One of the best parts about traveling is how shopping can turn into a treasure hunt. And in a place like Taiwan, there’s something for everyone! Shop ’til you drop at some of Taiwan’s lesser known places.
High Fashion and Jewelry: Bellavita Mall
Bellavita Mall is Taipei’s most popular luxury mall and plays host to some of the finest international brands. Shop ’til you drop in this swanky mall and browse through the posh stores and boutiques. And while Bellavita Mall caters to luxury tastes, many come here just because it’s so beautifully designed. Head to the upper floors for some fine dining options.
Outlet Stores Galore: Ximending Market
Get a taste of the authentic Taiwan Night Market experience but shop for all your favorite clothes, merchandise, and skincare at Ximending. You’ll find all the big brands and their outlet stores lighting up the streets. But like any other night market, you’ll be able to find great deals and thrift finds. Haggle your way to the perfect outfit, and enjoy some of that great street food afterwards.
Electronics: Guang hua Digital Plaza
With a 6-storey building housing everything from heavy duty desktop computers to karaoke systems, Guang Hua Digital Plaza has become Taiwan’s tech center. You’ve got retailers and repair shops for your usual laptops and smartphones, along with alley of small shops for accessories.
Books and Stationery: Eslite Bookstore
Taiwan has a happening night life, but if you find yourself looking for a quieter way to kick your insomnia, head to the Eslite, Taiwan’s most famous 24-hour bookstore. Eslite is a bibliophile’s paradise, with countless titles and translations of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and independent books. Pour over the books without worry that the sales clerks will shoo you away, or marvel at all the colorful stationery supplies. And when you ring up at the check-out counter? Show your passport and avail of a special discount.
Food: Raohe Night Market
Taipei’s oldest night market has aged well over the years. It sits right at the heart of downtown Taipei and is only 600 meters long. But this short and old stretch has some of the tastiest, most exotic food stalls around. With tens of variations of stinky tofu and bubble tea (READ: Our Top 6 Milk Tea Places in Taiwan), be sure to come here on an empty stomach.
Everything and More: Shilin Market
When it comes to Taiwan’s night markets, the Shilin Night Market is kind. You’ll find all your standard goods and merchandise, but you may also chance upon some rare finds (at great prices too!) Because Shilin is the largest night market in Taipei, it attracts all sorts of crowds. After a long day of traveling and a few hours of bargain hunting, sip some bubble tea and just people watch.
Worried about how to travel and get around with all your shopping bags? Book a private tour with a car and driver and save yourself the stress of navigating Taipei! And be sure to check out our other signature Taiwan Tours: