Night markets are always on everyone’s itinerary when visiting Taiwan. Maybe it’s the cheerful vibe, vibrant colors and faces under the night sky, beer and barbecue in the air, or the thrill of spotting cheap goods. Taipei’s night markets offer all of these and more!
What is the best night market in Taipei? It’s hard to name just one because there are 30 listed in the greater Taipei area. But to save you time and make sure you’ll pick the right one, we created your Taipei night market list.
Shilin Night Market
No. 101號, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Mon-Fri, 4 PM–12 AM / Sat-Sun, 3 PM–1 AM
The largest, most popular night market in Taipei night is the Shilin Night Market. Inaugurated in 1913, Shilin can be reached via Tamsui–Xinyi line (Taipei Metro) at Jiantan Station or buses that stop at Jiantan Station, nearby Ming Chuan University, and Xiao Bei Street. At Shilin, you will find lots of traditional merchandise as well as indoor and outdoor stalls selling meals, snacks, and drinks. Your must-eat Taipei night market food should include giant fried chicken steak, oyster vermicelli oyster omelet, fried buns, stinky tofu, and bubble tea. Note that Taipei night market hours start usually at 4 PM and end around midnight, but the freshest food will be served early.
Raohe Night Market
Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Mon-Sun, 4 PM-12 AM
Raohe Night Market is not as busy as Shilin Night Market but you can’t miss the Taiwanese snacks and traditional recipes here, like stewed ribs in Chinese herbal medicine, oyster noodles, crispy pepper pastry cake, steamed bun, spicy stinky tofu, and beef noodles. Try the custard wheel cake or deep-fried milk for dessert.
Ningxia Night Market
Ningxia Road, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Mon-Sun, 5:30 PM–12 AM
If you don’t have lots of time for night market shopping and just curious about the vibe, Ningxia Night Market can be a sampler. It only has a narrow path for people to walk on between two rows of stalls, but it is packed with delicious Taiwanese food like deep-fried oyster/shrimp and balls and barbecued squid on a stick.
Jingmei Night Market
Jingmei Street, Wenshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 116
6 PM – 12 AM
Located in Wenshan District, the southern part of Taipei, Jingmei Night Market covers the Muzha Road and Jingzhong Street. At the same location is the Jingmei Public Market, which is open during the day time. You can find food, clothes, hardware, and even games at the Jingmei Night Market. Jingmei Night Market is popular for glutinous rice, Shanghai steamed buns, tofu pudding, saltwater chicken, vermicelli, four flavored soup, and barbecue. Students’ favorites are pasta and teppanyaki.
If you want to learn more about the ins and outs of the market and maximize your time here, book Taipei Jingmei Night Market Walking Tour in advance.
Huaxi Night Market (Snake Alley)
Huaxi Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Mon-Sun, 4 PM-12 AM
Located in Wanhua District, Huaxi Night Market has stands that sell traditional Taiwanese delicacies with snake blood and meat, turtle blood and meat and deer penis wine. Snake soup is the most popular treat found here. There are also fortune-telling bookstores, boutiques, and Chinese massage parlors.
Nanjichang Night Market
Lane 307, Section 2, Zhonghua Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
5 AM-12 AM
Nanjichang Night Market rose when military and government housing communities were built in the area. This night market is known for the shop that sells Taiwanese meatballs for just two hours a day. Because of this, customers queue for the limited supply. Other delicious options are found at seafood sauté eateries where one plate costs NT$70. Don’t miss the stinky tofu, clay oven rolls, fried oysters, and shaved ice sweets here.
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