Shilin – Taipei's historic night market
A hundred or so markets set the night alight in Taiwan, assaulting your senses from every angle! But you simply cannot miss Shilin market, built in 1899, which impresses by its sheer size alone. Join the throngs as they wander among the 500 street vendors and steaming eateries. The atmosphere here is highly charged to say the least. Bag a souvenir to take home with you, maybe a child's toy, delicate pottery or cut-price clothing. This place is in fact a hotspot for fashionistas who will revel in the unique opportunity to pick up on-trend dresses designed by young inventive creators. This multi-facetted crowd-puller has something to delight everyone.
Shilin Night Market
101 Jihe Road, Shilin District,
Taipei City 111
Non-stop eating at Raohe night market
Taiwanese markets celebrate an incredibly rich and varied gastronomy. Visit Raohe market, which has been going for almost a hundred years, and explore the rows of stalls famous for their culinary specialities. Top of your tasting list has to be hujiao bing, small pepper buns filled with grilled pork. There are stalls laden with seafood and fish, others offer a vast array of meat dishes, anchovies, tofu and another must-try snack – seaweed, eaten right there and then. Let curiosity be your guide as you wander around on your culinary odyssey. However, you will need a strong stomach to try the stinky tofu or a scoop of salted egg ice cream!
Raohe Night Market
Raohe Street, Songshan District,
Taipei City 105
Jao-Ho – a place to take in local customs
Make sure you pay a visit to Jao-Ho, certainly one of Taipei's newest night markets in one of its oldest streets. Just around the corner in Snake Alley, you will find a disconcerting snake soup… a dish that promises 1,001 health benefits according to local medicine! And that is not the only surprise in store here. Its alleyways are home to around 20 stalls run by traditional craftsmen and women. On one side, you may find a sugar painter busy at work; on another, one of the city's 70 calligraphy-brush makers immersed in his painstaking, time-consuming trade, passed down from generation to generation. Young and old alike will marvel at spinning-top performers who spin huge tops, sometimes weighing over 90 kilogrammes. The attraction causes thunderous applause from visitors to the market.
Huaxi Street, Wanhua District,
Taipei City 108
Liaoning and Ningxia – a discovery of sweet sensations
The tentacles of Liaoning's seafood market are bound to draw you in. One of its signature dishes is grilled octopus garnished with butter and teriyaki sauce. Make sure you try another of the market's specialities – oyster omelette which you eat standing at the counter at these tiny open-air kitchens. To escape the crowds for a while, go over to Ningxia. In this small, less-hectic market, you have to try the popular baobing, a shaved fruit ice dessert drizzled with milk or syrup and topped with fresh mango, peanuts or sesame seeds… The combinations are endless at this typical Taipei market. So, look, choose and enjoy.
Liaoning Street Night Market
Liaoning Street, Zhongshan District,
Taipei City 104
Ningxia Night Market
Ningxia Road, Datong District,
Taipei City 103