Lehua Night Market – Visitors Guide

Lehua Night Market is a street food market in New Taipei City that focuses on locals. It doesn’t have any special dishes, but it’s worth visiting if you’re in the area.

Until I moved far away from Lehua, I used to go there all the time. That’s because it’s a non-touristy night market. Thus, there’s a more authentic feel to it. And I want to help you determine whether it’s worth visiting when you’re in the area.

I’ll cover the following points throughout this piece:

Keep reading and learn more.


Important Information for Travelers

Is It Worth Going to?Not really
Hours (As of 2024)4 PM – 12 AM every day
Number of StallsUnknown
Closest Rail StationDingxi Station (Taipei MRT)
Opening Date1970s
City LocatedNew Taipei City
AddressYongping Rd, Yonghe District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 234
Chinese Name樂華夜市 (Lèhuá Yèshì)
Wheelchair-Accessible?Yes

Information about Lehua Night Market.

Yes, I said this night market isn’t really worth visiting as a traveler. If you live in Taiwan, you might as well try it. I’ve had some great-tasting drinks here.


Traveler Tips & Considerations

  • * Create a food allergy chef card in Traditional Chinese if you have food allergies, then show it to the stall owner / employee.
  • Most stall owners will likely not know English.
  • Not many English menus.
  • This isn’t a tourist night market, it’s targeted at locals.
  • I suggest heading to the night market immediately when it opens to avoid crowds.
  • Most stalls will ONLY accept cash. Some may accept alternative methods like LINE Pay.
  • Stalls with long lines typically indicate they have great-tasting food or are newly opened.

Important information regarding food allergy cards.

Most Taiwanese people cannot read Simplified Chinese, DO NOT create chef cards with Simplified Chinese characters.

I recommend hiring a Taiwanese person to help you create an allergy card with Traditional Chinese characters. However, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) has interactive chef card templates. And even if you have this card, ensure you carry an Anapen or EpiPen (or something similar).

If you need such a pen in Taiwan, ask for a “艾筆腎上腺素注射筆” at a pharmacy. However, they will likely tell you you need a doctor’s prescription. Find a doctor who will prescribe it to you. From there, you’ll need to pay NT$4200 – 4500 (2021 price).


Foods That Are Worth Trying

Here are all the foods to try at Lehua market:

FoodRestaurant/Stand
Sweet soy milkNowhere specific
Oyster omeletNowhere specific
Stinky tofuNowhere specific
Yolk filled taro ballsNowhere specific
Pigs blood cakesNowhere specific

I also had these cheese-filled corn dogs once. But I don’t want to recommend them since they’re not really “Taiwanese.” If you’re an American longing for diabetes-inducing foods, then sure, go for them.

I can’t remember the stand’s name, but it was close to the entrance. And the staff there spoke English.

Other than food, visit the clothing shops. You’ll find a lot of affordable clothes.


How To Get there

The easiest way to get there is to take Taipei Metro’s Orange Line to Dingxi Station and leave from Exit 1. From there, turn left on Yonghe Road and walk southbound for around 10 minutes until you see the massive sign in the image below.

If you don’t want to take the MRT, consider one of these public transportation methods:

  • Uber / taxi:
    • I honestly recommend downloading one of these apps to book a taxi:
      • Find Taxi (English): Book a taxi ahead of time and know the driver’s ratings (like Uber…)
      • 55688 (English): Same as Find Taxi, but with a reward point system.
  • YouBike: There’s a YouBike station 3 minutes away (walking distance) from the night market.
  • Bus: Take numbers 227, 2114, 5, or 304 to the Lehua Cinema Stop
    • I recommend downloading the Bus+ app to make tracking buses easier.

Is There Anything to Do Nearby?

If you’re bored at the night market, here are nearby things to do:

AttractionWalking TimeTo-Do
Museum of World Religions6 min.Exhibits on various world religions
Yonghe Ren’ai Park8 min.Walk, visit the concert hall, & explore nearby shops

You won’t find the most things to do.

If you’re bored, I recommend taking the Taipei MRT at Dingxi Station and going to Guting Station (4 min.). It’s home to the Shida Student Night Market.

Or take the metro for another 4 minutes and depart at Dongmen Station. You’ll find the first Din Tai Fung store in this area and various other attractions and stores.

Lehua Night Market Photos

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Fried small eggs
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Shaved ice
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Swordfish?
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Sweet soup stand