1. Shilin Night Market (士林夜市)
So you’ve waited to fly from Singapore to Taiwan for a while and you want to hit THE biggest night market in the city. No Taipei vacation is complete without exploring this maze of small streets and alleys, packed with tons of stalls offering tasty Taiwanese food, goods and entertainment. Vendors start setting up their stalls around 4pm, but the best time to be there is between 9pm and midnight.
Address: No. 101, Jihe Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Website: Shilin Night Market
How to get to Shilin Night Market: Jiantan MRT Station
Find bargains galore at Shilin Night Market. Photo credit: LWYang / Flickr
2. Wu Fen Pu (五分埔)
You’ve done good by scoring the cheapest fares from Singapore to Taipei and now it’s time to shop. Hands down the best place in the city for insane deals on crazy apparel and accessories, Wu Fen Pu contains hundreds of wholesale clothing shops, and you can literally find anything here. Try to avoid Mondays as the retailers would be busy stocking up their supplies, but Tuesdays are said to be the best time to get your hands on the latest goods.
Address: Yongji Street, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
How to get to Wu Fen Pu: Song Shan MRT Station
3. Xi Men Ding (西門町)
The “Harajuku” of Taipei, Xi Men Ding (or Ximending) has a sprawling variety of clothing shops and well, anything else you can possibly think of. There are bars, street snacks, and even a performing arts theatre. You can also find a tattoo-alley there for those who want to get inked, and a large IMAX theatre.
Address: Shi-men Ting, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
How to get to Xi Men Ding: Xi Men MRT Station
4. East Metro Mall
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This is a gigantic underground mall between Zhongxiao Fuxing station to Zhongxiao Dunhua station. Shopping here can be cheaper than some of the night markets. Think cheap, but comfy shoes. Think street performers. Think boutiques. Think adorable knick-knacks. Situated near 2 MRT stations, it’s location makes it extremely easy to get as it’s near most of the hotels in Taipei.
Address: No. 77, Section 1, Zhongxiao East Rd., Da-an Dist, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
How to get to East Metro Mall: Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Station or Zhongxiao Donghua MRT Station.
5. Guanghua Market
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The largest electronics and computer shopping centre in Taiwan, Guanghua market consists of a main six-story building, but also encompasses a lot of spillover stalls in the surrounding alleyways. This mind-boggling array of electronics is heaven for the tech heads in your life and if you can’t find it here, it probably doesn’t exist. Remember, prices are negotiable, so be sure to sharpen up your haggling skills.
Address: No. 8, Section 3, Civic Blvd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
How to get to Guanghua Market: Zhongxiao Xinsheng MRT Station
6. Eslite Xin Yi
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For those who love all things printed, Eslite is the place to go. This 24-hour bookstore is located in the heart of the city, in the Xin Yi area near Taipei 101. With a collection of over a million books, this massive 8-storey store is the biggest in the country. Within this mega bookstore you’ll find a Japanese bookstore, arts bookstore, a children’s bookstore and children’s discovery museum, a theme restaurant for speeches and activities.
Address: No. 11, Songgao Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
How to get to Eslite: Zhongxiao Dunhua MRT Station
7. Taipei Handicraft Promotion Centre
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This non-profit, government-affiliated centre – with an array of handicrafts on display from around Taiwan – is a one-stop shopping spot for everyone you have to give some souvenirs to, be it family, friends or colleagues, especially after they’ve helped you compare flights. English-speaking staff are on hand to answer any questions to help you with gift ideas, of which you’ll find many beautifully crafted products on the four floors of this building. The prices here are actually some of the most reasonable in Taipei as well!
Address: No. 1, Xuzhou Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
How to get to Taipei Handicraft Promotion Center: NTU Hospital MRT Station
8. Longshan Temple Underground Shopping Bazaar
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This massive and ancient temple, also hosts a giant underground shopping bazaar, and is a great place for picking up the traditional knick-knacks you won’t find elsewhere. Accessible through the MRT station of the same name, the market also plays host to a number of fortune tellers, who will be more than happy to give you a glimpse of your future life if you cross their palms with silver.
Address: No. 211, Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10853
How to get to Longshan Temple Underground Shopping Bazaar: Longshan Temple MRT Station
9. Taipei 101
This Taipei landmark and tourist attraction is among the world’s highest skyscrapers. It dominates the city’s skyline and also provides shoppers with a convenient place for a spree. Inside are many of the world’s top luxury brands, such as Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior, to name but two.
Address: No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Rd, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
Website: Taipei 101
How to get to Taipei 101: Taipei 101 MRT Station
10. Core Pacific Living Mall
Also known as Living Mall, Core Pacific is one of Taipei’s most famous shopping centres. Built at the turn of this century, its landmark design sets it apart from the other malls in the city. Inside is a wide variety of shops catering to shoppers of various income levels, so you won’t die of shock at the price tags – you’ll definitely be able to find something cute and affordable here! Drop by here after you’ve checked your flight schedule for flying back to Singapore!
Address: No. 138, Section 4, Bade Rd, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
How to get to Core Pacific Living Mall: Nanjing Sanmin MRT Station