6 Best Night Markets In Tainan, Taiwan

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The old capital of Taiwan under the Qing Dynasty, Tainan is known for its centuries-old stunning temples and beautiful fortresses. One of the most-visited attractions here is the Chihkan Tower, which is an 18th-century complex that has gardens, exquisitely carved towers, and a temple built on the grounds of Fort Provintia. Aside from the historical aspect of the city, it also boasts of numerous night markets. A trip to Tainan wouldn’t be complete without the experience of the night scene famous to locals and foreigners. In case you want to have an overview of the top night markets in town, then read on, and check out our list of the best night markets in Tainan, Taiwan.

1. Garden Night Market

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The biggest night market in all of Taiwan, the Hua Yuan Night Market or often known as Tainan Flower Night Market features numerous food stalls, merchandise vendors, and gaming sections. One of the things that separates this market from the rest of the night markets in the country is the overwhelming food vendors you’ll find here, that sell all the imaginable food in Taiwan, including the classic street foods, international finger foods, and the local delicacies of Tainan. You shouldn’t also take for granted the game stalls, for you and your friends will have lots of fun there. In case you’re up for shopping, the merchandise area has got you covered with a wide variety of items being offered.

Garden Night Market

Address: No. 533號, Section 3, Hai'an Road, North District, Tainan City, Taiwan 704

Website: Garden Night Market

Opening hours: Thurs, Sat, Sun: 5pm–12am

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2. Ta-Tung Night Market

Traditional Taiwanese Food
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Another very interesting night market in Tainan is the Ta-Tung Nigh Market which is a food, merchandise, and entertainment hub that features numerous stalls offering a variety of products, ranging from food stalls that offer local street food to international cuisine, up to massage area, facial needs, and merchandise vendors. You’re looking for something - they have it in many kinds. You will also find here the tastiest squids and delicious milk teas. Make sure to go early, for parking space is quite hard to find here.

Ta-Tung Night Market

Address: No. 276號, Section 1, Linsen Road, East District, Tainan City, Taiwan 701

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5:30pm–12am/ Wed - Sat: 12am–12:30pm/ Tue: 12am–12:30pm, 5:30pm–12am

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3. Wusheng Night Market

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A trip to Taiwan wouldn’t be complete without visiting a night market or two, in fact, they have numerous night markets all over the country, which features different highlights, yet has the same offerings. One of them is the Wusheng Night Market. If other night markets are proud of their food stalls, Wusheng is a carnival of gaming machines. Here, you’ll find numerous gaming stalls that include a pinball machine, a shooting game, throwing hoops, mahjong tables, and more. They also have an outdoor toy auction, wherein sellers market their product to sell it for a higher price. Other things you’ll find here are food, clothes, accessories, shoe stalls.

Wusheng Night Market

Address: Lane 69, Wusheng Road, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700

Website: Wusheng Night Market

Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 6:30pm–1:30am

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4. Xiaobei Night Market

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Unlike other night markets in Tainan that is located outdoors, Xiaobei Night Market is in a department store-like building and has been operating since 1984, making it the longest running night market in Taiwan. It is famous for its variety of stalls ranging from food to merchandise. Few of the things that locals and foreigners alike come back for is the food vendors that serve Taiwanese eel noodles and coffin bread. The property is also located close to Tainan Park, one of the must-visit attractions in this historical city. Make sure to drop by to have a taste of their history and culture, through the experience of a night market.

Xiaobei Night Market

Address: No. 101號, Section 4, Ximen Road, North District, Tainan City, Taiwan 704

Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 12pm–12am

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5. Da Dong Night Market

Night market at Wenhua Road, near Lanjing Street, Chiayi City (Taiwan)
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The next largest night market in Taiwan is Dadong Night Market and is open on the days the Tainan Flower Night Market is closed. Like in the Tainan Night Market, Dadong’s highlight is also the numerous food stalls, but unlike other night markets, the price here is reasonable. The best day to visit the place is during Fridays, for it is often packed with university students from the nearby school, looking to refresh their mind after a week of studying. Another unique feature of the Dadong is its outdoor auctioning, if you haven’t seen one, make sure to visit and see one happen with your own eyes.

Da Dong Night Market

Address: East Dist. Tainan, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Fri: 6pm-1:30am

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6. Qingren (Lovers) Night Market

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Another must-visit night market in Tainan is the Qingren (Lovers) Night Market, which is located in the same place as the Tainan Flower Night Market and runs on alternate nights. It is a smaller version of its counterpart but offers the same stuff. It has numerous food stalls selling local street foods as well as international ones, boutique vendors, and more. If you don’t want the assortment that a big night market offers and the crowds, then you better visit Qingren (Lovers) Night Market and have the best retail and food experience in Tainan.

Qingren (Lovers) Night Market

Address: Haian Road, Section 3, between Lixian Rd. and Hewei Rd., North District. A

Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Fri: 5pm–12am

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Eventful night markets at Tainan

Tainan Anping night market
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Learn more about Taiwan, when you visit its old capital, Tainan, and see famous temples and fortresses that will surely fascinate and leave you in awe. Also, don’t forget to experience the numerous night markets available here. Check them out in our list of the best night markets in Tainan and have an eventful night ahead.

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