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Huahsi Night Market, Taipei

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Watch the city come to life at night as you experience Huahsi Night Market. Open for 50 years, the distinct market stands out because of the architectural style, with a traditional Chinese gate and red lanterns that line the roofed street. Known for Chinese herbs and medicine, food in the market is a guilty pleasure for gastronomes; find all kinds of strange delicacies like turtle testicles and snake penis, which earned the street its infamous name "snake alley." Plenty of restaurants offer fresh seafood (besides exotic snacks), so you fully experience Taiwan city nightlife. To visit Huahsi Night Market and get the most from your holiday in Taipei, create itinerary details personal to you using our Taipei family vacation planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    We walked through here mostly out of curiosity ! There really are lots of snakes being sold for people's dinner , after they have eaten the rats! And if that's not enough, we saw rats in the street ba...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Unlike Shilin night market, you will see essentially locals here. Excellent foods, few clothes. Go where the lines are, as this signals the best foods.  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    From the Longshan Temple Station and shopping arcade in the city at night, it is easy to use. Shops sell snake blood and darkness at the strange atmosphere in the evening is the moment you enter it is interesting at night. Good foot pot shop at night in the city that just in store cheap and powerful word understood.
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  • February 14, 2017
    It’s the oldest night market in Taiwan. With a historical tinge to the surroundings, Huaxi St. offers the best of Taiwan. It is an ideal place to savour authentic Taiwanese dishes. But what makes Huaxi St. market so unique are the stores selling snakes and the various merchandise attached to it. Based on the beliefs of ancient Chinese, Snakes are a healthy source of food and are considered very nourishing to the human body. It was astonishing to see snakes being served in soups, wine and also as a medicine at some stores. I also got to witness live snakes from time to time down the street stores. Some of the snake stores even perform snake shows to attract tourists.
  • April 10, 2017
    I definitely would not recommend this night market. We checked it out because it was relatively close to us, but it had unappealing food, an unhygienic environment and crazy people on scooters driving around like maniacs. I would skip this one if you want something half decent to eat.
  • June 12, 2017
    Loved the food and this is probably the most peculiar night market it Taipei... in a fun way :)
  • May 31, 2017
    There are plenty of better night markets in Taipei. If want to try snake meat this place is for you.
  • January 27, 2017
    This place is old and decrepit. If you want to have some snake meat then this is the place. There is a high end seafood noodle restaurant here called 台南擔仔麵, it has fine french decor with local cuisine. This place isn't family or kids friendly with plenty of shop owners and tourists openly smoking on the street. There's a whole bunch of unsavory massage parlor in the area. Avoid until the government push for more gentrification.

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