5 exciting night markets to explore Taiwanese cuisine

The simplest way to experience the local culture during your Taiwan trip is to visit these bustling night markets.


Shilin Night Market, Taipei

Shilin Night Market located in Shilin District is the largest and most famous night market in Taipei. It is a popular destination for not only locals but also foreign tourists. Shilin Night Market becomes extremely lively at night when thousands of people gather here, wandering around the shops and stalls, enjoying good food.

Shilin Night Market is famous for its variety of traditional Taiwanese dishes such as sticky hot dog jacket, Xiao Long Bao, oyster omelets, fried chicken, bubble tea... This night market will be the most suitable place to visit if you want to explore the life and culture of Taiwan.


Miaokou Night Market, Keelung

Miaokou Night Market is located in Keelung City, the second largest port city in Taiwan, behind Kaohsiung, so this amazing night market is very famous for seafood specialties. The night market is located right next to the famous Dianji Temple, and the name Miaokou means "the temple path". In the past, outside the temple often people used to open up small stalls close to the temple to get the light from the lanterns in front of this temple. Gradually, they gathered into a crowded market. Today, they still use rows of lanterns for decorating.

Coming to Miaokou Night Market, do not forget to enjoy seafood dishes. There are many kinds of fresh seafood to choose from and the owner will cook right on the spot for you. Popular specialties include eel soup, scallop balls and even some rare delicacies such as smoked whale sharks…


Huaxi Street Night Market, Taipei

Located near Longshan Temple, Huaxi Night Market, or Snake Alley, is the first Taiwanese night market and is extremely popular with snack foods made from snakes. The market is dominated by a welcoming gate with bold traditional style and red lanterns, which creates a distinctive feature to attract tourists. On both sides of the road are famous long-standing shops of Taipei in particular and Taiwan in general.

The specialty of the Huaxi Night Market is solid. According to locals, snake is a nutritious food. Visitors will have the opportunity to see how they prepare snakes, and of course it is not for the faint of heart. In addition, other famous dishes in the night market are squid soup, pork soup, eel noodles and many other delicacies.


Tainan Flower Night Market, Tainan

Tainan Flower Night Market is the largest and most famous night market in the southern city of Taiwan, and it is certainly one of the most crowded night markets in Taiwan. The specialty of this night market is "coffin bread", a delicious bread shaped like a coffin, filled with corn cream sauce. You will not be able to imagine the huge number of breads consumed every day here. In addition, there are some other famous specialties such as spicy soup, pickled guava and bubble tea.

Tainan Flower Night Market is also a popular destination for young people because of many game stalls, which are so entertaining to chill out with friends after enjoying delicious food. Unlike other night markets, on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, this market becomes a bustling flower market that sells all kinds of flowers.


Liuhe Night Market, Kaohsiung

Liuhe Night Market in Kaohsiung is more like a traditional market than a night market, selling everything from food, clothing to knives and even live animals. Among the favorites of the locals, a very popular dish at Liuhe Night Market and across Taiwan is stinky tofu. This extremely popular dish made from fermented tofu with a special sauce for a few months has a quite heavy smell flavor, and its flavor can be compared to green cheese.

In addition, the Liuhe Night Market is an outstanding place if you want to beautify your pet. There are a lot of animal care stalls there. Whether it's a cat, a dog, or a monkey, they can still make it look brand new with a fun coat. You should come to this market early because the shops there are really crowded at night.


By: Dinah Gutierrez

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