October 8, 2008
We did a trip to Shilin Night Market twice during our stay. There is no doubt, this is the most popular and the biggest among the night markets in Taipei, Taiwan. It covers the area around Dadong St., Danan St., Wenlin Road, Jihe Road in Shilin District.
The market is a kaleidoscope of excitement that will surely awaken the senses. It is dotted with a large number of shops where you'll be able to pick and choose almost anything from apparels, souvenirs and fashion accessories.
main business district
The first thing that strikes us about the market is just how chock-a-block the place is. Things really kick off here at dusk where crowds spilled out into the streets. Indeed Shilin night market has become widely appreciated among locals and tourists alike.
The market food scene is copious. There are a lot of open air food stalls and small restaurants offering various Taiwanese signature snacks and many flavors of sweets and desserts.
I didn't know that Shilin Night Market is divided into two sections until hb escorted me to the food market area, just directly opposite the Jiantan MRT station. From the main business district section, we crossed the road and headed to the Shilin market building that houses a large covered food court containing mostly food stall vendors and a number of traditional sit-down small eateries providing affordable dishes.
food market section
Beside the eateries, there are also some small retail stores selling various non-food items. While outside the building you'll find some plain booths of carnival games.
Shilin Night Market is located in Shilin District (near Jiantan Station on the Danshi Line), Taipei, Taiwan.