Taiwan Fish Market: From Critters to Fritters & Everything in Between…


Seafood Market in Fuhji Harbor Neighborhood

The Fuji Fishing Habor Village is located less than an hour away from Taipei’s city center, making it popular day trip from Taipei, Taiwan. It is here that people enjoy having a meal at a local seafood restaurant, watching the fishing boats come into the harbor, play in the Children’s Area, and, the true highlight for me, browsing fresh food selections at the local fish market. Here you’ll find tons of marine creatures you have never seen before, let alone knew were edible.

Best of all, stall workers will let you hold the many bizarre-looking aquatic animals, which can turn into a fun game of “I dare you to hold…” if you’re with a group. If you see anything that excites your palate the local restaurants will cook your market purchases for you so you can enjoy them while eating on Fuji Harbor. Above photo: Seafood Market in Fuji Harbor Neighborhood.

Fuhji Harbor

Getting There

Address: 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) of Fujili Highway No. 2, Shimen District, New Taipei City

Train: Visitors can take the MRT Tamsui Line to Tamsui Station and transfer to any bus going in the direction of Shimen. Get off at “Dentaikou” (Lighthouse).

Driving: Visitors can take the National Highway No. 1 and exit Taipei exchange. You’ll head straight on Chongqing North Road until you get to Minzu West Road where you’ll turn left. Once you hit Chengde Road, turn left again and continue north. Continue north along Highway No. 2 until you come to your destination. Note it’s across from a restaurant called Chiu Fresh Seafood Restaurant.

Visual Exploration

Whether you peruse the fresh seafood offerings of the market on a day trip to taipei at Fuji Habor or a different one, exploring a Taiwan fish market is a not-to-be-missed experience. Just check out some of the interesting things I discovered when exploring one:

Rainbow lobster


fish penis

elephant clam

fish intestine

fish skin

papaya snail

flower crab

hermit crab

sea cucumber

sea snails

sea urchin

tank lobster




Jessica Festa
Jessica Festa is the editor of the travel sites Jessie on a Journey (http://jessieonajourney.com) and Epicure & Culture (http://epicureandculture.com). Along with blogging at We Blog The World, her byline has appeared in publications like Huffington Post, Gadling, Fodor's, Travel + Escape, Matador, Viator, The Culture-Ist and many others. After getting her BA/MA in Communication from the State University of New York at Albany, she realized she wasn't really to stop backpacking and made travel her full time job. Some of her most memorable experiences include studying abroad in Sydney, teaching English in Thailand, doing orphanage work in Ghana, hiking her way through South America and traveling solo through Europe. She has a passion for backpacking, adventure, hiking, wine and getting off the beaten path.
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