I randomly went to nearby night markets with no specific itinerary after visiting the Yangmingshan Cherry Blossoms. I enjoyed it more than expected. With the crowd, the food, the vivid nightlife, and the budget-friendly shopping, I would definitely recommend night market hopping. Here are a few best night markets that you should visit when you are in Taipei, Taiwan.
- Shilin Night Market
One of the many night markets in Taipei that is sprawling with street food combined with affordable shopping. Alleys are crowded with locals and tourists enjoying a typical Taiwanese night market. An excellent place to end your night, especially when you are traveling from Yangmingshan National Park.
Address: Lane 101, Wenlin Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Open Hours: 6:00PM – 12AM
How to get there by MRT: Take the Red Line to Jiantan Station, not Shilin Station. Leave from Exit 1 to the market.
2. Tonghua Night Market
Not only that it has local delicacies but also international cuisines fit for international travelers who would like to experience the distinctiveness of the Asian palate. After feasting on great food and enjoying the vibrant crowd, shopping for the latest fashion inexpensively is what this place boasts.
Address: Alley 1, Lane 40, Linjiang St, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Hours open: 6:00PM -12:00AM
To get there by MRT: Take the Red Line to Xinyi Anhe station. Exit through street Exit 3. Walk to Tonghua Night Market for 5 minutes.
3. Raohe Street Night Market
One of the oldest night markets in Taipei. Night markets have been part of Taiwanese daily life since. Local cuisines like stinky tofu, pepper buns, Fukushima yaki, cheng herbal pork soup, and tonfa oyster vermicelli are some of the dishes to be tried in Raohe. Wanna try some exotic food? This Taiwanese night market is dishes from India and Pakistan in the middle of this Taiwanese night market.
Address: Fuyuan St, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Open Hours: 5:00PM – 12:00AM
To get there by MRT: Take Taipei MRT-Bannan Line to MRT Houshanpi Station. Walk towards Yongji Road from exit no. 4 of MRT Houshanpi Station and turn at Songshan Road.
4. Ximending Night Market
The atmosphere of this place is incredible. Though it wasn’t as big as Dotonbori in Osaka, Japan, it’s like little Dotonbori. There are varieties of international clothing brands in this area compared to other night markets I have been to. What’s best to see here aside from (of course food and shopping) is the entertainment. Many street performers can be found on almost every corner every night.
Address: Chengdu Rd., Zhonghua Rd., Wuchang Rd., Xinning S. Rd., Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
How to get there by MRT: Take Taipei MRT-Bannan Line. Exit from No.6 MRT to Ximen Station
5. Gongguan Night Market
This is the biggest market in the south district of Taipei. Located near National Taiwan University, the crowd is primarily students making this location one of the many inexpensive night markets for food tripping and shopping. Don’t forget to try the Taiwanese bubble tea and lunbing (stuffed pancakes).
Address: Zhongzhen Dist., Taipei City, Taiwan
How to get there by MRT: Take Taipei MRT-Xindian Line going to MRT Gongguan Station
6. Huaxi Street Night Market
Huaxi Street Night Market or Snake alley is located near Longshan Temple. Here you will find traditional dishes and delicacies cooked with snake meat or blood, turtle meat or blood, or deer penis wine.
Address: Huaxi St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Open Hours: 4:00PM – 12:00AM
To get there by MRT: Take MRT to Longshan Temple MRT Station.
7. Ningxia Night Market
Nicknamed Taipei’s stomach, Ningxia night market is one of the oldest night markets in the country. It has more or less 20 food stalls feeding its hungry visitors and residents with local delicacies and dishes for more than 50 years.
Address: Ningxia Rd., Datong, Taipei
Open Hours: 4:00PM – 2:00AM
To get there by MRT: Walk from Zhongshan MRT Station or Shuanglian MRT Station heading West.