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Night Markets are a fixture in Taiwan and Taipei doesn't disappoint...
During the week, Ximending is not quite as busy and there is lots of space to move around. However, Friday nights, weekends, and holidays are always bustling.
Built in 2001, the Living Mall in Taipei City is a large and strange edifice that looks like a traditional department store with a giant orb in the center.
The Eslite Spectrum shopping mall opened in 2013 and is not your typical Taipei shopping experience. Located in the bustling east district of Taipei and bordering on Songshan Cultural Park the Eslite Spectrum is a shopping mall is 4 floors of eating, shopping, tea sipping, and browsing at all the cool and unique products.
Yong Kang Street in the Daan District of Taipei City has always been famous for its mango ice and street snacks. Now with the extended MRT Red Line stop, Yong Kang Street has become easily accesible for everyone and is back on the map as a must do in Taipei for food.
Shilin Market 士林夜市 Shìlín Yèshì
Ningxia Night Market 寧夏夜市
The Taipei Jianguo Holiday Flower Market is a large weekend flower market located under the Jian Guo Road overpass at the intersection of Xinyi Road. The flower market connects to the weekend Jade Market at one end which makes it a very long Taiwan style market for visitors and locals alike.
In Taipei and want to grab a drink and hangout? In the mood for some good pub food? Here is a list of our top 9 favorite pubs in Taipei City...
The Taipei Fish Market was redesigned in 2012 and reopened as the "Shang Yin Addiction Aquatic"上引水產. The space was originally a morning fish market (which is now next door) that catered to the local neighborhood. Now with a modern look and setting, the fish market attracts locals and visitors to buy fresh seafood that can be cooked and eaten on the premises or taken to go.
The Hua Shan Creative Park 1914 is another Taipei City location that has turned an old, unused, wine factory built in 1914 into galleries, exhibition halls, shops, and restaurants.
The Songshan Cultural and Creative Park opened in 2013 and features the warehouses and administration buildings of Taiwan's first modern tobacco factory. The park is adjacent to the Eslite Spectrum Shopping Mall.
We usually don't put a tea shop or coffee shop in the shopping section, however, Pin Tea ("Pin Cha") 品茶 is one of those old style, non-descript tea shops located right in the center of the Zhong Xiao East Road Shopping District. 忠孝東路商圈。It's a great place to take a break, have a real Taiwan style tea, and people watch.
Taiwan grows some of the best fruits in the world. Because of its rich soil and short distances, Taiwanese can enjoy the best bananas, melons, guavas, and mangoes that are fresh in season. One great refreshing snack that has come from this is the mango shaved ice.
Revolver is a popular bar and live music venue in Taipei City located near the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. The 1st floor is the bar area with an open front entrance so customers can either mingle inside or out on the sidewalk. The 2nd floor is a space for live music where bands and DJs often perform.