A visual diary of the night markets of Taipei with the Fujifilm X-H1.

Taipei is one of the top travelling destinations for Singaporeans. Other than a mostly safe environment, the city offers tourists a vast array of beautiful landscapes for sightseeing, as well as, numerous food choices ranging from delicacies to the purely weird (or some say creative) to cater to every type of palate.

X-H1, XF23mm F2. 1/15s, F2.0
My starting point every evening

To every traveller or explorer, it is well known that the night markets are well embedded in the lives of Taiwanese locals. Taipei city alone boasts of at quite a few large/huge sized night markets.

They mostly start operations in the early evening, selling a huge range of clothes and household goods, but yes, their main attraction is the street food, not just the sheer variety of it but also the creativity of it.

I have dropped by Taipei in the 2017 and 2018 so just kinda wanted to capture the colours and vibrancy of these night markets, three of them to be exact when I last visited in June 2018 – which also provide a scope into the lives of Taiwanese people.

What stirs me most is that the night markets provide a view into the lives of the Taiwanese people, the sheer beauty of how variety/chaos/order can co-exist in a tightly packed dense area. 

The 3 night markets I visited were the Shihlin Market, Shi Da Market and XiMenDing Market. (士林夜市, 師大夜市 and 西門町夜市). I chanced upon a beautiful variety of people and their interactions and of course, weird stuff like Smelly Tofu and Grilled giant tentacles to start.

All images here were taken by me using a Fujifilm X-H1 and XF23mm F2 lens.

Compact, not obstructive and its great performance gave me all I needed to navigate and photograph the view and people.

I love people watching. (ahem)

Yup, Itsy-bitsy Quail eggs all served in a cup. Why eat one when you can eat 5 at a go?


Blow-torched Beef Cubes for the discerning palate.

Sushi by the road-side

no, I didn’t enter that shop. 

DSCF1182yeap, anything and everything. 


beautiful characters, the sheer variety. 

Yeap, Grilled giant tentacles.

Stir-fried Oysters with egg and well… sweet sauce. 


The streets are vibrant and full of stories one can see if one is only willing to, some easily explainable while some inexplicable but yes, the night markets are worth dropping by of you can.

Thank you for reading.

3 Replies to “A visual diary of the night markets of Taipei with the Fujifilm X-H1.”

  1. An excellent travelogue. I am now tempted to do what you have done. And to use just one lens — 23 f2. Thank you for sharing


    1. Welcome 🙂 it makes a lovely way to shoot with only a single lens setup, and so far I’ve only been using either a single lens setup or simply the X100F for my travels to Taiwan for the last 2 years.


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