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5 Fun Facts About The Shilin Night Market 士林夜市 in Taipei

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Fun Fact 1:

Shilin Night Market 士林夜市 is the largest night market in Taiwan. It usually opens at around 4 p.m. in the afternoon until past midnight at 1 or 2 a.m. 

It is also one of the oldest and most famous night markets around, dating back to the 1900s. It has a rich history and has become an iconic destination for locals and tourists alike.

5 Fun Facts About The Shilin Night Market 士林夜市 in Taipei
Photo by Ryan from LingoNomad (July 2014)

Fun Fact 2: It's a street food galore

Shilin Night Market is renowned for its vast array of delicious street food. From traditional Taiwanese snacks to international flavors, visitors can indulge in a culinary adventure with countless food stalls and vendors to choose from.

There are over 500 food stalls in Shilin Night Market 士林夜市, so it's probably safe to say you'd hardly run out of food options here even if you frequent it every other day.

Fun Fact 3: It's easily accessible with public transit

The closest train station to Shilin Night Market 士林夜市 is Jiantan 劍潭 Station, run by Taipei Metro.

If you would like to join a food walking tour in Shilin Night Market, you can make a booking here (meetup at Exit 1 of Jiantan Station).

Fun Fact 4: It's also a shopping galore, and an amusement galore

Besides the food, Shilin Night Market offers a wide range of shopping options. Visitors can browse through clothing, accessories, shoes, electronics, toys, and more, often at affordable prices.

The night market is an excellent place to find unique souvenirs and gifts. From traditional handicrafts to trendy accessories and trinkets, there is something for everyone to take home as a memento.  

There are also game arcades where visitors can enjoy various arcade games, claw machines, and other amusement activities. It's a fun opportunity to test your skills and win prizes.

Fun Fact 5: Don't be afraid to bargain

Bargaining is a common practice at Shilin Night Market. Visitors can engage in friendly negotiation with the vendors to get the best deals or discounts on their purchases.

Over and Out

Shilin Night Market offers a vibrant and immersive experience that combines food, shopping, entertainment, and local culture. It is a must-visit destination for those looking to savor delicious Taiwanese street food, hunt for unique finds, and soak in the lively ambiance of a traditional night market.