Hualien Railway Cultural Museum
This museum covers the grounds of the restored eastern railway depo, built in 1932. Further toward the harbour lies the old machine...
Tidal rents surf boards and provides transport on weekends.
King Tang Cafe
One of Hualien's best cafes, both for the quality of the coffee and the atmosphere, King Tang has an airy high-ceilinged indoor area,...
Irrawaddy Myanmar Restaurant
Run by a Burmese immigrant family, Irrawaddy serves up some fine curries. To get here cross the river on Jung Jeng Rd and head up the...
Lonely Planet review
You have to pronounce the name of this restaurant in Taiwanese, if you want to get it right. It's the least you can do, since it does such a good job with the dishes. Set in an old Japanese-era wood house, and serving ultra-orthodox Taiwanese dishes, Dou Sang is where locals take their visiting friends.
Dishes to try include barbecued pork (烤鹹豬肉), ginger intestine (薑絲大腸), minced pork (蒼蠅頭) and beef with scallion (蔥爆牛肉). There's no English menu.