The real draw card of the Kaohsiung dining scene is the seafood. Without a doubt, it reaches its peak in Cijin district, which is a narrow island reached by underground tunnels that is wall-to-wall seafood restaurants. All the dining options here cook fresh catches that have come straight from the ocean and diners can simply point at what they want and have it cooked up for them on the spot.
Elsewhere, an international feel can be found with great Thai, Korean, Japanese and Chinese restaurants on every other corner. The five-star hotels of the high-rise district offer superb dining with spectacular views from upper storey restaurants.
Liouho Night Market
This break from the high-rise scene is a traveler's favorite. Locals love it too, and the pork stuffed rice balls and oyster omelets are the snacks that generate the longest queues. Liouho Night Market is located on Liouho Road, and is in within easy walking distance from Kaohsiung Railway Station. It comes alive after dark.
Underground pedestrian tunnels link Cijin Island to the mainland at Kaohsiung and the underwater walk is rewarded with innumerable seafood restaurants that range from shanty type shacks with a kitchen out the back to palatial fine diners. Cijin district is the main non-market dining area of Kaohsiung.
In the northeast part of Kaohsiung is the upscale part of town. A great number of western fast food outlets are here but superb Korean and Thai restaurants line the streets too. Naturally, the Taiwanese dining options are fantastic and if a new buzz restaurant opens in Kaohsiung, it usually opens somewhere in SanMin district.