What to do in Taipei at night: The Best Night Attractions

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The fun never stops in Taipei even after the sun goes down. With its bright neon lights, lively nightlife, and bustling markets, there’s no shortage of things to do in Taipei at night. Whether you’re a foodie, a history buff, or in the mood for a low-key experience, there’s something for everyone in Taiwan’s energetic capital.

A blend of modern buzz and traditional charm, it’s a place where every corner and alley has a surprise by nightfall.

We recently spent two weeks in Taipei working US Hours, which meant we had plenty of time to explore Taiwan’s largest city during the nighttime. Here are our top recommendations for things to do in Taipei at Night. 

Hike Elephant Mountain in the early morning to watch the Sunrise

Watching the sunrise (or sunset) from Elephant Mountain is an absolute must while in Taipei. 

It’s a fascinating experience that will give you dreamy views of the city’s skyline and skyscrapers, including the iconic Taipei 101.

Getting to the top isn’t easy, and it’s usually crowded with tourists, hikers, and locals, so we recommend getting up early and hiking the trail before sunrise. 

When we were staying in Taipei, we arrived at the trail around 4:00am. Even this early you will find people walking up the 600 steps (although not many, and mostly local). The entire hike took around 45 minutes to complete which meant we arrived at the summit a little too early to catch the sunrise, and had about an hour to kill. 

Luckily, the top of Elephant Mountain connects to a network of trails that allows for further adventure. There are a few additional peaks to walk to, and a Buddhist temple that is a short 15-minute walk from the summit. 

Our recommendation is to arrive at the trailhead around 5 or 5:30 a.m. This should provide plenty of time to hike the trail without feeling too rushed. You can read more recommendations on hiking Elephant Mountain here

Opening times: 24 hours a day

Explore Linjiang Street Night Market

The Linjiang Night Market, known locally as the Tonghua Street Night Market, may not be one of the city’s largest markets, but you’ll still find plenty of cool stuff here.

As you explore this market, you’ll discover loads of bargained items, including belts, bags, tech accessories, shoes, and even household goods.

But the real star of this market is the food.

While there, make sure to sample their potstickers, pan-fried buns, and pork spring rolls.

Although the lines are long, these culinary treats are worth the wait and effort.

  • Opening times: Daily from 06:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Shrimp Fishing at Spring City Shrimp Fishing Restaurant or Xin Hao Diao Xia Mei Shi Guang Chang

You don’t have to travel far to go shrimp fishing in Taipei.

Just head to Spring City Shrimp Fishing Restaurant or Xin Hao Diao Xia Mei Shi Guang Chang and you’ll have this unique experience.

Once there, pay a small fee for the use of a plastic chair, a bucket of bait, and a plastic chair for an hour.

Then, find a good spot at a rectangular pool at this restaurant. Just keep in mind that you don’t eat if you don’t catch shrimp. You’re only paying for the equipment.But if you happen to catch some shrimp, you get to eat them for free.

We went to both locations and found the experiences similar. Xin Hao Diao is a little closer to town, and was nice enough to offer helpful tips and give us an extra hour when we didnt catch any shrimp at first. 

Overall, shrimp fishing was the most unique last night activity and is our top recommendation for those looking to try something new you can’t find anywhere else! 

  • Spring City Opening times: 11:00 AM to 04:00 AM from Friday to Sunday and 11:00 AM to 03:00 AM from Monday to Thursday
  •  Xin Hao Diao Opening Times: 12pm to 4 or 5am 

Get a massage at the Village Spa

If you need to relax and unwind after a day of Zoom meetings or sightseeing in Taipei, head to the Village Spa.

It’s a Japanese-style spa center with skilled therapists offering customized massage services.

We found their signature massage, the Swedish oil massage, therapeutic and relaxing.

It’s different from the traditional Asian massage treatments, but it helps promote relaxation and blood circulation.

  • Opening times: Daily from 10:00 AM to 04:00 AM

Karaoke at Partyworld

Karaoke is one of Taiwan’s favorite pastimes.

And there’s no better place to go karaoke in Taipei than Partyworld on Songjiang Road.

Open 24 hours a day, this karaoke spot has a variety of rooms suited for all budgets, parties, and sizes.

The English songs aren’t up to date, but you’ll still find tons of classics and oldies at this karaoke bar.

  • Opening times: 24 hours a day

Visit Shilin Night Market 

Shilin Night Market is, no doubt, one of the most popular night markets in Taipei.

Not only does it offer a range of affordable items, but it also has mouth-watering street food.

Plus, the surrounding streets here are home to video arcades, karaoke bars, and cinemas.

  • Opening times: Daily from 04:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Check out 45 Pub 

45 Pub attracts the younger crowd and is practically a student hangout since it’s situated near the National Taiwan Normal University.

It offers happy hours each night and serves affordable drinks.

Even though it’s pretty noisy, the atmosphere is superb.

Another perk is that it has no coverage charge and dress code.

  • Opening times: Closed on Mondays. 06:00 PM to 02:AM from Tuesday to Sunday 

Visit Liberty Square

If you’re into cultural and historical attractions, don’t miss Liberty Square in the Zhongzheng District.

Covering more than 240,000 square meters, this sprawling public gathering space is home to several notable attractions, including Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

With its dazzling light display, it’s the perfect place to do some sightseeing in Taipei at night.

  • Opening times: 24 hours a day

Chill at Frank Taipei

A perfect way to end a day in Taipei is to relax at Frank Taipei.

Located on the 10th Floor of ATT 4 FUN Xinyi Store, this classy, laid-back lounge provides mesmerizing views of Taipei 101.

Even better, it has excellent food and drink selections.

  • Opening times: 09:00 PM to 03:00 AM on Friday and Saturday. 09:00 PM to 02:30 AM from Sunday to Thursday.

Dine at Taiwan Beef Noodles · Chicken Soup

Satisfy your late-night cravings with a visit to Taiwan Beef Noodles · Chicken Soup.

Owned by a celebrity-turned-chef, this popular stall is a go-to spot for flavorful chicken and red-braised beef noodle soups.

Despite its small size and popularity, this stall is fast-moving, meaning you won’t have to wait long to secure a seat.

  • Opening times: Daily from 06:00 PM to 03:30 AM

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Taipei safe at night?

Taipei is definitely safe at night. There’s police presence in many major areas in the city, and the streets are usually filled with people walking around.

How many night markets are in Taipei 

Taipei is home to about 30 night markets that sell clothing, electronic items, and street food.

Authors

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat is a digital nomad attorney and WanderLawyer co-founder. Anthony believes travel unlocks potential and opens minds. He’s been wandering and lawyering since 2014.