Taiwan 2015: Where to Shop in Taipei

Saturday, June 27, 2015

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Taipei is a shopper’s haven – filled with shopping districts and destinations for every need and budget. Being a budget (or -I’d like to think- wise) shopper, I always look for the best deals. Thanks to our local friends (and the internet, haha), we found the best places to shop in Taipei. My personal favorite would be the night market – we live near one in Taoyuan and have been to the Flower Market in Tainan and Shilin Market in Taipei – where you can find the latest trends at affordable prices.

If you are looking for bargain-priced gadgets and electronics, Guang Hua Digital Plaza is the place for you. To get there from Taipei Main Station, take the Taipei MRT Bannan/Blue Line to Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station and follow the map below. Tip: Haggle!

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Guang Hua Digital Plaza
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A line of stores just outside the plaza
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Six floors containing whatever device you need – computers/laptops, phones, printers, cameras, accessories, etc. Name it, they have it. The sixth floor also serves as a repair station.

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Taiwanese brands like Acer, Asus and HTC are more visible than others. In most stores, they only offer top-of-the-line models of Samsung and Apple. Two months ago, my friend bought the Asus Zenphone 2 for NT$6,990.
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Not for sale
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More stores right across the plaza

Next stop: Ximending – the “Shibuya of Taipei”
It is the most popular shopping district in Taipei, particularly when it comes to fashionable clothing. You can easily get lost in its busy streets, lined with a multitude of stores and restaurants. To get there from Taipei Main Station, take the Taipei MRT Bannan/Blue Line to exit no. 6 of Ximen Station.

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As much as I wanted to shop for clothes, the main reason we visited Ximending is to shop for toys. We found this place called Wan Nian Commercial Building (see map below), where they sell all sorts of toys at discounted prices. Some of them are 50% cheaper than the ones sold in the Philippines.
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Toy stores are located from first to fourth floor of the building. Other floors have numerous clothing shops.
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According to my friend, the figurines and busts are slightly more expensive there than in the Philippines, while the Gundam kits are cheaper (therefore, he bought a big one).
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By the time we finished shopping and eating, it was already dark outside. This made me appreciate the view of bright lights and big screens more.

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