Department Store Shopping in Taipei!

January 17, 2010 in Taiwan, Travel by pacejmiller

I’ve been wanting to post this one for a while.

Taipei is a bit of a shopping paradise for a few reasons: (1) they have lots of huge department stores which multiple levels; (2) a lot of them are in close proximity to each other; (3) Taiwanese people love to import or rip off foreign stuff, especially from Japan (and now Korea); and (4) the prices are generally a fraction of their overseas counterparts (more so Western countries than Asian ones).

As far as I understand it, there are two big chains which dominate the market: SOGO and Shinkong Mitsukoshi.  I believe they have relatively similar things, but have a slightly different feel to each other.  Official websites here and here.

If you have limited time and you would like to visit some (or several) of these department stores, I would recommend visiting two areas in Taipei: the Zhongxiao Fuxing district and the Xinyi District.

(Read on about the shopping districts by clicking on ‘More…’!)

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