OK, I’m quite tired from my short stint as Joan Jett for Halloween (it’s so hard partying like a rockstar), so this entry will be short on words but full of photos!
Traditional markets in Taipei can be found in almost every neighborhood. The freshest produce and meat, along with prepared foods, desserts, and non-food items (bras anyone?) can be acquired for economical prices, though sometimes the cleanliness/sanitation can leave a lot to be desired. Since they only operate during the early part of the day (from morning until mid-afternoon), they’re not very helpful to people who actually work but they’re still really great. Imagine a daily farmer’s market that covers 5 blocks, and that’s what a traditional market is like. After the sun sets, many of the traditional markets convert to the popular night markets. The produce stands shut down and stalls selling everything from shoes to toys to purses pop up. Also, lots and lots of street food. If you’re ever in Taiwan, I highly recommend visiting both markets for the most authentic Taiwanese experience.
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