Food Taiwan

Ningxia Night Market

As any visitor to Taipei discovers, one of the cities main attractions are its many night markets. On my previous trip I covered some of the big ones – Shida, Shilin, and Ximending, but on a recent trip to Taiwan I paid a visit to one of the smaller and more traditional ones, namely Ningxia Night Market (寧夏夜市).

Ningxia Night Market

Visiting on a Sunday evening, I was expecting it to be quiet (or even closed), but on the contrary was teeming with people enjoying snacks from the vendors carts which line both sides of the street.

Midnight Snack

Although Ningxia night market is small in comparison to others, you’re still spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what to eat. The great thing is you can try a bit of everything you fancy such are the small portions and low prices.

Undercover Vendor

Everything is displayed in abundance beneath the brightly glowing fluorescent lighting of each stall. Between some carts were small tables where you could sit down and eat before moving to the next tasty treat.

Alfresco Fine Dining

Despite the crowds and tight spaces everything looked safe and sanitary with vendors all being licensed and regulated.

Second Hand Book Stall

Although the market is mainly only food, in the middle is book stall selling a random assortment of titles.

Tasty Treat

Brightly coloured candied fruit brings out the inner child in everyone.

Lost Youth

This young woman looked somewhat lost in her work, perhaps wishing she was elsewhere?

Stick Intestines

How about some BBQ pig intestines on a stick?

The Heat is On

Or an encounter with the Taipei equivalent or Gordon Ramsay – this guy was in the zone with his noodle skills!

Bored Bystander

Others were far less enamoured and opted to sit out all the hustle and bustle!

Suspicious Baker

Behind the stalls are more traditional restaurants which are also open during the daytime. This baker looked a little suspicious of my camera!


Overall Ningxia is a great night market for a more local experience away from the crushing crowds of the larger ones. More info and good directions can be found here.


Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and still returns frequently to continue exploring this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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  1. MKL says:

    One of my fav night markets in Taipei! Gosh, I envy you the great photos. Unfortunately, my camera doesn’t make good pictures after dusk.

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