Attraction No. 23, Huaxi St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108 Published on: 13-11-2015
Food & Spirits
Huaxi Street is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Huaxi Street is special ?
Snake Alley, formally known as Huaxi Street Night Market or Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market (Chinese: 華西街觀光夜市) is the oldest international tourist destination of Taiwan. The market is located near a well-known temple, Mengjia Longshan Temple as well as other night markets located on Guangzhou Street, Wuzhou Street and Xichang Street.
The Huaxi Street Night Market shines in its own unique fame; the distinct feature that distance the Huaxi Street Night Market from the other night markets is the entrance of the market is welcomed with a Chinese traditional structural gate, with red traditional lanterns hanging to create a distinctive national feature; the distinctive gates leads to a roofed indoor market, which further intensifies the sense of local and traditional Taiwan feel.
The Huaxi Night Market is a two-block long night market in Wanhua District, the oldest district of Taipei, Taiwan. It is noted to provide various local snacks, seafood restaurants that serve traditional Taiwanese dishes and many delicacies including snake blood and meat, turtle blood and meat and deer penis wine, which can't normally be found anywhere else. But, what stands out the most from the crowd are the various snake delicacies and drinks that the market has to offer; hence the emergence of the nickname "Snake Alley".
What to explore at Huaxi Street?
Besides snakes (snake soup, snake blood, snake semen and snake venom), you can have the famous dish from Tainan called danzi noodles (擔仔麵, dānzǐ miàn, also tan tsai noodles), which is a type of oily noodles in a shrimp soup topped with a stewed meat sauce (see a photo here). Another type of food common at Huaxi Street are the thick cuttle fish soup and a thick pork soup, as well as a plenty of other unusual dishes, such as the turtle soup, but also some dishes with mice and crocodiles. Besides the "special" food, there are many massage parlors in the area. If you're into these things, then Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market is the place for you.
How to get to Huaxi Street?
1.Take bus route 1,201,231,233,234,245,245,264,265,310, 38,628,651,703, 705, 907 to Longshan Temple MRT Station Stop(捷運龍山寺站)
2.Take bus route 11,201,205,229,231, 233,234,242,264, 49,527,601,62,624,628,701,702,703, 705 to Longshan Temple Stop(龍山寺站)
Take MRT to Longshan Temple MRT Station(捷運龍山寺站) directly.
National Highway No.1(國道一號) exit Huanhe North Rd offramp(環河北路交流道), drive along Huanhe Expressway(環河快速道路) towards Huanhe South Rd(環河南路), turn left on Gueilin Rd(桂林路) to reach the market.
- Great place for hang out
- Safety and well-maintained
- Food heaven
- Landmark night market
- Good product, having lots fun
No. 23, Huaxi St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Tips for you
Traditionally was a snake goods markets. There are still some giant live snakes, but it's mostly massages and food now!
Snake soup. Seafood. Japanese Restaurants. massage and that's about it. Had the pork soup at the entrance of the night market during cold weather and it's awesome.