Addiction: Tour Taipei’s Artisan Seafood Market

Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei
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Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei
Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei
Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei
Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei
Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei
Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei
Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei
Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei
Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei
Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei
Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei
Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei
Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei
Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei
Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei

Taipei’s version of artisan seafood market is here to impress both the locals and travelers.

Remember in Budapest, we recommended all of you to try Central Market Hall? We’re big fans of mashups between fresh ingredients, localized foods, busy assortments all under one roof. If there’s anything Taipei is known for, it’s the unbeatable fresh seafood. Situated between China and Japan, Taiwan is the perfect location to serve up some real good, real buttery options. You can and should try everything from the ones with fins, those with shells or anything oozing eggs, brains and gooey goodness. Walk around any old-school fish market, you’re going to get the best of Taipei’s seafood on the cheap.

Addiction Aquatic Development (ADD), however, doesn’t come cheap but it sure is good. Taipei’s version of artisan seafood market is here to impress both the locals and travelers. For one, it’s giving locals an updated version of what their grandparents are used to. Who knew sashimis would go so well with white wine? Who knew a fish market didn’t have to, well, smell like fish? ADD is allowing travelers to feel like a local as they stroll through alleys of menus that contain zero English, but that’s probably the best reason to try everything out of the ordinary.

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You, me and everyone else would die to live in this place. It’s clean, it’s got great food with an abundance of imported wine from all over the world, and most of all, it somehow exudes the chic, the sophisticated! Yes, a fish market is undeniably…stylish.

The spirit of ADD lives in its quality, as it states on the website, “Through wholesalers facing consumers directly and the model of direct shipment from the origin, AAD aims to many benefits such as providing good quality control of products and reasonable pricings to customers.” Inside, you can find: sushi bars, wine bars, hotpot restaurant (it’s every Taiwanese’s favorite type of cuisine), charcoaled grilled seafood BBQ on the outdoor terrace, a glorious supermarket (did I mention each box of buttery salmon only costs USD $10?), a juice bar, and a flower shop. Wait, this isn’t it. There’s a lifestyle boutique that takes over the main floor like no one’s business.

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Except, it’s every Taiwanese’s business. Looking around ADD on a Tuesday early afternoon, there are mostly 20-to-30-somethings standing in line for expensive raw fish. Inside the sushi bar, it’s the same profile of Taiwanese standing to sip on wines and placing orders. Why would anyone ever pay to eat while standing? Only the well-traveled Taiwanese who have been to Japan several times and personally ate in Japanese’s standing sushi bars. So ADD caters to us, to the ones who appreciate locally produced products, those who have been to Los Angeles and fell in love with Brentwood Farmers Market.

The next time you find your feet land in Taipei, make sure to a stop at ADD, which is situated in an absolutely non-touristic area. But it’s worth the cab ride. In midst of old-school markets, you’ll find ADD’s contemporary stature. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself spending hours here, then yearning to return.

Wendy Hung

CEO, FOUNDER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and Russia because they were all so different! St. Bart's was pretty amazing too (wink)!

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