Night Markets, Taipei
Taipei is loaded with night markets, the most interesting of which is known as Snake Alley. Here, vendors sell snake products, including fresh blood cut from live snakes for imbibing on the spot. The snake's blood is supposed to improve a man's sexual prowess, but I didn't test it because it's also been known to contain some nasty parasites.
Unfortunately, it is said that tourists have discovered this place though I haven't ever really seen that many here in a few visits. The bad thing about that rumor is that there are signs everywhere prohibiting photography so I don't have any photos of the snakes or any snake-related activity. Depending on your view, this could be considered cruelty to snakes or justice (if you hate them).
Besides the snakes, make sure you walk around the rest of the night market, too. There's lots of atmosphere to soak up.
Huashi Street Night Market is famous for snake shops.
There are about 2 to 3 snake shops that demonstrate snake
processing and snake fights at nights. The shows usually attract
a large crowd. However, due to environmental protection
consideration, snakes of endangered species are not allowed to be sold here.
There are special sales conducted frequently by other shops here.
The loud promotion for sales reflects the vigorous
and hearty lives of Taiwan people.
Haushi Street Night Market is located nearby Lungshan Temple.
The night market, together with night markets on Guangjou Street,
Wujou Street and Shichen Street have formed a large unique market.
Various commodities are sold here and it is one of the favored sites of tourists.
In the early years, Huashi street is famous for congregated porno shops.
After prostitution is banned by Taipei City Government,
the sightseeing quality is greatly uplifted and the place becomes safer.
A Chinese traditional post stands at the entrance of Haushi Street Night Market.
Chinese traditional lamps are hung along the street. There are old,
historical shops along the street that provide great dishes. For example,
the tansi noodle restaurant, the favorite of Japanese tourists,
started its business here. Other great dishes like meat soup and squid
soup attract many people. In the summer, chopped ice plates and fresh juice
are in great demand. In the winter, dishes with
Chinese medicine attract many visitors.
Huashi Street Night Market is located near Lungshan Temple. So it is conveient to plan to see both on the smae evening. This is a favorite tourist sites A Chinese traditional post stands at the entrance of Huashi Street Night Market and Chinese lamps are hung along the street. Lots of inexoensive goods and food!!
Huashi Street Night Market is known for snake shops. Quite startling !!
Foot massage is also very popular here.This is a must do!!
The Guangzhou Jie Night Market is right beside the Hwahsi Jie Night Market. Unlike its more bizarre neighbor, this night this is a more tranditional night market, selling local food and cheap clothes.
This is another night market that is well known to tourists to Taipei. Some people also called it the "Snake Alley" since there are a few restraurants where you can eat snakes, like snake soup and snake blood. And very often, each restraurant has snake show at their door to attract customers.
This is second part of the Shilin Night Market located on DaDong Road (right across the street from the temporary market) is for shopping for inexpensive clothing and accessories, although some food can also be found here. On weekend nights, illegal street vendors filled the middle part of the street, selling even cheaper clothing. The street gets ridiculously crowded and I once experienced moving at a speed of 10 meters per minute! What is even more amazing is that those illegal street vendors can packed all their stuff and disappears in merely seconds when someone signaled that the cops are coming! It wont take long before they fill the street again.
The best thing to do in Taipei is visiting a night market And the Shilin night market is by far the most popular one. Unlike most other night markets in Taiwan, Shilin night market is located inside a building rather than on a street. It is more organized this way, but somehow it gives me a less night-market feel. The original night market was located somewhere else but it was relocated to this new location (hopefully it's just temporary). Regardless of where it is, it is still the best place to get some delicious local food from hundreds of vendors available in the market.
Bargains galore with a large LARGE variety of items ranging from clothing, footwear, accesories and food items can be found at this market. Its comes to life after 7pm where street vendors displays their wares on the road and is easy for the picking.
A brolly will be handy if it rains though.
Note: Most of the items start off at NTD 390.
Based on its name alone, The Tourist Night Market, this is a must-see activity. There are hundreds of stalls serving a few different food items. Of course most of the food is the same between each stall but some stands serve unique items.
For instance the photograph here shows a stand which sells a dough snack. These people made them spicy and since I love spicy food I came back for a second visit.
Taipei has a lot of night-markets. The one I went to was full of small restaurants selling snake. Many Chinese Men eat snake, because they think, that snake helps them performing better with their wifes.
For many Chinese men it is also a sensation to see, hwo the snake is killed.
Where can you find mouth-watering traditional Twese dishes, cheap trendy clothes, fun toys, in one place!? I'd say here. Not to mention this is a night market, a great place to hang out at night when you have nothing to do. It will keep you busy for hours.
The most original night market, a tourism spot right now. more expensive than other night markets.
Here you can enjoy not only food but also misc shopping
The temple is over 250 years old and redecorated in 2003. The night market is just in the left hand.
Close to the Lungshan Temple, this night market is busy with activities, especially with the snake stalls.