There’s no experience like Taiwan night markets. This guide explores the most popular Taiwanese night markets so that you can enjoy them like a local.
If you’re reading this a trip to one of Taiwan’s many night markets is probably already on your bucket list.
But you don’t have unlimited time.
So, the question becomes: which Taiwan night markets should be on your bucket list?
We got you covered.
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- SHILIN NIGHT MARKET
- RAOHE NIGHT MARKET
- LINJIANG NIGHT MARKET
- HUAXI NIGHT MARKET
- LUODONG NIGHT MARKET
- KEELUNG MIAOKOU NIGHT MARKET
- FENG CHIA NIGHT MARKET
- FLOWERS NIGHT MARKET
- RUIFENG NIGHT MARKET
- LIUHE NIGHT MARKET
TAIWAN NIGHT MARKETS – TAIPEI
SHILIN NIGHT MARKET
Shilin Night Market is considered to be the biggest and most popular one in Taiwan.
The night market is a foodie paradise that offers one of the most expensive and versatile Taiwanese food offerings on the entire island state.
The biggest hit in Shilin Night Market, food-wise, is the oyster omelet.
Hint: the notoriously famous stinky tofu is also available at Shilin Night Market.
Further, the alleyways are filled with merchandise stores, allowing you to go souvenir hunting!
But the scents alone are enough to make you come back time and time again.
RAOHE NIGHT MARKET
Raohe Night Market is one of the oldest night markets in Taiwan and a must-see place when visiting Taipei.
Raohe Night Market is not as sprawling as Shilin Night Market, which makes it friendlier.
Traditional Taiwanese food such as Fuzhou black pepper buns and medical herbs soup with pork ribs are all available at Raohe Night Market as well.
If you are feeling adventurous, take part in the carnival games and you might be lucky enough to win some prizes!
If you experience a sensory overload, the Ciyou Temple around the corner is a good place of retreat.
LINJIANG NIGHT MARKET / TONGHUA NIGHT MARKET
Linjiang Night Market, or Tonghua Night Market, is located in the Da’an district and is only a stone’s throw away from Taipei 101.
So, when you are in the area make sure to visit Linjiang Street and you’ll be able to experience one of Taipei’s most authentic night markets.
Linjiang Night Market is pretty low key and a perfect place to meet some of Taipei’s locals and see what their everyday life looks like.
Your bucket list feature for Linjiang Night Market?
Hunghua spicy saltwater chicken.
HUAXI NIGHT MARKET / SNAKE ALLEY
In the hustle and bustle of the lively Huaxi Street you’ll find Huaxi Night Market.
Its conveniently located next to Bopiliao Historical Block and Longshan Temple and is considered to be a more traditional night market.
When you enter Huaxi Night Market through the archway, you’ll realize that many stands sell snake delicacies, with the most unique one being snake soup.
Due to the sellers’ affinity to snakes, Huaxi Night Market has been dubbed “Snake Alley”.
It’s not for the faint hearted but it’s unquestionably an adventure!
TAIWAN NIGHT MARKETS – YILAN
LUODONG NIGHT MARKET
Yilan County also boast a popular night market: Luodong Night Market.
It is relatively small but as it’s conveniently located in the center of the town, it tends to be packed for dinner time.
So, make sure to arrive before or plan a visit during the week.
Yilan-specific delicacies on offer at Luodong Night Market include spring onion pancakes, herbal mutton soups and dragon phoenix rolls.
If you need a pause from all the snacking, Luodong Night Market also offers various shopping options.
Due to its regional flair, this night market definitely belongs on your bucket list.
TAIWAN NIGHT MARKETS – KEELUNG
KEELUNG MIAOKOU NIGHT MARKET
The Keelung Miaokou Night Market is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Keelung.
That’s why it is featured in almost all walking tours of the city and is frequently visited by tourists.
Keelung Miaokou Night Market is sprawling but it’s not too crowded.
Due to its proximity to the harbor, it’s the perfect place for seafood lovers – try the crab thick soup!
As dessert we recommend the shaved ice from Shenji Paopao.
Visit the Keelung Miaokou Night Market and enjoy the stunning harbor view while snacking on some Taiwanese delicacies.
TAIWAN NIGHT MARKETS – TAICHUNG
FENG CHIA NIGHT MARKET
In Taichung, you’ll find another well-known night market – Feng Chia Night Market, also referred to as “Fengjia Shopping Town”.
Described as a “sensory feast for both eyes and palate”, Feng Chia Night Market offers not only many Taiwanese delicacies, it is also considered to be one of the best places to shop in Taichung.
During the weekend, approx. 30.000 people visit the night market, so it might be a good idea to stop by during the week.
Our foodie tip for Feng Chia Night Market?
The devil chicken steak from Devil Evolution – pure lip-smacking enjoyment!
TAIWAN NIGHT MARKETS – TAINAN
FLOWERS NIGHT MARKET
Although the Flowers Night Market is one of the youngest night markets in Tainan, it’s the largest and its popularity keeps on soaring.
The 400 stalls at the Flowers Night Market are only open three days a week (Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) and closed on rainy days.
The most prominent features of the Flowers Night Market are the flags which vendors hang out high above their stalls to attract the attention of passersby.
After a few snacks, try your hand at balloon shooting or ring toss games and see if you can crack some high scores.
TAIWAN NIGHT MARKETS – KAOHSIUNG
RUIFENG NIGHT MARKET
When you arrive in Kaohsiung via Zuoying’s high speed rail station, make sure to visit Ruifeng Night Market.
It’s considered to be the biggest and most diverse night market in Kaohsiung: more than 1.000 stalls and stands on an area of 3.000 m2 cater to your senses.
Ruifeng Night Market has its own dedicated exhibition area, so you will not need to share it with cars and scooters – bonus!
It’s closed on Mondays and Wednesdays, though, so plan your trip accordingly.
Oh, and definitely try the grilled clams and bubble tea toast at Ruifeng Night Market!
LIUHE NIGHT MARKET
During the day, Liuhe 2nd Road looks like any other road.
But after 6.00 pm, the street turns into the vibrant and pulsating Liuhe Night Market.
Liuhe Night Market is more than 50 years old and boasts 100-plus food stalls.
Walking from one side of the night market to the other takes roughly 30 minutes, depending on how many Taiwanese treasures you find along the way.
Liuhe Night Market is known for fresh seafood such as squid-on-a-stick.
If you have room for more, make sure to get a papaya milk!
And there you have it: the 10 most popular night markets in Taiwan!
We hope we were able to inspire you and make your night market selection somewhat easier.
Now, finalize your Taiwan itinerary and look forward to the journey of your lifetime!