Let us tell you why it is worth your effort.
The origin of Tamsui Red Castle can be traced back to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It was first planned in 1895 and established as a local rich businessman’s (Mr. Li) accommodation in 1899. Later on, it was taken over by Mr. Hung, the chairman of Tamsui Street at that time, after Li family’s decline. Over a century old, Tamsui Red Castle has experienced so many changes and renovations that it’s not officially recognized as a historical site. However, its rich background and distinct appearance are good reasons this site deserves your attention.
More recently, Tamsui Red Castle has been renovated into a fancy restaurant that serves the most genuine Chinese dishes on the ground and second floors. The third floor is a café where you can enjoy the beautiful Tamsui River view after your delicious meal. Slowly savoring a cup of afternoon tea at the plaza in front of the building is also a nice option when you visit here. Even if just coming to appreciate its graceful and reminiscent atmosphere, it will be time well spent.