The street food culture in Taiwan is hard to beat, and the best spots to try some of the tastiest local cuisine are the night markets. Taipei has plenty of options for you to choose from. The largest and most popular, and often most crowded, is the Shilin Night Market on the red line of the MRT. Shilin has everything you could ask for, and is home to 539 stalls that sell food, drinks, games, and merchandise. If you’re looking for a smaller, more traditional experience, Raohe Night Market is the better fit for you. The vendors here see fewer tourists and are generally more friendly. The food to look for here is the pork pepper buns, one of the most famous stalls at this market that stands right near the entrance. You can’t miss them, as they are so popular that there is a very official looking line set up. Get to Raohe by taking Exit 5 from the Songshan Station. Close to Raohe but offering a completely different experience is Wufenpu, a type of wholesale clothing market. Grab yourself a snack from Raohe and head over to find a maze of alleys lined with all different kinds of clothing at great prices. The best day to visit is Tuesday, as most shops restock on Monday. Take Exit 3 out of Songshan Station on the Green Line to visit this market.
The spring is a great time to visit any night markets just before the peak season crowds arrive.