Shop Until You Drop in the Xinyi Shopping District

Perfect For

  • Shopping
  • Restaurants
  • Bars and Clubs
  • Walking

Overview

If you want to spend the whole day shopping, by far the best area to visit is the Xinyi shopping district next to Taipei 101.

Xinyi Walking
ATT For Fun Mall

The Xinyi Shopping District has the highest density of shopping malls in the world, now with no less than 14 malls.

Additionally, there’s no shortage of restaurants, bars and clubs in the district. It is however one of the most expensive places to shop and dine in Taipei, although there are still bargains to be had.

I have been here dozens of times, and I still get lost. It can be quite daunting if you don’t know your way around, which is why I decided to write this guide.

You can choose your starting point from either the south, at the Taipei 101 MRT station (red line) or the north, at the City Hall MRT station (blue line).

There are walkways above or below ground connecting the entire 1km area, and most of it is pedestrianised.

Xinyi Shopping District
Shin Kong A11 Mall

The best time to visit the Xinyi Shopping District is during a weekend evening, as it’s a lot more vibrant and there are loads of street performers. Also, the district looks beautiful when it is lit up.


Map


Xinyi Shopping Malls

The shopping malls located in the Xinyi shopping district are (from South to North):

MallFloorsFood HallFeaturesShopsLocation
Taipei 101 **6B1Din Tai Fung
VAT Refund Desk
High-end
Mid-range
here
Breeze Nanshi **12B1 & B2Outdoor Terrace
VR Ride
Sky restaurants on 46F – 48F
Original Shopshere
ATT for Fun *102FCinema
VR
Nightclubs
Youthhere
NEO 195Nightclubs
Cigar Bar
Sportshere
Shin Kong A911Tax Refund Desk on B1High-end here
Shin Kong A11 *8B2Tesla
Legacy Max
Mixturehere
Shin Kong A139Din Tai Fung
Nice dining area on 3F
Mixturehere
Breeze Songgao6NBA StoreSports
Fashion
here
Shin Kong A89B2Slide
Kids area on roof
Mixture
Kids
here
Bellavita *5B2Lux mallDesignerhere
Shin Kong A48B2Din Tai FungMixturehere
Eslite **8B2BookstoreBooks
Music
Gifts
here
Breeze Xinyi8Sky restaurants on 45F – 47FHomewear
Mixture
here
Uni-UStyle6B2Outdoor Area on 2F
Starbucks flagship store
Mixturehere

* Recommended; ** Essential

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Some malls also have Tax Refund Desks which can be used to claim 5% back on purchases over NT$2,000.

Probably the only store not located inside a mall is Apple‘s new ultra-modern flagship store.

Apple Store Xinyi
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Click here for my full guide on the Ximending Shopping District


Food & Drink

Most of the malls have their own food courts (see table above), and there are restaurants, cafes and bars found inside the malls – a few with outdoor seating.

Food Courts are a good choice if you’re not sure what to eat or if you’re on a budget. You’ll mainly find Asian food in these, but they’re cheap and usually a good standard.

The Taipei 101, Eslite and Shin Kong A11 food malls are my personal favourites, although the Bellavita mall also has some great places (albeit slightly more expensive).

The most recent mall to open in December 2019, the Shin Kong A13 also has a nice dining area on 3F.

Xinyi Shin Kong A13 Food Hall

If you want to try some Taiwanese food, then I would recommend going to Din Tai Fung, the world renowned restaurant chain.

There are now three located in this area – one in the basement of the Taipei 101 mall, and the other 2 located inside the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi A4 & A13 malls. These branches are usually less busy than the 101 branch.

Din Tai Fung
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If you’re here early and looking for some breakfast/brunch, look no further than The Diner – one of the best breakfast spots in Taipei, located within the ATT For Fun mall.

If you’re in need of something to cool you down, then Ice Monster serves traditional Taiwanese shaved ice desserts.

The Diner Xinyi
Ice Monster

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Many restaurant chains can be found here, including Jamie’s Italian, Miacucina, Gordon Biersch, TGI Fridays and Texas Roadhouse.

Xinyi RestaurantsXinyi RestaurantsXinyi Restaurants

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A large cluster of restaurants can be found near the ATT for Fun mall, some with outdoor seating including Lobster Foods, which also serves a great pint of Guinness.

Lobster Foods
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If you want to try an authentic English afternoon tea, look no further than Smith & Hsu, found on the 6th floor of the northern-most Breeze mall.

Smith and Hsu
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Or if you prefer a nice refreshing Taiwanese ale outside, then Landmark Taihu a great option, otherwise Tap Bistro Zhangmen offers fantastic views of Taipei 101 from a rooftop.

Tap Bistro Zhangmen

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Frank is a club that has a great rooftop bar. This can be found on 10F of ATT for Fun, although it has a dress code and does get very busy at weekends.


Entertainment

If you’ve not visited it, then the Taipei 101 Observation Deck has spectacular views. If possible, try to time your visit an hour before sunset.

Taipei 101
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If you’re travelling with kids, then the ATT for Fun mall is the best place to take them. Found within is Vie Show, is one of the best cinemas in Taipei. Most of the shops here are also aimed at kids and teenagers, plus there’s VR+ room found on the first floor towards the east and an arcade near the food hall on 2F.

VR+ Ride Taipei

There’s another virtual reality ride of sorts found in the southern Breeze Centre. i-Ride Taipei is a fantastic 5D experience that takes you on a journey over Taiwan or the USA.

iRide Taipei
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There are also a few street performers and artists situated around Xinyi Shopping District, and if you’re visiting over the weekend there are many markets and other promotional events.

In the centre of the district is the Xiangti Avenue Plaza. There will often be a stage erected here over the weekend, where they’ll be live musical performances or even events like B-Boy competitions.

Xiangti Avenue Plaza

The Xinyi Shopping District is a great place to shop and dine, with plenty of things to keep most people happy, it’s also one of the best areas to visit while it’s raining as you can explore most of the area without exposing yourself to the elements.

Since there are so many shopping malls, it never feels overcrowded like areas such as Ximending, although you may need to queue for popular restaurants.


Opening Hours

The general opening hours of all the malls are:
11:00 – 21:30 (extended to 22:00 on weekends)

If you find yourself in a mall at the start or end of the day, it is customary for all staff to stand and bow to everyone.


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