Are you wondering where to go on weekends in Taipei with your family? Well, we are lucky enough to be in Taiwan so that we can do lots of outdoor activities even in this crazy covid-19 pandemic. Do you like shopping? These days more people tend not to go to department anymore, so there are Outdoor Market springing up everywhere in Taiwan. For me, personally I like to go local markets such as flea markets and traditional markets while I am traveling in different countries. It’s my best secret to share for a foreigner starts their Taiwan tour since I reckon this is the best way getting to know and blending in the locals.
Let Justaiwantour bring you to some our favorite markets in Taipei!
1. Si Si Nan Village Market
- Address: No. 54, Songqin St., Xinyi District, Taipei City.
Located in one and only Si Si Nan Village, there are always a variety of theme markets attracting lot of young people and families here. Though you can see the tag on google map is “Good Cho’s Simple Market”, the market itself is in fact held by different organizer such as: EdgeMan Market, Taipei Flea Market, Ishands, So Good Market, Good Soul and so on. Coffee, snacks, accessories, outfitters and vintage… anything trendy that you could imagine, you can probably find here! Let’s go on an adventure during Taiwan family trip!
Besides “Si Si Nan Village Market”, the village itself has so much to explore. It is one of the oldest village in Taipei City, and got the name because it was dwelled by the workers of Military Factory #44 (“Si” is the pronunciation of “4” in Mandarin) and their families. As time goes by, the site is adapted into a cultural and educational zone. To continue the spirit of “Simple Life Festival”, restaurant “Good Cho’s” create “Simple Market”. Since then, open events and performances, as well as displaying the village’s early remains. At its holiday square, farmers’ markets, handicrafts markets, and a flea market called Simple Market are held.
Last but not least, situating in Xinyi district makes Si Si Nan Village Market one of the best spots to take photos of Taipei 101 and admire the new year’s eve fireworks!
2. Tianmu Creative/Flea Market
- Address: Between Sec. 7, Zhongshan N. Rd. and Tianmu W. Rd. in Shilin District, Taipei City.
The style of the Tianmu Creative Market is completely different; there are not only creative goods, but mostly lifestyle products in this market. Unlike others, the vendors in Tianmu Creative/Flea Marketare larger proportion of locals then shops. That means, you may find some treasures with ridiculously cheap price out of locals’ closet or cupboard!
Tianmu has long been an enclave for foreign residents, visiting this area you’ll notice a distinct air of international cosmopolitanism. In the early days, Tianmu Creative/Flea Market was merely a gathering for second-hand goods, including old antique items, quality clothing and other items from all around the globe. You can see lots of new and interesting things at the creative market, such as DIY accessories, everyday objects in unique forms, and toys for children. Some stall owners will teach you how to DIY, and it is just perfect for a family trip with kids.
3. Gongguan Flea Market
- Address: Siyuan St., Zhongzheng District, Taipei City.
Similar to Tianmu Creative/Flea Market, Gongguan Flea Market gathers all kinds of second hand goods; one conspicuous difference is that, there are more students in this area. For younger generation, here’s one of the best place to buy cheap outfits; it is also suitable for families to come, there are stuffed dolls and toys waving hands to those little kids. Gongguan Flea Market is the best way to hang around before sun goes down and the Gongguan Night Market starts!
4. Songshan Cultural and Creative Park
- Address: No. 133, Guangfu S. Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei City
You can always enjoy no matter outdoor or indoor markets here in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. If you have ever been to Huashan 1914 Creative Park, there are always something up in the ware houses: exhibitions, displays, live concerts and all kinds of stores and vendors. For irregular outdoor markets, despite those organizers we mentioned below, you can check on Water Water Market as well. Those creative parks are best choice to have a Taiwan family trip while during Taipei day tour!
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei’s Xinyi District was originally constructed in 1937 as the old name “Songshan Tobacco Factory”. The factory ceased production of cigarettes in 1998 for urban concerning, regulatory changes in the tobacco and liquor marketing system, as well as shrinking demands. In 2001, the Taipei City Government renamed the tobacco factory into city’s 99th historic site and converted it into a park.
In 2011, the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park was positioned as the “Creative Hub of Taipei”, with the objective to nurture creative talents and energy. Its mission is tansferring to kindle creativity, innovation, and to be in synch with the interdisciplinary developmental trend observed in today’s industries.