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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…
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…
Buddhist in Songshan

Chuan-Der Buddhist Art

This stretch of Guangfu Rd has a gaggle of Buddhist shops, and this is the mother of them all. Three floors of incense, statues, books, scrolls and beads. Most of the stock is Tibetan, but there are Chinese Buddhist…
Food in Da'an

coco.Brownies

Rich, moist chocolatey squares of heaven. It's always worth stopping off for a slice of the unusual. Their bestseller is Earl Grey, and they also have some more unusual flavours including bacon and chocolate. You ca…
Adult in Zhongzheng

Love Boat

A shop for the lesbian community with both in-store and online sales. In recent years it's expanded into a cafe and hosts local events and tarot card readings. There's a good range of merchandise from sex toys to su…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Zhongzheng

National Cultural and Creative Gift Centre

Four floors of jade, ceramics, tea sets, jewellery, scrolls, Kinmen knives, Kavalan whisky and handmade soap are just highlights of the variety on offer here. Colourful Franz porcelain is featured in a special secti…
Shopping Centre in Songshan

Breeze Nanjing

Just across from Taipei Arena, this is one of the city's nicest shopping malls: it's compact and a bit out of the way and so less crowded. It's filled with Japanese brands including Muji and Uniqlo, the Noodle Museu…