Taiwan’s capital, Taipei is the heaven for shoppers, especially Singaporean shoppers. It offers fashion that we love, shoes that are comfortable, and bags that we can flaunt – all at a reasonable price.
However, Taipei is a big place and without some planning, it is difficult for anyone to achieve their shopping goals, whatever it might be.
We have sourced out some of the greatest places that we think you should go in order to find the best buys in the capital of Taiwan.
Xi Men Ding 西門町
Xi Men Ding is a famous shopping location in Taipei for all the young and the hip. It is also home to a lot of small shops that sells unique clothing, bags and shoes. This is the place that you should head to the moment you land in Taipei because it offers you almost everything from shopping to food to a theatre street where you could rest your tired legs with a movie.
Think of this place as the Orchard Road of Taipei minus the millions of shopping malls around.
Taipei Shida Night Market 師大路夜市
This night market is slightly different from the rest because of its large selection of clothing, accessory stands and boutiques. You can get a good price here by haggling with the store owners and they would usually give in to a lower price after a while.
It is also a good place to taste all the wonderful street snacks that Taiwan is so famous for!
Tian Mu Weekend Market 天母
Tian Mu is well-known in Taiwan as the expatriate area as it was popular with the American servicemen back in the 1950s. The Taipei American School is the centrepiece of this district and is also one of the top international schools worldwide.
In Tian Mu, there is an eclectic mix of culture in Taipei and you can find a healthy mix of both local and American culture here. There are several streets which you can shop at small stores and boutiques. What you should do is to visit Tian Mu on a weekend (Friday to Sunday) where there is a weekend market.
Wu Fen Pu 五分埔
Wu Pen Pu is probably well known to everyone as the wholesale market for clothing in Taipei. It sells both male and female clothing as well as caps and hats. The prices here are relatively affordable and the store owners will usually give you a discount the moment you buy more than one piece of clothing from them.
What you probably do not know is that some of the blog shops sellers are shopping at Wu Fen Pu to bring home these same clothing to sell in their blog shops. Therefore, if you are visiting Taiwan, drop by Wu Fen Pu to shop to your heart’s content, and if you’d like to, buy something back home to sell!
Sky Blue Bag Shop 天藍小舖
This is a gem in Taipei – and that’s why we have to specifically pick out a single store.
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Sky Blue bag shop sells all kinds of bags and for ladies who love bags, this is pure heaven for you. They have all kinds of bags with different designs and colours. For someone who loves bags, the excitement hits you head on the moment you walk into the shop with its overwhelming selection.
The cream of the crop? Their reasonable pricing. You cannot go wrong with this one.
Zhong Xiao Dong Lu 忠孝東路
This is the shopping street of Taipei. It is busy every day from around noon time to late at night. There is a mix of shopping areas here, with SOGO Department Store (anyone remembers this?!) and other independent stores such as ZARA and Uniqlo.
However, what you should really take advantage of is the range of side streets and alleyways that this stretch of road offers. These are the real gems as you can find some affordable and also unique clothing, shoes and bags There is also some really nice food to be found here – Ding Tai Fung is here too! And trust me, the Ding Tai Fung in Taiwan is way different than the one in Singapore.
ATT 4 Fun Shopping Mall
This mall used to be known as New York New York but it has since changed its name to ATT 4 Fun. Inside this mall, you will find a lot of small to mid-brand stores and boutiques for your different preferences. The ladies fashion alone already covers several floors.
On weekends, you will usually find some marketing events going on in this mall as it is one of the busiest malls around the area.
Eslite Spectrum Shopping Mall
This is a new mall that is opened in 2013 after the popular Eslite Bookshop. It is a non-conventional shopping mall as it offers wares that are cultural, artistic and unique. Whatever you can find here is probably not found elsewhere in Taiwan. And of course, the Eslite bookshop is also found here together with a selection of teahouses brewing loose leaf tea.
Xinyi District Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store 信義區新光三越
This Japanese departmental store is so famous in Taipei, people all over Taiwan came here to shop. Besides the big departmental store where you can find Japanese products and international brands, the mall also caters to the small boutique shops where you can find unique products.
This is a must-go shopping mall because there is simply so much to see and feel. There is also a large Cineplex for you to relax with a movie after all your shopping.
And if you’ve not watched a movie in Taiwan, here’s a fact to disappoint you: the Hollywood movies aren’t dubbed in Mandarin; they just have Mandarin subtitles. Which is why you probably should watch some Taiwan movies instead of those international blockbusters.
Taipei 101 Mall
Taipei 101 is the most famous mall in the whole of Taipei, mainly for its name as the tallest building there. It is also the place where fireworks will be showcased during the New Year celebration held in Taiwan every year.
You can find almost anything here, from high-end international brands to local boutique selling local wares. Be sure to check out its restaurants at level 5 for some nice views, or simply have your meals in the first level foodcourt that has all kinds of “delicacies” (really, they look expensive but are relatively affordable).
And if you are willing to spend, you can book a restaurant in its tower where you can dine in luxury and see the view from Taiwan’s tallest building. Or simply pay to enjoy the view from the top of the building (although the main attraction is the journey up there, not the view TBH).
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