Night markets are the tourist grabbers of Taipei. It seems in every district, there’s always one. We’ve been to the biggest, but tonight we’ll go to my favorite Ximending!
It’s probably unfair to declare it to be my favorite, given that I’ve only been to two, haha. But I’ve had such high hopes for Shilin, and I feel like it’s too gloomy? Ximending definitely gives off that modern vibe. With bright electronic billboards everywhere, you could say it’s akin to Times Square in New York, Piccadilly Circus in London and Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo. Bustling with locals and tourists alike, streets composing the night market can be a bit cramped, especially on a rainy day! Expect to bump umbrellas with everyone else.
For skincare addicts, Ximending has some of the leading brands in Asian skin care. I did a haul here if you haven’t checked it out, because of course, it’s too hard not to buy one in any of these! I’m only near a couple or three!
Fashion in Taiwan is rather similar to that of K-Fashion (Korean), but I find that it’s more ‘mature’. I saw more classy chic and casual sophistication rather than the cutesy types.
Night market is nothing without food! Local fruits, same as what you may have seen on my Shilin post, local delicacies and meat cooked using blow torch!
I, also, fell in love with these mochi-like balls, with pulverized peanut coating and sweetened ground sesame filling.
Ximending night market is also where we bought most of our pasalubongs (pineapple cakes, nougats, keychains, fridge magnets, etc) because they offer great deals there (buy 3, get 2)!
How To Get There
1. Take the Bannan Line (Blue)
2. Alight at Ximen Station