Where to go Shopping in Taipei ?

Where to go Shopping in Taipei ?

Taipei is home to a large range of upmarket malls and districts, the budget Wufenpu fashion area, as well as electronics malls, and local and tourist markets.

Bellavita Shopping Mall 寶麗廣塲

(Picture From: travel.taipei)

(Picture From: travel.taipei)

The theme of Bellavita is to offer all visitors with a comfortable, elegant, tranquil shopping ambience. Undergone five years’ of thoroughly planning, with a total area more than 33,057 square meters, the boutique department store is decorated with green natural and aesthetic sceneries to create a cozy, relaxing atmosphere. The ideas of interior designs come from Europe with a combination of marbles, sunshine, water, and plants. The Bellavita is a 9-storey building complex boutique department store, with the 7 meters’ of height of the ground floor, and 5 meter’s other each of other floor. Other than enjoying shopping, visitors may enjoy exploring this grand building with fined designs and works!

On the upper floors there are several options for fine dining including L’ATELIER de Joël Robuchon, the first Michelin Guide listed restaurant in Taiwan. There’s a food area in the basement levels with several snack and coffee choices.

Who goes there: If you are into high fashion, salons, or jewelry, then Bellavita is right up your alley. However, there are plenty of window shoppers as the mall is quite a beautiful site. It’s definitely worth a walk through. The basement level has plenty of snacks and drinks for those who want to chat or rest.

What to buy: Some of the stores are quite unique. There are not only name brand shops here.

Price Range : High

Raohe Night Market 饒河夜市

(Picture From: mays1.weebly)

(Picture From: mays1.weebly)

Taipei’s oldest night market in the heart of downtown Taipei. The section of street is only 600 meters long. The Song Shan Fu De Temple (Land God temple) sits at one opening of the street which represents one end of the market.

Raohe is predominantly food. There is sitting in the center of the street while shoppers walk in each direction along the sides. It’s not a huge market, but it has an old school charm.

Who goes there:Locals and tourists.

What to buy:

There are many food stalls down one street. Steamed buns and stinky tofu are popular.

Price range: Low

Breeze Center Mall 微風廣場

(Picture From: Mr.闕小豪)

(Picture From: Mr.闕小豪)

Breeze Center is up there with Bellavita as one of Taipei’s swankiest malls.  The mall is nine stories and includes most of the high fashion name brands ubiquitous in Taipei.

There is everything from a Starbucks, Taipei’s Dean & Deluca, and a deli and supermarket in the basements levels.

Who goes there: Women who want to look their best, although Breeze Center markets themselves as one stop shopping.

What to buy: A lot of women’s fashion but there are choices for everyone.

Price range: moderate to high

Shi Lin Night Market 士林夜市

(Picture From: vena2taiwan)

(Picture From: vena2taiwan)

This is Taipei’s largest and most famous night market and it’s just opposite the red line Jian Tan MRT stop. The street has gone through many locations in the past years. Back in the day, it was a long windy street full of vendors. As the area grew, the market consolidated into an open aired covered area with a grid design.

In 2011, the market moved again to its current underground location.  Although it doesn’t have the feel of the open air market, the market is as busy as ever with locals and tourists. It’s a big place and you’ll need to make a run through before deciding on what to eat. Above ground, are lines of clothing stalls and more food alleys. The market opens at 4:00 and goes late into the night. Unlike other markets, you’ll find plenty of English and Japanese menus.

Who goes there: locals, tourists, Taipei teens

What to buy: food and clothing abound

Price range: Low

Taipei 101 Mall

(Picture From: Benjamin Locsin Layug)

(Picture From: Benjamin Locsin Layug)

The Taipei 101 Mall is 6 floors of stores and food options in Taiwan’s tallest building. Located in the Xinyi District, the mall is a must see for visitors and shoppers.

Floors 1-5 are loaded with top international brand stores and boutiques. The 5th floor also is surrounded by several sit down restaurants with great views of the city. B1 is a large food court full of many Asian and Western choices. It’s also home to Jason’s gourmet supermarket.

Who goes there: Everyone and anyone. It’s big and busy and a beautiful space.

What to buy: clothes, watches, handbags, food, books…just about everything

Price range: from moderate low to high

Wufenpu shopping district – 五分埔

(Picture From: magazine.tripzilla)

(Picture From: magazine.tripzilla)

Fashion cheap – affordable clothing and accessories from over 100 shops and stalls are crammed into the tightly packed Wufenpu retail area. Located just off Yongji road and in surrounding lanes, within strolling distance of Raohe Night Market.

Who goes there: locals, tourists, Taipei teens

What to buy: food and clothing abound

Price range: Low

 

Via englishintaiwan.com

 

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