Shopping in Taipei is practically a national sport. There is a remarkable number of shopping malls, boutique stores and local markets, selling everything from the very finest luxury items to the simplest little tourist trinkets. Da'an and Xinyi districts are particularly popular with shopaholics, with every other building being an air-conditioned mall containing an impressive range of international brands, generally located close to the Taipei Metro. Whole swathes of these areas are devoted certain types of products, enabling you to buy unique items from local designers and craftsmen, usually at excellent prices.
Night markets are also a major part of Taipei shopping, with countless examples dotted throughout the city, the best of them spanning large areas and hundreds of stalls. They are particularly famous for their excellent street food, though many also sell a truly remarkable array of wares and are a great place to find a few bargains on great souvenirs.
Taipei 101 Shopping MallXinyi
Occupying the first few floors of the iconic Taipei 101 tower at the heart Xinyi District, Taipei 101 Mall specialises in luxurious shops from around the world, particularly fashion and fine dining. The mall stretches from the food court on B1 to financial services and digital products on 5F, with floors of top-end boutiques and well-known brands like French Connection, Armani Exchange and Versace in between. Naturally, the mall’s setting is one of luxury, featuring a lot of smooth lines and white marble.
- Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 11:30 – 22:00, Fri – Sat 11:00 – 22:00
- Location: No. 45, Shifu Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)2 8101 7777
Bellavita Shopping MallXinyi
Bellavita styles itself as a bespoke luxury mall, specialising in high-quality retailing in chic surroundings. The classical-styled building contains nine levels with cathedral-like stone construction and high ceilings and a relatively small selection of very high quality stores. Names like Vera Wang, Yohji Yamamoto, Giorgio Armani and Tiffany & Co. grace its floors and the B1 level contains an art gallery alongside a Lamborghini showroom. The very bottom floor (B2) contains an almost incomparable food court while the upper levels hold some of the top restaurants in the city.
- Opening Hours: 10:30 – 22:00
- Location: No. 28, Songren Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)2 8729 2771
Breeze Center MallSongshan
Opened in October 2001, Breeze Center is the local leader in the Breeze brand (ahead of Breeze II and Breeze Taipei Station). The mall starts from the Breeze brand supermarket on B2 and goes up to a cinema on the 9th floor. Along the way, there are an impressive number of high and mid-range quality stores, such as Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, UNIQLO, and Jimmy Choo. There are also a number of restaurants, falling into a similar quality and price bracket.
- Opening Hours: Sun – Wed 11:00 – 21:30, Thu – Sat 11:00 – 22:00
- Location: No. 39, Section 1, Fuxing S Road, Songshan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 6600 8888
Shin Kong Mitsukoshi MallZhongzheng
There are four malls from the Japanese Shin Kong Mitsukoshi brand in Taipei alone, with numerous others across Taiwan. Among the four in the city, the most notable is the Taipei Station store, housed in the huge Shin Kong Tower. The mall has a sizable food court and a good selection of shops, ranging from high-end to budget. Noted for having practically anything you could possibly want as well as being perfectly placed at the heart of several transport networks, it is effectively a one-stop shopping experience.
- Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 11:00 – 21:30, Fri – Sat 11:00 – 22:00
- Location: No. 66, Section 1, Zhongxiao W Road, Zhongzheng
Shilin Night MarketShilin
The biggest and most popular of Taipei’s night markets, Shilin’s food court alone holds about 539 stalls, with a huge selection of other goods on sale. You can find dedicated areas for clothing, photos, pets, furniture, souvenirs and much more. The market is centred on the Yangming Theatre and Cicheng Temple, but spreads out into all of the surrounding streets, which contain many cinemas, karaoke bars, video arcades and other small businesses. You can find a great variety of bargains in a bustling environment.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 24:00
- Location: In the area of Dadong Road, Danan Road, Wenlin Road and Jihe Road, Shilin
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2882 0340
Miramar Entertainment ParkZhongshan
The fact that there is so much more to do at Miramar than just shopping is why it earns the title of ‘entertainment park’. Iconic for its 70-metre-tall Ferris wheel (which is the second tallest in Taiwan), there is also an IMAX theatre boasting the largest movie screen in Asia. The fact that there are also six floors of stores featuring names like Montblanc, Chanel and Roberta di Camerino is a bonus! Wares on sale include sports equipment, fashion, accessories, cosmetics, toys and good quality cuisine.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 11:00 – 23:00, Sat – Sun 11:00 – 24:00
- Location: No. 20, Jingye 3rd Road, Zhongshan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2175 3456
Taipei City MallZhongzheng
Many of the stores in Taipei City Mall were once stalls in the Chunghwa Market, which was demolished in 1992. Since its opening in 2000, therefore, the mall is really more of an underground market – one which contains hundreds of shops. Taipei City Mall is divided into three sections, selling clothing, electronics and food. With its heritage as a market, the wares on sale are generally (though not universally) on the budget end of the scale. You can also find street musicians playing and massage shops. If you are an anime lover, this place comes highly recommended for its range of specialist stores and stalls.
- Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 11:00 – 21:30, Sat – Sun 11:00 – 22:00
- Location: No. 100, Section 1, Civic Boulevard, Zhongzheng
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2559 4566
Raohe Street Night MarketSongshan
The oldest of the city’s night markets, the 600m length of Raohe Street has been a popular tourist attraction since 1987. Passing through the decorative archway at the entrance to the road, shoppers face a great variety of shops and stands. Wares range from a huge variety of food to electrical goods, games, DVDs, beauty products, clothing and accessories to a small amusement arcade for the kids. Its popularity means that it does get very busy - particularly around the food stalls - which can make it uncomfortably cramped.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 24:00
- Location: Raohe Street, Songshan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2763 5733
Jianguo Weekend Jade and Flower MarketZhongshan
Strangely located in a car park underneath an overpass, this is one of the top places in the city to find great souvenirs. As the name suggests, the market takes place every weekend (and holiday) and specialises in flowers and jade goods, including bracelets and Buddhist charms. You will also find some stalls selling other trinkets and handicrafts. The colourful and fragrant displays make it a very popular place, with both tourists and locals. A small artists’ corner adjacent to the main market is also a popular attraction.
- Opening Hours: Sat – Sun 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Jianguo S Road, Zhongshan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2720 8889
Wufenpu Shopping DistrictXinyi
Wufenpu specialises in clothes, to the extent that it is sometimes referred to as the garment district. It is sometimes also referred to as a wholesale district because of its remarkably low prices and, sure enough, buying in bulk can give extra savings. Over 1,000 stores sell the latest fashion trends, catering to all ages. Women’s and kid’s clothing is particularly common, as are discount racks, but you will still find plenty of men’s items. Big brands are not widely represented, but top fashions (at a fraction of the high street prices) are.
- Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 11:00 – 21:00, Sat – Sun 11:00 – 24:00
- Location: Yongji Street, Xinyi