Taipei Shilin Night Market

I needed to escape the confines of the swanky Grand Formosa Regent last night, so I jumped in a cab and headed for the Shilin Night Market. This was similar to night markets I visited in Beijing, offering many foods that go beyond my ability to recognize. In the covered market stalls serve oyster omelets, giant fried chicken patties, squid on a stick, noodles, hot pot, and tons of stuff I couldn’t recognize. There’s also an arcade and shopping for trinkets under the cover of the large market building. It’s what Pike Place Market in Seattle might look like if there were no health inspectors. Nearby the streets turn into an outdoor bazaar, where vendors setup in the middle of the street and shops line both sides.

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