Take the Yan San Night Market Tour!

Had enough of the touristy night markets in all the guide books? Us too. We are so ready to show you our beloved Yansan night market with our trusted experts! Nestled in the historical Daqiaotou district of Taipei, Yansan night market is your point of entry for a no frills, old school dining experience.
With an intimate group of up to just 4 travelers, you will be rubbing shoulders with locals and sampling our favorites bites for the ultimate night market indulgence. From piping hot beef noodle soup to freshly boiled mochi on shaved ice to the old school smoked shark(!) and beer – loosen that belt and get ready to feast!

When do the tours take place? 

The YanSan tour runs rain or shine; every Thursday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

What’s included? 

All planned food and beverage tastings are included in ticket price, more than enough to leave you satisfied.

How many people in each tour?

We take up to a maximum of 4 people per tour group.

What should I wear? 

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking. Bring rain gear or sun protection; our tour takes place rain or shine.

How much do the tours cost? 

The YanSan tour costs 45USD per person.

Anything else I need to know?

Please be prepared to queue for certain vendors. It’ll be worth the wait- we promise!

Can I join if I’m a vegetarian?

Sorry, due to the options in the night market, we are not able to accommodate you at this moment!  Please check out our Xinyi day tour for vegetarian tours!

Tastings are subject to vendors’ availability.

History

Taiwanese cuisine is comprised of a melting pot (or hot-pot, if you will) of culinary flavors and techniques from multiple cultures and culinary traditions – including those of the mainland southern China provinces- Fujian and Guangzhou, as well as that of Japan.

“Xiaochi Concept”

Taiwanese culture is notoriously food-obsessed: most gatherings revolve around eating, and many residents will think nothing of loitering in line for hours on end to get a taste of a hyped-up culinary trend. Combine a dizzying array of food options and a fast-paced urban life and you may glean a better understanding of the Taiwanese culinary tradition of 小吃 “xiao chi”. Literally translated as “small eats”, xiaochi are essentially substantial snacks – small bites that can be eaten throughout the day, or combined to form a full meal. Rarely found in home cooking or in restaurants, the kingdom of xiao chi can be found in our night market tour- where vendors boil, fry and sauce a variety of foods that are often served on-the-go.

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Mini-Guide to Popular Taiwanese Xiao Chi & Their Pronunciation

We’ll be covering more than half of this list in a single afternoon, so come hungry. Practice your pronunciation beforehand, and impress us on tour!

  • Beef Noodle Soup ( Niú ròu miàn 牛肉麵)
  • Mochi (mua chi 麻糬)
  • Sausage in sticky sausage bun (Dà cháng bāo xiǎo cháng 大腸包小腸)
  • Shaved Ice (Bào bīng 刨冰)
  • Bubble Tea (Zhēn zhū nǎi chá 珍珠奶茶)
  • Oyster Omelette (o a jiān 蚵仔煎)
  • Squid Soup (huāzhī gēng 花枝羹)
  • Braised Pork Bun (Guā bǎo割包)