Taiwan is definitely one of the most popular tourist hotspots in Asia. And it has good reasons why it should be considered as such. Taiwan has a plethora of natural wonders, attractions, and heritage sites that will surely delight tourists. Visitors can hike along beautiful trails, taste delectable cuisine, observe local culture, and interact with friendly locals.
Tours and adventures in Thailand do not end when the sun set. In fact, it is during the evening when the city truly comes to life. For certified shopaholics, night-time is the best way to get out there and hunt for bargains. And the best places to go to are the Taiwanese night markets that are locate in both urban and suburban areas.
Night markets in Taiwan, which are mostly run by ethnic Chinese, are very popular to both tourists and locals alike. While there are markets that are purposely built, most occupy sidewalks or even entire streets. They operate daily; and shops are filled with all kinds of clothing, consumer goods, electronics, reading materials, souvenirs, jewellery, snacks, beverages, and other items that would definitely make shoppers happy. Best of all, all merchandise are sold at prices that are lower than in typical shopping centres.
The atmosphere in night markets is extremely lively and noisy. Hawkers shout at the top of their voices, advertising their wares and services. Often, loud and fast-paced music is played over loudspeakers, fueling people hunting for bargains the urge to have a shopping frenzy!
Wherever you’re staying in Taiwan, there is always a night market for you. Check out these most famous ones:
Be Ready for a Star-Studded Shopping Spree
* Shihlin Night Market – opened in 1899 and squarely located in Taipei, Shihlin Night Market is perhaps one of the most popular and largest night markets in Taiwan. If you want to sample authentic Taiwanese food at a low price, then this is the best place to be. Try out kebabs, hot pots, oyster omelettes, herbal teas, and other delights. After a meal, you can take a short walk to the nearby National Palace Museum, a great bonus for a food and shopping expedition.
* Feng Chia Night Market – also known as Wenhua Night Market, this lively shopper’s paradise is in the Xitun District. It is immensely popular with students, being located near the Feng Chia University and the Chinese Institute of Technology. More than 15,000 shops and stalls sell all kinds of fashionable clothing, jewellery, accessories, electronic goods, DVDs, and other items. Food stalls and restaurants are also ready to treat hungry shoppers with delicious, exotic food. If you’re a shopaholic, then list down the Feng Chia Night Market as a must-visit destination.
* Keelung Temple Night Market – worshippers may head out to Dianji Temple to pray for fortune, health, good luck, and enlightenment. It would seem that their prayers are immediately answered when they go out and visit the Keelung Temple Night Market outside. Sixty registered food stalls offer delicious delicacies that would tickle the palate of the most discriminating food connoisseur. Shoppers are urged to try out various seafood dishes as Keelung is located near the sea. After you replenished your energy with a tasty meal or snack, you can now satisfy your shopping addiction by visiting stalls that sell all kinds of stuff.
* Tunghai Night Market – oh, you might think that night markets are located in districts where the masses congregate. But there are also night markets in prosperous areas. One is the Tunghai Night Market, which is situated at the outskirts of Taichung. Wealthy locals and individuals frequent this area, and it has become “classier” over the years. From a few shops, Tunghai has grown into a large commercial district where more discriminating shoppers can buy their fill.
1. As much as possible, shop in stores that are designated “government-approved shopping centres.” By buying from these accredited stores, you get quality goods at reasonable prices.
2. Most of the things that are sold are already priced and tagged. Thus,you don’t need to bargain to death in Taiwan. You can still negotiate for a lower price, but don’t expect the shopper to go lower than a few dollars.
3. Be careful of merchants that lower the price too much. If you get a deal that is too good to be true, then it probably is!
4. Keep your bag or purse close to you. Taiwan’s night markets are safe places, but each nice place will always have some undesirable people waiting to prey on hapless victims.
5. Many small stores and food joints in night markets do accept credit cards. Thus, bring cash with you when you go out shopping.
At the end of the night, it would be impossible for you not to bring along a few shopping bags filled with goodies from Taiwan’s night markets.