Taipei comes alive at night.
This is something you’ll realize after spending a day in this wonderful Asian city. The streets that were slow and sleepy in the morning bustle in activity as darkness blankets the sky. People pour out of their homes, schools, and offices to meet up with good friends or family, eat out, do quick shopping runs, or simply take a leisurely evening stroll.
Their favorite spots? Night markets.
From the mouth-watering scent of xiaochi snacks hanging in the air, to the colorful lights that illuminate the streets to life and the loud banter between vendors and market-goers, Taipei’s night market scene gives you an authentic taste of Taiwanese night life and food culture you won’t experience anywhere else in the city.
Here, we give you the lowdown on eight of Taipei’s best-known night markets — how to get there, the best eats, and what makes each of them unique.