Da'an is more of an eating and drinking district, but it does host the city's biggest weekend market under Jianguo Bridge. Shopping malls are more Xinyi and Zhongshan's speciality, although the MRT stations on the brown line just north of Da'an station are popular shopping districts. Dongmen is good for little shops selling gifts such as packaged tea, pineapple cakes and trinkets.
All visitors to Taipei should visit the 24-hour Eslite bookshop just for the experience. For Japanese and international stores head to Sogo and the shops around Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT. The lanes that snake off the main roads here always yield a few surprises in gift ideas, crafts and clothing.