The best shopping districts in Taipei, Taiwan

Asia One
Date: Jun 30, 2019
By: Gary Lim

Taiwan’s capital of Taipei is a huge place, and without some planning, it’s difficult to fully appreciate the city for what it is: a shopping haven filled with glitzy malls, night markets, and boutique-lined streets. It doesn’t matter if you’re a bumbling fashionista or bargain hunter – here’s our seven favourite shopping districts in Taipei for your retail pleasure.
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The towering Taipei 101 might be the first thing you see at Xinyi, but when you look around, you'll see a whole strip of trendy malls, expensive restaurants, and trendy nightclubs. You might need to spend an arm and leg to buy something at Bellavita, the European-style luxury mall, but it's still worth window-shopping at. Nearby,

ATT 4 FUN is filled with both international and homegrown clothing brands, while Eslite Xinyi is the biggest bookstore in Taiwan – and open 24-hours too. For a departure from the norm, head to Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, an expansive creative space where you'll discover unique crafts and works by local artists.

There's no way you haven't heard of Ximending, the entertainment district that traces its roots back to the Japanese era in the 1980s. This popular shopping district gathers the best of youth culture, from cinemas and karaoke joints to funky accessory shops filled with colourful socks and vibrant hairpins. With better-known brands like Uniqlo and ABC Mart around, you'll be spoilt for choice.

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