Keelung Miaokou Night Market (基隆廟口夜市) is Keelung’s most celebrated attraction. Located right in the center of the market is Dianji Temple, built in 1873. As Keelung’s largest temple, and host to religious ceremonies and many performances, its heavy foot traffic inspired local vendors to set up shop outside, and the area continued to expand. Thus Miaokou grew into the sprawling market it is today, with over two hundred food stalls from which you can sample tasty local delicacies.
Keelung’s renowned late-night fish market makes Miaokou (as well as Keelung restaurants) famous for seafood, and you will certainly see a lot on display. Particularly famous snacks include Taiwanese tempura (天婦羅), a style of tempura that differs from the well-know Japanese tempura and is more akin to a fish sausage, and Bubble Ice (泡泡冰), a kind of snow cone. Other favorites include sweet Taiwanese sausages (一口香腸) and ‘nutritious sandwiches’ (營養三明治), made with deep-fried bread, like a doughnut, and filled with ham, tea egg, cucumber, tomato and mayonnaise. These sandwiches may sound odd, and questionably nutritious, but they are strangely satisfying. Therefore the key to a good Miaokou visit is to make sure you arrive with an appetite!
How to get there
If coming from Taipei, the most convenient bus to take is the 2088 (45 mins, NT$48), which departs from the Taipei City Hall Bus Station at terminal 10. It runs very frequently, and the first stop it makes after exiting Taipei is at the Miaokou Night Market (Ren 2nd Rd). If in central Keelung, it’s a short walk south east of Maritime Plaza, or ten minutes from Keelung Station.
Hours and fees
Open: 12pm to 12am (or later on the weekends), with more stalls opening up as the afternoon goes on. Open all day on Sunday.
If you’re interested in taking a walking tour of the Keelung Night Market with snacks included, Keelung For A Walk, a local tour company, offers just that. You can find out more and book tickets on their website.