TRAVEL: Good Cho’s and Simple Market, Taipei

I’ve been to Taipei three times, including this most recent trip, but each visit is always different. This time around, it had been well over five years since I was last in the city; hazy memories of Shilin night market, of coral-coloured sunsets at Danshui and way too many cups of fragrant green milk tea still float about in my brain. This time around, we took a more chilled out approach and avoided the frenetic Ximending area (the Shibuya/Causeway Bay/insert popular city spot full of the young and lithe here of Taipei) and stayed further out east, near the imposing Taipei 101 tower. One of the highlights of the short weekend break was a little jaunt to the weekly Simple Market at the nearby Xinyi Public Assembly Hall in the Xinyi district, a little hive of activity on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Located on the former site of the military families village, a small collection of low-rise cement buildings with narrow alleyways and wide courtyards, the Simple Market takes place once a week on Sunday afternoons. If anything, the spot of land itself is worth visiting even if the market isn’t on – the image of strikingly modern Taipei 101 tower looming in the background brings the disparity of these modest buildings and bomb shelter bunkers into sharp relief.

One of the greatest things about the Taiwanese is their insistence on supporting locally-grown talents. At Simple Market, pretty much everything sold has been designed and made with love in Taiwan, from the jars of local honey flavoured with osmanthus flowers to the myriad of quirky accessories, t-shirts and postcards.

There’s also a few stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, and plenty showcasing one of Taiwan’s best exports – teas. Plus, I’d make a wild guess* and say that the live music performances (no one had taken to the ‘stage’ during my visit) feature homespun artists as well.

* Well, you wouldn’t expect Lady Gaga here, would you?

Right in the middle of all the action is Good Cho’s (好丘), a lifestyle store-cum-café that attracts all manner of citizens, luring them in with the combination of – again – a huge range of locally-produced wares and a reputation for some of the best bagels in town.

Initially, I wasn’t interested in having any, but then those Asian spidey senses started tingling at the sight of a winding queue (and desperate punters piling the maximum 8 bagels per person onto their trays) and I couldn’t resist. (On a side note, this also happened at the night market where I, despite having previously shrugged off that famous treat of gigantic fried chicken slabs, citing indifference, decided to join the throng anyway. Just in case. It was good.)

Of couse, Sunday is possibly the worst day of the week to visit Good Cho’s, as the queues for the takeaway counter curls around the room (which, consequentially, rather inconsiderately obscures some of the tea selections on show in the shop section) and the waiting list for a table is equally lengthy. Not having the time to stick around for a table, I took my place in the waiting throng and purchased two bagels to go – spinach, and honey with carrot were the selections of the day. Good they were too, warmed up for breakfast the next day and slathered with their house pineapple and lemon cream cheese. Then it was back into the fresh air to peruse the rest of the market.

With my pidgin Mandarin (okay, practically non-existent), I could get a sense of the pride these local designers had in their products. One particular man at the Deer & Moose stall (who do wonderfully handcrafted wooden charms) was about to launch into an excited explanation of their brand’s ‘story’ before I regretfully informed him that I was basically a fool and ting bu dong.

A stall selling popsicles caught my eye with their roselle–flavoured ice. Roselle (a type of hibiscus) is suddenly becoming more ubiquitous in Hong Kong recently, and this particular concoction proved to be a refreshing way to beat the sudden heat and humidity that had descended upon Taipei that afternoon. Bits of still-crunchy roselles were dotted throughout the ice, which was sweet, sour and salty all at the same time, like a good piece of umeboshi. Odd but certainly enjoyable.

Midori is a cute little ice cream parlour right next to Good Cho’s, selling sorbets and ice creams made with fruits grown sans pesticides.

One-in-five people I saw were toting cameras. The place is just so darn photogenic – the parade of cute pets out on show certainly added to the charm. A poor grumpy kitty in its cone did seem less impressed with it all, though.

If it isn’t clear already, Simple Market is highly recommended if you – like me – are into local markets that tick all the right boxes: interesting location, fun stalls and good food. Oh, to have something similar in Hong Kong…

Simple Market / Good Cho’s
信義公民會館
台北市信義區松勤路 54號
Shinyi Public Assembly Hall
54 Songqin Street, Taipei City (Xinyi district)

1pm-7pm Sunday

 

 

 

8,740 Responses

  1. I together with my friends were found to be viewing the excellent solutions located on your web page and then the sudden came up with a horrible suspicion I had not expressed respect to you for those strategies. All of the women appeared to be as a result thrilled to study all of them and already have surely been enjoying those things. Appreciate your genuinely simply accommodating as well as for using this kind of impressive issues millions of individuals are really desperate to learn about. Our own sincere regret for not expressing appreciation to sooner.

    October 18, 2018 at 6:22 pm

  2. Hi there, I check your blog on a regular basis. Your humoristic style is witty, keep up the good work!

    October 18, 2018 at 6:24 pm

  3. Precisely what I was searching for, thanks for posting.

    October 18, 2018 at 7:03 pm

  4. This video post is actually wonderful, the noise feature and the picture feature of this tape post is in fact amazing.

    October 18, 2018 at 7:24 pm

  5. Here is a good Blog You might Obtain Intriguing that we Encourage You

    October 18, 2018 at 8:13 pm

  6. What’s up Dear, are you truly visiting this web page regularly, if so afterward you will absolutely obtain pleasant know-how.

    October 18, 2018 at 8:21 pm

  7. YouTube is world’s largest video sharing web page, no one can defeat it. Every one add video lessons at YouTube then get embed code and post anyplace.

    October 18, 2018 at 9:20 pm

  8. It’s reallyactually a nicecoolgreat and helpfuluseful piece of informationinfo. I’mI am satisfiedgladhappy that youthat you simplythat you just shared this helpfuluseful infoinformation with us. Please staykeep us informedup to date like this. Thank youThanks for sharing.

    October 18, 2018 at 9:44 pm

  9. the time to read or check out the content or internet sites we have linked to beneath the

    October 18, 2018 at 10:17 pm

  10. YouTube movies are well-known in whole world, for the reason that it is the largest video sharing web site, and I turn out to be too glad by watching YouTube video tutorials.

    October 18, 2018 at 10:17 pm

  11. grand central stations are really built with some great architectural design, they are very impressive.,

    October 18, 2018 at 10:20 pm

  12. This is what Technique Actors call ‘sense reminiscence’.

    October 18, 2018 at 10:27 pm

  13. Wonderful work! This is the type of info that should be shared around the internet. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher! Come on over and visit my website . Thanks =)

    October 18, 2018 at 10:42 pm

  14. HolaHey thereHiHelloGreetings! I’ve been followingreading your siteweb sitewebsiteweblogblog for a long timea whilesome time now and finally got the braverycourage to go ahead and give you a shout out from New CaneyKingwoodHuffmanPorterHoustonDallasAustinLubbockHumbleAtascocita TxTexas! Just wanted to tell youmentionsay keep up the fantasticexcellentgreatgood jobwork!

    October 18, 2018 at 10:50 pm

  15. I really appreciate this post. I’ve been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thank you again

    October 18, 2018 at 11:04 pm

  16. paxil 10mg vs 20mg cialis
    cialis 20mg
    apotheek online cialis
    [URL=http://fanluxcialis.com#tadalafil+generic+cialis+20mg ]tadalafil 20mg[/URL]

    October 18, 2018 at 11:13 pm

  17. Inside YouTube video embed script you can also give parameters in accordance to your wish like width, height or even border colors.

    October 18, 2018 at 11:16 pm

  18. Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything like this before. So good to find anyone with some unique ideas on this subject. realy thank you for beginning this up. this web site is something that is needed on the internet, somebody with a little originality. useful job for bringing something new to the internet!

    October 18, 2018 at 11:53 pm

  19. If you would like to improve your familiarity only keep visiting this site and be updated with the most up-to-date gossip posted here.

    October 19, 2018 at 12:12 am

  20. propranolol 10mg or 20mg cialis
    tadalafil 20mg
    octride 20mg cialis
    [URL=http://luxcialisfan.com#buy+cheap+cialis+online ]buy cialis[/URL]

    October 19, 2018 at 12:44 am

  21. valdispert 450 mg bijwerkingen cialis
    buy cialis online
    l arginine taken with cialis generic
    [URL=http://cialisfanlux.com#cialis+generic ]tadalafil generic cialis 20mg[/URL]

    October 19, 2018 at 12:49 am

  22. I am genuinely grateful to the holder of this web site who has shared this wonderful piece of writing at at this time.

    October 19, 2018 at 1:11 am

  23. You made some decent points there. I regarded on the internet for the difficulty and found most individuals will associate with along with your website.

    October 19, 2018 at 1:17 am

  24. generic cialis free samples
    tadalafil generic
    bula do fluxene 20 mg cialis
    [URL=http://cialisfanlux.com#generic+cialis ]generic cialis tadalafil[/URL]

    October 19, 2018 at 1:26 am

  25. Sketches are genuinely good source of lessons instead of content, its my knowledge, what would you say?

    October 19, 2018 at 2:09 am

  26. Well I really liked reading it. This article offered by you is very constructive for proper planning.

    October 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

  27. generic cialis online canada pharmacy
    buy generic cialis online
    magnus 101 pilules cialis
    [URL=http://luxfancialis.com#buy+cheap+cialis+online ]buy cialis[/URL]

    October 19, 2018 at 2:22 am

  28. generic cialis work buy
    [url=http://buyrxcialisonln.com/#]cheap cialis[/url]
    emedicine viagra cialis pills
    cheap cialis

    October 19, 2018 at 3:00 am

  29. This post is related to website programming is truly nice for me as I am website developer. Thanks for sharing keep it up.

    October 19, 2018 at 3:09 am

  30. medical release information form generic cialis
    generic cialis
    betaderm con gentamicina generico de cialis
    [URL=http://cialisfanlux.com#tadalafil+20mg ]generic cialis tadalafil[/URL]

    October 19, 2018 at 3:55 am

  31. below you will find the link to some web sites that we feel you ought to visit

    October 19, 2018 at 3:57 am

  32. I will definitely digg it and individually suggest

    October 19, 2018 at 3:58 am

  33. Hi colleagues, is there any other pleasant website related to JavaScript posts, while this one is pleasant in favor of PHP programming.

    October 19, 2018 at 4:06 am

  34. YouTube videos are well-known in whole world, because it is the leading video sharing site, and I become too happy by watching YouTube video tutorials.

    October 19, 2018 at 5:05 am

  35. Thanks so much for giving everyone a very special opportunity to read from this website. It’s always so pleasant and jam-packed with a great time for me personally and my office peers to visit your web site at the very least thrice in one week to see the latest secrets you have got. Of course, I am also at all times astounded concerning the breathtaking knowledge served by you. Selected two facts on this page are absolutely the best we’ve had.

    October 19, 2018 at 5:06 am

  36. My wife and i were quite joyful that Emmanuel managed to deal with his preliminary research through your precious recommendations he grabbed in your blog. It is now and again perplexing to just be giving away ideas which other people may have been making money from. And we all fully understand we have got the blog owner to thank because of that. The explanations you have made, the simple web site menu, the friendships your site give support to engender – it’s most overwhelming, and it is helping our son and our family know that this subject is satisfying, and that’s quite essential. Many thanks for all!

    October 19, 2018 at 5:11 am

  37. There are some attention-grabbing cut-off dates in this article however I don’t know if I see all of them heart to heart. There may be some validity however I will take maintain opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we would like extra! Added to FeedBurner as well

    October 19, 2018 at 5:40 am

  38. I know top Blog professionals would really like your blog. You have a good head on your shoulders. You always know just what to say. I truly appreciate this page. Neat post.

    October 19, 2018 at 5:44 am

  39. the time to read or take a look at the content or websites we’ve linked to beneath the

    October 19, 2018 at 5:57 am

  40. Hi it’s me Fiona, I am also visiting this web site on a regular basis, this site is in fact fastidious and the visitors are truly sharing fastidious thoughts.

    October 19, 2018 at 6:01 am

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>