Taipei Night Markets

When I first found out I would be visiting Taipei for business, I didn’t have any idea what the place was all about. I always thought of Taipei as just another asian city.

As a Filipino, I needed a tourist visa to enter Taiwan, and I’m happy to tell you guys it was pretty easy getting one. No fuss really, it took less than an hour and I just had to pay a visa fee, no interview necessary. It cost $60 (around Php 2,000) which isn’t bad.

Which means people can acquire one without much effort. And that’s a great thing, because although I didn’t expect much from Taipei, the city completely surprised me, and is now among the top three asian cities on my personal list.

There are various night markets in and around the city, and they are all massive. Rows upon rows of different stalls of street food, boutiques and small pop-up stores that sell everything from trinkets to magnets, sit-down restaurants that serve authentic Taiwanese fare.

There’s just so much to see, do and eat at Taipei’s night markets, you better make sure you eat very little during the day to make room for all the food available at night.

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Taipei’s night markets are absolutely massive and there’s just a ton of people there nightly. It’s a great place to waste the night away and try a lot of different things.


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This is what they call the Taipei burrito. Obviously inspired by the classic California-Mexican creation, it has reached Taipei but they’ve made it their own, of course. It has thinly sliced grilled beef and crispy vegetables. The wrap is made of a light, crispy flatbread much like an Indian roti prata.


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This is what it looks like ready and it’s totally delicious. The outside is crispy and the beef is tender and juicy. It’s a little on the heavy side so it’s great for sharing.

The best night market in Taipei in my opinion is the Shilin (Xilin) Night Market, because it’s so vast and has everything you would need or want to see, but they are all very good nonetheless.

And it’s not just food either, there are a lot of different stores that sell pretty much everything — Nike basketball shoes, tourist-y souvenirs, among others.

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This particular store sells a bunch of hats. Most are locally sourced and made. Taiwan is one of the major manufacturers of apparel, and you can find them all here for cheap at the night markets.


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This store sells original Nikes! I got a pair of Jordans for less than a hundred bucks here, and they are awesome. Check the label on your Nike shoes, they’re probably made in Taiwan. And if you get them here, the price will be a lot lower.


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They even have these little games stalls like the ‘perya’. Pop a ballon and win prizes!

But back to the food.

The food is the highlight of this place. The famous stinky tofu. The crispy chicken. Ice cold pearl milk teas. Fried milk (yes, that’s right. Fried milk). They can all be found here.

There’s just so much to eat. If you love street food, Taipei is the place to be.

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Fried milk balls. Chewy, mily, crispy on the outside little balls of goodness. Eat on the go with a poky stick


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Various grilled meat made right on the street. Much like our ihaw-ihaw, these stalls sell pig and chicken innards but with a distinct Chinese flavor that’s also very delicious. Best enjoyed with an ice-cold beer.


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This is a lady selling fried potstickers on a portable stove with wheels. Streetfood is actually not allowed, but it’s become part of the city that the authorities just let the vendors do their thing. Sometimes though, when the police clamp down, vendors make a break for it. That’s what the wheels are for.

Make no mistake about it, Taipei is one of the best places to spend a weekend because of these night markets.

It’s just an amazing place to roam around and get lost in. And I leave you with more photos of glorious street fare.

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Candied strawberries on a stick. Again, built for eating on-the-go.


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Various dried fruit for sale like sour plums and pickled mangoes, all made specifically for snacking and nibbling on while enjoying the sites and sounds of your surroundings.


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A Chinese lady selling steamed dimsum. Authentic, flavorful and satisfying. That about sums it up.


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Don’t miss the Taipei Night Markets, especially the Shilin Market! It’s totally worth it and you won’t forget the experience.

 

 

Stamed by,

C 😎 

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Hello There! :)

Beautiful cities we've visited: Hong Kong, Paris, Maldives, Milan, Rome and Geneva

Beautiful cities we’ve visited: Hong Kong, Paris, Maldives, Milan, Rome and Geneva

Hey there! To start off, I have a confession to make: I had this blog for over 2 years now but obviously, I only had the time courage to start writing my very own first blog post.

You might be wondering why I’m saying “first” blog post when in fact there’s already an old entry here. He was actually the one who wrote to encourage me to start writing a post. Yes, unfortunately, it did not really work. Haha.

Well, the idea was for my boyfriend and I to work as a team to keep this blog running. My tasks involve photography, design and content conceptualization since those are my forte; while he, on the other hand, is the most amazing writer in the world and he’s an awesome (self-taught) graphics designer, so that’s his share!

Of course, since I’ve never had a blog before (not counting Multiply) and I feel kind of weird writing and addressing a post to random people (whom I know will not be reading this anyway haha), I just did not have the courage to do a follow-up post even when “C” (aka the boyfriend) had posted the first blog entry. I just couldn’t do it even if we had a lot of content and ideas for the blog – it scared me! Until another year passed, I asked him to revamp the blog design and make it “prettier”—I was not impressed with the first design template so I asked him to show me more photos. I was sort of procrastinating to the nth level. Haha. I then again asked him to write something to get the “energy” going. Another year had passed… still, na-dah!

We have traveled to a lot of beautiful countries and have seen breathtaking places; it’s a shame not to share our stories (through photos and write-ups), perhaps we can help others prepare their itineraries and give tips to other travelers like us.

C keeps on telling me not to be afraid and just write from my heart. I will try my best to do that. This will be a blog about our adventures and misadventures. Before 2015 ends, I hope I can publish this (done yay!) and post an entry about one of the best cities I’ve been to.

I hope we can keep it as active as possible and post as many helpful tips as we can. 🙂

Here it goes…

XO,

PS: If you’ve accidentally been redirected to this site, please bear with us. This is a blog where (hopefully) you can find some useful tips from our adventures. Of course, you are welcome to give suggestions or if you have questions, ask away!