Raohe Street Tourist Night Market is a good place to experience a typical oriental bazaar at night. Raohe Street features many shops, department stores and street vendors. You can sample a variety of street food including tofu, ribs and other delicacies. The street is located near the station and the historic Ci You Temple. So if you want to spend an interesting and adventurous evening you know where to head.
This seemingly never-closing night market is just minutes away from the downtown area. The market is not only Taipei's largest but also one of the oldest. It springs to life in the evening hours with carnival games and a great selection of shops selling clothing, shoes, jewelry, tourist gifts, tools, pets and much more. Although the atmosphere can be a bit chaotic at times, the food here is tasty, with popular fare including tofu, Chinese sausage, and Portuguese egg tarts.
The Red House was originally built as a public market in 1908 and was declared a Class III Historic Site in the year 1997. Designed by the Japanese architect Kondo Juro, the Red House takes its name from the vivid hue of its distinctly western facade. Today, the building has been carefully restored and now houses a host of stalls featuring local designers and artisans selling one-of-a-kind products. Part of the Red House has also been converted into a theater that hosts indie acts, theatrical plays and live music concerts. Constantly abuzz with visitors in search of exquisite handmade products, traditionally-processed tea, and enthralling theater performances, this octagonal building and its cruciform annex have been given a new lease on life.
This huge store is Taiwan's leading department store in terms of overall revenue and popularity. It enjoys widespread name and recognition and is considered a major landmark. Sogo has something for everybody: men's, women's and children's apparel, restaurants and a food court, cosmetics and shoes. The layout is somewhat different than that of a usual shopping mall, but it is really just another version of the same thing.
If you enjoy wearing fine clothing and accessories, this luxury brand department store may become your favorite place to shop. Sogo is actually designed more like a shopping mall because each brand is separated into its own shop. Here you will find Bally, Celine, Gucci, Bulgari, Christian Dior, Tiffany's and Christian LaCroix, just to name a few. There are boutiques for both men and women. If you want to shop for a sofa as well, an IKEA furniture store is located in the basement.
Looking for good souvenirs or gifts? Why not give tea a try? Don't know where to buy them, you say? Wangs' Tea offers you a variety of choices: from tea leaves to tea bags; from prunes to tea cups. With its years of experience, experts can offer you some suggestions that would surely cater to your needs. Once inside the store, you'll smell tea being cooked, and you might even get a free try of them. When you do, ask to see how tea should be properly served – as it is believed to "rinse" the tea leaves by throwing the water you first soaked the leaves with. For the busy bees out there, you can get these online, too! - Maria Tan
Nestled in the center of Zhongshan District, Miramar Entertainment Park promises a one-of-its-kind shopping experience to locals and tourists alike. The complex-style shopping plaza is counted as one of the city's finest architectural wonders and proffers a vibrant atmosphere for shoppers and leisure seekers. Along with a number of formal wear, casual wear and evening wear boutiques for men and women, the entertainment precinct is also home to IMAX 3D multiplexes that bring a surreal movie-watching experience for viewers. However, the shopping mall is famous for its rooftop ferry wheel that has three exciting neon-light themes coming to life as the sun sets.
This is one of the largest flower markets outside of the Chien Guo Flower Market and is a popular weekend spot for Taiwanese locals. As you pass by, one of the first things you notice is the Orchid Exhibition Room, where the blooms are fabulous. There are flowerpots, pottery and vase dealers in this group of shops as well.
Shopping at Costco is always enjoyable and hassle-free. With an array of shops and diners, this place truly qualifies as one stop shop. Having outlets all over the world, Costco provides customers value based products and services. Be it pizzas or gourmet food, one can relish on a variety of savories available. Fresh meat, wine and lots more, this place surely attracts a lot of shoppers and food lovers.
Taipei is a colorful, shopper's paradise and what better way to sample the glamorous shopping scene of Taipei than at the many department stores here. D-Mart is one such popular department store. Although the name may sound quite hackneyed the shopping experience and customer service here is great. You find everything under one roof at moderate prices at D-Mart. In all it is a nice way to spend a leisurely afternoon.
If in Taipei and craving for some freshly caught seafood items, head to the city's Addiction Aquatic Development, a favorite pit-stop among the locals and tourists alike. The spacious food court and Japanese-inspired fish market is home to a number of food stalls and kiosks that doll out toothsome coastal food preparations. Find an inviting spread of scallops, uni, abalone, lobsters and crabs, among other popular varieties. Grab a table at its open-air dining area and grub on those succulent eats prepared right in front of you.