Ximending Night Market – Visitors Guide

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Ximending Night Market technically isn’t a night market. It’s a series of food stalls assembled throughout the Ximending Pedestrian Area in Taipei City. It’s a great place to grab snacks while shopping.

I’ve been to Ximending probably 100 times by now. So I wrote my experience combined with information I could scramble from online.

Quick Facts: Ximending Night Market

Hours5:00–10:00 PM every day
Number of StallsNA
Closest Rail StationXimen Station (Taipei MRT)
Opening DateNA
City LocatedTaipei City
AddressNo. 127, Hanzhong Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, 108
Information about Ximending Night Market.

Watch out for pickpockets. Since you’re in a crowded area, you’re more likely to fall victim. So don’t keep stuff in your back pockets.

And wear your backpacks in front of you.

Foods To Try at Ximending Night Market

There aren’t any noteworthy street food vendors you should try. But you will want to try foods like:

  • Beef cubes (best-tasting food here)
  • Sesame oil chicken
  • Candied tomatoes
  • Fried chicken
  • Tofu
  • Korean food

I recommend Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken (restaurant) to satiate your hunger for fried chicken. You’ll get a huge chicken breast that doesn’t cost much (around NT$100).

Hot-Star fried chicken, Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan
This chicken’s bigger than my giant hand.

It has a LONG line, but it moves quickly.

Once you have your chicken, pair it with a brown sugar bubble tea from Xing Fu Tang.

street food vendors in ximending
Ximending night market photo: Area in Ximending where a bunch of food stalls are.

How To Get To Ximending

To reach Ximending Night Market, you’ll just need to take Taipei Metro’s Blue Line to Ximen Station.

Leave from exit 1 and walk toward the sign that says “Ximending Pedestrian Area.”

There isn’t a specific spot where you’ll find these vendors. So you’ll need to look around.

Things To Do in Ximending

If there’s a movie you want to see that isn’t already on Disney+ or other streaming services, check out Ximending’s Cinema Street. Choose any of the many movie theaters and watch something.

Once done, blow more steam by gambling at one of the hundreds of claw machine arcades.

On the way to the arcade, observe some of the most magnificent graffiti murals I’ve seen.

Don’t forget to go to Snow King. If you were to do only 1 thing in Ximending, I’d recommend taking the time to visit. They have a vast arsenal of interesting ice cream flavors like:

  • Pork knuckle
  • Taiwan beer
  • Basil (delicious)
  • Osmanthus

While walking through the main Ximending shopping area, browse the many shops with clothing, souvenirs, and random accessories. During your stroll, you’ll likely see street performers.

Whenever you’re bored, go to the Red House. They have affordable yet great drinks and a small market with handmade souvenirs.

I wrote a piece with more pictures and things you can do in Ximending. Check it out.

History of Ximending

When Japan occupied Taiwan, they transformed the Ximending area into an entertainment and business hub for the locals. Many years later (1999), Taipei’s government turned the area into the Ximending Pedestrian Zone.

Now many consider Ximending as Taipei’s “Harajuku.” Harajuku is a youth shopping district in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.

Hotels & Hostels Near the Ximending Night Market

Amba Taipei Ximending

No. 77, Section 2, Wuchang Street, Wanhua District , 108 Taipei, Taiwan

7-minute walk from the Red House & 7-minute drive from Huaxi Street Night Market.

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Ximen Wow Hostel

108, Taipei City, Wanhua District, Hanzhong St, 42號8樓

Close to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall & Ximending.

Cho Hotel

No. 119, Kunming Street, Wanhua District , 108 Taipei, Taiwan

Reasonably-priced & 400 meters from Ximending Metro station.


Roaders Hotel

No. 68, Yanping South Road, Zhongzheng District, 100 Taipei, Taiwan

6 min. walk to Ximen MRT Station and 400 meters from Ximending.

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