Taiwan is famous for its dizzying array of night markets, and for good reason too!
They sell almost everything (from home ware and trinkets to fashion apparel and more), and at only a fraction of the cost. We have rounded up the top three markets you absolutely must add to your itinerary. (Read also: See The Hottest Night Markets In Bangkok)
#1 Shilin Night Market
Opening hours: 6pm – 12mn
Address: Lane 101, Wenlin Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Nearest to Jiantan Station (Exit 1)
One of the most iconic night markets in Taipei, this spot is constantly covered by the media for the wide variety of traditional and modern food it offers. Additionally, with a newly opened food court nearby, we expect Shilin to get a lot busier.
If we could only pick one, our top must-try dish would be the Shilin XXXXL fried chicken: The battered fillets are juicy and tasty, and are so huge they can rival the size of both your hands! If you’ve got space for more, try the oyster omelette, which is topped with zesty lime and tomato sauce. The adventurous ones can give the famous stinky tofu a go.
For shopaholics, Shilin Night Market is home to rows of stalls selling fashionable clothes and accessories. But be sure to practice your bargaining skills before you come, for they will surely come in handy when you work to persuade the seller to match the price you want.
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#2 Fengjia Night Market
Opening hours: 5pm – 12mn
Address: No. 440, Fuxing Rd, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 407
Accessible from Chao Ma via taxi or YouBike
Located in Taichung, Fengjia Night Market is the largest night market in Taiwan, so one night may not be enough to clear it. Next to Feng Chia University, the market extends over several streets for your endless shopping and eating pleasure. Expect a huge variety of activities, which range from shopping to eating and even games.
Our favourite street snack is the squid on a stick. Similar to the Shilin XXXXL fried chicken, the squid is coated in flour before being deep fried and sprinkled with spices. Had a bad experience with “rubbery” pieces of sotong? This dish will restore your faith in dish. The squid is cooked to perfection: Under the crispy “shell” lies the succulent and savoury squid. Another dish to try is the “lazy” shrimps—as its name suggests, the snack is great for those too lazy to peel shells, as the entire prawn can be eaten. This means that you can keep your hands clean for more shopping!
#3 RaoHe Night Market
Opening hours: 5pm – 11pm
Address: Raohe St, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Next to Ciyou Temple, and nearest to Songshan Station (Exit 5)
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Although a lot smaller than the above-mentioned markets (it is only 600m long), the RaoHe Night Market is one of the oldest ones in Taipei. A stone’s throw away from Wu Fen Pu, we recommend heading there for dinner or snacks after your shopping spree.
While you’re there, you must try the pork ribs soup and pepper bun. While the former may taste similar to the local Bak Kut Teh, the spices and herbs are extra fragrant, making the dish stand out and especially delicious during cold weather. The pepper buns are barbecued on the spot using charcoal, and are typically filled with pork and vegetables.
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