Best Markets in Taiwan for Food and Shopping

By January 9, 2020Taiwan

1. Shilin Night Market (士林夜市)

The Shilin Night Market is one of the largest and most popular night markets in Taiwan. This night market consists of two elements: local cuisine and general merchandise. There are many Taiwan’s traditional foods can be found here such as Fried Chicken Fillet, Pearl Milk Tea, Oyster Vermicelli, Taiwanese Sausage, and the most notorious Taiwanese snack, Stinky Tofu. The most popular food in Shilin Night Market is Oyster Omelette which is pronounced as ‘Oh Ah Jen’ in Taiwanese.

2. Raohe Street Night Market (饒河夜市)

The Raohe Street Night Market, one of the oldest night markets in Taipei, is a must-visit destination for the tourists! In addition to enjoying delicious street foods in this night market, you can also take a stroll through the Clothing Shopping Outlet in Wufenpu, a hotspot for finding discounted fashion in a variety of stores. And of course, the must-eat snacks in this night market you need to try are Pork Pepper Buns, Grilled Squid, Fried Dumplings, Taiwanese Herbal Pork Bone Soup, and so on.

3. Tamsui Old Street (淡水老街)

Tamsui Old Street is very contrast to the busy Taipei City. There are lots of restaurants, shops, cafes, Taiwanese snacks located along the riverfront in Tamsui, and its waterfront area is a great place to watch the sunset. People can also take the ferry from the pier at Tamsui Old Street across to Dadaocheng Wharf, Bali Left Bank, and Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf.

4. Jiufen Old Street (九份老街)

Jiufen is a former gold-mining settlement which becomes a popular tourist destination because of the Japanese anime film Spirited Away. This small town originally built by Japanese and many buildings in the town still remains unchanged. The must-try food in Jiufen is taro balls. It is a bowl of sweet soup with chewy handmade taro balls, sweet potato balls, green tea balls, and kidney beans.

5. Fengjia Night Market (逢甲夜市)

The Fenghjia Night Market is the largest and most popular night market in Taichung and it is centred around Feng Chia University. There are lots of food and drink stands, clothing stores, restaurants along Fengjia road, Fushin road, and Wnhua road. The takoyaki ball on Fushin road is the must-try food in this night market. It is very delicious and popular and it has a huge blue octopus as its sign.

6. Garden (Huayan) Night Market (花園夜市)

The most popular and largest night market in Tainan City. This night market has numerous food vendors, merchandise stalls, and game sections. In this market, you can not only have classic Taiwanese street foods, but also many international foods and local delicacies of Tainan. However, this night market only opens on three days a week, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. In Taiwan, there is a saying that goes ‘South is Garden, Middle is Fengia, and North is Shilin’.

7. Anping Old Street (安平老街)

Anping Old Street, the first street in Taiwan, was built by the Dutch in Anping more than 300 years ago. This is a narrow street but fully packed with food and drink stalls and old buildings. The street also features all kinds of cultural items, souvenirs and some traditional snacks regardless of Taiwanese or foreign visitors can find many interesting goods here. When tourists travelling to Tainan, this street is the must-visit destination, especially you would like to explore more history of Taiwan!

8. Ruifeng Night Market (瑞豐夜市)

Although it is not the biggest night market in Taiwan, however, many Kaohsiung people regard this market as their own kitchen and the gathering area to have some snacks and night meals. It sells a variety of street foods, clothing, fashion accessories, and so on. The unique xiao chi foods in this night market are Wanguo Steak Teppanyaki, Mongolian Barbecue, Satay Barbecue, Brown Sugar Bubble Tea, Papaya Milk Tea, etc.

9. Liuhe Tourist Night Market (六合夜市)

The Liuhe Night Market, the must-visit night market in Kaohsiung, is located in the heart of Kaohsiung and is easy to get there by MRT. In addition to a variety of delicious Taiwanese street foods, cold drinks, ices, snacks, the highlight in this night market is seafood. There are many food stalls selling seafood, such as shrimp, crab, squid, and octopus. When you visit Kaohsiung, do not miss the opportunity to try the papaya milk and steamed salty shrimps in the Liuhe Tourist Night Market!

10. Dongdamen Night Market (東大門夜市)

‘Dongdamen’ sounds similar to Seoul’s ‘Dongdaemun’, but these two places are entirely different things. The Dongdamen Night Mark is the largest night market in Hualien, the east of Taiwan. There are three main market lanes in this night market, Futing Market (Taiwanese food), Aboriginal Street (native aboriginal food), and a street especially selling the foods from China.

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