Shilin Night Market is the largest and most well-known night market in Taipei.
Since the culture of eating street food and going to night markets are both huge in Taiwan, you can’t really skip Shilin Night Market if it is your first time in the country.
This simple pocket guide about Shilin Night Market will provide you with everything you need to know when you are preparing for your visit.
You will know exactly where to go and what are the food items you must try the moment you arrive.
Food and shopping.
Name in Local Language
Mandarin: 士林夜市 (shìlín yèshì)
5 Shilin Night Market Facts You Must Know
Fact #1: Shilin Night Market was a day market for agricultural produce.
Established in 1909, the Shilin Market was a daytime market selling agricultural produce from farms in Shilin because of its close proximity to a wharf on the Keelung River.
The wharf is no longer there.
Fact #2: Shilin Night Market offers two main sections.
The first section, which is the location of the old Shilin Market building, is where most food stalls and small restaurants congregate.
On the other section, you will find shops or stalls selling non-food items such as clothing, smartphone accessories, souvenirs, toys, household goods, and games.
Along the streets and alleys, you will also find karaoke bars, video arcades, and cinemas.
Fact #3: There is a basement food court.
If you do not want to wander across the wide area that the night market covers, the food court is where you should go.
Its entrance, located right under the brightly-lit and large Shilin Night Market signage, is a gateway to a mini food paradise.
Unless you are looking for a specific stall at the night market to try the food you want to have, this food court is perfect for a quick walkabout to sample what Shilin has to offer.
Fact #4: The Taipei Metro is the most convenient way to reach Shilin Night Market.
The closest Taipei Metro station from Shilin Night Market is the Jiantan Station on the Tamsui-Xinyi Line / Red Line.
From the metro station, take Exit 1, and you will find sufficient direction boards guiding you to the night market. Right after exiting the station, the night market is about 100 meters away.
Fact #5: Shilin Night Market is the more, if not the most, touristy night markets in Taipei.
Out of all the night markets in Taipei such as Raohe Night Market and Ningxia Night Market, Shilin is considered to be one of the most touristy.
As such, the prices of street food here can be a little more expensive. Also, locals tend to prefer other night markets than Shilin Night Market because of the sheer amount of tourists that patronize it.
Food to Try
- Oyster omelet
- Oyster misua (salted noodles)
- Stinky tofu
- Fried chicken fillet
- Aiyu (fig seeds) jelly
- Pepper pork bun
- Penis-shaped ice cream and pastries
- Assorted barbecued items
- Assorted braised food with shacha sauce
- Giant grilled squids
- Fried mackerel thick soup
- Giant sausages
- Grilled cheesy oysters
- Shaved ice
- Bingtanghulu (Candied fruits)
Things to Note
- Always order a single or the smallest portion of something if you want to sample all the food the night market has to offer.
- Motorcycles are allowed in the same alleys and streets as pedestrians, so watch out for them as you walk.
Daily, from 5:00pm to 12:00am.
More food stalls are open from 6:00pm onwards, and peak hours are from 8:00pm to 11:00pm.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Multilingual service centers
- Free device charging services (offered by various shops)
+886 (2) 2882 0340
In the neighborhood of:
Dadong Rd., Danan Rd., Wenlin Rd. and Jihe Rd.,
Shilin Dist., Taipei City 111,