Taiwan shopping

Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Meinong

Kuang Chin Sheng Paper Umbrella

This shop in a courtyard house is the Louis Vuitton of Taiwanese oil-paper umbrellas. It was founded during Japanese rule and appeared on the cover of an American magazine in 1976. The umbrellas feature intricate pa…
Top Choice Market in Da'an

Tonghua Night Market

Taipei's liveliest night market, and all the better for being local and less touristy. Food-wise there are steaks, sushi, animal-shaped biscuits, candyfloss, noodles and the best rice-wine sweet dumplings in the cit…
Top Choice Books in Tainan

Ubuntu

An airy bookshop-cafe with large windows framing the sky, trees and canal outside. The books are mostly in Chinese, and lean towards the arts and humanities. Buy a drink and stay put all day, or follow the sun and c…
Top Choice Department Store in Tainan

Hayashi Department Store

The elegant Hayashi Department Store sells attractive homewares and fashion created by Taiwanese designers, as well as gorgeously packaged Taiwanese cakes and sweets. They make excellent gifts. The top floor offers …
Top Choice Tea in Zhongshan & Datong

Lin Hua Tai Tea Company

The oldest tea-selling shop in Taipei, dating to 1883. The current fourth-generation merchants are more than happy to talk tea and let you sample the wares, which sit in large metal drums about the warehouse. Prices…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Zhongshan & Datong

Lao Mian Cheng Lantern Shop

Handmade lamps with painted dragons, bold flowers, bamboo and calligraphy, are solid red, and as big as a gym ball or small as a fist. There are also concertinaed paper lanterns, purses and cushion covers. This tumb…
Top Choice Mall in Xinyi

ATT4FUN

This popular mall is good for kids with the Donguri Republic store in the basement (selling merchandise from Studio Ghibli, of Spirited Away fame) and lots of cartoon-themed events. For the grown-ups there's also a …
Coffee in Taitung

Kintuka Coffee Plantation

One of Taiwan's niche coffee growers, little family-run Kintuka also bakes homemade, stick-shaped coffee biscuits, creates turmeric-yellowed tea and produces August-ripening 'golden fruit' (abiu, originally from Ama…
Pineapple Cakes in Songshan

SunnyHills

Visitors to this famous pineapple-cake maker are seated at a wooden table and given a complimentary tray holding a bowl of black tea and a wrapped cake. If the firm casing and juicy fruit interior is to your liking,…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Hualien

A-Zone

It's not cheap, but spacious A-Zone presents a handy one-stop opportunity to browse a vast range of regional and Taiwanese products from leatherwork to millet wine, rice bran soap to origami figures of the country's…