What to Buy and Where to Shop in Taipei
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. Daan and Xinyi districts are particularly popular with shopaholics, with every other building being an air-conditioned mall with 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.Read More
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ATT 4 Fun
The ATT 4 Fun building is home to a number of the top nightclubs in the city and a 500-seat auditorium, but the mall part is also a big attraction. Featuring big international fashion brands like Zara, Che Che New York, Nami&Yami and GAP, it is a great place for trendy shoppers. Its fifth floor has a small but good choice of restaurants. The majority of the wares are fashion-oriented and target specifically young women, but you will also find chic homeware and handmade cosmetics, among other items.
- Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 11:00 – 22:00, Fri – Sat 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: No. 12, Songshou Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)2 8780 8111
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. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:30 – 22:00
- Location: No. 28, Songren Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)2 8729 2771
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. Read More...
- 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
Spend Saturday afternoon at the Chienkuo market. Strolling through this peaceful and blooming flower market can be the height of relaxation after a hectic shopping spree. The entire market is a no-smoking zone.
Chungshan Market North Road
Designer boutiques with famous brand-name clothing, shoes, and accessories can be found here. Several souvenir shops offering curios and handicrafts are also located here.
You can also find good ceramic products in the market. Because the city is largely Buddhist, you can find many things like decorative incense holders as well as Chinese scrolls.
Core Pacific City
Sometimes also known as Living Mall, Core Pacific City is distinctly recognisable for the 11-storey granite-clad sphere in front. Deservedly described as a city within a city, it goes 12 floors up and seven underground. This is home to an extensive Mira Department Store selling premium trendy designer labels, an extensive range of restaurants, a large cinema and 1,650 sqm of floor space devoted to pampering and cosmetics. The Shoes Gallery on 1F is particularly impressive. Also 1,650 sqm, it has over 10,000 items of footwear to choose from and a foot spa for when trying them all on gets to be too much
- Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 11:00 – 21:30, Fri – Sat 11:00 – 22:30
- Location: No. 138, Section 4, Bade Road, Songshan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 3762 1888
Dive into this huge shopping experience for clothing, jewellery, footwear and souvenirs. This market offers a seemingly never-ending variety of bakeries, bookshops, teahouses, pubs, restaurants and leading departmental stores. The boutiques located here reflect the contemporary practice of using designer labels for accessories and clothes. On the other hand inexpensive clothes and footwear can also be obtained with massive bargains. Street vendors sell trinkets, costumes and much more. You can also find jewelry at the established stores here.
Eslite Spectrum Mall
Situated right next to Songshan Cultural Park, the four-floor Eslite Spectrum Mall is practically a cultural attraction in itself. At its heart is the extremely popular bookstore brand Eslite. This is surrounded by a selection of boutique stores, generally selling what you might call cultural or artistic products. This includes unique handicrafts on the second floor and high-end fashion on the first floor. The third floor is billed as ‘Tea with books’ and is home to the bookstore with a choice of cafés. The B2 level has a great food court, an art gallery and a performance hall. Eslite Spectrum Mall is a good place to find something different and highly cultural in Taipei.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
- Location: No. 88, Yanchang Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)2 6636 5888
Situated in the Datong district is the fabric market. Anything, from clothes material to curtains, carpets is available here.
Guang Hua Market
This is actually a kind of a flea market for secondhand computers and books. You can buy CD’s, computer parts at very reasonable prices and the market is very competitive so there is a lot of scope for bargaining.
Huaxi Street Night Market
More commonly known as Snake Alley, the entrance to Huaxi Street Night Market is marked with a traditional Chinese gate. This leads to a bizarre collection of stalls and stores which are extremely popular with tourists. Food highlights famously include deer penis, turtle testicles and the snake meat and blood which gave the market its nickname. Dishes containing Chinese herbs and medicine are also very popular. Huaxi Street Night Market is very close to the smaller Guangzhou and Wuzhou night markets and Longshan Temple, making it a good place to start for a tour of this ancient part of the city.
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 24:00
- Location: Huaxi Street, Wanhua
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2388 1818
Jianguo Weekend Jade and Flower Market
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
Miramar Entertainment Park
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
Ningxia Night Market
Ningxia Night Market boasts a cool old-Taiwan style and is noted for its distinctiveness. It is best known for its traditional gourmet snacks like fried taro balls, oyster omelette and Imperial Guangdong Porridge, all sold at affordable prices, which makes it as popular with locals as it is with tourists. There are also old-school arcade attractions and quirky stalls. One of Taipei’s older markets, the 300-metre market is also a popular place for buying Chinese New Year goodies.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 24:00
- Location: Ningxia Road, Datong
Connected to the Zhongxiaofuxing MRT Station is 14 floors of spacious big brand shopping. Mostly focused on fashion, the stores in Pacific SOGO cover everything from children’s wear to sports equipment, to lingerie and accessories, as well as practically everything in between. There is also a supermarket on the very bottom floor (B2) and an events hall on the very top (12F). There is also a good range of restaurants on 11F. If you are looking for an extensive clothes shopping experience for the whole family, there is nowhere better in Taipei.
- Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 11:00 – 21:30, Fri – Sat 11:00 – 22:00
- Location: No. 45, Section 4, Zhongxiao E. Road, Daan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2776 5555
Raohe Street Night Market
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
Shida Night Market
Found in a trendy part of town, behind to the National Taiwan Normal University, Shida Night Market is famous for its fashion. Many of the stalls and stores in the network of side-streets off Shida Road are run by young entrepreneurs selling their unique designs. You will often also find young musicians practising their trade and a good range of local and traditional food offerings. The market is very popular with the local students and has an almost bohemian, boutique feel to it. If you’re looking for something a bit different, you’ll probably find it here
- Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 18:00 – 23:30, Sat – Sun 14:00 – 23:30
- Location: Shida Road, Neihu
Shilin Night Market
The sounds and scents of Chinese culture can be experienced in this King of the Night markets. Clothes, footwear, snacks and stalls selling traditional commodities can be bought.
Good for souvenir hunting, especially for Chinese tea sets, ceramics and pottery are this market’s specialty. Original and genuine feng shui articles are also found here.
Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Mall
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
Sungchan Night Market
From computers to fast food to bamboo knickknacks, all are available at the Sungchan Night Market. The stalls here sell wide variety of local food and snacks. Nights are considered fabulous for shopping in such small streets and narrow alleys. It is so much different than the recent practice of shopping in malls in which the essence of culture is rarely found.
As you go towards the suburbs of Taipei, you’ll find western delicacies, bakery shops and fancy designer boutiques at Tienemu Market. This place attracts many western visitors. It is a favourite hangout point in terms of food.
Taipei City’s past can be felt while taking a stroll in this location. This busy downtown market has many shops selling traditional goods like Chinese medicine and herbs. Other goods like incenses and spices can also be obtained at a fair price. Wooden crafts are also to be found here.
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. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 11:30 – 22:00, Fri – Sat 11:00 – 22:00
- Location: No. 45, Shifu Road, Xinyi
Taipei City Mall
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
Wufenpu Shopping District
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