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5 best places to shop for gadgets in Taipei

If you’re a tech lover, but don’t want to spend a bomb on the latest tablet or camera equipment, then read on and rejoice as Skyscanner shows you 5 awesome places in technology-forward Taipei to grab great deals on the latest and cheapest electronic toys, so you can fully geek out on your Taiwan vacation!

1. Guanghua Digital Mall – the Mecca of Taiwanese tech

If you only have time for one stop, head for the Mecca of Taiwanese techies: GuangHua Digital Plaza, a six-storey wonderland of electronics. Find thousands of laptops, phones, cameras, gaming devices, tech accessories, cables, chips, boards and loads more in the hundreds of little shops. From brand-new luxury tech devices to second-hand parts, Guanghua Mall can satisfy even the most extreme tech geek need. The best part? Jaw-dropping prices on just about everything, thanks to the ferocious competition.

Where: No. 8, Section 3, Civic Blvd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

Nearest MRT: Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday; 10.00am-9.00pm

2. Syntrend Creative Park – the Akihabara of Taipei

The gigantic Syntrend Creative Park opened its doors in mid-2015, and is already nicknamed the ‘Akihabara of Taipei’. It boasts 12 storeys, each with a different theme (for example, Level 2 is dedicated to ‘Touch’ devices, Level 5 to ‘Listen’ gadgets, etc) and, being spacious and comfy, is designed to keep you happy and entertained for an entire day. Expect slightly higher prices than grungier hangouts like Guanghua, but also creature comforts such as a ‘Junior’ section for kid-friendly technology, and a quality food court serving Taiwanese treats.

Where: No. 2, Section 3, Civic Blvd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 (right next to Guanghua Digital Plaza)

Nearest MRT: Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station

Opening hours: 11.00am-9.30pm

3. NOVA Electronics Mall – the wallet-friendly little brother

Can’t handle gargantuan malls? NOVA Electronics Mall may be easier on you. This 4-storey version of Guanghua Digital Plaza is a favourite for budget-scouring Taiwanese students and is conveniently located right by the Taipei Main Station metro. Be prepared with cash on hand, though, as few of NOVA’s vendors accept card payment.

Where: No. 2, Guanqian Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

Nearest MRT: Taipei Main Station

Opening hours: 11.00am-10.00pm

4. Camera Street – shutterbug paradise

Looking for a camera? Head to Camera Street then! This self-explanatory shopping district is a photography enthusiast’s earthly paradise, where seemingly every model and brand of camera ever invented, plus a plethora of other types of sexy photography gear and accessories, are all placed together in one district. Stock up on new lenses, lens caps, adaptors, filters, films, and everything else you need for your amazing vacation shots; the price tags may pleasantly surprise you too.

Where: Section 1, Hankou St, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

Nearest MRT: Ximending Station

5. Taipei City Mall – the subterranean gadget playground

Taipei has an underground secret – buried beneath the city’s streets is a subterranean digital playground stuffed to the brim with everything on a gaming geek’s Christmas wish list. Browse countless gaming consoles (from handheld ones with buttons to those with touch screens, and high-tech motion-sensored models), video games, anime model kits and figurines, electronic toys, gashopan machines and so many other wonderfully fun things, it will make a convert of even the staunchest anti-video-gamer.

Where: Taipei Main Station Exit Y14: No. 49, Section 1, Zhongxiao W Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

Nearest MRT: Taipei Main Station

Opening hours: 11.00am-9.30pm

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