Eat and Shop like no one’s Watching at Raohe and Shilin Night Markets

Eat and Shop like no one’s Watching at Raohe and Shilin Night Markets

If you enjoy food, especially street food, then you can’t visit Taipei without going to a night market. You can’t. It would be like going to Singapore without eating at a hawker center. Or traveling to Osaka without snacking on a few takoyaki balls. Your trip just wouldn’t be complete without it.

Open daily from 5PM to 12MN, there are many night markets in Tapei for you to choose from. If you can, visit a different one every night. But if you’re there for just a limited time like we were, then these are two that you absolutely must go to.

Raohe Night Market

One of the oldest night markets in the city, Raohe also has one of the best food selections around. If food is your thing and you don’t care too much for shopping, then this night market should be tops on your list. I loved it.

About a twenty minute walk from Houshanpi MRT station, you’ll know your close when you see this temple — Ci You Temple. The entrance to Raohe Market is directly to its left.
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Here it is, the gates to some amazing street eats.
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Unlike Shilin Night Market which is bigger and comprised of a network of streets, Raohe Market is basically just one long street with a noticeable focus on food.
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Flame-torched beef, probably the best thing I ate in Taipei. Like many of the food stalls here, there are two sizes available — small for NT$ 60 and big for NT$ 100. You HAVE to try this.
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

After grilling and torching the beef, they give you a choice of seasoning. We had this twice and both times we chose cumin. So effing good.
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

This deep-fried cuttlefish was really good too.
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Pouring on that seasoning. So tender and delicious!
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Grilled scallops. Like the beef, they give you a choice of sauce, then cover the thing in bonito flakes. Really good too.
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

One of Taiwan’s most famous street eats — oyster omelette.
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Once cooked, they serve it with a sweet and mildly spicy sauce. Very nice!
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Another famous, or should I say infamous Taiwanese dish — stinky tofu. No offense, but I didn’t like this at all. None of us did. It tasted exactly like it smelled — a sewer. Anyone from Manila knows that sewer smell well. This smells exactly like that. Sorry. 😳
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Yum on sticks
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Oysters, sea snails, scallops, and shrimp
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Squid galore. If I had more room, I would have loved a stick of those tentacles.
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Mutant giant lechon. This thing was massive.
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Don’t really remember what these were, but I think they were some type of fried chicken nuggets made with offal.
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Sauteed squid with veggies
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Red-bean-filled wheel cakes
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Candied fruits — strawberries and cherry tomatoes with a slice of plum.
Raohe Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Raohe Night Market

North end of Kee Lung Road, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
Tel: +866 2 2763 5733
Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun, 5PM-12MN

HOW TO GET THERE:
The Songshan MRT line was still being built at the time but once completed (estimated November 2014), the Songshan MRT station will be the closest stop to Raohe Market. It’s about a minute’s walk from the market’s main entrance.

But until then, you’ll need to walk around 15-20 minutes from Houshanpi MRT station. Take exit 4 and walk up Yongji Road to Songshan Road. Make a right on Songshan and walk all the way down until you reach Ci You Temple. The entrance to Raohe Market will be on your left.

Shilin Night Market

Shilin Market is the largest and most famous night market in Taipei. The food selection isn’t as good as Raohe but the sheer size of the place defnitely makes it worth a visit. If you’re looking for a night market with a good mix of food and shopping, then Shilin is for you.

We didn’t have a choice, but weekends are the worst time to go to night markets because of the thicker crowds. Filmed on a Sunday, here’s a short video I put together to give you an idea of what it’s like.


In general, the shops at Shilin are nicer (and cleaner) than the ones at Raohe. Many of them felt like actual stores instead of just stalls. Consisting of a network of streets, there’s also a section with carnival games where you can win stuffed animals and other prizes.
Shilin Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

7″ red-bean-filled penis waffles. With veins. 😆
Shilin Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

We had ours with green tea. Check out Ren acting all scandalized. As if! 😆
Shilin Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Pig’s blood cake dredged in cilantro and ground nuts. Really interesting and very filling. That entire stick goes for just NT$ 35.
Shilin Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Mini shrimping. This is a miniature version of the popular Taiwanese pastime of urban shrimping.
Shilin Night Market, Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC

Shilin Night Market

Between Dadong Road, Danan Road, Wenlin Road and Jihua Road, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
Tel: +866 2 2349 1635
Website: shilin-night-market.com
Email: contact@shilin-night-market.com
Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun, 5PM-12MN

HOW TO GET THERE:
Surpisingly, Shilin MRT station is not the closest station to the night market. Instead, go to Jiantan MRT station. Take exit 1 and follow WenLin Road about 80 meters north until you reach the start of the market area.

For more Taiwan travel tips, check out our First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Taipei, Taiwan

 The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Taipei, Taiwan

JB Macatulad

JB Macatulad

JB is one half of Will Fly for Food and its chief itinerary maker.  He's the one to blame for all the crappy photos and verbal diarrhea on this blog.  Don't listen to him.
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