Explore Taipei Fish Market — Review seafood experience at Taiwan’s most famous fish market
If this isn’t the most luxurious fish market I’ve ever seen, I don’t know what is. I believe the term “Taipei Fish Market” is used to generate a familiar and local impression, as well as to make it easier to identify the location on Google Maps, as it is not at all like a typical fish market: no bad odor – no fishy odor – no water spilling all around. It’s the same seafood restaurant and store. Now, I’ll talk about my seafood experience at Taiwan’s most famous fish market, Taipei Fish Market.
How to get to Taipei Fish Market (Addiction Aquatic Development)
Getting to this place is not complicated at all. Take the MRT to get to Xingtian Temple Station, get off Exit 3, turn right and take an 800-meter walk along Song Jiang Road, then search the Google Maps.
If you don’t want to walk, you can catch a taxi at about 100 TWD.
Walking to the fish market takes around 10 to 15 minutes. There is a high-speed crossing bridge that requires you to wait for a lengthy time for the green light to allow you to cross the road to the other side. This is pretty disorganized, but don’t worry; trust Google Maps since it will guide you in the correct direction. Finally, I arrived at this opulent fish market.
What to eat at Taipei Fish Market?
Once you go into the Taipei Fish Market, you need to take a walk around, leave the outdoor restaurant to get to the backward area, called Addiction Aquatic Development. This is the area to explore.
When you first walk in, there is a nice guard spraying hand sanitizer on you, then you enter through the glass door to go inside. It was surprising that I only observed Emperor Crabs and no fish. They were gigantic in every lake, with prices ranging from $50 to over $400 USD for the largest ones. When I immediately fled, a man was holding a large emperor crab that was several times the size of my face. My heart was in my mouth.
This fish market is divided into 3 zones
The first zone is designed as a seafood supermarket
There are processed types of fish (cut into pieces) that are canned in tidy, yet they appear to be eight times fresher than the ones at Aeon Mall. This location is ideal for individuals traveling on a budget since you can save money, buy food, and then dine outside (in a separate eating area). The area is quite clean; nonetheless, remember to clean up any garbage and dispose of it in the appropriate trash can.
What is more, the area is also packed with various kinds of food from main dishes to dessert, you will absolutely want to buy all of them. There is a barbeque area that sells in specific hours, huge salmon, tuna, herring; clam, oyster, crab are processed with 8000 types.
That sounds amazing, if you are hungry, be prepared to fill up your stomach with endless choices. Don’t forget to bring a lot of money with you so you can eat as much as you want.
For those who want to save money, you can buy a box of sushi sashimi at 480 TWD (around 15 USD), eat this before going to eat something else as you will be fairly full.
The second zone of the fish market is a pretty little restaurant
The restaurant for eating while standing, you have to wait for your ordinal number and eating while watching the chefs. I was so lucky as I am allergic to the crustaceans. I didn’t want to try the Emperor Crab as I was scared to death because of its huge size.
It takes around 20-30 minutes to obtain your ordinal number. When you are invited in, a standing table with an English menu will be provided for you so that you may order the food. As per my friend’s recommendation, I got a plate of seasonal sashimi. Although I had to wait a long time, it was well worth it because it was incredibly fresh and excellent. The fish chunks were so gorgeous and large that they filled me up even though I can eat a lot.
The total expense for the piles of food was around 1000 TWD (about 33 USD). Note that this restaurant does not have a credit card machine, remember to bring lots of cash.
The third zone is the luxurious area
The area is for high-end travelers with lots of money, with tables and chairs and waiters under the romantic golden light. This area also sells alcohol so it is not allowed to bring your bottle of water inside, the other two zones are okay to do so. I didn’t enter into this zone as I was travel on a tight budget.
After visiting all these zones, I bought another box of sushi and a portion of pasta with the burger and sweet potato. I filled up my stomach with all the good food and couldn’t eat anymore. These dishes cost about 300 TWD (10 USD).
Addiction Aquatic Development (Taipei Fish Market)
Address: No. 20號, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
Business Hours: 06:00 to 24:00