Taipei is a shopping extravaganza that caters for every budget. For those who are looking for an authentic Taipei shopping experience and who likes a bargain, then the night markets are the places to head for. At Shi lin (Jiantan MRT) you can find everything from clothes to traditional regional foods.

Stop for a bite to eat at one of the roadside food vendors, whose specialities include oyster omelettes. Hua Xi St, or Snake alley as it is better known, is located in the Wan Hua district and is more a bizarre tourist attraction than a real market. Ophidiophobics beware! Here you will find everything - snake-performances, snake blood drinks and all manner of snake dishes.