5 independent shops in Taipei every design junkie should visit
If you haven’t already visited these super hip stores in Taipei, here’s what you’re missing.
- November 2019
1. Xiao Qi Sheng Huo Kong Jian
On hip Chifeng Street, you’ll find the Xiao Qi empire, which comprises a Japanese lifestyle goods store, gallery, plum wine shop and casual restaurant. The lifestyle store opens in new window was opened in 2012 to bring traditional Japanese craftsmanship to Taiwan through beautifully-made household items.
2. Buly 1803
“This beloved Parisian brand opened its first overseas store in Taipei, offering the best candles, soap, and skincare products,” says Pao. Buly 1803 opens in new window was first launched in 2014, after the owners decided to resurrect an old perfumery in Paris and preserve its heritage. Ask about the gift wrapping and hand-written decorative calligraphy services it provides.
3. MOT Casa
MOT Casa opens in new windowoffers a great selection of luxe designer furniture and home accessories from all over the world, and is a must-visit for anyone who has a keen eye for interior decor. Short for “Mall of Tomorrow”, the MOT brand also has a number of design-focused stores under its umbrella, including MOT Flower, which creates modern floral installations using artificial plants; and MOT Café, a cosy pit stop for a cup of coffee located just a stone’s throw from MOT Casa.
4. ART HAUS
Who doesn’t love a multi-label store opens in new window that boasts an ultra-gorgeous interior and a collection of coveted luxury fashion brands from across the globe? While there are two outlets in the city, Pao suggests heading to the 500-square metre Neri&Hu-designed department store at Shin Kong Mitsukoshi A4. “This is likely the best concept store in Taipei, similar to (the now-defunct) Colette from Paris,” she shares.
“The Invincible East store opens in new window has full collections of the world’s most coveted sneakers. It’s unbelievable,” says Pao. Aside from its limited edition collaborations with the biggest international sportswear brands, it also carries apparel from sought-after Japanese labels like N.Hoolywood and Bedwin & The Heartbreakers.