From Night Markets to Super Malls
Shopping in Taichung, Taiwan can be fun if you know where to go. Some little-known places such as Yizhong Street and the two jade markets could also be listed as attractions for all the hustle and bustle they provide.
I’ll also show you where to find English bookstores, traditional markets, malls and other cool places to do your shopping in Taichung.
Taichung Street and Night Markets
This is one of Taichung’s most popular night markets. It’s the place in town to see the new, trendy face of Taiwan. It’s very popular with university students. It has lots of teashops, cheap (verycheap) food stalls and restaurants that serve everything from Sushi to Kimchi and from burgers to dumplings. This “Night Market” starts being crowded around noon.
Electronic and Jiguang Street
These two pedestrian shopping streets are just north of the train station in the old part of town. You want to go there for the dynamic street ambiance (on weekends) and the cheap eateries and teashops, not to actually shop. Unless you need, dusty tapes, ink cartridges for a discontinued printer, a second-hand cellphone or other kinds of useless junk.
Zhonghua Night Market
Welcome to Taichung’s oldest night market. Everyday, around 6:00pm, stands pop up along the roads between Taichung Park and Zhonghua Road and attract lots of locals. It’s not a very exciting place to shop as the vendors mostly carry useless wares, but there are quite a few good food stalls that offer traditional Taiwanese snacks.
Eslite Bookstore has the widest selection of English titles in Taichung. They have few branches around the city but the two best ones are at Chung-Yo and Park Lane department stores. Lots of English magazines, travel guides, novels, art books. No teaching material, few manuals for MandarinChinese learners.
Tiger City Department Store
Tiger City is a modern shopping center that houses about 100 shops, OK restaurants such as Chili’s, a Warner Village cinema complex, teashops, Starbucks, spa facilities and a huge arcade.
Mitsukoshi Department Store
Taichung’s Mitsukoshi Department Store has 15 floors packed with brand-name vendors, several fine restaurants, coffee/tea shops, the best movie theatre in Taichung and a store called FNAC which sells books and electronics.
Chung Yo Department Store
Chung Yo occupies three massive 12-floor buildings that connect by sky bridges. There are two reasons why you should go. One is Taichung’s largest bookstore on the 10th floor. The other is Jason’s Market Place, an upscale supermarket that has fine imported wine/food.
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