In Taiwan, and many places of Asia, the style of places to go shopping can differ very much. You can find local traditional style markets (see photos here and here), small local stores and the modern brightly lit up stores.
The markets are a tourist favorite as they are full of surprises and delicious (or scary?) local dishes. This is where the local grandma’s buy their vegetables and new slippers, or were people go for a quick tasty lunch. If you want to buy things here you have to be ready to bargain.
The small corner stores are usually places that doesn’t look like much from the outside, but when you get inside you find yourself surrounded by the most unexpected goods and numerous options. Usually this is where you get things for a really good price – if you can manage to find the right thing among all the stuff you were not looking for.
And so we have the up-to date modern stores. They are recognized by having a good order and often some products from abroad. But you’d better mind your wallet, you have to pay more in here.
And above everything else Taiwan has convenience stores: Seven Eleven, Hi-Mart and Family Mart are the main three branches. When is it the right time to visit a convenience store? If you need to withdraw cash, load a bus-card, buy lunch, print something, buy skin cream or alcohol or just feel like eating a tea-cooked-egg. They are always (as far as I’ve noticed so far) open and always a good place to recharge our enjoy cool air condition.
Where do you prefer to do your shopping?