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Shopping in Taipei

When you go shopping in Taiwan, it will become very clear why products all over the world are labelled ‘Made in Taiwan;’ they have everything you could ever imagine. Shopping options in the city vary from skyscraper malls to night market stalls, and consider bringing an extra suitcase to fill as the prices will amaze you.

Key areas

The main shopping destinations you won’t want to miss are Ximending, Jhongsiao, and Xinyi. Ximending is an upbeat entertaining area and primarily accommodates younger generations. Jhongsiao is a shopping district that has kept both the young and older shoppers in mind, as it is a combination of lively shops and elegant boutiques. The Xinyi region is a collection of malls that are perfect for a rainy day as everything is indoors and constantly air-conditioned.

However, once the sun sets, which is pretty early in Taiwan, the place to be is most certainly the Shilin night market to join streams of people buying things you can’t get anywhere else in the world.


Markets are a big part of Taiwanese culture and are worth visiting to witness the copious amount of bright signs and the authentic food served by street vendors. Get a good grasp on the currency, New Taiwan Dollars, often referred to at NT, as haggling is a must.

The market to make time for is the Shilin night market. The best way to get there is to travel like the locals do and take the MRT to Jiantan Station. Dihua Street, the oldest and largest trading area, is the best daytime market for atmosphere, although Chinese Handicraft Mart, 1 Xuzhou Road, is a one stop shop for inexpensive traditional items.

Shopping centres

Taipei offers an assortment of malls of different shapes and sizes. A well-managed mall for designer labels, excellent restaurants and cinemas is Breeze Center, 39 FuSing South Road, Section 1. Japan's Mitsukoshi department store, 19 Sung Kao Road, covers three blocks and remarkably occupies 12 buildings across from a six-floored, 24 hour Eslite Bookstore, at 11 Sung Kao Road.

Living Mall, 138 Bādé Road, Section 4, is known as the ‘Living Hell’ by locals as it’s so big it’s easy to get lost, but the largest shopping extravaganza is Taipei 101 Mall, 45 Shifu Road where international designers from Armani to Louis Vuitton rub shoulders. Miramar Entertainment Park at 20 Jingye 3rd Road, is the perfect outing for some shopping, a movie, and ending the night with a ride on the rooftop ferris wheel.

Opening hours

Shops are open daily 1000-2200, while night markets stay open till 0100 and convenience shops are open 24 hours.


Souvenirs from Taipei are not the typical miniature statues of landmarks as they are in many countries. Of course those memorabilia items are available, such as replicas of the Taipei 101 (one of the tallest buildings in the world) but the real souvenirs you will want to buy range from adorably wrapped sweets to scarlet red calligraphy posters.

The best place to buy souvenirs is either museum gift shops for items specifically targeted at tourists, or the grand night markets with more traditional Taiwanese keepsakes.

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Featured Hotels


The United Hotel

Although somewhat in need of an upgrade, this hotel in the commercial centre is a solid mid-range choice. Perks include an airport limo service and business and fitness centres, and there's a downstairs cafe and a Cantonese restaurant.

Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza

Imposing, but calm, and consistently voted as one of the best hotels in Taipei, the Shangri-La has all you need for a great stay, including a heated rooftop pool, a sauna and a spa. Restaurant choices include Japanese, Cantonese and Italian, and a cocktail bar with dazzling skyline views.

San Want Residence

This hotel does 'boutique luxury' to perfection, with an emphasis on good service. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and park or city views, and there's also a Western and Asian restaurant where the free breakfast is served. The collection of contemporary Taiwanese sculpture is a reason enough to pop in without staying. Children over 12 only.

First Hotel

This mid-sized business hotel in the eastern business district has a distinctly Chinese ambience. It has 176 clean and comfortable rooms equipped with cable television and internet access. Shanghainese cuisine is served at Ning Yuan restaurant on the third floor. The hotel also has a business centre and fitness room.

The Grand Hotel

Brighton's most famous hotel, and one of the only 5-star establishments in the city, the The Grand’s elegant Victorian building enjoys a central seafront position. This extensive hotel has more than 200 lavishly appointed rooms, and offers a stylish and luxurious base from which to explore the city. Its afternoon teas are world famous too.

Yomi Hotel

Set in the lively Shuanglian neighbourhood (and four minutes' walk from the MRT station), this budget hotel offers a raft of freebies: bicycle use, Wi-Fi device, bottled water and snacks, plus breakfast and use of a washer/dryer. Rooms are simple and minimalist but have flat-screen TVs, and there's a 24-hour convenience store next door.