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Located a short walk away from Jiantan subway station, you’ll find Shilin Night Market, one of Taipei’s most popular night markets. Not sure where to go after stepping off the subway? Just follow the crowd! 

I was shocked at the scale of the night market – it’s located in a maze of streets and just goes on and on. It was so much fun just wandering down the streets soaking in all the sights and sounds. While night markets are most well known for their food vendors, Shilin also offers a bit of everything: vendors offering cheap electronics, an endless amount of cell phone cases and selfie sticks (we gave in and bought one too!), clothing, shoes and toys.

Here’s a look at what Shilin Night Market has to offer:

The streets go on and on…and on! Streets

So many gadgets and cell phone cases.

Gadgets & Cases

Carnival Games in one of the pavilions

Carnival Games

Taiwanese Sausages. They have a really nice sweetness and can be found everywhere in Taipei.


Suggestive cakes on sticks… enough said!

Suggestive cakes on sticks

Fried seafood


Oyster omelettes in the making

Oyster Omelette

Oyster Omelette. This iconic Taiwanese snack is exactly what it sounds like – an egg omelette stuffed with vegetables and small oysters. The piping hot omelette was made to order and topped with a delicious sweet and sour sauce. Don’t leave Taipei without trying one of these. It’s a popular dish for a reason!

Oyster Omelet

 Hot Star Fried Chicken, a popular chain in Taipei

Hot Star Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken Cutlet from Hot Star. It was freakishly large – just look at the size of this thing. It was also ridiculously delicious. Crispy on the outside, incredibly juicy on the inside and the spicy seasoning was spot on. If you encounter a Hot Star outlet in Taipei, their fried chicken is definitely worth a try.

Hot Star Fried Chicken

Bacon Wrapped Scallions. A delicious snack!

Bacon wrapped scallions

I have to say, Taipei is definitely one of the most wallet-friendly cities we’ve visited. With the equivalent of $15 in your pocket, you can eat your heart out and still have money leftover to cab back to your hotel. But whether or not you’re on a tight budget, the Shilin Night Market is a must-visit!

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