Huaxi Street Night Market - Snake Alley 華西街觀光夜市
The first tourist night market in Taiwan, Huaxi Street market is located conveniently next to Longshan Temple, and is one of Taiwan's more traditional markets. A large, red, palace-style archway marks the entrance to the market, and is open all day long.
Most shops in the market are "老店", old shops that have been in operation for years, and have attained a position of prominence in Taiwanese culture and history.
The most famous item in the market is snake soup, a unique treat found only on Huaxi Street. Other shops include more traditional goods such as fortune-telling bookstores, boutiques, and traditional Chinese massage parlors.
The main gate for Huaxi Street is located right inside Guangzhou Street Night Market.
Huaxi Street Night Market may also be named Taipei Hwahsi Tourist Night Market.
The Taiwanese Hokkien name for Huaxi Street is huā sēi gēi.
Don't forget to visit Bangka [Wanhua] Qingshan Temple (艋舺青山宮), located just east of the northern entrance to Huaxi.