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Shilin Night Markets is the largest and most famous market in Taipei. It sits in the Shilin district near the Ming Chuan University Taipei Campus and the Jiantan metro station. The market is split into two areas: the old Shilin Market building that is filled with food stalls and small restaurants, and the shops surrounding it that sell souvenirs, clothing, shoes and cosmetics.
The main building of the Shilin Night Markets has a food court with over 530 stalls on the first floor and a 400-vehicle car park on the second floor. Famous dishes served in the market include oyster omelette, tempura, pea milk tea and fried chicken. The side streets and alleyways surrounding the building are lined with shops, bars, video arcades and cinemas.
Address and contact: No. 101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, tel: (886) 2 2881 5557
Opening times and fees: daily 16:00 – 01:00; free entryWhere to stay
There is a good selection of hotels near Shilin Night Markets, with most being mid-range properties apart from the les suites grandee and The Grand Hotel, both of which are cosy four-star hotels. There is a wider selection of accommodation on the other side of the Keelung River just a few metro stops away.
The more high-end hotels near Shilin Night Markets have meeting rooms, concierge services and complimentary Wi-fi, with The Grand Hotel also featuring tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and a gym. Guestrooms in these properties have standard amenities like deep soaking bathtubs, coffee/tea making facilities and designer toiletries, with rooms at the les suites grandee also featuring a DVD player. Mid-range hotels near Shilin Night Markets also have cosy rooms with air-conditioning, a fridge, a desk and free Wi-fi, while guestrooms at the Beauty Hotels - Star Beauty Resort also offer DVD players and a separate seating area.