A visit to Taiwan without a visit to at least 3-night markets is a visit incomplete. It is absolutely imperative to make room for a second dinner (yes, second dinner) and head on over to any of the popular night markets including Shilin, Tonghua, Keelong, and Raohe. I was lucky to stay in an Air Bnb literally one block away from the Tonghua night market in central Taipei; late night snacks accessible at a moment's notice!
Every night market is a little different, each with different food vendors and shops. There are, however, some stands that can be found at almost every night market, such as fresh fruit carts, cheap logo shirts, and some sort of juice vendor.
Fresh bao made to order
Some of the best Taiwanese oyster omelets prepared before your very eyes
During the day, the night market turns into a type of farmer's market, selling fresh produce, seafood, and meat to its customers.
Second, on the list to where to visit in central Taipei include the 101 building. The skyscraper, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, was the tallest building in the world in 2004 with 101 floors.
Ride up one of the fastest elevators ever built and grab views of the city. If you're feeling like spending some serious cash, there are name brands stores on the lower floors for your pleasure.
Another great attraction in the area is the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. Located inside Chung-shan park amid the beautiful gardens, the memorial honors the Republic of China's National Father.
Guards stand like statues next to the statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, changing shifts every hour. Upstairs is the lecture hall, exhibition center, and library all detailing Sun's life and his contribution to the country.
After soaking in all the culture, head on over to the Wu Fen Pu, the garment wholesale area and treat yourself to some shopping. Warn your husband that you might disappear for several hours because there are endless aisles of shops at every turn. The downside is that you can't actually try anything on, but just keep in mind that the clothes are tailored for a smaller, shorter crowd. Sadly, I neglected this fact and purchased shirts that ended up being inappropriate belly-shirts. Alas, I have learned my lesson and will be better prepared next time.
Next up, good eats in Central Taipei.
Check out the rest of "The Flavors of Taiwan" series
Part 1: Jioufen
Part 2: Beitou Hot Springs
Part 5: The Borders of Taipei