As a holiday destination, Taipei is synonymous with one thing: Food.
If you’re a complete newbie, like me, to this eclectic land of bustling streets and awesome night markets, the sheer variety of food may stun you. If you visit Taipei, you head to the night markets. There are several night markets scattered all over the city, and each of them has their own quirks and specialities.
Cheap delicious food, beautiful scenery and friendly locals. From it’s world famous night markets, such as Shi Lin, Xi Men Ding and Rao He, to the beautiful hot springs in Yang Ming Shan and Xin Bei Tou, Taiwan is one of the most attractive places to visit in Asia. During our recent trip back to Taiwan, we decided to go in search for the lesser visited gems within Taipei, digging deep into the roots of Taiwanese culture. Prettily decorated and decked out with Hello Kitty all round, the small souvenir store sold collectibles, packet snacks and also had a dining area.
The one that we visited was along Zhongxiao East Road, on Da’an district.
Almost everything is delicious in Taipei, but for an absolutely phenomenal food experience, there are some things that you have to include in your food-slaying hitlist. Unless you’re staying for a week or more, it’s near-impossible to squeeze them all into your travel itinerary.
With only 5 days to spend in this food-crazed city, all thanks to Scoot, Tiffany and I had only one goal in mind: To experience the best that Taipei has to offer, bite by bite. The 3 night markets in this section make a great “tasting platter” - an introduction to the tons of dazzling sights and snacks that Taipei’s night markets have to offer.
While they advertise Thai massage the women that work in these shops seem to mostly hail from mainland China.We hunted through the countless lanes that map out the city, sussed out out-of-the-way cafes and burnt our sleep time combing through night markets. This guide will take you through what to expect, the highlights, and some tips on how to make the most out of your night market visits.And of course, stuffed ourselves silly at every opportunity. This beginner’s guide may not cover every single amazing thing, but if you only have a limited number of days to explore Taipei, it will cover all the bases. So be prepared to stay out late, you’ve got some night market-conquering to do!Traditional Taiwanese breakfasts are heavily influenced by northern Chinese cuisine, so you can expect to see some familiar sights like (a delicious savoury pancake), and the ever popular dim-sum.Wash it all down with some cold or hot soybean milk if you’re feeling adventurous, or take the safe option and get a bubble tea or fruit tea.