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What to See and Do in the Taiwan Night Markets

Updated on March 12, 2019
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Dr. David Thiessen is an educator, writer, pastor, and speaker. He has authored several books on a variety of topics including Archaeology

The Taiwan Night Market scene is the event, the experience and there is more than one in this tiny little country. The difficulty is, if you do not have unlimited time or money, is deciding which night market you want to visit. Traveling to these different cultural icons is not too difficult

Things to watch out for

  • Learn the Difference between the MRT colors—You will need to know the different colors and where they go if you want to reach the right market. There are 5 colors that lead to night markets

  • Learn which markets are open at night and the ones open during the day-- Some night markets are bustling street scenes and extend their hours into the night while others are only open between 4 and midnight.

  • Become familiar with the MRT Stations’ names-- A tourist will not have a very good time if they become confused and get off at the wrong station.

  • Know what you want to experience at this night markets—Some offer exotic food, other traditional Chinese food and another clothes, accessories, boutiques and western entrees while others are underground, small, and so on.

6 Night Markets

As we said, the night markets of Taiwan are the things to do and see when you are in the country but one night market does have some historical landmarks and artifacts to help you pass your time if you have finished eating and looking at the different shops.

Tainan Flowers Night Market- is the place to go if you are interested in Taiwan history. The key to visiting Tainan night markets is that you need to learn when they are open. Unlike Taipei, they are not open every day and you must look up their schedules if you do not want to miss what they are offering.

The Huaxi Street Night Market- If you want exotic food then this is the market for you. It boasts of its fresh snake and turtle dishes and you can probably select your own animal you want to eat. An added feature is that this night market hosts food vendors who make their dishes with Chinese herbs and medicines. Located near two other night markets, this night market in Taipei makes it easy to see more of the Taipei night life.

The Taipei Shida Night Market- If you are not interested in historical sites or exotic foods then maybe this night market may be more to your tastes. This is your place to go if you want clothing, boutiques, accessories, coffee shops and western entrees. This night market adapted to its growing local and international student population and offers more modern items for sale.

The Gongguan Night Market- One of its claims to fame is that it is the biggest night market in the Southern District . Located in a business section of the city, this night market also has a large student clientele and offers a wide selection of products for sale. There are bookshops for the avid reader, tea houses, photo studios, coffee houses and much more. You can also buy wonderful delicacies like bubble milk tea, pork blood cake, bean curd dessert and other interestingly named foods you can brag about eating to your friends.

The Raohe Street Night Market- This is supposed to be the oldest of all the night markets in Taipei and its location next to the Song Shan Fu De Temple and the Taipei’s clothing wholesale district brings a lot of people to its short street. But then good things come in small packages. The Songshan Station is just across the street so access to this night market is very convenient and easy

Lehua Night Market- Located far from the city center, this night market in Taipei may be the place to get away to if you want to escape other tourists. They say this is more of a night market for locals than tourists but you will still find a great variety of foods to try and clothes to purchase. It is also home to some of Taipei’s tailors who sell clothing at reasonable prices. Also this night market holds a few grocery stores if you want to save a little on your food dollars

Some final comments

These are 6 of the many night markets where you can go and enjoy Taipei and Taiwan. There is a lot to see, do and eat at each of these markets though you might get tired of trying to choose which clothing store you want to go to and which night market food you want to eat that night.

© 2019 David Thiessen


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