Night markets – the impetus of my original draw to Southeast Asia. Needless to say, I had particularly high expectations.
Nevertheless, the Shilin Night Market exceeded anything I ever imagined.
No need for directions to find this midnight carnival after exiting the Shilin metro station. If the flashing neon signs and tantalizing aroma of the street food vendors don’t lure you in, just follow the one-way flow of the overpacked sidewalks as both tourists and locals funnel their way into any of the animated alleyways.
Ornate temples provide a backdrop to dozens of steaming food stalls. Hawkers fight for your attention with their emphatic mix of Mandarin and broken English. Neon lights above paint the buzzing scene below a mix of dynamic colors and shadows .
The Shilin Night Market is truly out of this world.