Food vendors, mom and pop restaurants, video arcades and karaoke bars are just part of the draw Shilin Night Market. This tiny Taipei district comes alive at night when the doors of some 539 food court stalls, and small shops selling items that range from electronics to dress shoes open for business. Bold scents waft through the air and bright lights fill otherwise darkened streets, making this the perfect place to explore what local city nightlife is all about.
Visitors in search of typical fare will find literally hundreds of options at Shilin Night Market. Cold bubble tea, strong and sweet coffee, fried buns, intestines and stinky tofu are just some of the delights awaiting adventurous eaters. Travelers should come hungry and ready to explore, since navigating the network of stalls can take an entire evening.
The market is close to the Keelung River. Travelers can access Shilin Night Market using the Taipei Metro Line 2 at Jiantan Station. Buses to the Jiantan Station, Ming Chuan University and Xiao Bei Street are also available. Most stalls open at 4 p.m. and close around 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. The busiest time is between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.