Welcome to Taiwan night markets!
No talk of Taiwan travel is complete without a mention of the ubiquitous Taiwanese night markets!
You know the usual tourist stuff: That Shilin night market is the largest and most popular night market in Taipei city. Other popular night markets are those in New Taipei city, cities of Taichung, Kaohsiung, among others in Taiwan..
Taiwan night market fans watch out!
Tourist, how do you enjoy the character of Taiwan street markets I described as “organised chaos”?
In the night market culture rich in sights, sounds and smells, what do you look out for when thronging among shoppers, diners, vendors plus everything else in between?
Believe me, there are 8 fun stuff you can watch out for in Taiwan night markets!
Shall we check out these 3 things first?
1. The quiet and unpatronized street stall!
Obviously there are reasons why the stall is not as busy as the others..
As visitors, we may never know exactly why, but we can guess..
• Maybe it has to do with what the stall sells?
• Could it be the stall holders are in question?
• Could there be a new(er) stall around? Or simply, the patrons have not turned up yet?
Tread carefully, brave tourist!
Taiwan traveler dilemma?
Some will advise you tourists in Taiwan not to eat or shop from such an unpatronized stall. If you choose to check out the stall, I would say go ahead (and good luck)!
A part of Taiwan travel fun is in discovering what you don’t know, isn’t it?
2. The popular, much-touted street food!
Generally Taiwan night markets share much in similarity. Yet night markets are known to distinguish themselves by street cuisine unique to them!
Tour Taiwan night market homework
So find out what are the special and popular street foods in the night market(s) you are visiting. Which are the stalls publicized in the Taiwan tourist brochures?
• Raohe night market has amazing herbal soups.
• Shilin night market is great for oyster omelet and stinky tofu.
• Luodong night market at Yilan boasts of smoked duck meat and “cow tongue” pastry!
Even if you don’t eat at the much-touted stalls, at least you can confidently tell your friends you know what is good to eat in which night market! Clever tourist!
3. Pickpockets in night market!
Fun as they are, the organized chaos of Taiwan night markets are natural settings for the petty and opportunistic crime-minded like pickpockets.
3 safety tips for you touring Taiwan night markets..
1. Tour in awareness!
Stay alert. Guard all valuables, such as your wallets, purses, cell phones and purchases.
2. Carry your bags with care!
Sling bags through your arms, over the shoulders, and hold them in front of your body. Wear backpacks in front or by your side.
3. Be discreet with your money!
Do not show so much of your tourist dollar openly. Use smaller change (TWD100 notes rather than TWD1000 for example) to pay for street buys.
Personally my touring companions and I had NOT experienced a loss to pickpockets in Taiwan night markets.
But the risk is there and real—among crowds and congestion!
Tour Taiwan night markets in more ways?
These are just 3 of the 8 things you will want to look out and pay attention to when eating, shopping and playing in Taiwan night markets!
So dear tourists, travel Taiwan in hearty fun—while staying safe and sane!