Taipei is something of a shopper’s paradise, with endless markets, boutique stores, shopping districts and, of course, first-class malls. Some brands have 2 or 3 big malls scattered around the city while some of the standalone places are rated among the best in all of Asia, offering a great range of high-quality products in elegant surroundings.

    This list of the best shopping malls in Taipei features a great deal of variety in terms of the price range and styles of mall. While there are plenty of places which are at the very pinnacle of luxury, there are others which recreate a marketplace environment and others which are practically cities in their own right because of their sheer scale and amount of services. What they all have in common is their popularity among shopaholics visiting Taipei.

    The world-famous Taipei 101 tower contains a first-class shopping mall on its lower floors. The Taipei 101 Shopping Mall includes 6 floors of shopping, hosting an impressive range of luxury brands. There is a particular focus on high-end fashion stores, such as Armani Exchange, Versace and French Connection. Other top stores include Montblanc, Chanel, and Dior.

    There are several great dining options to choose from, including a gourmet food court on B1. The mall’s interior is a classically elegant one, with marble columns and vaulted ceilings.

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    Location: No. 45, Shifu Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 9.30 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +886 (0)2 8101 7777


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    Bellavita is a bespoke luxury mall in a cathedral-like building with an elegant style. Despite containing a relatively small number of stores, the mall ranks among the very best in Taipei and, according to some, in all of Asia.

    The quality level of the brands on offer is unsurpassed, featuring names like Vera Wang, Tiffany & Co., Giorgio Armani and even a Lamborghini showroom alongside an art gallery. The B2 level is home to a fantastic food court while the top floors contain some of the finest restaurants in Taipei.

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    Location: No. 28, Songren Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110

    Open: Daily from 10.30 am to 10 pm (till 10.30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays)

    Phone: +886 (0)2 8729 2771


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    The Breeze brand has 3 department stores in Taipei, but Breeze Center Mall is the first and finest. The others are Breeze II and Breeze Taipei Station. Above the Breeze Supermarket on B2 are 11 floors of shopping and entertainment, with high to mid-range stores such as Armani Exchange, Gucci, UNIQLO, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Calvin Klein. There’s a movie theater up on the 9th floor, with a good selection of quality dining options on the floors around it.

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    Location: No. 3, Section 1, Fuxing South Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105

    Open: Sunday–Wednesday from 11 am to 9.30 pm, Thursday–Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +886 (0)2 6600 8888


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    Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Mall

    The Taipei Station store is the biggest and most popular of the 4 Shin Kong Mitsukoshi malls in Taipei. Housed inside the Shin Kong Tower, it has a broad range of stores, covering brands from the budget end of the spectrum up to the top end. Noted for having practically anything you could possibly want as well as being perfectly placed at the heart of several transportation networks, it is effectively a one-stop shopping experience. As a bonus, the food court is big and is joined by a good collection of eateries.

    Location: No. 66, Section 1, Zhongxiao West Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 9.30 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +886 (0)2 2388 5552


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    Miramar Entertainment Park

    Miramar Entertainment Park certainly earns its name, being home to one of the tallest Ferris wheels in Taiwan and also one of the largest movie theater screens. The fat that it’s also a great shopping mall is practically a bonus.

    The mall’s 6 floors are home to mid-range and top-class stores like Chanel, Roberta di Camerino and Montblanc. Unlike other malls in Taipei, the focus is not exclusively on fashion. There’s also a great range of sports equipment, toys, accessories and cosmetics available, and there's a very good food court, too.

    Location: No. 20, Jingye 3rd Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City 10491, Taiwan

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +886 (0)2 2175 3456


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    Taipei City Mall

    Taipei City Mall is an underground market with hundreds of shops to choose from, directly connected to Taipei Main Station through a subterranean passageway. Clothing, electronics and food stores make up the bulk of the offerings and are divided into concentrations of such places, but there are other attractions. A large amount of specialist stores makes it a good place for fans of anime, for example.

    A lot of the wares are on the budget end of the cost spectrum, which is a vestige of the malls past, when it used to be Chunghwa Market. Also like a market, you will often find street musicians playing, giving the place a friendly, local environment.

    Location: No. 100, Shimin Boulevard, Section 1, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11 am to 9.30 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +886 (0)2 2559 4566


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    Core Pacific City

    Sometimes also known as Living Mall, the Core Pacific City shopping mall is distinctly recognizable for the 11-storey granite-clad sphere in front. Deservedly described as a city within a city, it goes 12 floors up and seven underground.

    The mall is home to an extensive Mira Department Store selling premium trendy designer labels, an extensive range of restaurants, a large movie theater and 1,650 sqm of floor space devoted to pampering and cosmetics. The Shoes Gallery on 1F is particularly impressive. Also 1,650 sqm, it has over 10,000 items of footwear to choose from and a foot spa for when trying them all on gets to be too much.

    Location: No. 138, Section 4, Bade Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 9.30 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +886 (0)2 3762 1888


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    Eslite Spectrum Mall

    At of the 4-floor Eslite Spectrum Mall its heart is the extremely popular bookstore brand Eslite. This is surrounded by a selection of boutique stores, generally selling what you might call cultural or artistic products. This includes unique handicrafts on the 2nd floor and high-end fashion on the 1st floor.

    The third floor is billed as ‘Tea with books’ and is home to the bookstore with a choice of cafés. The B2 level has a great food court, an art gallery and a performance hall. Eslite Spectrum Mall is situated right next to Songshan Cultural Park and is a good place to find something different and highly cultural in Taipei.

    Location: No. 88, Yanchang Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +886 (0)2 6636 5888


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    Far Eastern SOGO

    Far Eastern SOGO covers 14 spacious floors of big brand shopping, mostly focusing on fashion. You’ll find everything from children’s wear to sports equipment, to lingerie and accessories, as well as practically everything in between.

    There is a supermarket on the very bottom floor (B2) and an events hall on the very top (12F). There is also a good range of restaurants on 11F. If you are looking for an extensive clothes shopping experience for the whole family, there is nowhere better in Taipei. Conveniently, it is connected directly to the Zhongxiaofuxing MRT Station.

    Location: No. 45, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City 10691, Taiwan

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11 am to 9.30 pm (Fridays till 10 pm), Saturdays from 10.30 am to 10 pm, Sundays from 10.30 am to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +886 (0)2 2776 5555


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    ATT 4 Fun

    The ATT 4 Fun department store is home to many big international fashion brands, as well as some of the top nightclubs in the city and a 500-seat auditorium. You can expect to find clothes and accessories by the likes of Zara, Che Che New York, Nami&Yami and GAP, making it a great place for trendy shoppers.

    The building’s fifth floor has a small but good choice of restaurants. You’ll also find chic homeware and handmade cosmetics among the items for sale.

    Location: No. 12, Songshou Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +886 (0)2 8780 8111


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