Night markets are one of the favorite spots where Taiwanese like to hang out. Of course, they are at the core of Asian cultures and it is almost impossible to visit any neighboring countries without visiting at least one of their night markets. But while Thailand might attract more tourists thanks to its numerous temples, night markets are the touristic strength of Taiwan. If you come here any time and you decide to go out with a local, you can be sure that they will take you to visit one of the numerous night markets established in Taiwan.
What are night markets?
Basically, night markets are street markets which take their true functions around 5 or 6 in the afternoon. Some of them are still open during the day but people mostly go there by night. They are mostly aligned on street sides. It is usually very crowded with vendors retailing different kind of goods such as electronics or clothes. You can find different kind of street foods, from hot pot to fried noodles or stinky tofu. There are also a lot of tea sellers or some ice cream spots. The foods are not only Taiwanese. Depending on which night market you are visiting, you can try either Thai, Mexican, Vietnamese and so on. I really like the shawarma. Prices and options can vary among night markets but the main idea is still same. There are places were people go at night to relax, eat and shop.
Fengjia Night Market
Fengjia Night Market is the biggest and the most known night markets in Taiwan. It is really long to walk through. But it worth the efforts. Clothes and shoes there are really interesting and you could spend hours only doing window shopping. It is also the most crowded night market too. The food is the best that you could find in Taichung and everyone can find something that fits their taste. There are many options such as the famous stinky tofu, cheesy potatoes, crispy chicken or taro rice. Most of them have been created in this very night market. It is also the best place to try some brown sugar bubble milk tea.
- Address: Wenhua Rd.,Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan
- From Taichung train station, you should take Taichung bus 35 until Fengjia University stop
Yizhong Night Market
Yizhong street is one of the most famous place in Taichung. There are a few reasons that can explain that. It is near Chungyo department store and there are many schools and cram schools in the area. But Yizhong street also has one of the best night markets in Taichung and it can count on the middle and high school students to invade it at nights. Even though it i not as big as Fengjia night market, it also offers a lot to see and try to visitors. Yizhong Night Market is normally open from 10 am to 11pm which give you plenty of time to try everything if you want to. But whatever you do, you should not eave this night market without stopping at FengRen Shaved Ice or the Potato House. If you still have time, you could give a try to one of those machine games. There might be a lot to win.
- Address: Yizhong Street, North District, Taichung City, Taiwan 404
- There are many buses that you can take from Taichung Railway Station such as 25, 35, 203, 324,280 and so on
Tunghai Night Market
Located near Tunghai university, Tunghai Night Market is another well known night market in Taichung. The university itself is a place that receives a lot of visitors, mostly on weekends. If you decide to visit both the university and the night market on the day, it will take you quite a bit of time. But don’t worry if you get a bit tired or hungry because Tunghai Night Market has everything you need to feel better. The good news is that the food there is even more affordable than in the other night markets on this list.
- Address: Xingxing Road, Longjing District, Taichung City, Taiwan
- From Taichung Railway Station, you can take 60, 69, 88, 106 or 147. Your stop is Taichung Veterans General Hospital
Zhongxiao Night Market
One very small but yet interesting night market in Taichung, Zhongxiao night market is about 12 minutes away by walk from National Chung Hsing University. It is a place to try Taiwanese traditional hotpot as well as sweet potato balls. There are also a few ice cream places. Options vary from Mexican pizzas to Thai food. Zhongxiao Night Market normally open around 5PM. It is less crowded than other night markets but still, many students hang out there at night. As the street is quite narrow, you will have to watch out motorcycles.
- Address: Zhongxiao Road, South District, Taichung City
- From Taichung Railway Station, you can take bus No 7, 12, 132 or 901 until Taichung Elementary School stop
Zhonghua Night Market
As old as Fengjia Night Market is (established in 1963), it is far from being the oldest night market in Taichung. Zhonghua Night Market is Taichung’s very first night market. It was established in 1950. It is not the most interesting night market in Taichung but it still worth stopping by. It has all traditional food that you could expect to find in any Taiwanese night market and it stays open really late.
- Address: Gongyuan Road, Central District, Taichung City
- From Taichung Railway Station, you can take bus No 6, 9, 201 or 901. You stop at Taichung Municipal Guang Fu Elementary School
Come on! Now it is adventure’s time. Prepare your walking shoes and be ready to discover Taichung’s most interesting night markets. Try to enjoy it to the fullest; Games, drinks, food, souvenirs. You may not know it yet, but visiting any of those night markets will certainly be one of your dearest memory from your trip.