I once read that about 75% of visitors to Taipei must have visited a night market. In this city known as ‘food stall city’, for their love to eating outside at street hawker or food stall instead of home cooking , a night market is a heaven for residents. For visitor it provides a perfect place to understand the diversity of cuisines Taipei has to offer. Oyster omellete, stinky tofu, ice shaved mango, beef noodle, Taiwan crepes, grilled squid, milk pearl tea, fried bun?
It is no surprise why night market is loved. Food/snack is available at bargain prices for as low as 30 NTD to 150 NTD (roundup 4 to 18 QAR), one can have a full dinner comprises several selections and satisfy their cravings at minimal cost.
While every night market has its own charm, food is the strongest magnet. Though, fashion accessories, clothing and gadget accessories are now and more usual merchandises.
Let’s have a look some night markets I have visited during my stay in Taipei:
- Shilin Night Market. The biggest and most well-known though not necessarily the best. Can be overly crowded during the weekend. MRT Jiantan Exit 1
- Shida Night Market. Targeting young people or students of National Taiwan University or National Taiwan Normal University. More and more fashion than food stalls. MRT Taipower Building Exit 3 on Shida Road
- Guangzhou and Huaxi Street Night Markets. Close to Longshan Temple. Huaxi is known for snake-based meal (i.e. snake soup). MRT Longshan Temple
- Raohe Night Market. Probably the smallest (only 600-m long). Next to magnificent and beautiful Ci You Temple. One halal restaurant located here (Alladin). Shongshan TRA Station.
A list and review of all night markets in Taipei can be read here: