The Unconventional Guide to Taipei Night Markets – A Whole New World to Discover After Dark

Linjiang Street Night Market, taipe

By (WT-en) Benjiho at English Wikivoyage (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

If you’re in the capital of Taiwan, don’t miss out on the many stalls and bazaars at its well-known hoard of night markets.

Offering cheap yet tasty snacks, these night markets offer entertainment as well as a satisfying way of filling up your stomach while socialising with friends and family.

While you can find a few street food stalls during the day as well if you hunt well enough for them, the best ones all set up after dark the myriad of street food markets.

The sheer volume of the various stalls and vendors is likely to have your head spinning. It’s usually easy to get lost in the labyrinth of food carts and temporary mini-shops selling all and sundry.

The stalls sell everything from clothes, electronics, jeweller to house-hold items, food and a random array of trinkets and baubles; and all the items here are likely to be sold at bargain prices.

If they aren’t, then you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll be able to haggle with the seller and bring the price down to something that is more agreeable for both parties.

If you’re planning on heading to Taipei soon, and want to know more about good places to shop in Taiwan, check out online blogs and magazines such as Shopping in Focus or similar others; they’re sure to give you for handy tips whether it’s food, clothing or other items that you’re looking for.

Some of the famous night markets in Taipei include the

  • Shilin Night Market,
  • Tonghua Night Market,
  • Ningxia Night Market
  • Raohe Night Market,
  • Nanshijiao Night Market
  • Keelung Night Market.
Nanshijiao Night Market, Taipei, Taiwan

Nanshijiao Night Market | Jirka Matousek via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The sorts of food sold here include favourites such as sticky buns, black pepper buns, sticky rice sausage, grilled mushrooms, crab soup, BBQ squid, fried chicken and snacks such as peanut brittle.

Desserts such as sorbet and sweet stuffed buns are usually available as well, along with a variety of drinks ranging from watermelon juice and canned sodas to boba or bubble tea.


Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+

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