July 4, 2020

Night Shopping and Binge Eating at the Shilin Night Market

One of the last places that we visited during our Great Taiwan trip was the Shilin Night Market in Taipei’s Shilin District. Considered one of the most popular spots in the city when it comes to food and shopping, the Shilin Night Market is the perfect destination for both locals and foreigners who want to enjoy Taiwan’s amazing food selections and pasalubong choices.

The night market is not very close to the Main Station (which was only a block away from our hostel,) but thanks to my friend Ian’s amazing research and social skills, we were able to find the right train, the right exits, and the right streets which led straight to the Shilin Night Market.

The Shilin Night Market is just basically countless blocks of stores that remain open even during the evening. What makes the Shilin Night Market special, however, is the fact that even locals themselves frequent the district especially for food binges and for shopping for imported goods.

The streets of Shilin are festive and full of life so shopping becomes even more fun and exciting.

During our visit, we decided to visit several restaurants in the area just to get a clearer look at the dining experience visitors can expect at Shilin.

We picked a small, red restaurant which serves sizzling dishes and piping hot soup. It was perfect for such a cold and rainy night.

After eating, it was time to continue exploring the market. We saw a lot of stores like this one which sells a gazillion cute items that are perfect for pasalubong for family and friends.

Several blocks later, we found another row of food vendors selling delicious-looking street food. We couldn’t resist!

We wanted to explore the place even more but the weather prevented us from doing so. It rained non-stop and we have to spend a lot of time trapped in one store so we don’t get wet.

One of our ‘fortunate’ stops was this candy store that sells interesting-looking candies which we thought were perfect as gifts. This was where we ended up spending most of our remaining time. Too many things to buy and taste!

If you’re thinking of traveling to Taipei in Taiwan, be sure to visit the Shilin Night Market in the Shilin District for all your shopping, dining, and pasalubong needs.

Also, check out the helpful links below:

Book your Taiwan tour via KKDay here: https://goo.gl/oCqdRk
Book your accommodation at 夾腳拖的家 FlipFlopHostel – Garden here: https://goo.gl/wQkYZ7
Book a flight to Taiwan via AirAsia here: https://goo.gl/SFnhZM

Book a Yehliu Geopark Tour HERE
Book a SunMoon Lake Tour HERE
Book a Jiufen (Spirited Away) Day Tour HERE
Book a Shifen (Sky Lantern) Day Tour  HERE
Book a Ticket to the Taipei 101 Observatory HERE

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