Shilin Night Market

IMG_3561Taipei 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.

IMG_3562 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.

IMG_3569 IMG_3574A 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.)

IMG_3577 IMG_3578 IMG_3580 IMG_3582A 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!

17(Bonus FYI, for those living in Southern California, the cafe/restaurant called Class 302 has locations in Rowland Heights, Irvine, and Cerritos, and they serve an excellent oyster omelette as well.)

Pick up some fruit afterwards for digesting that greasy food, or as a sweet dessert–Taiwan mangoes are absolutely fabulous!

IMG_3583 IMG_3584 IMG_3585So 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.

IMG_4190 IMG_4191(You may remember StayReal from my earlier post about Ximending.  They also have a Shilin store!)IMG_4194And 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.

IMG_4195 IMG_4196 IMG_4199 IMG_4201While 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.

IMG_4202z51Ending my night with Boba/Bubble Milk Tea from Coco’s, one of my favorite tea places!  It’s so cheap, but so good, and they give you a lot!  I almost wasn’t able to finish my 珍珠奶茶。

Finally, here’s a last night shot I took from the platform of Jiantan Station.

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About secretforkeeps

Hello! I'm just an amateur blogger and photographer who enjoys travel and learning languages. I'm currently back in the US and use my blog to record my past adventures and plan for the future ones. ;)
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