[Complete Preservation] 7 Stores You Need to Know About Living in Taiwan? And Kaohsiung information!


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.

Recommended for people like you
  • You’ve just arrived in Taiwan and don’t know where to buy daily necessities.
  • Want to buy daily necessities in Taiwan at the lowest possible cost
  • Want to know more about Kaohsiung.

Contents of this article
  • 7 Stores You Should Know About in Taiwan (Preservation Edition)
  • Two stores where you can buy daily necessities at a low cost
  • Extras: 2 stores that sell stylish goods and books in Kaohsiung

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

memo Taiwan

1 Carrefour

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.

台灣家樂福 | Welcome to Carrefour Taiwan!!


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!

IKEA 提供沙發,床墊,桌椅,衣櫃,廚具,燈具,收納系統櫃等超過8,500項家具家飾,讓你線上立即買,並提供本島運送及超商取貨的服務。還能享有卡友優惠每月商品折扣,讓你隨時看居家設計和佈置靈感。

3 Quanlian

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!

來全聯 買進美好生活

4 Daiso

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.

關於大創 | DAISO大創百貨
DAISO JAPAN大創百貨,以「高質量、多樣性與獨特性」為訴求,提供各式收納、廚房、迪士尼Disney、居家清潔、文具、化妝、手工藝、園藝、食器商品,便宜、方便、充滿樂趣的零售店!/

5 Nitori

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!

NITORI 宜得利家居線上購物網

6 9×9

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!


7 Tsann Kuen 3C

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

reasonable Taiwan

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.

光南大批發連鎖店 - 官方網站
目前販售的商品共分五大產品類別,分別是視聽圖書、鐘錶數位、電腦周邊、文具禮品與百貨飾品,光是商品數就超過10萬項,每個類別的商品數量平均各佔15~25%,目前全台共有24家直營門市,逾700名員工。 由於光南大批發已經有30年的通路經驗,因此各類的商品組合相當豐富又具競爭力,實惠的價格策略,更是讓光南大批發成為學生及年...

2 Xiaobei

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

book shop Taiwan

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.

JOY PLAZA Yuecheng Plaza
  • Access: 3 minutes walk from Minzu Dashun Rd. Intersection
  • Address: No. 427, Minzu 1st Road, Sanmin District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 80794
  • Opening hours: 12:00 – 20:00 daily

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.

MLD Taiguan Life Shopping Mall
  • Access: 10 minutes walk from Shijia Station
  • Address: Dist. B, No. 806 Zhongqin Road, Qianzhen District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily


Taiwan taipei
  • 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!