Located in the southwest of Taiwan, Kaohsiung is a must visit place. A very beautiful and second largest city in Taiwan after Taipei, this is the place where nearly half of the country’s population is concentrated. Although not as big as Taipei, Kaohsiung is also a modern, bustling, busy city with full of modern architectural works, attractive tourist spots, diverse cuisine. Especially, there are many big, famous, magnificent shopping malls as well as popular cheap shopping places such as squares, markets and night markets for shopping lovers with a variety of goods and inexpensive products with high quality. So, where to shop in Kaohsiung and what to buy in Kaohsiung? Let’s check it out our best shopping in Kaohsiung and Kaohsiung cheap shopping guide with top 12 best places to shopping in Kaohsiung including best place to buy souvenirs in Kaohsiung, biggest mall in Kaohsiung, biggest shopping mall in Kaohsiung to find out the best answer!
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Dream Mall Kaohsiung with an area covering up 400.000 m2 is one of Asia’s largest (and also Taiwan’s largest) shopping malls that you should definitely not miss when visiting Kaohsiung. With 2.300 stores from high-end to affordable brands spread over 10 floors (in which the dining area (food court) has occupied 2 floors), prepare your health and a comfortable shoe if you want to conquer all Dream Mall.
And especially don’t forget to check-in with the famous giant ferris wheel dubbed the Eye of Kaohsiung, located on the grounds of an outdoor amusement park on the roof top of the mall! With 150 TWD ($4.79) admission ticket for about 15 minutes floating in the air and watching the whole city of Kaohsiung sparkling at night, it will be a regret if you don’t try it once.
Dream Mall is a large and bustling space with 10 shopping floors, with each floor being a different product. There are everything from streetwear fashion to sportswear, handbag shops, but the prices here are somewhat higher than other shopping malls. For example, children’s shops are mainly concentrated on the 5th floor and sports shops, clothes shops on the 6th floor. You can also visit the cinema on the 8th floor. Besides, Dream Mall has space for cuisine, visitors can both visit shopping, eating and resting here is very convenient.
Getting there: It is also convenient to travel because every 10 – 15 minutes there will be a free transfer bus from MRT Kaisyuan station to Dream Mall, or you can walk about 15 minutes from the subway station. So if you don’t know where to go, what to buy in Kaohsiung, let’s come Dream Hall.
Address: No. 789, Zhonghua 5th Road, Qianzhen District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 806
Opened: May 12, 2007
Hours: 11AM–10PM / Saturday 10:30AM–10:30PM / Sunday: 10:30AM–10PM /Friday: 11AM–10:30PM
Phone: +886 7 813 5678
Shinkuchan Shopping District
Shinkuchan is a shopping area for young people made up of the interference of 3 streets, so be careful not to be lost in the maze shopping here! With billions of domestic and foreign goods from clothes, accessories, cosmetics, electronics … with super cheap prices to mid-prices will definitely satisfy “purse” of shopaholics, for comfortable shopping with quality goods at affordable prices.
Although some shops may open early from 1:00 pm, the proper time to explore the neighborhood is from 4 pm because the weather will be cooler and the trade scene will be much more bustling. Don’t forget to enjoy the snacks sold throughout the streets to fill your stomach and “fight” in Shinkuchan!
Getting there: Shinkuchan is located at the Central Park and next to the entrance to the R9 Central Park MRT station, it is possible to reach Shinkuchan if you reach to this station.
Address: 800, Taiwan, Kaohsiung City, Xinxing District
Ruifeng Night Market
Ruifeng is a famous night market with junk food with billions of typical Taiwanese foods such as Taiwanese takoyaki (octopus cake), fried oyster omelette, fried noodles, skewers … The famous stinky tofu with characteristic “aroma” is a must-try food in this market, do not because of that smell but ignore this delicious, weird, strange food. Ruifeng also sells clothes, accessories but is not as crowded and diverse as the above Shinkuchan area, so take the main purpose to discover Ruifeng for filling your belly. Unlike other night markets, Ruifeng is a rare night market road that prohibits transport, so the shopping and dining experience here brings more comfortable and safe feelings.
Note that the market attracts not only tourists but also local people also love this place, the often come to eat and drink, relaxing, so the market is extremely crowded and you careful when carrying valuables and wearing costumes gently, the market is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Getting there: Take the MRT and get off at R14 station, exit at San Min Vocational School and go along the road to come.
Ruifeng Night Market
Address: 804, Taiwan, Kaohsiung City, Zuoying District, Yucheng Road, 南屏路
Total retail floor area: 3,000 m²
Hours: 6PM–12AM / Closed: Mondays, Wednesdays
Phone: +886 986 554 866
Liuhe Night Market
If you like the busy and bustling atmosphere, not afraid of the crowded trade scene, Liuhe night market is the right choice for you. Liuhe Market is famous for its variety and richness of items and goods with extremely cheap and reasonable prices for tourists sold here, such as clothes, shoes, crafts, electronics … Of course, the market is indispensable the attractive food stalls that make diners fascinated, the seafood is fresh and delicious (because Kaohsiung is a coastal city). Especially Italian conger noodles and papaya milk smoothie are 2 dishes you must try in Liuhe; Or do you want to try weird dishes, there is a store that sells dry snake and snake blood (OMG :-ss).