Almost every city in Taiwan has their fair share of night markets. Night markets in Taichung are one of the most crowded and lively places in the city, full of good food, cheap products and fun. You can imagine night markets like a circus with lots of restaurants in the middle of the night. Several popular Taichung Night Markets include Fengjia shopping town, Zhong Hua night market, Zhong Xiao night market, Miao Dong market, YiZhong Street night market and itinerant night market.
FengJia Night Market is situated close to FengJia University, at Xitun District. Recently, this flourishing place has turned out to be the city’s most famous for night shopping and eating out among residents and tourists alike. The night market provides dozens of stands selling shoes, clothing, decorative items, music and fashion. It is also jammed with eateries, cafes and other food establishments. Some of the Taiwanese and non-Taiwanese snacks and drinks popular in FengJia Night Market include baked potato, locally popular as ‘jacket potato’, duck meat sandwich, bloody rice cake, fruits on sticks and popular foreign snacks like kimchi rolls, Indian milk tea, chewy Turkish ice cream and so forth. Other innovative snacks include oyster omelette, stinky tofu, tempura and meatballs.
On the other hand, Zhong Hua Night Market can be found in the middle of the Central District, along GongYuan and Zhong Hua Road, connecting to the adjacent SanMin Road and Taichung Park. It is the largest night market in Taichung and houses Zishing Cinema and Universal Cinema City. Along the roadside, you can see wide range of products including electronics, clothing and shoes. It is also home to some of the most popular exotic snacks such as snake meat, soft-shelled turtle, etc. Some of the most popular eateries and restaurants in ZhongHua include Lao Guang Cantonese congee, Tanzi stinky bean curd, Chen’s herbal tea, ZhongHua mochi king and angelica-flavored duck in Ashuishi Old Shop.
Another Taichung night market is the Zhong Xiao Market, located in southern part of Taichung Railway Station. While other night markets have considerable amount of shopping oppurtunities, food is Zhongxiao’s specialty, which is evident to the multitudes of hawkers and street food carts selling various Chinese/Taiwanese delicacies such as hill foods, roasted duck, seafood, noodles, heilun, rice, cold beverages and oyster Chinese vermicelli. This night market consists of more or less 160 business stalls.
YiZhong Street Night Market is often frequented by students due to its ideal location, close to National Taichung First Senior High School, National Taiwan College of Physical Education and the National Taichung Institute of Technology. No difference to other Taichung night markets, YiZhong Street Business Market is like a huge kitchen for students. Along the stretch of YiZhong Street are great varietys of locals selling delicacies such as Bubble Tea, tofu, oyster, omelette, etc. It also features a broad range of fashion accessories, clothing and cheap gadgets for students. The ‘10E’ market is the most famous as its sells some of the funkiest and newest items on the streets. There is also a ‘bathroom-themed’ restaurant with the interior decors and tableware all patterned to be bathroom-like. There is also Glasses Street, Sports Street and Salon Street in the area.
These are some of the most popular and crowded night markets in Taichung. Nowadays, itinerant Taichung night markets are increasingly popular. These are smaller and move from one location to another, allowing local residents in remote communities experience the convenience of a close market.