After a visit to National Gallery of Victoria, we decided to take a stroll (~30mins) to South Melbourne Market (since it’s on the same side of the river). It was a good exercise for us since we had such a filling breakfast and good time to catch up with each other as we chatted along the walk.
I have been to Queen Victoria Market every time I was in Melbourne, but had never come to South Melbourne Market. Google describes it as a Lively indoor market with stalls for produce, meat & seafood & cafes serving global fare. The market has been opened since 1867, and will be celebrating 150 years next year! It is the quintessential village market, a place where people come not only to purchase fresh food, but to meet, eat, drink, shop, discover, share and connect.
Back in 2013, we were utterly lost trying to find 公館夜市 Gongguan Night Market, and ended up rather disappointed. This year, we decided to try again 🙂
The maps in the subway station still did not show where 公館夜市 was, but we just followed the instructions online, and got out of Exit 1.
We then realized that as this was more of an area with many shop fronts, it is known as 公館商圈 Gongguan Shopping District. And this time, we were at the correct starting point, and the push cart food stalls were actually spread out across 4 lanes, including that one lane which we went to previously.
Today was our last night in Taipei *sob*, and we really wanted to cover 景美夜市 Jingmei Night Market, and 公館夜市 Gongguan Night Market, as they were just 2 stations apart.
Being a Monday night, we expected that some stalls might not be open. But that was fine with us, as there were plenty of everything else to eat.
The area at 景美 Jingmei is a 市场 market place in the day with shopping and food, and as night falls, it turns into a night market as other push cart style food stalls begin their operations. We were here from late afternoon, and manage to do a little shopping before dinner. The prices here seemed to be slightly cheaper.
We arrived at Taipei rather late, after our long lunch at 羅東 Luodong. We were still very full by dinner time, so we decided to swing by the nearby 寧夏夜市 Ningxia Night Market for some small bites.
We recalled in our previous visit, we tried 2 oyster omelettes. This time, we decided to try from 圓環邊蚵仔煎. In addition to 蚵仔煎 Oyster Omelette (NT65), we also ordered 蛤仔湯 Clam Soup (NT65). The oyster omelette was fluffy with some chewy but light bits. It had at least 11 fresh juicy oysters, which was definitely way more than the non-existent version that we tried previously. We also like the sauce, as it was not overly sweet, and the amount was just right. The clear clam soup was light and sweet, and filled with plump clams.
Happy with our first bites, we went to revisit an old stall for 豬血湯 Pig’s Blood Soup (NT45) and 鲁肉飯 Braised Pork Rice (NT25). There were plenty of huge pieces of pig’s blood :D. The gravy of the braised pork was very delicious, but the rice used was just alright.
Finally, we decided to pack some vegetables from 李家鄉滷味 back to our hotel to eat. The queue was slow-moving, as the lady was rather meticulous in weighing the items to ensure fairness. For NT160, we had a huge bag of 杏鲍菇, meat balls, broccoli, beancurd, white bamboo shoots. We enjoyed every bit of it and went to bed very satisfied with the entire day!
- Location: 台北市大同區寧夏路, Ningxia Rd, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
- Nearest MRT: Zhongshang Station 捷運中山站 (Take Exit 1 and walk westwards along Nanjing West Road for 10mins)
- Website: www.nx-yes.tw
- Hrs: 6pm – 12am
While at 羅東 Luodong, we must definitely make a visit to the famous 羅東夜市 Luodong Night Market!
There was a free shuttle service 羅東社區免費觀光巴士 that ran between our minsu, the night market and the train/bus stations, so this was what we took to the night market. We got off at the Police Station stop, and it was just a short walk to the night market.
We have not been to 士林夜市 Shilin Night Market ever since we first visited Taiwan in 2009, so we thought why not revisit it since it was renovated some years back.
士林夜市 Shilin Night Market was set up way back in the early 1900s and remained at the same location for many years until it had to be demolished and rebuilt in 2002 because of sanitation, electricity and safety considerations. It took the government a long 10 years to rebuilt the night market and the new market officially opened on Christmas Day in 2011. It remains the most popular night market for tourists and you can find so many tourists walking towards it the moment you exit from 捷運劍潭站 Jiantan Station. The market has now divided itself into the street level stalls and the basement food stalls (although some food stalls are still found on the street level).
Our first night in Taipei in 2016, and we decided to visit this little local night market (because this was one of two night markets in Taipei that we have not yet been to)!
We have read many blogs and reviews of this night market and had more or less decided on what to try. Nevertheless, we took our time and strolled along. Our first impression was that this night market was not as crowded as the rest and there were plenty of walking space for everyone! We liked that there was a slight breeze and that the weather was not too hot or humid, thanks to a passing shower which provided much of the coolness.
This location is called 南機場 Nanjichang or South Airport because this area used to be an airport used by the Japanese during the Japanese Occupation. Because this was situated on the south of the main 松山機場 Songshan Airport, locals called it South Airport. 🙂
We travelled from 京都 Kyoto to 大阪 Osaka and first thing we did after dropping our luggage with the hotel was to visit 黒門市場 Kuromon Market! This market has more than 190 years of history and tradition, and is often called “Osaka’ s Kitchen” because of the number and variety of food and products that it contains.
The market is a must-go whenever we are in 大阪 Osaka because we simply love the hustle and bustle of a very lively Japanese market. Or for that matter, any market in any vacation that we go!
The friendly shouting of the stall holders amidst the selling, the abundance of food for tasting, and the smell of the freshness of the produce made us instantly perked up, despite a very rainy day in 大阪 Osaka!
A first-time trip to 京都 Kyoto would probably be incomplete without paying a visit to 錦市場 Nishiki Market. Despite being a Wednesday, where some shops were closed, there were actually still plenty to see, and it was less crowded too.
We had fun strolling around, just looking at the merchandise, and also snacking along the way. The popular soy doughnut shop was opened, and we got ourselves some Soy Doughnut (¥300). A pity it was not piping hot, but still not bad. It certainly tasted different from the soy doughnut that we had at 嵐山 Arashiyama.
We did not think that we could wake up in time for the tuna auction, so we did the next best thing, which was to aim for breakfast at 築地市場 Tsukiji Fish Market 😛
We reached the market close to 9am in the morning, and just followed the crowd into the fish market. We had initially wanted to visit the wholesale market first, but our attention were diverted when we spotted the snaking queues at the most popular sushi places (like Sushi Dai, Sushi Daiwa and Sushi Bun) 😮
We saw a more manageable queue at うまい鮨勘 Umai Sushikan, and had previously read online that it was also quite value-for-money, so we decided to join in the queue.
While queuing, I could not help but notice the steaming hot omelette stick that the person in front of us was having, so I bought one to share from a stall in the previous aisle. It felt great to have hot food in the cold!