Addiction Aquatic Development, 上引水產 – No. 18, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu E Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
When you think about Taipei, you immediately think of great (sinful) street food and awesome shopping at mainstream places like Ximending, Shilin Night Market, Raohe, Wufenpu… however, during my recent trip I was recommended a place that I absolutely fell in love with – Addiction Aquatic Development, 上引水產.
Here’s 5 reasons why you need to go, like ASAP.
#5. It’s easy to get there!
Unlike most popular places, hipster cafes and must-go tourist areas, this place isn’t in a far-far-far away isolated area where you would have to hire a car to, and then walk for 475183012938 minutes.
The nearest MRT station is Xingtian Temple Station, and then it’s a 15 minute walk. (You’ll also see the other interesting markets in the vicinity too.) After the walk, you should be all ready to tuck into a good meal – perfect!
If you don’t fancy a walk at all, you can also get an Uber there (we’ve used Uber a couple of times in Taipei, and it’s very reasonably priced and very convenient!)
#4. It’s not over-crowded
Unlike most popular places (again), this amazing place is not packed full of rude, screaming tourists pushing each other out of the way. Many locals frequent this place for their weekly groceries or for a quick meal – that to me, makes it more authentic.
Tip: this place opens from 6am – 12am, the best timing to go would be at 10.30am – when the chefs are ready to prepare sashimi to order, and the shelves are fully stocked. At this timing, especially on a weekday, it’s not crowded at all, and you can leisurely browse the shelves and pick your food!
#3. Loads of things to see
There’s 10 different sections in this cozy place – ranging from the live seafood section (see them glorious crabs and scallops), to the supermarket, to the lifestyle area (pretty flowers and ornaments on sale) and to different sit-down restaurants. If you really want a feast, don’t forget to grab some sake along with your seafood 😀
#2. Seafood paradise – need I say more?
If you are a seafood-lover, this is heaven. Fresh live seafood, freshly prepared seafood, cooked seafood, grilled seafood, steamboat seafood – this place HAS IT ALL!
If you aren’t a fan of fine-dining, the supermarket has a great variety of fresh seafood and produce, which you can buy home or consume right outside the building (they have standing tables and normal tables for you to sit down and enjoy).
*The tables are very instagrammable too!
#1. The PRICE.
SGD$24 for a good box of fresh, fatty, buttery Otoro Tuna? SGD$10 for a box of mixed fresh salmon and tuna slices? Where else can you get these kinds of prices?
We also really enjoyed their Chawanmushi and their fried rice. Every mouthful was flavorful and rich.
This is somewhere you have to go, no buts about it. If you are tired of the excessive crowds, rude tourists and vendors who just will not let you haggle prices, head over to this gem of a place and you’ll not have one single regret. #truestory
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