Shilin Night Market is probably the most famous night market in Taipei - if not Taiwan - and is frequented by many tourists. However, it is not a tourist trap. Well, at least the outdoor portion of it (which has the better food) isn't. There's a huge variety of snacks to try at Shilin Night Market, and the kinds of food there seems to expand every time I go.
|The view from Jiantian Station on a sunny day.|
Shilin Night Market is also awesome because it's quite easy to access. Simply go to Jiantian Station on the red line and take exit 2. Then, walk straight and cross left at the first intersection you hit. Then bam! - you're there. It's a large market, so I suggest wandering without any sort of agenda.
|A cute sign warning people not to park|
in front of the door.
|A quiet alley, which is a rarity in|
the Shilin Night Market area.
|Every time I pass by, this Japanese bakery is packed.|
It seems very popular, but I've never tried
anything from there.
|A shot of the outdoor sections.|
Busy as usual.
|I really like these buns (40NT each), and I usually buy one and eat it the next day.|
You have to be careful though since they're oily and the
oil might squirt on your face if you don't bite it carefully!
Below are a couple photos from the famous fried chicken cutlet stall! There are two locations in the night market, one stall and a covered restaurant without seating close to the covered section of the market. I prefer the stand-alone stall more, although I don't know why. Maybe the covered one is too formal for my tastes? Not sure. It could be because the outdoor stall is located near another popular stall which sells delicious Indian wraps.
|The outdoor stall.|
Each fried chicken cutlet is 55NT.
I always get it very spicy.
|Ladu, the popular Indian wrap stall.|
Most of the wraps are 60NT.
I think I was so eager to eat it that I didn't
photograph the inside!
|Radioactive colored passion fruit|
All in all, Shilin Night Market can't be ignored if you happen to be in Taipei and love to eat like I do. Here's a tip: find the lady who sells mochi (麻糬) out of her mobile cart for 50NT a box and buy some. She makes the best I've had in Taiwan. :)