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Shilin Night Market

Wander these renowned city markets, known for their nightlife, authentic Taiwanese dishes and local, traditional and international merchandise.

Taste authentic Taiwanese food and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Taipei’s sprawling Shilin Night Market. The market started in the late 19th century, when Japanese immigrants built a day market that operated from a small brick house to sell meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. After World War II, the market grew rapidly; today it is one of the most popular in Taipei. 

The market is divided into two areas: food and merchandise. Stalls around the traditional Yangming Theater and the Chi Cheng Temple on Danan Road sell merchandise. Search here for bargains on clothes, hats, shoes, hair products and accessories. Buy kids’ games and discounted electronics or stock up on kitchenware, tools or entertainment. Enjoy a traditional massage or sing karaoke and play arcade games in the indoor game rooms. 

Under the roof where the old Shilin Market stood is the famous food court, known for unique Taiwanese dishes exclusive to the market. Treat yourself to an entire evening of tastings from among more than 500 food stalls. Don’t miss the ribs stewed in Chinese herbal medicine, sausage wrapped in glutinous rice, scallion pancakes, Shilin super-sized sausages, stinky tofu, tea jelly or oyster omelets.

These lively city markets are where Taipei families do their weekly shopping, so expect to mingle with locals and well as sightseers. The busiest period is in the late evening when students and workers pick up dinner on their way home. Be prepared to bargain, shop, eat and people-watch. Wear comfortable shoes as the market covers a large area. Most vendors are gone by midnight, so if you want to sample the local cuisine, be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Shilin Night Market is located on Dadong Road and is open every evening until midnight with no entrance fee. The market is easily accessible by bus or by taking the MRT train to Jiantan Station.

Popular Activities at Shilin Night Market

Make the most of your visit to Shilin Night Market. Here is a list of some of the most popular activities:

If you're after more options, have a look at our Taipei things to do page.


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The Grand Hotel ¥11,569
The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel

1 Zhongshan N Road Sec 4, Taipei
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Taipei hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Shilin Night Market and Taipei Confucius Temple. National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine and Taipei Fine Arts Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km). Jiantan Station is 14 minutes by foot and Yuanshan Station is 16 minutes.

    Grandee Taipei ¥8,431
    Grandee Taipei

    Grandee Taipei

    No.102 Wenlin Road, Shihlin District, Taipei
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Shilin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taipei Astronomical Museum and Shilin Night Market. Taipei Confucius Temple and Dihua Street are also within 2 mi (3 km). Jiantan Station is 5 minutes by foot and Shilin Station is 9 minutes.

      Mono Hostel ¥4,393
      Mono Hostel

      Mono Hostel

      B1, No. 102 Wenlin Road, Taipei
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Shilin, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taipei Astronomical Museum and Shilin Night Market. Taipei Confucius Temple and Dihua Street are also within 2 mi (3 km). Jiantan Station is 5 minutes by foot and Shilin Station is 9 minutes.

        Tango Inn Taipei JiHe ¥6,862
        Tango Inn Taipei JiHe

        Tango Inn Taipei JiHe

        No.18, Jihe Rd, Shilin Dist., Taipei, Taiwan
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Shilin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taipei Astronomical Museum, Shilin Night Market, and Taipei Confucius Temple. Dihua Street and Taipei Fine Arts Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Jiantan Station is only a 4-minute walk and Shilin Station is 15 minutes.

          Night Market Inn ¥3,798
          Night Market Inn

          Night Market Inn

          48 Xiaoxi Street, Shilin District, Taipei
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Shilin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taipei Astronomical Museum and Shilin Night Market. Taipei Confucius Temple and Taipei Fine Arts Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Shilin Station is 7 minutes by foot and Jiantan Station is 10 minutes.

            Star Sand House ¥4,469
            Star Sand House

            Star Sand House

            No.128 Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei, Taipei
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Shilin, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taipei Astronomical Museum and Shilin Night Market. Taipei Confucius Temple and Taipei Fine Arts Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Jiantan Station is 7 minutes by foot and Shilin Station is 9 minutes.

              Shih Lin Service Apartment ¥2,921
              Shih Lin Service Apartment

              Shih Lin Service Apartment

              No.59, Daxi Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Shilin, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taipei Astronomical Museum and Shilin Night Market. Taipei Confucius Temple and Taipei Fine Arts Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Shilin Station is only a 5-minute walk and Jiantan Station is 11 minutes.

                Sturhouse
                Sturhouse

                Sturhouse

                No.128, Jihe Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Shilin, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taipei Astronomical Museum and Shilin Night Market. Taipei Confucius Temple and Taipei Fine Arts Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Jiantan Station is 7 minutes by foot and Shilin Station is 9 minutes.