Aside from the places and food, one thing that tourists like me aim for is to have a souvenir from the places I’ve been to and it has also become as one of the attractions in Taiwan. It’s a living evidence that I set foot in a foreign country. Others find shopping to a different country as an opportunity to have unique finds or to have things that are cheaper there than to their home country.
Shilin Night Market
Shilin Night Market is one of the attractions in Taipei when it regards to shopping. Indeed, there are a lot of bargains I found – from their merchandise to international brands. The food is also overflowing! What I like the most are the friendly sellers/vendors that undoubtedly gave me a free taste of what they sell. Be it fresh or from the packaging. Along the alley, what I usually saw is food, ref magnets, clothing, shoes, cosmetics, home decorations, etc. The stores are not arranged how it should be classified so my friends and I have already prepared ourselves for a long walk.
We thought it was over until my friend was looking for a comfort room and she accidentally discovered a place where there are games, bring home-packed food, and Taiwan shirts.
That part of night market was full of energy! It is located in the inner part of the market. There are darts, shoot the ball, catch the shrimp, play the cards, and many more. We should be playing but we’re totally running out of time since we have to sleep for preparation of tomorrow’s itinerary. Check out my raw video how happy this place is.
This is we shopped most of the “pasalubong” or take home for our friends and family. As I have said, choosing what to buy won’t be a problem because they let me have a free taste of what they sell. I like all of what I bought!
Ximending is the shopping district in the Wanhua District of Taipei. It is where Taiwan’s fashion source can be found. Ximending was the first pedestrian zone in Taiwan. Imagine Shibuya of Japan. Movie theaters, hair salons, restaurants, etc are here. This is where we also bought our gift for our friends. Ximending is very near in our hotel, Diary of Ximen Hotel. Check our video of our Ximending experience.
Food, and unique finds are found in Jiufen. More elaborate post here.
All branded shops can be found in Taipei 101. There’s also a food court on the lower ground floor. More info here.