Exploring Culinary Delights and Nighttime Thrills: Raohe Night Market, Taipei’s Iconic Food Paradise 

Taipei night market at Raohe

Explore Taipei’s amazing night market at Raohe

One of the most popular night markets to visit in Taipei is the Raohe market located on the east side of the city at Songshan district. You can easily get to the market by metro to the last stop on the green line at Songshan station and walk upstairs with the market with the colorful Ciyou temple visible on the street and the market open on the left side.

Step into a world of sensory delights as you navigate through the bustling lanes, lined with stalls offering an array of delectable treats, traditional handicrafts, and vibrant entertainment. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey, where flavors from Taiwan and beyond come alive, creating an unforgettable experience at Raohe Night Market. Check out this popular attraction in the Taipei night market at Raohe and you’ll want to try some of these amazing street foods when you visit the city.

Located on the edge of Taipei and the downtown district, you can easily catch a rideshare or take the metro directly in front of the marketpalce.

** If you are looking for more of a guided tour of Roahe along with some other evening highlights to visiting Taipei, check out this Roahe tour experience here for more information and booking information.

Raohe night market, Taipei

Raohe night market photos, cruising the various stalls

What is the best time to visit the Raohe market

The best time to visit Raohe Night Market is in the evening, starting from around 6:00 PM onwards. As the sun sets, the market comes alive with its vibrant atmosphere, bustling crowds, and enticing aromas. By visiting in the evening, you can fully immerse yourself in the lively ambiance, enjoy the illuminated stalls, and savor the freshest and most diverse selection of street food that the market has to offer. Whether you’re seeking a satisfying dinner, a late-night snack, or simply want to soak in the vibrant atmosphere, the evening hours provide the perfect time to experience the vibrant energy and culinary delights of Raohe Night Market.

Highlights to visiting Raohe market in Taipei

Before you visiting the Raohe night market, make sure you save your appetite before going for the ultimate food experience. The market is well known for showcasing the best delicacies, fruits, snacks and desserts you can find anywhere in Taipei. Enjoy your visit and try some of the smaller bites around the market instead of complete dishes since there is a lot of fantastic food vendors and choices to experience. In fact there’s so many to choose from that you definitely walk through most of the stalls to decide on which ones that are your top choices to try. With 48 hours in Taipei, a visit to Raohe night market is a must here.

things for sale at Raohe night market, Taipei

One both sides of the market with the street vendors in the middle are many smaller shops selling cheap products, clothing, shoes and the off-beat toy arcades, massage studios, small temples, even fortune tellers. You’ll find the market to be both fascinating and a little intense depending on how busy and crowded it gets at night.

After you had your filled of fruits, delicious desserts, snacks, bubble tea and other local street food, there’s plenty of souvenirs that you can take home with you from candies and local treats, baked goods and other special delicacies, clothing and cheap souvenirs, accessories and jewelry. These are usually vendor stalls that are on the side areas of the food booths located in the center aisles.

What to eat at Raohe night market, Taipei

What to try at the Raohe market

The popular night market at Raohe is a foodie lovers street food experience, both sides of the street have dedicated food vendors in the middle aisles serving local style food, delicacies, snacks, desserts and other unusual goodies to try.  You’ll find everything for sale is baked, steamed, boiled, grilled or barbeque, stir fried or even raw with a plethora of sauces or toppings served on or added later to the dish.

Here’s a sampling below of the most popular to exotic finds you can try at the market below. Make sure you take your time to observe what is for sale before you start sampling, or at least check out some of these more popular food items for sale below so you can get an idea about what you’ll be seeing.

pepper pork buns at Raohe market

Fuzhou Pork Pepper buns

One of the most popular foods right at the entrance is the green onion beef buns. The long lines starting at the gate entrance to the vendor table clues in to this attractive and well known street food with a whole team creating the buns and filling right in front of you and then baked in local oven (tandoori style) until it is crispy outside and moist and tender inside.

grilled squid at Raohe market

Grilled Squid

Prepared simply on a small grill, the squid is sliced into rings or flattened butterfly style with skewers. The squid is marinade in teriyaki sauce and sprinkled with chili powder for a quick take away snack. This popular snack seems to be very popular with many stands offering squid and other seafood mixes.

Fried dumplings at Raohe market Songshan

Fried Dumplings

A typical favorite at the market, freshly cooked dumplings like Xiao long bao style are filled with minced pork, vegetables and mushrooms and fried to get a crispy texture on one side and goey on the other. Made hot and fresh, these are just too good to pass up when you walk down the street for your next find.

Pork over rice street food Taiwan

Braised rice pork

Another popular Taiwanese street food dish, braised rice pork is easy, cheap and delicious for those craving earthy, family style foods. Semi sticky rice with braised pork bits and oil topping and Chinese herbs make this nice hot country style rice dish to sample and eat hot and fresh.

Here’s some more tastings around the night market in this video tour below

Raohe night market soup dish specialties

Soup dishes galore

Soup is a very popular offering at the Raohe night market. At this station, you can have your pick of different toppings to serve with hot delicious broth. Toppings offered here include fish balls, stinky tofu, shiitake mushrooms, meatballs, corn and even a nice egg and seafood mix that is hot and eggy good below.

Raohe night market, seafood egg custard

grilled seafood at Raohe

Grilled fresh seafood

At one end of the market is a seafood stand/cafe offering fresh fish and shell fish for sale. You can find exotic snails, abalone, shrimp, lobsters and fresh oysters (a local favorite). Served with a nice simple soy sauce and wasabi spice, it’s hot, moist and delicious alongside a nice Taiwan style beer.

fresh grilled oyster seafood at Raohe

Raohe night market food – delicious fresh oysters

Fresh grilled abalone done perfectly…

Grilled abalone at Raohe night market

Other things to see around the night market

Raohe night market table games

Get a facial, massage or play some games at the Raohe market

You can get a variety of cheap services done like facials, massages and even this unusual face string technique to make your skin more supple and maybe even get rid of the wrinkles for a short time frame. The night market hosts fun games, kiddie focused amusements and other fun shopping for souvenirs, snacks and inexpensive clothes or jewelry at the market.

Raohe night market, asian facials

Raohe night market, mahjong game

Mahjong game challenge at the market

It’s all about the food at Raohe Market at night-time in Taipei

Places to visit close to Raohe Market

If you are looking to explore and doing a walking tour of the area around Raohe Market, check out these fascinating attractions and riverfront areas to discover on a self tour of the area.

Ciyou Temple Songshan

Check out the main temple next door at Ciyou temple

The beautiful temple grounds are lit up and magical when you visit at night with all the brightly colored lanterns, flowers and other displays well lit. You can walk around the temple grounds an observe the typical rituals of incense burning, fortune telling and making offerings of foods and flowers to the various gods located in the temple.

Illuminated Ciyou Temple Songshan

Ciyou Temple, also known as the City God Temple, is a prominent Taoist temple located in Taipei, Taiwan. It is one of the oldest and most significant temples in the city, dating back to the Qing Dynasty. The temple is dedicated to Cheng Huang Ye, the City God, who is believed to protect the city and its inhabitants.

The temple’s architecture showcases traditional Chinese design, with colorful decorations, intricate carvings, and elaborate rooflines. Inside the temple, visitors can find numerous statues and altars dedicated to various deities, as well as ornate prayer halls where devotees come to pay their respects and seek blessings.

Illuminated Ciyou Temple Songshan

Ciyou Temple is not only a place of religious worship but also a cultural and historical landmark, reflecting Taipei’s rich heritage and spiritual traditions. It remains an active place of worship and a popular attraction for both locals and tourists seeking to experience Taiwan’s religious and cultural heritage.

details of Ciyou Temple Songshan

Detailed captures walking around Ciyou temple at Songshan of the interiors, lanterns and ornate craftmanship.

River walk on the Keelung river

Located behind the river is the river and river walk. All the bridges are lit up at night and it’s a great spot to walk around and also take some nice scenic photographs. The views of the beautiful bridges lit up, joggers and even couples snuggling, make this an easy and safe place to enjoy a nice quiet walk on the banks of the Keelung and see locals in the area.

Taiwan night at Keelung River

The Love sign fronting a beautiful red lit bridge on the Keelung river in Songshan district is a popular spot for taking photographs or doing a fun selfie.

Taiwan night at Keelung River

Directions on getting to the Raohe Night market

To get to Raohe Night Market in Taipei, you can follow these directions:

  1. By MRT (Mass Rapid Transit):
    • Take the MRT to Songshan Station (Exit 5).
    • From the station, head northeast on Bade Road Section 4 towards Section 5.
    • Continue straight until you reach Raohe Street.
    • Turn right onto Raohe Street, and you will find the entrance to Raohe Night Market.
  2. By Bus:
    • Take a bus to Songshan Station or Ciyou Temple bus stop.
    • From Songshan Station or Ciyou Temple, walk towards Raohe Street.
    • Once you reach Raohe Street, turn left, and you will find the entrance to Raohe Night Market.
  3. By Taxi or Ride-Sharing Services:
    • Inform the driver that you want to go to Raohe Night Market (Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei).
    • The driver should be familiar with the location and can take you directly to the entrance of the night market.

It’s advisable to check the latest transportation schedules and routes to ensure a smooth journey to Raohe Night Market. Enjoy exploring the market’s vibrant atmosphere and indulging in the delectable street food options once you arrive!

Raohe night market gate entrance

Tips on visiting the night market

1) You should just visit on the week days to avoid the crush of people mostly coming on the weekends.

2) The market is lively after 6 pm and food items are constantly cooked but stick to vendors that sell foods that are prepared on the spot and not sitting for awhile.

3) Make sure to bring lots of smaller change 100 NT notes since most vendors do not like changing larger notes and they appreciate exact change.

4) Many of the vendors offer small samples so if you don’t have any idea about what the food tastes like, look for the freebie samples.

5) Also, make sure to try the various tropical fruits or done as shakes around the market.

6) Take advantage of cheap services like massages, fortune telling, hair and facial services on a drop In basis.

6) Located throughout the market are kitschy but fun toy game arcades that fun to do and very cheap.

Additional tour experiences in Taipei

You can do these other fun tour experiences in Taipei for a guided tour of these various attractions and programs.

** Check out Raohe Market, Taipei 101 and a Din Tai Fung dinner here for more information and booking.

Custom private market tour and trying popular Taipei street food here on a night walking tour experience.

Experience the Shilin Night Market walking tour here with a private tour guide on a 2 hour experience.

Weather and best time to visit Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, experiences a subtropical climate, making it suitable for visits year-round. The best time to visit, however, depends on your preferences:

1. **Spring (March to May)**:
– **Weather**: Mild and comfortable temperatures, ranging from 60°F to 75°F (16°C to 24°C).
– **Best for**: Ideal for outdoor activities, cherry blossom viewing, and exploring the city without extreme heat or rain.

2. **Summer (June to August)**:
– **Weather**: Hot and humid, with temperatures between 75°F and 90°F (24°C to 32°C).
– **Best for**: Vibrant festivals, night markets, and outdoor excursions, but be prepared for occasional heavy rain or typhoons.

3. **Autumn (September to November)**:
– **Weather**: Pleasant with temperatures around 70°F to 80°F (21°C to 27°C).
– **Best for**: Clear skies, comfortable weather for outdoor activities, and lower humidity. It’s a popular time for hiking and exploring nature.

4. **Winter (December to February)**:
– **Weather**: Cooler, with temperatures ranging from 50°F to 65°F (10°C to 18°C).
– **Best for**: Avoiding crowds, enjoying local hot pot dishes, and exploring Taipei’s indoor attractions. This is the driest time of the year.

Taipei’s climate is relatively mild throughout the year, so your choice of when to visit should align with your preferences for weather and activities. Spring and autumn are often considered the best seasons due to their pleasant weather, but summer and winter also offer unique experiences and cultural events. It’s a city that can be enjoyed regardless of the season, so plan your trip based on your interests and the type of weather you prefer.

Amba Songshan views

Stay close by at the Amba Hotel

For a nice stay in the area, check out the Amba Taipei Songshan Hotel and located on the 17th floor.
A modern and organic take to a busy urban scene, the Amba at Songshan is modern but comfortable and warm. Combining nice clean lines, wood details and relaxing furniture set to maximize the stunning views of the city and surrounding landscape the public and dining areas are beautiful in sophisticated elegance

Views from Amba Hotel Songshan

Easy check in service

Check in is fast and easy on the 17th floor with gorgeous views of Songshan district below with the famous 101 Tower in the background. The courteous front desk crew is helpful and friendly, willing to answer all questions about your stay and visit in the area.

Amba Songshan bedroom

Spacious and beautiful Bedrooms
All the bedrooms have spacious rooms with large picture windows with city or river views. Rooms are comfortable and large sized with modern furniture that compliments the simple and graphic elements of the. The corner bedrooms have big window views that let you see the magnificent cityscape below with more privacy since the hotel rooms start high up on the 18th floor.
Bathrooms are well designed with separate shower, toilet and vanity areas that make it easy to use different parts with another guest at the same time. Nice eco amenities, safe storage, robes and even Amba slippers that you are allowed to take home as souvenirs.

Added pluses at the Amba Taipei Songshan 

A nice gym with complete set up and cardio equipment and weight sets
Free use of laundry and dryers on site, including detergent
Menu of additional equipment and in-house electronics for use at your disposal

Amba Songshan breakfast

Amba Breakfast service
Having breakfast with amazing views is definitely a highlight in the morning before you explore the city. A full on breakfast buffet service incorporating Western and Asian dishes caters to all tastes including a custom egg station for your choice of hot entrée. The Amba also includes a unique wrapped sticky rice station made with your choice of condiments and other toppings. You’ll enjoy all the fantastic baked goods, pastries, cheese and diary offerings along with all the traditional breakfast fare to enjoy.

Amba Songshan views at sunset

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A visit to Raohe Night Market promises an enchanting and unforgettable experience in Taipei. This bustling market is a vibrant hub of culinary delights, cultural encounters, and lively entertainment. As you wander through the maze of stalls and immerse yourself in the energetic atmosphere, you’ll be captivated by the array of tantalizing aromas, colorful displays, and the warmth of the local vendors.

Raohe Night Market offers a culinary adventure like no other, with an extensive selection of street food that showcases Taiwan’s rich culinary heritage. From savory snacks like stinky tofu and grilled skewers to sweet treats like bubble tea and shaved ice, your taste buds will be in for a delightful journey of flavors and textures.

Beyond the gastronomic delights, the night market also provides opportunities to appreciate traditional arts and crafts. You’ll find stalls selling unique souvenirs, local handicrafts, and trendy fashion items, allowing you to bring home a piece of the vibrant Taiwanese culture.

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