A local saying goes “In the South there is Flower, in the Middle there is Fengjia, and in the North, there is Shihlin”, and indeed the Flower Night Market in the Northern part of Tainan-a historical city in the South of Taiwan-is the biggest and the most popular of all its night markets.
If this is the first you’ve heard of night markets in Tainan, you’re in for a palatable surprise. Going to night markets in Tainan means stuffing yourself with delicious and mouth-watering delicacies of the city. But even if you’ve been in one before and you’re still here looking for information, you probably will not get enough of the food and wanted to come back for more. And who could blame you? Even Taiwanese living in other parts of the country who must have tried Tainan’s food a hundred times in their lives still travel all the way to the city just to eat.
Indeed, Tainan wasn’t called “City of Snacks” for nothing. And in night markets, you’d find numerous local foods to satisfy your Taiwan food cravings. In Flower Night Market, you’ll find Tainan’s most popular foods. So, don’t be fooled by its “Flower” name because they don’t sell scented blooms here. Here, you’ll find famous delicacies like candied guava, grilled chicken steak, grilled seafood, oyster omelet, spicy duck blood, stinky tofu, coffin toast, spring roll ice cream, bubble tea and winter melon drink among many others. There are also international delicacies like Korean spicy rice cake, Japanese takoyaki, sushi, Indian Teh Tarik and a lot more.
The Flower Night Market was established in 1999 and is currently the youngest night market in Tainan. But unlike other night markets in Taiwan, night markets in Tainan aren’t open every night. The Flower Night Market for instance is only open three days a week-on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6:00 in the evening till 1:00 in the morning.
But it’s not only food that you’ll find in the market. In fact, night markets are also the best place to explore, experience and understand Tainan’s culture. This night market functions like an entertainment and shopping mall, only there are no air conditionings and you have the outdoor night air for ventilation. But with over 10,000 square meters of shopping area, it certainly more than make up for it.
Even with the city’s heat, you’d find shopping enjoyable in the night market. There are numerous stalls selling handmade accessories, stationeries, trendy clothing, jewelry, perfumes, bags, wallets and even canned goods. It’s even perfect for families and groups as there are also game stalls available in the area where you could play pinball, dart, shooting, hoopla, basketball and many others.
So, if you’re looking for a clean, good entertainment at night, head on to the Flower Night Market. You’ll not only find the surroundings totally in keeping with your holiday mood, you’ll also find it exciting and exhilarating, as shopping expeditions should always be. The food is just icing on the cake.