Ichronicle’s guide to the night markets of Taiwan

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Think Taiwan, and you can visualize a country where technology has been invented since Adam’s. Name most of the renowned tech brands of the world and you wouldn’t be much amazed to find that those belong to Taiwan. Well, what would surprise you, would be the country’s fascination for food, fashion and its shopping culture.

Taiwanese snacks range from oyster omelets to fried rice noodles, tempura, Tainan Danzai noodles, Taiwanese spring rolls, rice tube pudding, and braised pork rice. If these foods don’t woo you much, then the low prices definitely will. The famed night markets of Taiwan are renowned for foods, fashion accessories and apparels.

Taiwan’s night markets in particular. Each night market having its own traditions and characteristics, are the places where these snacks can be found in abundance. Trying out these snacks, tourists will be able to learn about different specialties, cultures and people from different areas, adding a whole new perspective to travelling. The crowded and congested bylanes of the nigh markets are a heaven for any street fashion lover, for you find umbrellas, junk jewelleries, foot-wears, bags and what not, even sex toys.

Thousands of Taiwanese crowd the local night markets in search of their favourite and delicious snacks, and Taipei’s Shihlin Night Market is the most famous due to its wide range of local delicacies in its small streets and alleys.

Here are 5 best nightmarkets you need to visit on your next trip to Taiwan.

Keelung Night Market
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Where:
This market stands on Ren 3rd Rd. near the Dianji Temple in Keelung City and on Ai 4th Rd .
The cuisine in Keelung Temple street night market is known for its pot-edged pancake soup, shaved ice, Tempura, fried sandwiches, bean noodle thick soup, and shrimp Taiwanese ball. While most night markets trade in clothes and accessories, Keelung appears as the most revered for its sea food.

Ningxia Night Market6rong>

Hours of operation: 6PM – 12 AM
Where: Around the area of Minsheng West Road, Nanjing West Road and Chongqing North Road in Taipei City.
MRT Station:Walk about 10 minutes from Zhongshan MRT Station or Shuanglian MRT Station
This night market offers a nostalgic retreat to the Taipei of earlier years. The snack stalls and other shops here are known for their friendly service, making this a popular spot for eating and shopping.

Linjiang Street Night Market
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Hours of operation: 6PM – 12 AM
Where: Between Sec. 4, Xinyi Rd. and Sec. 2, Jilong Rd. in Taipei City
MRT Station:Liuzhangli Station
The market opened about eight years ago and today is populated with nearly 200 stalls selling a wide array of snack foods.

Among the tasty popular dishes sold here one can find ganban noodles in meat broth, oyster noodles, oyster omelettes, barbecued sausages, soy stewed meats, peanut powdered pigs blood rice cake, Taiwanese-style hamburgers with stewed meat, rice noodle soup, sponge cake (ever popular with the kids!), and just about anything else you may be hungering for.

Make sure to stroll a bit further down Wenchang Street to browse the stylish Chinese and western style furniture shops.

Huaxi Night Market
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Hours of operation: 4PM – 12 AM
Where: Between Xiyuan Rd. and Huanhe S. Rd. in Taipei City
MRT Station:MRT Longshan Temple Station – On foot 5 min.
It has been here since 50 years. Tonic food, Chinese herbal food, crafts, commodities, gourmet snacks have made this market a major favourite among the international tourists. Seafood cuisine is especially famous here, and the “Tainan Danzai Noodle” House decorated in art-deco style is Huaxi’s signature gourmet restaurant. Other special features that attract large crowds are the Chinese herbal cuisine cooked with snake, foot massage shops, healthoriented spa.

Raohe Street Night Market
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Hours of operation: 5PM – 12 AM
Where: Intersection of Sec. 4, Bade Rd. and Fuyuan St. in Taipei City to Ciyou Temple on Bade Rd.
MRT Station: Songsan Station
This is the first tourist night market in Taiwan, and the total length is about 600 meters. There are a number of herb-steamed sparerib restaurants here, which provide good opportunities for nourishment in winter.
Food specialties here include oyster vermicelli, spare ribs stewed in herbal soup, pepper meat buns, duck meat, stinky tofu. The Raohe Street Night Market covers various kinds of booths for general merchandises, accessories and yummy snacks, all at low and affordable prices. Wufenpu is the largest garment wholesale marketplace in Taipei.

Shilin Night Market

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Hours of operation
: 11AM – 12 AM
Where: Along Dadong Rd., Danan Rd., Wenlin Rd., and Jihe Rd
MRT Station: MRT Longshan Temple Station – On foot 5 min.
The Shilin Night Market is one of the well-organized and most popular night markets. It is separated into two major sections. One sector covers the streets surrounding the traditional Yangming Theatre and stretching to the Chicheng Temple on Danan Rd. The other sector is a centralized food court serving a wide variety of snacks that attract large crowds. At the Shilin Night Market, visitors can shop from store to store and have a large selection of clothes and accessories that they can bargain for reasonable prices.

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