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
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




12,923 Responses

  1. very handful of web-sites that come about to become in depth beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly very well really worth checking out

    June 9, 2018 at 4:23 am

  2. Im no expert, but I believe you just crafted the best point. You obviously know what youre talking about, and I can truly get behind that. Thanks for being so upfront and so honest.

    June 9, 2018 at 5:08 am

  3. very nice post, i in fact really like this internet website, maintain on it

    June 9, 2018 at 5:43 am

  4. Great paintings! That is the type of information that are supposed to be shared around the web. Disgrace on the seek engines for not positioning this post higher! Come on over and discuss with my website . Thanks =)

    June 9, 2018 at 8:23 am

  5. Only a smiling visitant here to share the love (:, btw outstanding pattern. Make the most of your regrets. To regret deeply is to live afresh. by Henry David Thoreau.

    June 9, 2018 at 9:36 am

  6. thank you19

    June 9, 2018 at 11:16 am

  7. Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and aid others like you aided me.

    June 9, 2018 at 11:49 am

  8. thank you21

    June 9, 2018 at 12:20 pm

  9. Really informative blog article.Really thank you! Much obliged.

    June 9, 2018 at 1:27 pm

  10. I have been absent for some time, but now I remember why I used to love this web site. Thank you, I¡¦ll try and check back more often. How frequently you update your site?

    June 9, 2018 at 3:09 pm

  11. seo

    Thanks so much for the article post.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

    June 9, 2018 at 3:20 pm

  12. Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your site is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you have on this site. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for more articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found just the info I already searched everywhere and simply couldn’t come across. What an ideal site.

    June 9, 2018 at 4:34 pm

  13. Whispering Misty So sorry you all skip the workshop!

    June 9, 2018 at 5:15 pm

  14. It¡¦s really a great and helpful piece of information. I am glad that you shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

    June 9, 2018 at 5:22 pm

  15. Super-Duper blog! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am bookmarking your feeds also

    June 9, 2018 at 7:11 pm

  16. HiHello my family memberloved onefriend! I want towish to say that this articlepost is awesomeamazing, greatnice written and come withinclude almostapproximately all importantsignificantvital infos. I’dI would like to peerto seeto look moreextra posts like this .

    June 9, 2018 at 9:05 pm

  17. Just my opinion, it might make your posts a little bit more interesting.

    June 9, 2018 at 9:08 pm

  18. Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine some unrelated information, nonetheless seriously really worth taking a look, whoa did one particular understand about Mid East has got more problerms as well

    June 9, 2018 at 9:55 pm

  19. magnificent points altogether, you simply received a emblem new reader. What might you suggest in regards to your post that you just made a few days ago? Any sure?

    June 10, 2018 at 12:20 am

  20. Thanks again for the blog article. Really Great.

    June 10, 2018 at 12:57 am

  21. I have been exploring for a little bit for any high quality articles or blog posts in this kind of house . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this website. Studying this information So i¡¦m glad to express that I have an incredibly just right uncanny feeling I found out just what I needed. I so much certainly will make certain to do not overlook this web site and provides it a glance on a relentless basis.

    June 10, 2018 at 1:06 am

  22. usually posts some incredibly interesting stuff like this. If you

    June 10, 2018 at 2:16 am

  23. The data talked about inside the article are several of the best out there

    June 10, 2018 at 3:54 am

  24. This website definitely has all the information and facts I wanted concerning this subject and didn at know who to ask.

    June 10, 2018 at 4:45 am

  25. below you will locate the link to some web-sites that we believe you must visit

    June 10, 2018 at 7:18 am

  26. I went over this site and I conceive you have a lot of fantastic info, saved to favorites (:.

    June 10, 2018 at 8:34 am

  27. I truly appreciate this blog.Much thanks again. Will read on

    June 10, 2018 at 10:27 am

  28. Thanks so much for the blog article.Really thank you! Cool.

    June 10, 2018 at 11:02 am

  29. This particular blog is without a doubt awesome and also amusing. I have found a lot of interesting stuff out of it. I ad love to visit it again soon. Thanks!

    June 10, 2018 at 11:39 am

  30. just beneath, are quite a few entirely not connected websites to ours, even so, they are surely worth going over

    June 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm

  31. Have you ever thought aboutconsidered publishingcreatingwriting an e-bookebook or guest authoring on other siteswebsitesblogs? I have a blog based uponcenteredbased on the same informationideassubjectstopics you discuss and would really likelove to have you share some stories/information. I know my subscribersaudienceviewersvisitorsreaders would enjoyvalueappreciate your work. If you areyou’re even remotely interested, feel free to sendshoot me an e maile-mailemail.

    June 10, 2018 at 9:14 pm

  32. Here are some of the sites we advocate for our visitors

    June 10, 2018 at 11:25 pm

  33. I was just seeking this info for some time. After six hours of continuous Googleing, at last I got it in your web site. I wonder what’s the lack of Google strategy that don’t rank this type of informative sites in top of the list. Generally the top web sites are full of garbage.

    June 11, 2018 at 4:01 am

  34. Hello, you used to write fantastic, but the last few posts have been kinda boring¡K I miss your great writings. Past several posts are just a little out of track! come on!

    June 11, 2018 at 4:01 am

  35. thank you2

    June 11, 2018 at 7:04 am

  36. thank you3

    June 11, 2018 at 7:45 am

  37. that could be the end of this article. Right here you

    June 11, 2018 at 11:52 am

  38. Wow, awesome blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is great, let alone the content!

    June 11, 2018 at 2:52 pm

  39. just beneath, are numerous absolutely not associated sites to ours, nonetheless, they are certainly really worth going over

    June 11, 2018 at 2:53 pm

  40. I have been browsing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be a lot more useful than ever before.

    June 11, 2018 at 3:08 pm

  41. Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic article.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

    June 11, 2018 at 5:24 pm

  42. Very fantastic information can be found on site.

    June 11, 2018 at 5:59 pm

  43. Hmm it seemsappearslooks like your sitewebsiteblog ate my first comment (it was extremelysuper long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submittedhad writtenwrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as welltoo am an aspiring blog bloggerwriter but I’m still new to the whole thingeverything. Do you have any helpful hintsrecommendationstips and hintspointssuggestionstips for inexperiencedfirst-timerookienovicebeginnernewbie blog writers? I’d certainlydefinitelygenuinelyreally appreciate it.

    June 11, 2018 at 7:49 pm

  44. When I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a remark is added I get four emails with the identical comment. Is there any means you possibly can remove me from that service? Thanks!

    June 12, 2018 at 1:35 am

  45. check below, are some entirely unrelated internet sites to ours, however, they may be most trustworthy sources that we use

    June 12, 2018 at 1:35 am

  46. although web-sites we backlink to beneath are considerably not associated to ours, we really feel they’re actually worth a go by means of, so possess a look

    June 12, 2018 at 2:23 am

  47. Hiya, I am really glad I have found this information. Today bloggers publish only about gossips and web and this is actually frustrating. A good web site with interesting content, that is what I need. Thanks for keeping this website, I’ll be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Can not find it.

    June 12, 2018 at 7:19 am

  48. Hello there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it is truly informative. I am gonna watch out for brussels. I will appreciate if you continue this in future. A lot of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

    June 12, 2018 at 7:21 am

  49. Wow! Thank you! I constantly wanted to write on my site something like that. Can I implement a portion of your post to my site?

    June 12, 2018 at 7:27 am

  50. I want to express my love for your generosity supporting individuals that really want help on your field. Your personal dedication to passing the solution all over ended up being certainly powerful and has really enabled professionals like me to reach their ambitions. The warm and friendly publication implies a lot a person like me and extremely more to my mates. Many thanks; from each one of us.

    June 12, 2018 at 7:28 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>