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Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in Kincheng

Maestro Wu Bombshell Steel Knives

Living under bombardment has taught the people of Kinmen to make the best of things. One place where you can see this done with unique aplomb is at Maestro Wu's. It's here where old propaganda-laden shells lobbed by…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Meinong

Kuang Chin Sheng Paper Umbrella

This shop spread over five rooms in a Hakka 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 (there…
Top Choice Market in Da'an

Tonghua Night Market

One of Taipei's liveliest night markets and all the better for being more local and less touristy. There's something for everyone. Food-wise there are steaks, sushi, animal-shaped biscuits, Thai, Vietnamese, candyfl…
Top Choice Market in Zhongshan & Datong

Yongle Market

The rather ugly concrete structure, grafted onto a beautiful colonial-era facade adjacent to Dadaocheng Theatre, houses a huge fabric market on the 2nd floor. Cotton, satin, silk, gauze, Japanese prints, bold colour…
Top Choice Tea in Zhongshan & Datong

Lin Hua Tai Tea Company

The oldest tea-selling shop in Taipei, dating back 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. P…
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 tum…
Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in Hualien

A Zhi Bao

A bright and airy lifestyle and grocery store occupying two floors of a handsome old building, A Zhi Bao has everything from stylish coasters, stationery and scarves to premium soy sauce. High ceilings, a vintage st…
Books in Taichung

Artqpie

A gorgeous shop and gallery inside an old house in a state of romantic crumble – there's a skylight in the open kitchen, pillars with the paint peeling off them, hanging succulents and dried flowers. It sells photog…
Market in Da'an

Jianguo Weekend Holiday Jade Market

This giant market peddling jade and other semiprecious stones is under Jianguo Overpass. There are also beads, pearls, religious artefacts and copper teapots. Just south is a weekend flower market that smells heaven…
Books in Kaohsiung

Takao Books

A delightful bookstore strong in the arts and humanities that has photography titles in English and CDs of music and poetry by Taiwan singer-songwriters. The cafe upstairs is where literary and music events are held…