Fancy a spot of shopping in Taitung? No need to dress up. Just put on a pair of sandals and shorts and you'll fit right in with the locals. Taitung Tourist Night Market and Siwei Night Market are both popular markets in downtown Taitung. During the day, Zhengqi Road ‒ home to Taitung Tourist Night Market ‒ becomes "fruit street", where locals come to buy fresh fruit. Taitung is full of markets with a cultural and creative focus, such as Dulan Sugar Factory Cultural Park, Tie Hua Village, TTStyle and Jingya Farmers' Market, all of which sell creations by Taitung artists. It's a wonderful way to experience art and everyday life coming together. Taitung also has quite a few farmers' markets, including Taitung University Organic Farmers' Market, 2626 Market and Guanshan Town Market, where you can buy fresh produce directly from local farmers and chat to them about life on the land.

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    Dulan Sugar Factory Cultural Park

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    Dulan Sugar Factory Cultural Park was formerly a local private sugar factory called "Xindong Sugar Factory", which was established during the Japanese occupation period and was obsolete for many years. With the support of the local government of Taitung, a group of artists transformed the factory into a new cultural landmark in Taitung. The park is now a vibrant artistic and cultural space, with shops selling a variety of locally made crafts as well as wood carving studios run by wood carving artists. You'll find many unique contemporary and high-quality artworks here. The hugely popular school bag used by Dulan Elementary School came from here. Your visit here will also help support the work of local artists.

    Location: No. 61, Dulan Village, Donghe Township, Taitung County, Taiwan 959

    Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm

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    Tiehua Village

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    Located in downtown Taitung, the Music Village and Slow Market in Tiehua Village are a magnet for local musicians and artists. Spend a while listening to the talented singer-songwriters, or shop for Taitung handicrafts in the market. This leisurely shopping destination is very popular with young people. The stalls of the ever-popular Slow Market are run by Taitung producers, artists and farmers. The Slow Market gets its name from the slow-paced atmosphere. Put on a pair of comfortable shoes and head here for a leisurely stroll. Take the time to chat with the stall owners and get to know the local people. You can also buy exquisite handmade soaps, clothing and painted artworks here, all of which reflect the local culture of Taitung.

    Location: No. 26, Lane 135, Xinsheng Road, Taitung City, Taitung County, Taiwan, 950

    Open: Wednesday to Saturday from 3 pm to 10.30 pm, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Slow Market: Saturday to Sunday from 6 pm to 10 pm

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    Taitung Tourist Night Market

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    Taitung's rapid development as a tourism destination brought a large influx of visitors to the city. The desire for a permanent night market, where tourists could enjoy a browse and a stroll after dinner, led to the establishment of Taitung Tourist Night Market. Taitung Tourist Night Market is located on Zhengqi Road, Taitung City. During the day, Zhengqi Road becomes "fruit street", where you can buy all kinds of fresh fruit and local farm produce. In the evenings from Thursday to Saturday, stalls adorned with colourful signs and banners pop up everywhere, attracting big crowds and creating a bustling atmosphere. You can buy groceries, local specialties and tasty snacks here. This market is leisurely and relaxed, very much like the people of Taitung.

    Location: Zhengqi Road, Taitung City, Taitung County, Taiwan 950

    Open: Thursday to Saturday from 5 pm to 11 pm

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    Taitung University Organic Farmers' Market

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    Every Sunday morning, the open space around Taitung University is host to Taitung University Organic Farmers' Market, where you can buy quality organic produce from local farmers. Organic farming is an eco-friendly farming technique for the 21st century. Taitung County now has about 921.7 acres (373 hectares) of organic farming land that can produce organic fruits and vegetables of the highest quality. Taitung University Organic Farmers' Market provides an outlet where Taitung's organic farmers can sell their produce as well as promote organic farming. You can buy kinds of certified organic produce, such as vegetables, rice, coffee, fruit and tea here. The market offers a home delivery service, so you can travel light and receive your organic farm produce when you return home.

    Location: Next to Taitung University, Zhonghua Road, Taitung City, Taitung County, Taiwan 950

    Open: Sunday from 8 am to 12 pm

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    2626 Market

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    On the second and fourth Saturday afternoon of every month, colourful stalls line Wuling Green Tunnel in Luye Township, Taitung. This is the 2626 Market, an initiative by a group of locals who wanted to showcase what Taitung has to offer. The name "2626" refers to the time at which the market is held ‒ 2pm to 6pm every other Saturday. The 2626 Market is a lively rural market. On both sides of the beautiful green tunnel you'll find various stalls selling farm produce, snacks and crafts, all of which are produced locally in Taitung. You can buy local farm produce as well as beautiful handicrafts, including handbags, hats, soaps, accessories and clothing, all with their own distinctive character because they are not mass-produced. The breathtaking scenery of the green tunnel makes 2626 Market an ideal place for a leisurely afternoon's shopping.

    Location: No. 83, Yongling Road, Yong'an Village, Luye Township, Taitung County, Taiwan 955

    Open: Second and fourth Saturday afternoon of every month: 2 pm to 6 pm

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    Siwei Night Market

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    Located in Taitung City, Siwei Night Market is a Taitung-style market that's held every Sunday evening. Vendors here deliberately don't cater to tourists, so the market retains a strong local feel. Locals love to stroll around here, shop for everyday essentials or enjoy some snacks. At this market, you can try local delicacies and buy clothing, everyday essentials, speciality products or fresh fruit. You never know what you might find here! You'll find the prices here very affordable. If you find something you really like, why not test your haggling skills? Apart from saving money, it's also a great way to get to know the vendors and hear the latest news and stories from Taitung.

    Location: Lane 464, Section 1, Siwei Road, Taitung City, Taitung County, Taiwan 950

    Open: Sunday from 6 pm to midnight

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    TTStyle

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    TTStyle, opened in 2017, is a four-storey shopping space built from shipping containers. Its unique wave-shaped roof makes it a tourist hotspot in Taitung. When the weather's fine, the brightly coloured blue roof glistens in the sunlight, transporting you to the shores of the ocean. Under the roof you'll find many container buildings selling artisanal products with a distinctive Taitung flair. As a popular shopping destination in Taitung, TTStyle is an indigenous cultural and creative space offering local farm produce, crafts and traditional costumes, as well as cafes, restaurants and bars.

    Location: No. 105, Xinsheng Road, Taitung City, Taitung County, Taiwan 950

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

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    Zhengqi Road

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    Zhengqi Road in downtown Taitung is nicknamed "fruit street" by Taitung locals, who like to come here to buy fresh fruit. Competition between the fruit shops along this road is fierce, making the prices really favourable. Shop around to get the best bargain. Taitung is known for its abundant farm produce, in particular its juicy fruit. Come to Zhengqi Road to get the freshest, delicious-tasting custard apples, oranges, ponkans, bananas, loquats, and much more. The custard apple is a speciality of Taitung and has a distinctive appearance and rich aroma. You'll get the best custard apples in town on Zhengqi Road. You'll also find juice shops selling freshly squeezed juice here.

    Location: Zhengqi Road, Taitung City, Taitung County, Taiwan 950

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    Jingya Farmers Market

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    Located on a beautiful coastal road in Donghe Township, Taitung County, Jingya Farmers Market sells Taitung farm produce and handicrafts. In addition to artisanal products from Donghe Township you can buy Taitung-themed crafts, exquisitely designed and packaged to reflect the area's unique beauty. The market sells produce grown by local farmers in Taitung, such as "Jingbao Rice" from Taitung Taiyuan Valley, coffee beans and hibiscus tea. You'll also find creations by local artists here. Many of the products are inspired by the unique landscape of Taitung. You can pick up clothing, postcards and towels printed with the beautiful hot air balloons that the area is famous for.

    Location: No. 264, Nandonghe, Donghe Township, Taitung County, Taiwan 959

    Open: Daily from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm

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    Guanshan Town Market

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    On the third Sunday of every month, Guanshan Town Market, a small rural market, is held in the park at the intersection of Minquan Road and Sanmin Road in Guanshan Township, Taitung County. The unspoiled town of Guanshan has numerous small shops and grocery stores. Like many other small towns, it has found itself faced with an exodus of young people due to industrial development. To boost the town's economic growth, a group of young people in Guanshan set up this local market to provide local farmers and producers with more opportunities to sell their products. The market sells hand-made items, Guanshan farm produce, Guanshan rice and home-made ice-cream. You can buy Guanshan specialities to support local farmers and artists. Despite its rural location, Guanshan Town Market is full of vitality. The young people here love to tell the story of Guanshan, hoping to encourage others to return to their home town to build a new Guanshan together.

    Location: No. 32, Minquan Road, Guanshan Township, Taitung County, Taiwan 956

    Open: Third Sunday of every month: 9 am to 1 pm

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