Taipei: A Gastronomic Adventure at Shilin Night Market (士林夜市)

Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Shilin Facade | Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) is the largest and said to be Taipei’s most famous night markets. Located in Shilin District and accessible by MRT and major roads, it is the prominent destination of tourists seeking nightlife activities in the city. Its winding roads and alleyways are full of different kinds of traditional, local and international items that are bestsellers for tourists.

Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

More active at night | Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

We just came at the right moment, as our tummies are already growling after our long day-tour in Taichung. The sights, scents, and price of foods here is a food paradise, especially to us budget travelers. And such, you will be enticed to taste some of the foods served in the stores here.

Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

This stall offers barbecue with prices ranging NT$20-80| Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Another barbecue stall | Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Food haven | Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

The night market has two sections that are related to one another: the food section housed in the old Shilin Market building and the adjacent road; and the general merchandise section.

Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Sausages and ducks | Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Tourist traffic has increased in recent years due to the opening of the Taipei Metro system. The night market is closest to Jiantan Station on Tamsui–Xinyi line (Tamsui/Red Line), and can be seen from the station platform.

Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

At the western edge of the market is the Shilin Night Market Food Court holding more than 539 stalls. Choices are so plentiful and affordable that the food court is always full of patrons.

Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Squid barbecue for nt$120-160 | Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

There’s a lot to see | Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

The adjacent road and alleyways are filled with food carts, hawkers and roadside stands. Among the popular foods here are:

  • Bubble tea (珍珠奶茶)
  • Fried buns (生煎包)
  • Fried chicken fillet (炸雞排)
  • Lemon aiyu jelly (檸檬愛玉)
  • Oyster omelet (蚵仔煎)
Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Oysters | Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

  • Oyster vermicelli (蚵仔麵線)
  • Peanut candy (花生糖)
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich (花生奶油和果凍三明治)
  • Small Sausage in Large Sausage (大腸包小腸)
  • Stinky tofu (臭豆腐)
  • Taiwanese “tempura” (甜不辣)
  • Dumplings (I forgot the name, peace)
  • Suckling pig (aka lechon)
Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Tiger Sugar buba tea | Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Modern Toilet Restaurant | Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Manok ni Nene | Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Aside from eateries and restaurants, the surrounding businesses and shops are selling non-food items, like clothing, shoes, jewelry souvenir items, among others. There are also video arcades, karaoke bars, cinemas and specialty shops in the area.

Most people come here at around 8 to 10 in the evening. While some shops are open until 1 or 2 in the morning, it is better to come early to have a taste of its food paradise.

Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Foodcourt | Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Foodcourt | Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan


DIRECTION

  • By MRT
    Take the Red Line 2 to Jiantan Station (劍潭), not Shilin Station. After leaving Exit 1, diagonally across the street to the left to enter the night market.
Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

Busy street | Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan


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