11 Dec, 2013
Taipei Day 2 – Taipei 101 and Shida Night Market
Posted by: Wen Ching In: Taiwanese Food|Travel
On the second day of our Taipei trip, we took the MRT to the City Hall Station (市政府). From there, we took the free shuttle from the MRT station to Taipei 101.
The landmark of Taiwan stood tall at 509m and was ranked as the tallest building in the world until the opening of Burj Khalifa in 2010. The observatory was located on the 89th floor, where one can travel through the world’s fastest elevator to the top.
We spent some time walking around the City Hall area as there were a lot of shopping malls located around the area.
After lunch, we headed towards Long Shan Station (龍山寺) on the Blue Line. We wanted to visit Long Shan Temple (艋舺龍山寺) which was located within walking distance from the MRT station.
A beautiful fountain in the temple.
The Long Shan Temple worships a mixture of Buddhist, Taoist, and folk deities such as Matsu. It was built in 1738, destroyed during Second World War but was rebuilt and renovated.
We explored the area and arrived at Hua Xi Street Night Market (華西街夜市). The night market was one of the oldest international tourist attractions of Taiwan.
However, only a handful of stalls were opened in the afternoon.
Before continuing our journey to the next station, we took a short break and hopped into one of the dessert shops in the neighbourhood.
The dessert place (龍都冰菓專業家) was long established in 1920 and was well-known for their Mango Shaved Ice (无敌芒果冰). This large bowl of dessert was priced at 160 TWD. It was truly heaven to be able to indulge ourselves with fresh and sweet mangoes with creamy shaved ice during summer.
After our short break, we made our way to another of Taipei City’s attraction – Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. The Memorial Hall was surrounded by a park and located between the National Concert Hall and the National Theatre.
Pictured above was the front gate of Liberty Square.
The National Concert hall can be seen from the photo above.
When night approached, we went to the night market in Shida (師大路夜市). We took the MRT to Taipower Building Station (台電大樓站) and the night market was a few blocks away from the station.
We tried the Salted Fried Chicken from Shi Yun stall (师圆盐酥鸡) which was well-known for their fried food.
As opposed to Hao Da Chicken Fillet, the vendors were willing to cut their chicken into smaller portions. It was delicious, good enough to satisfy our cravings for fried chicken.
The Lantern Hot Stew stall offers a variety of braised food. The place was crowded but it was worth queuing for.
We also visited the popular Arnor Crepe (阿诺法式可丽饼) stall for its crepe. The queue was the longest among all stalls and we patiently waited for our crepe amongst the huge crowd.
We had the Peanut Butter and Chocolate Crepe for 45 TWD. It was crispy and delicious.
Next and our final stop was another dessert stall (老天天粉圆冰). The place was known for their Hakka handmade dessert.
Definitely worth giving the shaved ice a try if you happen to visit Shida Night Market. Shida Night Market was smaller compared to Shilin Night Market, however, it was occupied with essential shops which offers clothes and accessories in better quality and variety.
On our third day of our visit we went to Danshui Old Street and also the Lover’s Bridge and Fisherman Wharf, please stay tuned to the upcoming post!
Shida Night Market Location