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Taiwan’s Shopping Guide: Discover The Country’s Top Retail Destinations

Taiwan’s vibrant shopping scene offers something for every shopper, from upscale malls to bustling markets brimming with local charm.

Taiwan’s vibrant shopping scene offers something for every shopper, from upscale malls to bustling markets brimming with local charm.

When it comes to retail therapy, Taiwan offers a diverse range of shopping experiences that cater to every taste and budget. From modern malls to bustling night markets, this vibrant country has something for everyone. Here are the top places to shop in Taiwan, where you can find the best deals, unique treasures, and unforgettable experiences.

LIHPAO Outlet Mall: An Extravaganza of Brands and Entertainment

LIHPAO Outlet Mall, Taiwan.
LIHPAO Outlet Mall, Taiwan.

Located within the Lihpao Land complex, LIHPAO Outlet Mall is a shopaholic’s dream come true. With over 200 brands, this mall offers a plethora of shopping options to suit every style. What sets it apart is its status as the only pet-friendly mall in Taiwan, making it an ideal destination for pet owners.

Don’t miss the chance to ride Taiwan’s biggest Ferris wheel, the Sky Dream, nearby which boasts breathtaking views of the surroundings. With its spacious layout and a helpful customer service centre, LIHPAO Outlet Mall ensures a stress-free and enjoyable shopping experience. Plus, you’ll have plenty of dining options to refuel after a day of retail therapy.

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Taipei 101: Soaring Heights of Fashion and Flavours

Taipei's cityscape featuring the iconic Taipei 101, Taiwan. (Photo by Timo Volz)
Taipei’s cityscape featuring the iconic Taipei 101, Taiwan. (Photo by Timo Volz)

Taipei 101, Taiwan’s iconic skyscraper, not only offers panoramic views but also houses a world-class shopping destination. The first five floors of this architectural marvel are dedicated to a luxurious retail experience. Indulge in retail therapy as you explore a variety of international and local brands. For a true Taiwanese treat, don’t forget to sample the delectable pineapple cakes from SunnyHills.

Then refuel at the Halal-certified Ding Xian 101 Gourmet Restaurant, where you can relish authentic Taiwanese cuisine while enjoying breathtaking views of the city. And, if you spend over NT$2,000 at the mall, make sure to claim your tax refund at the booth conveniently located on the first floor.

Raohe Night Market: Delights After Dark

Raohe Night Market, Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Vernon Raineil Cenzon)
Raohe Night Market, Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Vernon Raineil Cenzon)

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Raohe Night Market, the oldest night market in Taiwan. Stretching over 600 meters, this bustling market offers an array of delights, ranging from tantalizing street food to fashionable clothing and accessories. Succulent grilled squids, refreshing shaved ice creams, and traditional tangyuan are among the must-try delicacies. As you explore the market, keep an eye out for eyebrow threading services, adding a touch of pampering to your shopping spree.

Ximending: The Trendsetter’s Haven

Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Supasit Chantranon)
Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Supasit Chantranon)

Considered the Harajuku of Taipei, Ximending is a pedestrian-only outdoor shopping district that caters to the trendsetters. Here, you’ll find a treasure trove of fashionable items, hip shops, and trendy restaurants. While the prices may be slightly higher than in the rest of the markets in the city, the vibrant atmosphere and lively performances by local artists on weekends make it worth a visit.

Wufenpu Garment Wholesale Area: Fashion at Unbeatable Prices

Wufenpu Garment Wholesale Area
Wufenpu Garment Wholesale Area, Taipei, Taiwan.

Known as Taipei’s garment district, Wufenpu is a fashion lover’s paradise. Over 1,000 stores offer the latest trends in clothing, catering to all ages and styles, market has it all. Take advantage of the remarkably low prices, especially when buying in bulk. Plan your visit on a Tuesday for the freshest offerings or on Sundays for discounted items from the previous season. Most stores operate from 11:00 a.m. until midnight on weekdays and until 9:00 p.m. on weekends, ensuring ample time for a rewarding shopping experience.

Tamsui Old Street: A Gastronomic and Cultural Delight

Tamsui Old Street, Taiwan.
Tamsui Old Street, Taiwan.

Just a short walk from Tamsui MRT Station, Tamsui Old Street welcomes visitors with its diverse array of beautiful trinkets and affordable clothes. Make time to indulge in diverse street food options too, including Tamsui’s specialty, a-gei. Beyond food you can also rent a bicycle and immerse yourself in the picturesque surroundings. Take a break at a riverside café, enjoy a book, and soak in the idyllic ambiance.

Eslite Spectrum Mall: Where Culture Meets Retail

The Eslite Spectrum, Taiwan.
The Eslite Spectrum, Taiwan.

No shopping guide in Taiwan would be complete without mentioning Eslite Spectrum Mall. Embodying the essence of “humanity, art, creativity, and life,” Eslite is renowned for its impressive bookstores. But that’s not all, the mall also features a thoughtfully curated selection of boutique stores, unique handicrafts, and high-end fashion.

Whether you’re searching for the latest fashion trends, local delicacies, or cultural treasures, these top shopping destinations in Taiwan are sure to satisfy your retail cravings. So pack your bags, prepare your shopping list, and get ready for an unforgettable shopping adventure in Taiwan’s retail paradise.

Taiwan Value-Added Tax (VAT) Refund

Foreign travellers visiting Taiwan for less than 183 days and departing within 90 days of their purchase can qualify for a tax refund if they have spent a minimum of NT$2,000 (including tax) at designated refund kiosks at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The process is easy and seamless, provided travellers have prepared all the required documents upon submitting .

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