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4 Must-Visit Night Markets in Taipei


4 Must-Visit Night Markets in Taipei
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Lydia Schrandt is a writer, editor, and award-winning photographer currently based in Houston. She’s a contributor for USA TODAY 10Best and serves as the first chair of the Editors Council of the Society of American Travel Writers. Her work has appeared in Draft, Time Out Beijing, Travel+, USA TODAY, San Francisco Chronicle, and others.

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One of Taipei’s great pleasures is its night markets, which satisfy diners, shopaholics, and just plain curious visitors into the early hours of the morning. Don’t miss these top night markets—ranging in size from a few stalls to major installations covering several blocks—during your next visit to Taipei.

Ningxia Night Market

Ningxia Night Market is a foodie paradise, perfect for sampling traditional Taiwanese snack foods in an atmosphere less cramped and crowded than the typical night market (some stalls even have tables). Must-try dishes here include oyster omelets, pork leg rice, sweet peanut soup, and fried taro cakes.

Fried taro balls at Ningxia Night Market, Taipei
Fried taro balls at Ningxia Night Market. Photo: mildkakkanang / Shutterstock

Shilin Night Market

Huge and teeming with shops, street vendors, and food stalls, Shilin is one of Taipei’s most popular night markets—a one-stop shop for clothing, accessories, and street food of all types. Foodies from around the globe come here to sample fried chicken steak (a market specialty), Shilin sausage, creamy cuttlefish soup, and silken tofu.

2-Hour Shilin Night Market Walking Tour With a Private Tour Guide

2-Hour Shilin Night Market Walking Tour With a Private Tour Guide

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It isn’t a trip to Taipei without a night market visit. This private tour makes it easier than ever to follow in locals’ footsteps and navigate through the bustling, vibrant Shilin Night Market. Meet your guide and head to its must-see highlights, and learn more about Taiwanese culture and cuisine as you go. You can try snacks that catch your fancy, from pineapple cake and grilled octopus to mango shaved ice and beyond (food at your own expense).
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  • 2 hours
  • English
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.90
Price varies by group size
From
$38.90
Price varies by group size

Shida Night Market

The Shida Night Market near Taiwan Normal University caters primarily to students and expats shopping for housewares, appliances, clothes, and school supplies, but it’s also home to a variety of excellent sit-down restaurants. Shida is also the place to go for stylish (and inexpensive) clothes by young designers looking to establish themselves in the Taipei City fashion scene.

Huaxi Street Night Market (Snake Alley)

You might still find a couple of vendors selling shots of snake wine and other such reptilian concoctions, but nowadays Huaxi Street Night Market comprises mostly food stalls and day spas. An enclosed canopy above the street makes it a great rainy-day option.

Huaxi Street Night Market
Huaxi Street comes to life after dark. Photo: Richie Chan / Shutterstock

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