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…
Arts & Crafts in Tainan

Tainan Kuang Tsai Embroidery Shop

Mr Lin, one of the last remaining embroidery masters in Tainan, has been working at his craft for more than 50 years and now he and his daughter have taken the craft to a new, modern level. All his pieces have the l…
Arts & Crafts in Meinong

Guan De Xin Paper Umbrella Shop

A cheaper option if you're looking to buy a paper umbrella. An umbrella here costs between NT$400 and NT$1500.
Clothing in Meinong

Jing Shing Blue Shirts Shop

This little family-run shop opened in the 1930s making traditional Hakka-style indigo clothing and accessories. A loose-fitting shirt costs NT$3000.
Vintage in Kaohsiung

Lulu the Dimpled Cat

A deliciously musty two-storey vintage shop selling beaded handbags, old books and other paraphernalia. There was a tiny exhibition of Japanese-era costumes on the 2nd floor at the time of research. Lulu is across t…
Souvenirs in Kaohsiung

Bandon Stationery Store

Who says stationary is obsolete? All kinds of stationery a kid has ever dreamed of owning are sold here, including retro items you or your parents may have used as kids. The shop is perpetually crammed with excited …
Books in Kaohsiung


The Pier-2 branch of Taiwan's famous bookshop tends to focus on leisure reading. You can also grab a coffee here.
Books in Kaohsiung

Ham Books

Sister of Ham Gallery at Pier-2, this independent bookshop specialises in titles on art and design, some in English, as well as comics. From Kaohsiung Main Station, walk along Jiuru 2nd Rd for 15 minutes. Buses 33, …
Market in Kaohsiung

Sanfong Central Street

Kaohsiung's largest grocery wholesale market, the Southern equivalent of Taipei's Dihua St, is in Sanmin District, near Kaohsiung Main Station. The youngest of the stores in this arcade have been here for over two d…
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…