Taipei Day Itinerary 5 - Eslite, Page One, Ximending

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Taipei in winter isn't friendly for prancing around - especially with the occasional rain pelting onto the pedestrians on the streets. For wet weather plans, you can choose to frequent bookstores that you must visit in Taiwan, or to roam in Ximending where you can always hide in one of the shops. 


1. Eslite 誠品



There are many Eslite outlets scattered around Taipei. Their sweet existence is meant for everybody who loves sweet stationery items, stickers, fashion magazines and books. Speaking of which, they make really good and useful souvenirs too. Eslite is really famous and a wonderful place to be in, you can call it a  tourist attraction. You can't say you've been to Taipei without going to Eslite! 


Branches:
No. 188 Section 2, Zhongzheng Road, Shilin District

No. 338 Wen Lin Road, Shilin District
No. 70 Dazhi Street, Zhongshan District
No. 20 Section 3 Jing Ye Road, Zhongshan District
No. 245 Section 1, Dunhua South Road, Daan District
No. 77 Section 2, Wuchang Street, Wanhua District
No. 116 Hanzhong Street, Wanhua District
No. 100 Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District
No. 47 Section 1, Zhongxiao West Road, Zhongzheng District
No. 11 Song Gao Road, Xinyi District



2. Page One



Founded in Singapore but has ceased operations since February 2012, this lovely bookstore can still be found in the heart of Taipei 101! Similar to Eslite - so you can just choose either of the two to visit. Of course, it will be perfect to pop by if you're scaling the tower - be sure to try Din Tai Fung at basement 1 too. 








3. Ximending

It's too easy to fall in love with Ximending; the strong city vibes, the fashionable crowds, the pulse of the action... it makes you feel like you are in the middle of a movie set. Graffiti walls are found in the deeper streets away from the metro station. Don't be afraid to venture further, there's plenty to see!




Ximending kicks into life at about 11am (any earlier, shops are closed).















I'm not too crazy over STAYREAL, but it is one of the brands to look out for. 



Clothes with quirky taglines like these are dimes a dozen on the streets.





Other shops sell sunglasses, wallets, purses, stickers, badges, watches, soft toys, pouches, camera covers, etc. Get all the souvenirs here!



Shoes shops in Ximending are mostly evenly priced, except for...



This shop right opposite 阿宗面线. There will be this loudspeaker playing a pre-recorded audio saying stuff like "对啊 没错 就是 100 元!不要怕了 就是那个 左边左边~~进来进来" sounding like a real person but it's really not. But anyway they are selling NT100(~$4.40) per t-shirt and NT100/200 per pair of shoes for those that you see below:






Madness. But you are warned, the quality is really terrible. Do not buy shoes which has parts that are difficult to fix - it can potentially spoil within a week. Bought a pair of canvas shoes which sprung open at the front within a week - but nothing some glue can't fix. So... you know what to do. Another branch of this shop can be found at Rao He Night Market - not sure if there's anymore elsewhere though.




As night falls, everything becomes so dreamy and lovely. I am so biased.



Caught sight of some fierce school rivalry trying to attract potential audience to their school concert by doing a literal shoutout/ flash mob in the middle of Ximending. That's some pretty uniquely innovative and low-cost flash mob. Very cool.



If you aren't into eating or shopping, you might want to check out 5 other activities you can do in Ximending. It can be an all-day affair if you want - there are just so many things to do in Ximending.



Other full day itineraries you may be interested in:

  1. Full Day Itinerary 1: Yehliu, Leefoo Theme Park, Taipei 101
  2. Full Day Itinerary 2: Jiufen, Houtong, Shifen, Pingxi, Wu Fen Pu, Rao He Night Market
  3. Full Day Itinerary 3: Sogo, Yong Le Market, Yong Kang Street
  4. Full Day Itinerary 4: Museums of Taipei
  5. Full Day Itinerary 5: Eslite, Page One, Ximending
  6. Full Day Itinerary 6: Taipei Zoo, Maokong Gondola
  7. Full Day Itinerary 7: Yang Ming Shan National Park, Beitou, Danshui

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