I am a full-time traveling registered nurse, fitness enthusiast, and nutrition expert. Every morning I wake up intending to bring awareness of the importance of health and spiritual wellness, especially to the traveling community. At Messy Bun Traveler, we promote travel that allows the traveler to either kick-start, maintain, or enhance a healthy lifestyle. So whether you're someone who travels for business, travels for pleasure, or new to travel and looking for health advice while on the road, this blog is for you!
Privacy & Disclosure
The Messy Bun Traveler is designed to bring you fun stories, destination guides, and healthy travel advice. To help cover the cost of running this site, all posts are sprinkled with hand-selected affiliate links. When you click on one of these links and make a purchase, I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only accept affiliate links and paid advertisements from brands I believe in, trust and use personally. Thank you for your continued support!
First on the list is the world-famous Shilin Night Market. This market is in the Shilin District of Taipei and is the largest and most renowned night market in Taiwan.
It originates back in 1899 and has grown to over 500 food vendors alone! It is often the most crowded market, so prepare to be shoulder to shoulder with many people!
Feel free to wander and get lost in the smells of the food and the smiles of local people. Make sure you come hungry, so you can try all the unique dishes here.
This market is famously known for its creative desserts and sweet, tasty treats. You’ll find crazy cakes in the shape of a penis and fun milkshakes like papaya milk.
The most popular recommended food at the Shilin Night Market is the Oyster Omelet which consists of a thick, fluffy omelet filled with small oysters.
Plant-Based options include braised tofu, grilled corn, grilled king oyster mushrooms, sweet potato balls, and stinky tofu fries.
2-Hour Shilin Night Market Walking Tour With a Private Tour Guide
from: Viator, A Tripadvisor Company
This night market is listed as Taipei’s second most popular night market. It’s much smaller but still packs a powerful punch when it comes to the food scene.
Some things you absolutely must check out are the Fuzhou Shizu Black Pepper Buns at the east end entrance. Here, you’ll watch the cooks put on quite the show.
Plant-Based options include fried potato spirals, stinky tofu, Dorayaki with a matcha filling, and even boba milk tea (just substitute for soy or coconut milk).
Also, for plant-based eaters, check out Shi Boss Spicy Tofu! It’s an award-winning Taipei street food stall known for its delicious spicy tofu served with pickled vegetables.
An even smaller night market with incredible foodie vibes. People don’t mind getting up close and personal with each other to explore the narrow walkway of food selections.
Ningxia is located by the historic Dadaocheng and Dihua Street. It’s a great neighborhood to wander and see Taipei’s photography and art along the street.
This is a great short and sweet night market option if you’ve only got a short amount of time in the city. This market is famously known for its seafood, especially the oyster stalls. It’s also known for its monstrous mochi balls!
For plant-based eaters, you’ll find a few tofu and veggie options. Check out Taipei’s famous Strawberry Milk or even Avocado Milk! You can substitute the dairy milk for soy or coconut milk.
Unsure about eating street food? Check out my post on preventing food poisoning.
This Taipei night market is famously known as the “local hot spot” and where you’ll get a more authentic feel of what the food is like in Taiwan.
You’ll find classic dishes of prominent Taiwanese cuisine- original recipes that haven’t changed in decades. This night market is known for its stinky tofu bowls, Chinese herbal soup, and squid stew.
If you’re down to try a unique dessert shop, try Yu Pin Yuan Iced and Hot Tangyuan. This shop specializes in binghuo “frozen fire” tangyuan, gooey rice filled with peanut paste on top of shaved ice.
For plant-based eaters, be sure to try the stinky tofu bowls! You’ll also find a few vegetarian stalls on the west side of the market.
Located in Taiwan’s former red-light district, this world-famous night market is named after its former practice of formulating snake meat dishes and snake blood shots.
In Taipei’s early days, it contained restaurants that served all kinds of thrilling dishes. Is anyone in the mood for turtle blood or deer penis wine?
While this (thankfully) is no longer practiced due to animal rights activists, it’s still an interesting place to explore. It’s mainly for tourists now, but it used to be the hub of Taipei’s nightlife.
You will find stinky tofu options and some vegetable dishes for plant-based alternatives.
* We will never share your details with any third party