Often compared to Tokyo’s Shibuya or Harajuku, Ximending is a lively shopping and entertainment district in Taipei. Located in historic Wanhua, the area teems with shops selling clothing, accessories, electronics, and more, as well as myriad dining and entertainment venues. It’s a place to see and be seen for locals and visitors alike.
There’s something for just about everyone at Ximending. Shops range from small stalls and boutiques to large department stores offering a wide variety of goods. There are plenty of entertainment options as well, including bars, clubs, karaoke venues, street performances (especially at night and on weekends), and even an entire street devoted to cinema (Wuchang). Ximending is also the main LGBTQ district of Taipei, with many clubs and bars surrounding the Red Theater area in particular.
Ximending features on many sightseeing tours of Taipei. Visit Ximending as part of a tour that also features other top attractions such as Longshan Temple, Taipei 101, or Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. Or opt for a private walking tour for a more personalized and customized experience.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Ximending is a must-visit for foodies, shoppers, and people watchers.
- Don’t forget to bring cash to purchase food and goods at smaller stalls and vendors.
- Many street food vendors set up later in the day. Visit after sunset for the best foodie experience.
How to Get There
Ximending is located in Taipei’s northeast Wanhua district. By MRT, take the Blue or Green Line to Ximen Station (Exit 6) for the Ximending Pedestrian Area. A number of city buses also stop nearby.
When to Get There
Ximending is very popular and can be extremely busy on weekends and public holidays. Visit during the week and earlier in the day for smaller crowds. Come at night if you’re looking to experience Ximending at its liveliest.
Eating in Ximending
Besides the shopping, a top draw for many people visiting Ximending is the array of street food options. Local favorites include oyster pancakes and omelets, stewed and braised meats, rice noodles, fried chicken, and Taiwanese-style tempura. Wash it all down with some bubble tea or fresh squeezed juice.