Xinzhuang Temple Street Night Market is a Taiwanese night market you can find in New Taipei City’s Xinzhuang District. They have tasty green onion cakes and don’t charge tourist rates. Explore this guide to learn more.
I’ve lived in Taiwan for over 3 years and have been to the Xinzhuang Night market at least 5 times. I want to combine my experience with additional helpful information I’ve found surrounding this night market.
To help you determine whether this market’s worth visiting, I’ll cover:
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Quick Facts: Xinzhuang Old Street Night Market
|Hours||Every day 4 PM–12 AM|
|Number of Stalls||Unknown|
|Closest Rail Station||Touqianzhuang (Taipei MRT Yellow and Orange lines)|
|City Located||New Taipei City|
|Address||Xinzhuang Rd, Xinzhuang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan|
|Chinese Name||新莊廟街夜市 (Xīn zhuāng miào jiē yèshì)|
Foods To Try at Xinzhuang Night Market
I recommend the green onion pancakes. Not from any particular stand, though.
Since it’s like most night markets in Taiwan, walk around until you see food stalls you like. If that’s not something you’d want, you could always try popular night market food like:
- Stinky tofu
- Beef noodle soup
If you have trouble ordering something, use a translation app to communicate with the night market vendor.
Xinzhuang Night Market isn’t a tourist trap. So you won’t see elevated “tourist” prices. Most foods I’ve seen here hover under the NT$100 ($3) price range per food item.
How To Get To Xinzhuang Street Night Market
To get to Xinzhuang Temple Street’s Night Market, you could take a taxi or Uber there.
Or, you can depart from one of two Taipei MRT stations:
- Xinzhuang (Orange Line)
- Touqianzhuang (Circular Line and Orange Line).
From there, it’ll take you 4–9 minutes to walk from either MRT station to the night market.
If you want to embark on an adventure, you can get off at either Xinpu Minsheng (Circular Line) or Xinpu Station. From Xinpu, rent a YouBike, and ride to Xinzhuang.
It’s about a 20-minute walk from Xinpu Station. But you can ride along the riverside and cross the Crescent (or Moon) Bridge (新月橋) into the Xinzhuang area.
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Store your luggage at nearby businesses, hotels, or lockers without paying an arm and a leg. If you’re worried, each bag will include up to NT$10,000 ($364) worth of insurance.
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What Is Nearby Xinzhuang Night Market?
While in the area, you can travel to IKEA, which is about a 10-minute walk or a five-minute YouBike ride from the night market.
You can get lost in the labyrinth of furniture displays and try some of the food.
If you intend on staying in the area for a while and happen to be in this area during the day, you can navigate around Banqiao District and check out various cool places.
You can take the Taipei Metro Circular Line from Touqianzhuang Metro Station to Xinpu Minsheng Station and walk about five minutes to the Banqiao Flower Market.
It pales compared to the Jianguo Holiday Flower. But it still has many beautiful bonsai trees and other plants you can observe.
Otherwise, you can take the Circular Line to Banqiao Station and wander around that area. There are plenty of air-conditioned shopping centers like Mega City or Global Mall.
If you want to venture somewhere else in Taiwan, Banqiao has a Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) and Taiwan High-Speed Rail (TSHR) station.
If you’re in Taiwan in December, Banqiao hosts its annual Christmasland Festival. During this time, the city government will adorn the city hall and the surrounding area with Christmas decorations and light displays.
Xinzhuang Temple Street Night Market History & Culture
Xinzhuang Miaojie (or Xinzhuang Temple Street) kinda means that it’s home to various places of worship. These temples include [1 source is in Chinese]:
- Fude Temple (海山里福德宮)
- Wusheng Temple (武聖廟 (武前街))
- QuanAn Gong Temple (全安宮)
- Ciyou Temple (慈祐宮 (利濟街)
- Dizang Temple (地藏庵)
Almost all of these temples aren’t on Xinzhuang road. But they’re relics to check out. So I’ll cover more details surrounding the temple that resides there.
Dizang Buddhist Temple (地藏庵). The Public Master Temple (or Public Temple) finished construction in 1757 and served as a place of worship for the military and government officials.
But now, temple-goers worship Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva. A bodhisattva that took a vow to guide beings from the underworld.
Each year a couple of days before May 1st, locals will hold an event dubbed “anfang.” It’s a ritual used to repel ghosts. Come May 1st, temple volunteers will hand out safety charms and Xinzhuang cake to the locals.
These items bless the locals. I couldn’t find the most history in this area, so I’ll find more information and fill out this section later.
Xinzhuang Night Market and the Dizang temple have been around for over 300 years. Predating Japan’s colonialism and during the Qing Dynasty’s occupation.
Though small, I love Xinzhuang Night Market. And here’s why:
- No tourist traps
- Rich(ish) history
- Great-tasting food
- Plenty of nearby activities
I recommend tourists and expats to try this night market. It’s easily accessible from 2 Taipei MRT lines.
Xinzhuang District is also an affordable area to stay regarding Airbnbs, hotels, or other accommodation. So it’s a great night market to grab dinner.
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