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Taipei: Ximending「西門町」 Shopping Spree

Ximending 西門町 shopping district in Taipei

Ximending「西門町」is the Taipei equivalent to Harajuku in Tokyo. The first pedestrian area dedicated to commerce is now turned into a teen culture hub and shopping craze of all sorts. From Rilakkuma Merchandising - to which I confess to be addicted - through Starbucks, UNIQLO and what I miss the most in Europe, Korean Cosmetics from popular brands like Étude House, Skinfood, Tony Moly & Too Cool For School. For clothing and food, night markets are a better option.

Ximending 西門町 shopping district in Taipei
While the crowded entrance is rather impressive, I still favour the cute Takeshita Dori sign.
Ximending 西門町 shopping district in Taipei
Romantic lights for the teen lovers
Ximending 西門町 shopping district in Taipei
Tasty izakayas for the hungry ones
Ximending 西門町 shopping district in Taipei
Gurls with Popstar dreams, showing their skills off
Ximending 西門町 shopping district in Taipei
Nearby the entrance, The Red House which is Taipei's first public market - currently used as cultural & creative industries development center, observes the area with a raised eyebrow.
Ximending 西門町 shopping district in Taipei
Ximending 西門町 shopping district in Taipei

I simply CANNOT help myself. It's the androgynous Korean guy look that drags me in. Amid a stravaganza of pink and too-cute-to-be-true packaging, I always end up burning much more money than I should... But it is such a nice experience, that becomes addictive. They always give you a gazillion miniatures and samples and point cards. Simply amazing. By the way, did you know that BB cream was popularized as consumer product in Korea? WE OWE THEM SOMETHING!

Ximending 西門町 shopping district in Taipei
Ximending 西門町 shopping district in Taipei


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