When shopping in Taipei, don’t forget to check out this “Taipei Shopping Map”. This theme was created to provide foreign visitors and people from other cities in Taiwan an easy way to explore all of Taipei. There must be travelers who want to know where the clothing stores in Taipei are hiding. If you don’t want to shop at well-known chain brands, this map records some different shopping locations and nearby night markets, allowing you to shop for clothes during the day and enjoy food at night.
In fact, the creation of this “Taipei Shopping Map” is entirely due to my boyfriend who likes shopping. When he asked me where to buy clothes in Taipei, I couldn’t even answer! Especially for men’s clothing stores, they are really hard to find. Even with this map, you still have to visit several stores to find enough men’s clothing options.
Where is shopping places in Taipei?
Sort from top to bottom, left to right according to the Taipei MRT map:
- Shilin Night Market
- MRT Zhongshan Station
- Taipei East District
- Wu Fen Pu Wholesale Market
- Shida Commercial District
Shilin Night Market
- Nearby MRT stations: Shilin Station, Jiantan Station
- Nearby popular night markets: It is a well-known night market itself
- Price range of clothing sold: Medium
Before the pandemic, the bustling Shilin Night Market was affected by high rent and expensive commodity prices. After the pandemic, the clothing stores in the slightly depressed Shilin Night Market have returned to normal prices. While enjoying food and drink, you can also shop for your favorite clothing.
In general, food vendors still have higher prices, with a small bag of fruit costing around NT$80-100, while fruit sold on the street usually costs only NT$20-40.
Zhongshan MRT Station Business District
- Nearby MRT Station: Zhongshan Station
- Nearby Popular Night Market: Ningxia Night Market (about 10-15 mins walk)
- Clothing Price Range: From affordable to high-end, physical stores of online shopping brands are more affordable.
Many physical stores of online shopping brands can be found here, as well as many independent small shops with clothing that has a more unique design, making it a great choice for budget-conscious shoppers.
This is not the Zhongshan District in Taipei, which is huge. Rather, it refers to the many clothing and accessory stores located in the alleyways on both sides of the exit of the Zhongshan MRT Station. This is a shopping paradise for budget-conscious shoppers, with many vintage shops based here.
If you’re hungry, there are only restaurants to choose from, as street vendors are not commonly seen and prices are higher.
- Nearby MRT station: Ximen Station
- Nearby popular night market: None, but you can take one stop to Longshan Temple MRT Station to visit the small Mengjia Night Market.
- Clothing price range: From affordable to high-end, with physical stores of online brands having more reasonable prices.
A famous tourist attraction area, with high rent prices leading to expensive product prices. It has been less affected by the pandemic and is a place where Taiwanese people come to shop and gather. There are various types of stores, with clothing stores previously having a diverse range of styles, but now the stores have a consistent Korean style. It’s common for one brand to have multiple branches here.
There are many snack stores here, with prices considered moderate for a tourist area. A skewer of sugar-coated haws costs around 40-60 NTD, which is still affordable.
Taipei East District
- Nearby MRT stations: Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, Zhongxiao Dunhua Station
- Nearby popular night markets: None
- Clothing price range: Expensive.
This is the place where I least like to shop because most of it is department stores, chain brand stores, and expensive independent stores.
The small shops in the alleys have high prices. It’s suitable for people who like independent designers or fashionable clothes with unique features. Most clothes start at NT$1,000.
There will be roadside stalls selling clothes racks, which are cheaper and not as unstable as those that cost thousands of dollars.
If you like to shop for jade and crystals, you can also visit the “Jianguo Jade Market” near Zhongxiao Fuxing Station on weekends, as well as the Jianguo Flower Market. Please note that the product reviews of the jade market vary, so please use your own discretion.
Wufenpu Wholesale Market
- Nearby MRT station: Songshan Station
- Nearby popular night market: Raohe Night Market, next to Ciyou Temple where you can worship and appreciate Mazu (about 5 minutes walk)
- Price range of clothing: low.
Formerly a well-known wholesale market, it became difficult to shop in some stores and some have declined. Plus, wholesalers do not provide fitting rooms so you can only buy blindly. However, with luck, you can find some great products.
Because it is a wholesale market, the prices are really cheap. I went and saw three T-shirts with the same design sold for NT$1,000, while in Ximending, one T-shirt sells for NT$690. Currently, many Wufenpu stores are using Facebook live broadcasts and taking weekends off. I recommend going after 3 pm on weekdays.
National Taiwan Normal University Shopping District
- Nearby MRT stations: Taipower Building Station, Gongguan Station
- Popular night markets nearby: Shida Shopping District itself is a small market area
- Clothing price range: from affordable to medium.
This shopping district emerged for the student community, and it’s common to see foreign students from National Taiwan Normal University shopping and dining around here.
Before the pandemic, it was lively, but after the pandemic, it’s similar to Shilin Night Market where only a few shops open, making it a declining shopping district.
Conclusion of Taipei Shopping Map
Many foreigners still have the impression that prices in Taiwan are at the same level as more than a decade ago. However, in recent years, there has been a push towards branding and higher prices, and with the expensive rent in popular tourist areas, the inflation rate in Taiwan has risen much faster than salaries. As a result, ordinary office workers don’t have much money to spend after paying rent, and businesses that rely too much on foreign tourism have suffered greatly due to the pandemic. Currently, they are all working hard to recover.
Most non-international brand clothes in Taipei cost around NT$500-800, while coats start at around NT$800-1200. Only special deals or extremely cheap clothing from Taobao would be priced lower than this, and those are often found in stores that require a great deal of effort to find.
If you live in the Taipei area and have any hidden shopping areas or updated information, please feel free to share it with me.
Food prices are also expensive. For foreigners with a salary, they may find it cheap, but if you want to eat a full meal while strolling around the night market, it will cost around NT$200. If you want to find cheaper snacks, you should try your best to look for areas that are less frequented by tourists.
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