Sep 7, 2017
Shopaholics, get ready to fall head over heels for Taipei. The city is a multitude of boutiques, malls, shopping districts and outlets. From clothing to books, electronics to jewellery, and souvenirs to toys, there is indeed something for everyone.
The shopping districts
The entire city is famous for shopping and so it’s hard to know where to even begin. We suggest starting with Ximending (above). This was once the city’s theatre district, but over time has developed into a vibrant and busy shopping destination. It was founded during the Japanese colonisation era and therefore has a similar feel to the Harajuku and Shibuya areas of Tokyo.
Neon lights glimmer above acres of stores, malls, restaurants, and bars. The pedestrian zone at the centre, close to Exit 6 of Ximen MRT (metro) Station, is a popular photo spot. Stores in Ximending are varied but gear towards a younger hip crowd, with high street brand names and cute accessory vendors (think Sanrio selfie-sticks and animal-shaped hats). Ximending is a good place to pick up some fun souvenirs and gifts.
The ‘Red House’ (above) is an iconic octagonal red building close to the MRT station, and on weekends there is a ‘creative bazaar’ with products for sale from young designers and college students.
Zhongxiao East Road, which runs through the Zhongzheng and Xinyi districts, is another popular entertainment and retail area, with busy stores, restaurants, salons and karaoke joints to occupy a fashionable young crowd. In between shopping, it’s the perfect place to observe the style of Taiwanese youth – watch them chatter with friends as they navigate through busy streets with bags of new purchases. And at the south end of Zhongxiao East Road, you’ll find one of the largest jade markets in Asia.