Taiwan is a haven for shoppers, with some of the best shopping malls, night markets and department stores in all of Asia. The island is known for its variety of electronic, clothing, household and, of course, food goods, at exceptional prices. If you’re coming to Taiwan and hadn’t planned on doing some serious shopping, we advise you to think twice and consider bringing a second suitcase with you!
So where should you shop in Taiwan?
Shopping in Kaohsiung
Kaohsiung is the second largest city in Taiwan, with amazing shopping options for visitors. From the giant Dream Mall, the second largest mall in Asia with over 2,300 stores, to the dozens of night markets selling everything from food to household goods; you can literally find anything you need in Taiwan, and at affordable prices! Make sure to check out Cingnian Street, one of the oldest marketplaces in the city and a mecca for finding exquisite furniture. The Hsin Chueh Chian Shopping Area in the Sinsing sells lots of Japanese electronics at amazing prices, while the Sinsing Night Market is perfect for women’s clothes shopping.
Shopping in Tainan
Tainan’s shopping is second to none, with lots of night markets and department stores across the city. Although each night market only opens two or three days a week, there’s always at least one open so you can have a poke around the selection of goods and wares on offer. Other good shopping areas include the Beimen and MínZú districts, with the famous Far Eastern Department Store and Shinkong Mitsukoshi Department Store. The Shinkong Mitsukoshi store can be quite expensive as it is more luxury orientated, so if you’re on a budget head to Zhongzheng Road instead for good deals on clothes and accessories.
Shopping in Taipei
Taipei is an epic shopping destination and probably the best place in Taiwan to shop for luxury products. However, thanks to steep competition across the city, there are plenty of places where you can shop till you drop while staying within budget too. Popular shopping areas include the Daan and Xinyi districts, where there are plenty of cool underground shopping malls between the subway stations. Of course, Taipei is also famous for its numerous night markets, which sell everything from the fresh food snacks and quality clothes, to household goods and electronics. The giant Dinghao Market is great for browsing clothes, accessories, jewellery and souvenirs, and is also one of the best places to eat in the city, with lots of options to suit every taste bud and budget. Shilin Night Market is another must-see for its oriental trinkets, traditional souvenirs and range of Chinese goods.
Shopping in Yilan
Yilan is known for its unique beauty, dramatic landscapes and peaceful surroundings. However, those who are visiting the area will be happy to know that they don’t have to travel to Taipei, one hour away, for a great shopping experience. Yilan has lots of great night markets, which rival any of the best in the country. In fact the Luodong Night Market near Zhongshan Park was voted the third best night market in all of Taiwan. One of the best aspects of this market is the amazingly affordable prices at which the goods are sold. From clothes to electronics, you’ll find everything you need, all at great prices and excellent quality.
China Airlines flies twice a day direct to Taipei from Singapore and twice a week to Kaohsiung from Singapore, also a direct flight. You can search your flight and book directly only at www.china-airlines.com. If you prefer a package deal, you can also take a look at China Airlines’ Dynasty Packages for free & easy packages to Taiwan.
This article is supported by China Airlines and the Taiwan Tourism Board.