Hello everyone! I’m @olivertomolife and I’ve studied abroad in Kaohsiung!
If you’re planning to work or study in Taiwan, or if you’ve just arrived in Taiwan, you might be worried.
But if you know the places I’m going to introduce here, I’m sure you won’t have any trouble living here!
If you plan to buy daily necessities and household goods in Taiwan, here is some information you must know.
I experienced a working holiday in Kaohsiung for one year from February 2020. I am currently writing a blog based on that experience.
By reading this post, you’ll get some useful information on living in Taiwan!
- 7 Stores You Should Know About in Taiwan
- Two stores where you can buy daily necessities at a low cost
- Extra: Two stores in Kaohsiung that sell stylish goods and books
7 Stores You Should Know About in Taiwan
First, let me introduce you to Carrefour, a large supermarket.
It’s a store that originated in France and can be found all over the world. It’s not a familiar store in Japan, but it’s very convenient because you can buy a wide variety of things.
It’s a very convenient place to buy a variety of goods, including imported goods not sold in supermarkets in Taiwan!
I used to go there all the time when I lived in Kaohsiung, and since it is located all over Taiwan, I don’t have to worry about moving.
And since they are located all over Taiwan, it’s very fun to buy various imported products.
This is a famous Swedish store that sells furniture and other items.
Since there is an IKEA in Taiwan, I think it’s the first store you should go to when you go here!
I especially recommend the IKEA in Kaohsiung, as it is located in a very convenient environment.
You’ll definitely want to take advantage of it when you start your new life here!
This is a very famous supermarket in Taiwan and one of the top three supermarkets.
It is convenient because it stocks everything from food to daily necessities.
Recently, they are also working on selling Japanese bread.
Also, there’s an ATM of the Guotai Bank in the store, so it’s easy for people who use that bank to use it!
Daiso, a 100 yen store that originated in Japan and is expanding worldwide, is also located in Taiwan.
However, it is a bit more expensive than in Japan, so if you buy too much, you may end up in trouble…
One product that I personally found useful was a laundry drying product that I was able to use for a whole year while I was studying abroad!
I also recommend the laundry scissors, as they are more durable than IKEA products.
Nitori, where you can buy furniture and household goods, is also located in Taiwan.
One of their most recommended products is a pillow called the Hotel Series.
They’re inexpensive, yet very soft pillows, perfect for those who want to sleep well!
This is the best place to buy stationery.
It has the widest variety and the cheapest prices.
Here you can also buy resumes for your part-time job or whatever you need!
Actually, I found out about this store just before I left Taiwan, so I wish I had known about it earlier…
Anyway, if you’re looking for stationery, this is the best place to go!
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If you’re looking to buy home appliances, this is the place to go.
Carrefour also sells home appliances, but they don’t have as many varieties.
This store has a lot of variety, so you can compare products.
I bought a hair dryer here before.
They accept credit cards, so it was convenient!
Two stores where you can buy daily necessities at a low cost
1 Gwanan Dahua
This store is like a Don Quijote in Japan!
I used to go there a lot because they sell household goods at cheap prices.
I used to buy a lot of facial cleansing products from this store.
Sometimes it’s cheaper than other stores, so check it out!
They also accept IC cards, so it’s very convenient.
This store is also a Don Quijote kind of place, stocking everything from household goods to food.
And since it’s open 24 hours a day, you can go to the store without worrying about the time.
I once forgot my helmet at home and had to buy it at Xiaobei.
Extra: Two stores in Kaohsiung that sell stylish goods and books
1 JOY PLAZA Yuecheng Square
This store is like a shopping mall and a little far from Kaohsiung City, but this store is very stylish.
When you enter the store, you will see countless book on display, which will stimulate your senses.
You can buy miscellaneous goods and books, but you can also enjoy just looking at them.
2 MLD Taigu Aluminum Life Shopping Mall
This is also a shopping mall, but it also has a market inside.
The vegetables on sale are labeled with detailed information about the producer, making it a good place for health-conscious people.
There is also a bookstore and a variety of sundries for sale, so it is very interesting.
- Carrefour for food shopping
- IKEA for furniture
- 9×9 for stationery
We’ve talked about stores you should know about when living in Taiwan!
I’ll be posting more information about Taiwan in the future, so please stay tuned.
Thank you for reading to the end!