Night Markets in Taiwan

One of the most popular attractions in Taiwan is the night markets. These street markets are one of the most distinctive features of life in Taiwan, and they have been one of the island’s best traditions. A night market may occupy sidewalks, streets, or alleys, and it is consisted of many street vendors and stalls that sell all kinds of foods, specialty drinks, clothes, shoes, accessories, appliances, entertainment products, etc. throughout the night. There are also traditional carnival-style games such as balloon shooting, net fish, shooting marbles, and an assortment of mini games that attract both kids and adults. Night markets are most famous for their “小吃 xiǎo chī” (literally translated as “small eats”) foods and specialty drinks, such as stinky tofu (臭豆腐 chòu dòu fu ), oyster omelets (蚵仔煎 é zǎi jiān/​é á ​jiān), fried chicken, bubble tea (珍珠奶茶 zhēn zhū nǎi chá ), and many others. These “small eats”, or finger foods, are traditional Taiwanese snacks or dishes, and some night markets also sell local 小吃 foods that are unique to their areas. The increasing popularity of night markets has made night markets one of the must-go destinations among tourists as they are part of Taiwanese nightlife culture. At night markets people can find all a large selection of things at low prices they may enjoy to buy (on a side note, you can still see people bargaining for lower prices at times!). One of the most well-known night markets is Shilin Night Market (士林 夜市 Shìlín yèshì ) located in Taipei City. It is very well-organized and it allures travelers from all over the world to appreciate the local cultures and delicacies. Night markets have become a great place for social gatherings because of the fun and lively atmosphere. If you ever plan a trip to Taiwan, make night markets a must-visit spot, and you won’t be disappointed!

Image Source: Wikipedia “Shilin Night Market”


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