Taipei is one of my favorite cities in the world and within Taipei, Shilin Night Market is one of my most favorite places, period. I was dorming in the Shilin area when I studied abroad here two summers ago, and so my friends and I often went to the night market to eat dinner or just hang out. I’ve made many wonderful memories there and was so pleased to be able to visit it again.
It was raining, the night my travel companion and I arrived at Jiantan station. Undeterred, I pulled out my umbrella and knew exactly how to get to the night market, remembering all the times I’d walked that exact same route with my friends.
Taiwan is known for its many night markets, but Shilin is easily the biggest and, in my opinion, the best.
A temple or shrine of some sort (I never actually looked into it) sits at the center, while winding streets lined with shops and vendors criss-cross so often, it can be easy to get a bit lost within the market. (I have on several occasions, ahem.)
A downstairs food court offers a feast of night market goodies, from famous specialties like oyster omelettes to fried foods and even steaks. My friend and I decided to grab dinner here–I got the oyster omelette. Absolutely delicious!
Pick up some fruit afterwards for digesting that greasy food, or as a sweet dessert–Taiwan mangoes are absolutely fabulous!
So what else is there to do in the night market besides eating delicious food? Well, to start, there is tons of shopping! You can buy anything from cheap accessories to the latest trendy clothes to typical Taiwan souvenirs.
(You may remember StayReal from my earlier post about Ximending. They also have a Shilin store!)And amaaazing shoes, everywhere you go. It’s a good thing Taiwan doesn’t normally carry my size (I have big feet), or else I would probably just spend all my money on shoes.
While the rain was a bit of a bummer to walk around in, it does give everything a bit of an ethereal glow, doesn’t it? And the rain didn’t stop the locals either. Even though it was a weeknight, there were still lots of people coming to eat and shop.
Finally, here’s a last night shot I took from the platform of Jiantan Station.