13 Best Night Markets in Taipei: Everything You Need to Know
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Access: Get off at Jiantan MRT station (exit 1), not Shilin station. Cross the road and enter the beast.
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Best Night Markets in Taipei Cheat Sheet
Wufenpu Garmet Wholesale Market is also walking distance from here. This huge market is a great place to find all kinds of kinds of cheap clothing, especially T-shirts plastered with English words or phrases that don't make sense.
Access: Exit 1 or 3 of Songshan MRT station. YouBike station is just behind exit 3. Here's how to rent a YouBike in Taipei.
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The Top 5 Best Night Markets in Taipei
Why Does Taiwan Have So Many Night Markets?
2. Raohe Night Market: Great All-Around Experience
- Best Night Markets in Taipei City: Shilin Night Market, Raohe Night Market, Ningxia Night Market, Tonghua (Linjiang Street) Night Market, Huaxi Night Market
- Three More Notable Mentions: Shida Night Market, Liaoning Night Market, Jingmei Night Market
- Best Night Markets in New Taipei City and Keelung: Miaokou Night Market, Sanhe Night Market, Nanya Night Market, Lehua Night Market, Xinzhuang Temple Street
Enormous pot of fish stew, just a few steps in past the entrance to Raohe Night Market.
3. Ningxia Night Market: Easy to Handle, Amazing Mochi, and lots of Oyster Omelets
1. Shilin Night Market: The King of Taipei Night Markets
Tips for visiting a Taipei Night Market
What is a Taipei Night Market Like?
Stinky tofu, Taiwan's most notorious night market snack.
Underground, air conditioned Shilin Night Market Food Court. A savior in summer!
When in doubt, just go for the dick cake.
Oyster "Mee Sua", one of the many must eats at Shilin Night Market
"Tian bu la" (甜不辣), sometimes translated as "tempura" but nothing like the Japanese dish. Another must!
For some inexplicable reason, I have a serious desire for milk tea right now.
Come for the temple, stay for the food.
The "before" and "after" of a deep fried oyster, shrimp & egg ball, a Chiayi specialty.
The most famous food stall at Ningxia Night Market: Deep fried taro balls with salted egg yolk and pork floss.
And another stall with similar ones, but no line!
This sesame coated mochi with sweetened condensed milk over ice converted me to a mochi lover.
Oyster Omelet Da Wang (left) and Yuan Huan Bian Oyster Omelet (right).
Oyster omelets just before being doused in pink sauce.
Craft beer shop just outside Ningxia Night Market.
Access: It's a 5-10 minute walk from Zhongshan MRT station to the southern end of Ningxia, or from Shuanglian MRT station to the northern end. If you happen to be coming in on the yellow MRT line like I always do, then you can also walk from Daqiaotou Station in 10-15 minutes.
4. Tonghua (Linjiang Street) Night Market: Authentic, Old-Fashioned Foods, Near Taipei 101
Stinky tofu perfected. Best spot for first timers!
Access: From Xinhe Anhe MRT exit 3 (escalator) or 4 (just barely closer, no escalator), head east then turn right at the Watsons (Tonghua Rd.) Follow the stream of people to the market entrance on Linjiang street (pictured above).
If you like meat, save some room for a "Gua Bao", the Taiwanese hamburger.
5. Huaxi Night Market (Snake Alley): Taipei’s Most Infamous Night Market
3 other Notable Taipei Night Markets
1. Shida Night Market
Taken almost 10 years ago. Shida is no longer a bustling market. And yes, 7-11s also squeeze into night markets in Taipei!
Access: It's a five-minute walk from Taipower Building MRT Station exit 3.
2. Liaoning Night Market
A tiny but very local night market with lots of quick fry restaurants, such as this goose meat one.
Typical front of a Taiwanese quick fry restaurant. Take your pick and they fry it up. Beer is a must!
Access: Follow the signs from Nanjing Fuxing MRT station exit 3. You'll pass a Japanese style cocktail bar that could be worth investigating.
3. Jingmei Night Market
Access: Exit 2 of Jingmei MRT station.
5 Night Markets in New Taipei City and Keelung Worth Visiting
1. Miaokou Night Market, Keelung
Access: It's about a 10-minute walk from the Keelung train station.
2. Sanhe Night Market, Sanchong
Access: Taipei Bridge MRT station.
3. Nanya Night Market, Banqiao
Access: Short walk from Fuzhong MRT station.
4. Le Hua Night Market, Yonghe
Access: It's a 5-10-minute walk from Dingxi MRT station exit 1.
5. Xinzhuang Temple Street
Access: Go straight out Xinzhuang MRT exit 2, take your first right, and walk in a few blocks until you reach the front of the temple. Go right and you'll see the start of it.
To reach New Moon Bridge, turn left at the big temple in the middle of the night market. There is also a YouBike rental station just before the pedestrian ramp up to the bridge.
1. Xichang Street Night Market
2. Guangzhou Street Night Market
3. Huaxi Street Night Market
4. Wuzhou Street Night Market
Access: Longshan Temple MRT exit 1 is the most convenient for Longshan Temple and all four night markets. You'll need to walk past Bangka Park, where groups of local homeless hang out, sleep, and play Chinese chess. It's still safe, and there's always a lot of foot traffic from the day and night markets, local residents and tourists, and of course Longshan Temple.
Cilantro, peanut brittle shaving, and taro/pineapple ice cream wraps: one of my favorite night market snacks.