Shida Night Market is a popular night market for students who attend the National Taiwan Normal University (nicknamed Shida). Famous foods you’ll find in this student market include fried chicken, dumplings, and more.
I’ve lived in Taiwan for over 3 years, have attended Shida, and have frequented this night market. I want to combine my experience and other information I found to help you determine whether this market’s worth visiting.
Quick Facts: Shida Student Night Market
|Hours||Mon–Fri: 4:00–11:00 PM|
|Weekend: 4:00 PM–12:00 AM|
|Number of Stalls||Unknown|
|Closest Rail Station||Guting Station (Taipei Metro)|
|City Located||Taipei City|
|Address||Lane 39, Shida Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106|
|Chinese Name||師大夜市 (Shīdà Yèshì)|
Shida Night Market is a small row of stalls and vendors close to NTNU that offers many delicious dishes and cheap clothing.
Whether you’re just getting out of school, want to support student entrepreneurs, or want just to try a new night market, you should visit this student night market.
Foods To Try at Shida Night Market
Here’s what you should try at Shida Night Market:
|Fried Chicken||Shi Yun Taiwanese Fried Chicken||No. 14, Ln. 39, Shida Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei|
|Minced pork-stuffed dumplings||Hsu Ji Sheng Jian Bao||No. 12號, Lane 39, Shida Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106|
|Steamed pork buns||Aunt Lee’s Shui Jian Bao||No. 11, Long Guan Street|
|Pineapple buns||Ho Ho Mei||No. 19-1, Longquan Street|
|Tofu pudding (beancurd)||Beigang Tofu Pudding||No. 15, Lane 39, Shida Road|
|Fried dumplings||Xu Kee Fried Dumplings||No. 9, Lane 49, Shida Road|
Beef noodle soup is a traditional Taiwanese dish that you can find at most night markets. It is a hearty soup made with beef, noodles, and vegetables in a savory broth.
Pineapple buns are a type of pastry that is popular throughout Asia. It’s a sweet dough filled with a filling made from dried fruits, nuts, and spices.
The bakers then steam or bake the buns. You’ll usually see these served with sweetened condensed milk or a sugar glaze.
Dumplings are small balls of dough that are boiled or steamed and usually served with a soup or stew. You’ll find these everywhere in Taiwan.
Most of this food you can find throughout Taiwan. And you may not even find Michelin-grade restaurants in Shida. But it’s a (somewhat) organized and lively night market that’ll give you a chance to try various Taiwanese foods.
How To Get To Shida Night Market
Here are the walking directions:
Walking will take you around 5-10 minutes. And YouBikes are only necessary if you want to visit places around the night market. Because you might as well save money and walk.
Or you can take a bus. The nearest bus station to Shida Night Market is the Long An Primary School Station. It’s around a 7-minute walk to get from there to Shida.
The stop you depart from will depend on the location you’re coming from.
What Is There To Do Near Shida Night Market?
Da’an Forest Park (the city’s largest park) is around an 11-minute walk from Shida Night Market. It’s an ideal way to surround yourself with “nature” and get away from the concrete jungle.
Even at night, it’s still safe to venture through.
The park gives you a 2.5-mile (4 km) loop to burn off calories and experience nature.
Don’t want to surround yourself with people? Walk 16 minutes to Drunken Moon Lake. It’s a small lake with a 0.4-mile (0.8 km) loop. Great for biking, bird watching, and walking.
Other than those 2 parks, there aren’t many nearby attractions. You could rent a YouBike and venture deeper into Taipei City. Or take the Taipei Metro to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall station and visit the memorial.
It’s only 1 station away from Guting.