Taiwan has a reputation as one of the best places in the world to enjoy seafood, with scores of seafood restaurants in Taipei alone. The island has a strong fishing heritage, and it shows in everything that the locals eat, from street food to fine dining. But with so many options to choose from here in Taipei, where should you go? And what if you want to cook your own?
Now it should come as no surprise that if you want seafood, then the best place to find it is fresh off the boat. If you’re feeling adventurous, then you can take a bus or train out to the fishing port of Keelung where local fishermen sell their catch daily at Bisha Fish Market. The trip is an experience in itself, but make sure that you bring a cooler bag to put your fish in for the journey back to Taipei.
Try seafood on a stick at the night market
Yes, that’s right—seafood on a stick. It’s no secret that the best food in the city is usually in and around the night market areas, but it is a little surprising to find that the tastiest food often comes on sticks.
Head for any of the night markets, such as Shilin or Raohe, where you are sure to find vendors selling all kinds of tasty seafood treats. Squid balls, barbecue squid, fish ball soup and even oyster omelets are everywhere. You haven’t lived until you’ve finished an entire meal while navigating your way through a crowded night market.
Shilin Night Market, 101 Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan, +886 2 2881 5557
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