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38 Taiwan Souvenirs to Buy and Where to Buy Them

February 28, 2024

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When it comes to souvenirs in Taiwan, the options are as diverse and vibrant as the island itself. From Taiwan food treats to exquisite crafts, Taiwan offers something for every taste and preference. Let’s delve deeper into some of the best souvenirs to buy in Taiwan, along with additional details on where to find them and who would love them.

At the night markets, Taiwan snacks, food and trinkets are the hottest buys. At Jiufen Old Street and other old streets, packaged cakes, pastries, oolong tea, and nuts are the most popular. If you want to bring home something more unique, you can select a few pieces of jade for yourself and loved ones back home.

Tea pot sets also make great decoration pieces and the hand-painted pieces are a delight to behold. Modern gifts such as stationary, plushies, Starbucks specialty mug, and tiny lanterns are a fan favorite.

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Taiwan Snacks: Pineapple Cake, Pastries, Tea & more

Got a sweet tooth? Indulge in Taiwan’s rich culinary heritage by bringing home some of its most beloved cakes and pastries. Here are some of the best Taiwanese snacks to buy for your friends back home!

Taiwanese Pineapple Cake

The most iconic souvenir to buy back from Taiwan is the iconic pineapple cake, a sweet and savory treat loved by locals and visitors alike. Taiwanese pineapple cakes are small, square-shaped pastries filled with a delectable pineapple jam. The outer crust is buttery and crumbly, providing the perfect complement to the tangy-sweet filling.

Loved by: Families, friends, colleagues, foodies, those with a sweet tooth

Where to buy: Pineapple cakes can be found in bakeries, specialty shops, and souvenir stores across Taiwan, with some of the best-known brands including Chia Te Bakery in Taipei and Sunny Hills in Taichung. These delectable treats are often packaged in elegant gift boxes, making them a popular choice for souvenirs and gifts.

Taiwanese Sun Cakes

Taiwanese Sun Cakes also known as tai yang bing, are round pastries filled with a rich and savory filling made from malt sugar and sometimes sesame. The golden-brown crust is flaky and buttery, giving way to a sweet and slightly savory interior that melts in your mouth.

Loved by: Families, friends, colleagues, foodies, those with a sweet tooth

Where to buy: Sun cakes are widely available in local bakeries, pastry shops, and souvenir stores throughout Taiwan, particularly in cities like Taichung and Tainan where they are a specialty.

Some of our favorite shops include: Ruyi Sunny Cake (如邑堂餅家) in Taipei, Chia Te Bakery (佳德糕餅) in Taipei, Yu Jan Shin (裕珍馨) in Taipei and Taichung., Sugar and Spice locations here all over Taiwan, Tai Yang Tang Lao Dian (太陽堂老店) locations here all over Taiwan, Ah Ming Shi Sun Cake Shop (阿明師太陽餅店) locations in Taichung here.

Taiwan Taro Pastry at Jiufen Jiang Jia Bakery

Location: Jiufen Jia Jiang Bakery or Master A-Tsung Taro Cakes

Our personal favorite must-buy souvenir to bring back is the Taiwan Taro Pastry from Jiufen Old Street’s Jiang Jia Bakery! These little Taro Pastries are so delicious and always brings a smile to our faces! We usually have to buy extras of this Taiwan snack for our selves, families, and friends!

At Jiang Jia Bakery, the owner and pastry chef craft freshly baked, flaky Taro pastries and Pineapple cakes unfolds daily. It’s undisputedly the perfect pastries to eat in Jiufen. The hands of the skilled artisan meticulously layering the flakiness of flour, with a soft center of fresh taro that promises to dissolve effortlessly on your tongue. It’s an exquisite experience.

A harmonious blend of textures and tastes that transports you to a realm where time-honored techniques meet the precision of contemporary craftsmanship. The delicate charm of this taro pastry will gracefully paint a cherishing smile.

More Taiwan Snacks: Red Bean Cakes, Peanut Nougats, Chive Biscuits and more

There are hundreds of Taiwanese cakes and pastries that are simply divine. Have a little fun, and taste samples to your heart’s content. Ask vendors for samples to try and buy your favorites! Other favorite Taiwanese pastries are…

  • Mung Bean Cake 綠豆糕: Mung bean cakes are small, bite-sized pastries filled with a smooth and creamy mung bean paste. The outer crust is thin and buttery, providing a delicate contrast to the rich and flavorful filling. These cakes are often enjoyed as a dessert or snack, perfect for any time of day. Great for vegetarians.
  • Peanut Nougats and Brittle 花生酥: A crunchy and addictive snack made from roasted peanuts embedded in caramelized sugar. It’s a timeless Taiwanese treat that’s perfect for sharing with loved ones.
  • Crispy Sesame Candy 芝麻糖: A delightful blend of crunchy sesame seeds and sweet caramelized sugar, offering a satisfyingly nutty and aromatic flavor.
  • Chive Biscuits: Light and savory biscuits infused with the distinct aroma and flavor of fresh chives, providing a delightful herbal twist to a classic snack.
  • Black Charcoal Peanuts: Roasted peanuts coated in a layer of black charcoal seasoning, delivering a unique smoky flavor with a hint of earthy richness.
  • Almond Cookies: Crumbly and buttery, almond cookies are a classic Taiwanese dessert often enjoyed with a cup of tea. They make for a delightful souvenir that captures the essence of Taiwanese baking.
  • Lemon Cakes from Ifhouse in Taizhong: Zesty and refreshing, lemon cakes are a popular choice for those who enjoy citrusy flavors. Made with fresh lemon zest and juice, these cakes are a taste of Taiwan’s tropical fruit abundance. I love Ifhouse in Taizhong.

Loved by: Families, friends, colleagues, kids, couples, elders, those with a sweet tooth, foodies

Where to buy: While these treats can be found in bakeries and pastry shops across Taiwan, you’ll find some of the best selections in specialty shops in cities like Taipei, Taichung, and Tainan.

Taiwan Mochi

Taiwanese mochi, known locally as “muah chee,” is a popular snack made from glutinous rice flour and filled with various sweet or savory fillings. These bite-sized delights are soft, chewy, and often coated with a dusting of powdered sugar or ground peanuts for added flavor.

Look for vendors who handcraft their mochi using traditional methods for the freshest and most authentic flavors. Some popular variations include red bean, peanut, and sesame fillings, each offering a unique taste experience.

Loved by: Food enthusiasts, families, friends

Where to buy: Mochi can be found in specialty shops, night markets, and street food stalls throughout Taiwan. For the freshest and widest selection of Taiwan mochi, explore the bustling stalls of Taipei’s iconic Shilin Night Market, Raohe Night Market, specialty shops in Ximending, or visit traditional tea houses and specialty dessert shops scattered throughout Taiwan. Some favorites from Taipei include: Bulao Hakka Traditional Mochi, Sa bai tian, Shun Chen Bakery, and 米玥麻糬堂-台北大安店.


Taiwan Oolong Tea and Drinks

Discover the art of tea appreciation with Taiwan’s finest Oolong teas, renowned for their complex flavors and aromatic profiles. Taiwan is one of the best places to grow Oolong tea so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the best souvenirs to take home.

Tea can be bought from most tea merchants and stores in Taiwan, but one of the best tea is from Pinglin and Alishan. You can buy pre-packaged tea bags or packs in order to brew them at home.

Head to Pinglin for a traditional Taiwanese tea ceremony experience with this Shiding and Pinglin Tea Plantation Tour. Pinglin’s tea ceremony is part of our Taiwan Itinerary.

Loved by: Tea enthusiasts, health-conscious individuals

Where to buy: While Oolong tea can be found in tea shops and supermarkets across Taiwan, Pinglin Tea Plantation in New Taipei City is renowned for its picturesque tea fields and high-quality teas. Visitors can purchase tea directly from the plantation or from nearby tea shops and souvenir stores.

Taiwan Brown Sugar Ginger Tea Cubes

海燕窝 Brown Sugar Ginger Tea have incredibly health benefits, tastes amazing, and are a great gift! You can buy this at Jiufen Old Street, our favorite place for food souvenirs and tea house experiences. You can prepare it hot or cold, and they are individually wrapped making it a great gift for stocking stuffers as well.

Taiwan’s brown sugar ginger tea cubes are a harmonious blend of premium brown sugar, freshly grated ginger, and aromatic spices, compressed into convenient cubes. Basically boil the sugar cube in hot water then serve as a hot beverage. Perfect for coffee and tea lovers. These cubes create a fragrant and revitalizing tea that warms the body and soothes the senses. The sweet notes of brown sugar perfectly balance the spicy kick of ginger, resulting in a comforting and flavorful beverage that’s perfect for any time of day.

Loved by: Those seeking a comforting and revitalizing beverage, individuals interested in traditional Taiwanese remedies, tea enthusiasts

Where to buy: Our favorite place to buy food souvenirs including these ginger tea is in Jiufen Old Street. Look for packaged cubes in Jiufen. Brown sugar ginger tea cubes are also readily available in tea shops, health food stores, and traditional markets throughout Taiwan. Consider purchasing a few extra packs to share the warmth and flavor of Taiwan with friends and loved ones back home.

Dried Fruits and Candied Fruits

Experience the vibrant flavors of Taiwan with a selection of dried and candied fruits, perfect for snacking or adding a touch of sweetness to your dishes.

  • Candied Fruits: From mangoes and plums to dates and pineapples, Taiwan offers a colorful array of candied fruits that are as visually appealing as they are delicious. The sweet, sour, and salty flavors make them a delightful treat for all palates.
  • Dried Fruits: Whether you prefer traditional dried fruits like apricots and raisins or exotic options like dragon fruit and guava, Taiwan’s markets are brimming with high-quality dried fruits that are perfect for snacking on the go.

Loved by: Everyone

Where to buy: Night markets, shopping malls, roadside shops, and specialty shops throughout Taiwan offer a wide selection of dried and candied fruits. Look for vendors with a diverse range of options and be sure to sample some of their offerings before making your selection.

The sweet, sour and salty taste will appeal to just about anyone looking to amuse their taste buds. Candied fruits are usually sold by weight or pre-packaged. You’ll be able to see dozens of types of fruits in all sorts of colors being displayed!

Chocolates

Fuwan Chocolate #1 | Photo by Fuwan Chocolate

Uncover Taiwan’s hidden gem—the burgeoning chocolate industry—which produces artisanal chocolates. There is a tree-to-bar chocolate industry in Taiwan that most people don’t know about. Fuwan Chocolate, TL Chocolates & Cacao Plantation in Nantou, Chiu’s CoCo in Pingtung, Joyce Chocolate Cafe Workshop in Pingtung, Cocosun Ccao Farm in Pintung, FuWan Chocolate in Kaohsiung, Uncle A-Shin’s Choco Farm in Kenting,

Loved by: Chocolate enthusiasts, foodies

Where to buy: These artisanal chocolate shops can be found in various locations across Taiwan, including Nantou, Pingtung, and Kaohsiung. Be sure to check their websites or social media pages for hours of operation and special events.

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Taiwan Beauty Products and Face Masks

Taiwan’s beauty products, skincare, facemasks and cosmetics are great gifts. Not only are they packaged beautifully, many are very affordable and made from natural ingredients! Some of my favorites are:

  • My Beauty Diary Facemasks in Black Pearl: Renowned for their high-quality ingredients and effective formulas, My Beauty Diary facemasks are a must-have souvenir for skincare enthusiasts. The Black Pearl variant is especially popular for its brightening and hydrating properties. (my favorite!) I usually get 5-6 boxes when I visit to stock up and as gifts.
  • P.Seven Taiwanese Tea Perfume: Inspired by Taiwan’s rich tea culture, P.Seven offers a range of luxurious perfumes made from locally sourced tea leaves. Each fragrance captures the essence of Taiwan’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. You can also buy it online which saves you the hassle of it leaking in your luggage.

Loved by: Beauty enthusiasts, self-care aficionados

Where to buy: Get Taiwan skincare and beauty products from convenience stores like 7-Eleven and FamilyMart, as well as at drugstores such as COSMED, Watsons, and Sasa. P.Seven luxury tea perfumes can be found online or at perfume shops in Taipei and Kaohsiung.

Traditional Souvenirs and Things to buy in Taiwan

Jade Jewelry and Stones

Embrace Taiwan’s rich cultural heritage with the gift of jade, a symbol of longevity, prosperity, and good fortune. Whether you’re searching for a statement piece of jewelry or a small keepsake, Taiwan offers a wide selection of jade rings, stones, necklaces, and carvings to suit every taste and budget.

Authenticity: When purchasing jade in Taiwan, it’s important to shop at reputable stores to ensure authenticity and quality. Look for shops with a long-standing reputation and knowledgeable staff who can guide you through the purchasing process.

Loved by: Couples, jewelry enthusiasts

Where to buy: The Jianguo Jade Market in Taipei (near Da’an Park, on weekends) is one of the best places to shop for jade, with a wide selection of vendors offering everything from affordable trinkets to high-end jewelry pieces.

You can also find reputable jade shops in major cities like Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Taichung. A lucky jade charm or bracelet would be the ideal present to send home for a loved one.

Tea sets, Ceramics, Pottery & Traditional Souvenirs

There is a myriad of handmade traditional and cultural things to buy as souvenirs for loved ones back home. From hand-painted paper fans, paintings and wood carvings to Chinese opera face masks, tea sets and hand puppets, you’ll definitely be spoiled for choice when it comes to shopping for gifts.

Handicrafts are available in markets and stores all around Taiwan. However, the town of Sanyi in Miaoli County is where you should head to witness great wood carving artisans at work.

Immerse yourself in Taiwan’s rich artistic heritage with a variety of ceramics, handicrafts, and pottery that reflect the island’s cultural traditions and craftsmanship.

  • Tea Sets and Tea Ware Ceramics: Elevate your tea-drinking experience with a beautifully crafted tea set from Taiwan. From classic designs to contemporary styles, you’ll find a wide range of options to suit your taste. In addition to loose-leaf teas, you’ll also find a variety of tea ware, including teapots, cups, and tea sets, that make for elegant and practical souvenirs.
  • Hand-Painted Paper Fans: These delicate and intricately designed paper fans make for elegant and practical souvenirs. Whether adorned with traditional motifs or modern designs, they are sure to impress.
  • Paintings and Wood Carvings: Capture the essence of Taiwan’s natural beauty with handcrafted paintings and wood carvings. From landscapes to intricate sculptures, these artworks are a testament to the island’s artistic talent.
  • Chinese Opera Face Masks: Add a touch of drama to your decor with traditional Chinese opera face masks. These colorful and expressive masks are often used in performances and make unique conversation pieces.
  • Ceramic Flutes: Jiufen’s charming streets are dotted with shops offering ceramic flutes and ocarinas, perfect for music enthusiasts. Prices start at NT150.

Loved by: Art enthusiasts, collectors, tea aficionados, cat lovers

Where to buy:

  • Tea Sets: Visit Yingge Ceramic Old Street, renowned for its vast array of tea sets and pottery crafted by local artisans.
  • Pottery: Dihua Street in Taipei is home to shops like Hakka Blue, known for their exquisite ceramics, pottery, and tea sets.
  • Art Print Souvenirs: Explore the National Museum Gift Shop for a curated selection of art prints showcasing Taiwan’s cultural heritage.

Traditional Cloths and Qipao

A lot of travelers love the exquisite cheongsam or qipao in Taiwan, perfect for special occasions or cultural events. Embrace the elegance of traditional Chinese fashion with a cheongsam or qipao, a timeless garment that exudes grace and sophistication. It features intricate designs and luxurious fabrics, making it a symbol of traditional Chinese style and craftsmanship. Most are made by skilled tailors, committed to mixing traditional beauty with quality.

Aside from qipao, people also love Yongsheng Cloth Bags. These fashionable accessories are available in Tainan and other major cities, offering a blend of traditional charm and modern design.

Loved by: Fashionistas, cultural enthusiasts, collectors

Where to buy: Explore specialty boutiques and tailor shops in Taiwan’s major cities, such as Taipei and Tainan, to find a wide selection of cheongsam and qipao dresses. These garments are available in various styles, colors, and fabrics, allowing you to choose the perfect piece to suit your taste and occasion. Yongsheng cloth bags can be found in Tainan and select retailers across Taiwan.

Customized Chinese Name Stamps | Seal Stamps

Add a personal touch to your belongings with a customized Chinese character name stamp also known as seal stamps, which are used for signing documents, artwork, or personal items. These are crafted by skilled local artisans. Most shops can make one is a few hours if they are not busy. If they are busier, it might take 1-2 days. Price starts from NT60, depending on the material and the shop.

Chinese name stamps are engraved with a person’s name or a meaningful phrase in traditional Chinese characters. They are typically made from materials such as stone, wood, or metal and are used by pressing them into ink and then onto paper to create a signature or mark.

Loved by: Anyone seeking a personalized souvenir, artists, calligraphy enthusiasts, students learning Chinese or Mandarin

Where to buy: Look for specialty shops and gift stores offering custom name stamp services. These stamps can be found in various locations across Taiwan, including souvenir shops and stationery stores. Here are a few shops: 點石齋圖章店, 永發刻印工藝社, 經祥刻印社. There are tons of shops that do this, especially near schools and universities. Just search for “seal shop” on google maps.

Calligraphy Sets

Another beautiful Taiwanese souvenir that can have decorative or practice purposes is a traditional calligraphy set. These sets typically include calligraphy brushes, brush stands, ink holders, name stamps, and other related items.

These calligraphy sets can range from affordable functional sets to exquisite works of art crafted by master artisans with generations of brush making behind them.

Loved by: Artists, enthusiasts of traditional arts

Where to buy: Guo Jia Tai  in Taipei specializes in making traditional brush sets. Alternatively, search for “書法” (calligraphy) in Google Maps to find local shops selling calligraphy gear throughout Taiwan.

Incense

Taiwan incense is renowned for its high-quality ingredients, meticulous craftsmanship, and captivating scents. From soothing sandalwood to exotic floral blends, each incense stick is carefully handcrafted to create a serene and uplifting atmosphere.

Whether used for meditation, relaxation, or simply to add a touch of fragrance to your home, Taiwan incense offers a sensory journey that transports you to the heart of the island.

Loved by: Meditation practitioners, spiritual seekers, those seeking relaxation and stress relief

Where to buy: Discover a wide selection of Taiwan incense at temples, specialty incense shops, and traditional markets across the island. Bring home a variety of scents to explore the rich tapestry of fragrances that Taiwan has to offer, and bring home the essence of the island’s spiritual heritage.

Buddhist prayer beads and mala beads

Buddhist prayer beads, also known as mala beads, are strands of beads used by Buddhists and practitioners of mindfulness meditation to count mantras, prayers, or breaths during meditation. Each bead represents a mantra or affirmation, guiding the practitioner in their spiritual practice and fostering a sense of mindfulness and presence.

In Taiwan, these beads are often crafted from natural materials such as wood, stone, or bone, and may be adorned with traditional symbols or auspicious charms.

Loved by: Spiritual practitioners, meditation enthusiasts, individuals seeking inner peace and clarity

Where to buy: Explore temples, spiritual centers, and specialty shops across Taiwan to find a variety of Buddhist prayer beads and mala beads. Look for beads crafted from high-quality materials and imbued with spiritual significance to enhance your meditation practice and deepen your connection to the teachings of Buddhism. Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or new to meditation, these beads offer a tangible reminder of the path to enlightenment and inner harmony.

Modern Taiwan Souvenirs | Things to buy in Taiwan

Mini Sky Lanterns

Ignite your sense of wonder with mini sky lanterns, a symbol of hope, luck, and prosperity in Taiwanese culture.

Mini sky lanterns are smaller versions of the traditional sky lanterns, made from lightweight materials such as paper and bamboo. They are typically adorned with colorful designs and can be lit and released into the sky, creating a mesmerizing spectacle as they float gracefully into the distance.

Purchase these unique lanterns at various souvenir shops across Taiwan. They’re lightweight and easy to pack, making them ideal gifts for friends and family.

Loved by: Romantics, adventurers, those seeking unique experiences

Where to buy:
Purchase mini sky lanterns at souvenir shops, night markets, and specialty stores across Taiwan. Look for vendors who offer environmentally friendly lanterns made from biodegradable materials, ensuring a sustainable and eco-friendly experience.


Paper Umbrellas

Experience the artistry of traditional Taiwanese craftsmanship with hand painted designed paper umbrellas, both practical and decorative. These elegant accessories provide shade from the sun and add a touch of cultural charm to any setting.

Paper umbrellas are such affordable gifts that travelers often buy them in large quantities before they leave Taiwan. Lanterns of all shapes, sizes and colors can be packed flat and stowed away in luggage for safe keeping.

Loved by: Art enthusiasts, collectors, those seeking unique home decor

Where to buy:
Explore markets and artisan shops across Taiwan, such as Meinong district in Kaohsiung and Lukang in Changhua County, to find a stunning selection of paper umbrellas. Look for umbrellas crafted by skilled artisans using traditional techniques for the highest quality and authenticity.

Cat Themed Gifts from Houtong Cat Village

Pay homage to Taiwan’s love for feline friends with adorable cat-themed souvenirs. From plush toys to keychains, these whimsical gifts are perfect for cat lovers of all ages. You can locate the ideal present to express your love for your favorite animal friends, whether you’re a dog person, cat person, or both

Taiwan has a great deal of themed stuff, including plush toys, keychains, stationery, clothes, and home decor items, all of which reflect the country’s love of cats and dogs.

Loved by: Pet lovers, animal enthusiasts, collectors

Where to buy:
Explore Carrefour, Jiufen, Houtong Cat Village, specialty shops and boutiques in Taiwan’s major cities, as well as online marketplaces and souvenir stores, to discover a delightful selection of cat and dog themed gifts. Look for unique designs and high-quality materials to ensure that your gifts are as charming as they are memorable.


Taiwan also has a huge love for dogs as well and you can find all types of stationary and themed gifts for dog lovers!

T-shirts, Modern Clothes and Fashion

The best shopping in Taipei for modern cloths are Explore the latest trends in Taiwanese fashion with a visit to Nui Mono, a leading destination for contemporary clothing and accessories.

Loved by: anyone who loves trendy clothes, Trendsetters, fashion-forward individuals

Where to buy: The best shopping in Taipei for modern cloths are Taipei City Mall, Taipei 101 Shopping Center, Shilin Night Market, Gongguan Shopping District, Uniqlo, NET, Lativ, Nui Mono, Shinkong Mitsukoshi (新光三越) department stores located at NanJing West Road and in the XinYi shopping district.

Jade’s favorite Taiwan brand for women’s clothing shopping is Air Space. Deeshen loves shopping at Uniqlo and NET in Taiwan. These stores offers a curated selection of modern clothing and accessories in Taipei and other major cities, catering to those seeking stylish and unique pieces.

Stationery

Stock up on stylish stationery and unique office supplies at specialty stores and souvenir shops throughout Taiwan. post cards, stickers, posters, and decals, puzzles, keychains, and other knick knacks

Loved by: Students, writers, stationery enthusiasts

Where to buy: Explore the vibrant stationery scene in Taiwan by visiting specialty stores and souvenir shops in major cities like Taipei and Kaohsiung. From elegant journals to quirky pens, you’ll find a wide range of options to suit your needs and preferences. Stationary 101 in all major cities around Taiwan, Carrefour, small stationary stores near college and universities,

Starbucks Taiwan Mugs, Bags, Themed Cups and Specialty Items

Starbucks is very popular in Taiwan, there is even a Starbucks inside Taipei 101 and the world’s first Greener Starbucks! (Let us know if you want a review) Starbucks Taiwan offers a wide range of collectible items, including mugs adorned with iconic landmarks, tote bags, themed cups celebrating local festivals, cup holders, and specialty items such as limited-edition cherry blossom Taipei 101 mug. Browse just some of the selections here.

Ideal for: Coffee lovers, Starbucks lovers, collectors, travelers

Where to buy: Visit Starbucks locations throughout Taiwan to browse their selection of merchandise. Some Starbucks mugs are city or attraction-specific and some are pan-Taiwan. Often, you can only get the location specific ones at a single Starbucks branch. Be sure to explore multiple locations to find the perfect souvenirs. Don’t forget to pick up a specialty drink for yourself like the Brown Sugar Kuzuko Jelly Iced Shaken Black Tea Latte, Yum!

Cute Plushies from Night Markets and Taiwan Claw Machines

Taiwan’s night markets are treasure troves of cute and cuddly plushies, ranging from classic characters to trendy designs. You can also try your luck at claw machine arcades, where you’ll find a wide variety of plush toys waiting to be won.

Loved by: Children, collectors, fans of kawaii culture

Where to buy: Explore the bustling night markets of Taiwan, such as Shilin Night Market in Taipei or Liuhe Night Market in Kaohsiung, to find a plethora of plush toys. Additionally, visit arcades and game centers across the island to test your skills at the claw machines and win your favorite characters.

Cute, Cool, and Dapper Hats for everyone

One of my favorite things to buy in Taiwan as souvenirs is hats! Taiwan boasts a vibrant hat culture, with a plethora of shops and stalls offering a wide range of styles and designs to suit every taste, head shape, and occasion.

Whether you’re in search of an adorable bear hat, trendy snapback, a classic fedora, or a quirky bucket hat, you’ll find the perfect headwear to complement your look and express your personality.

Loved by: Fashion enthusiasts, trendsetters, travelers seeking unique accessories

Where to buy: Shilin Night Market is renowned for its eclectic mix of vendors selling hundreds of styles of hats, all ranging from 200NT-700NT ($6-$20 USD). However, hat shops can be found throughout Taiwan, from bustling shopping districts to quaint boutique stores. Take your time to explore the diverse array of options and discover the perfect hat to complete your ensemble.

Anime and Japanese Import Items

Delight in the whimsical world of anime with a visit to Taiwan’s specialty shops and boutiques, where you’ll find a diverse selection of merchandise featuring beloved characters like Totoro and Kiki.

Taiwan is a paradise for anime enthusiasts, offering a wide range of merchandise inspired by popular Japanese series and films. From plush toys and figurines to clothing and accessories, you’ll find everything you need to express your love for your favorite characters.

Indulge your inner otaku with a visit to Y Mall (Taipei City Mall) or Taipei Animate Store in Ximending, where you’ll find a treasure trove of anime merchandise and Japanese import items.

Loved by: Anime fans, collectors, cosplayers

Where to buy Anime and Japanese import items in Taiwan: Y Mall (also known as Taipei City Mall) under Taipei Main Station has tons of shops selling these. Taipei Animate Store in Ximending are must-visit destinations for anime enthusiasts seeking the latest figurines, merchandise, and collectibles. Donguri Republic is a great place to buy all things related to Totoro.

Handicrafts

Experience Taiwan’s vibrant craft culture by exploring the countless shops and markets offering a diverse range of handmade treasures.

Loved by: Those seeking unique and authentic souvenirs

Where to buy: Handicrafts can be found in abundance at old streets, night markets, and Taipei Main Station’s underground mall. Explore these bustling hubs to discover a wide array of handmade goods, from textiles and ceramics to jewelry and accessories.

Glass

In Taiwan, glass art is highly favored, and beautiful handcrafted items made of mouth-blown glass would be excellent presents. These are expensive, but their exquisite craftsmanship and delicate beauty make them well worth the money. Purchasing many items may result in significant costs, so make care to safely pack them before departing the island.

Keep an eye out for exceptional glass artisans like Tittot. This brand has a large number of counters and outlets worldwide.

Taiwanese glassware encompasses a wide range of products, including elegant vases, delicate ornaments, functional kitchenware, and intricately designed jewelry. Crafted with precision and attention to detail, each piece showcases the skill and creativity of local artisans, making it a cherished addition to any home or collection.

Loved by: Home decorators, collectors, lovers of fine craftsmanship

Where to buy: Explore artisanal glass studios, specialty boutiques, and craft markets throughout Taiwan to discover a diverse selection of glassware. From the bustling streets of Taipei to the serene countryside of Nantou, you’ll find unique pieces that capture the beauty and essence of Taiwanese glassmaking.

Where to buy the best souvenirs and gifts in Taiwan

For all my recommended Taiwan souvenirs above, we shared with you exactly where you can buy them. However, if you just want to do some general souvenir shopping, here are some of the best places in Taipei, Tainan, and Kaohsiung to buy souvenirs:

  • Taiwan’s 4 international Airports (Taoyuan, Songshan, Taichung, Kaohsiung) for all kinds of souvenirs and duty free. What to buy at Taiwan airport? Taiwan Food, snacks, pastries, cakes, skincare, and beauty products can all be purchased easily at Taiwan airports. Get your Taiwan souvenirs right before you leave
  • Jiufen Old Street – Jiufen is by far our favorite place to buy food souvenirs, and it’s a beautiful place to shop as it reminds many of the Japanese anime, Spirited Away.
  • Ximending Shopping District in Taipei for general and affordable souvenirs especially beauty, face masks, cute plushies, clothes
  • Beauty Souvenirs and face masks- Taiwan drug stores like COSMED, Watsons, Tomods, 86, Sasa
  • Carrefour at Ximen or Guilin has a massive selection of Taiwanese snacks like pineapple/mango/custard apple cakes, mochi cakes, crackers
  • Carrefour, Mr. Ho’s, Hsin Yun Tang
  • Dihua Street in Taipei for Chinese herbs, tea, pottery, and tea sets
  • Yongkang Street Lai Hao (來好) shop also for general souvenirs
  • Taipei 101 Observatory Gift Shop (85th floor) for cute modern souvenirs, and keychains
  • National Palace Museum Gift Shop (Taipei and Chiayi branches) for traditional art souvenirs and art prints
  • Kaohsiung Department Stores – for clothing
  • Hayashi Department Store in Tainan for all kinds of crafts and souvenirs
  • Hello Kitty Lovers: XiMengDing HelloKitty theme 7-Eleven has a few items for gifting. There’s also Pineapple Tarts in Squarish HelloKitty Tin. (108, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District, Section 2, Hankou St)
  • Convenience stores – Family Mart and 7-Eleven have great gifts for last minute shoppers. The selections are smaller but still great! Did you know Taiwan has one convenience store per 1,703 people?
  • Shop Small businesses – Try to buy souvenirs/food/etc at local mom and pop shops to support them. We loved seeing the night market and small businesses thriving

Taiwan Airport Shopping for Souvenirs FAQ

What to buy at Taiwan Airport? Taipei Airport Shopping

You can pretty much buy all the food souvenirs at Taiwan Airports, you just have less brand options. At Taiwan’s international airports, travelers can find a wide range of souvenirs and duty-free items to suit every taste.

Popular purchases include Taiwanese snacks such as pineapple cakes, mochi, and dried fruits, as well as tea and tea-related products like Oolong tea and tea sets. Additionally, travelers can browse through a selection of local handicrafts, beauty products, and branded merchandise before departing.

What are Taipei Airport stores? Duty-free stores?

Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport boasts a diverse array of stores catering to travelers’ needs. Duty-free shops offer a variety of products, including cosmetics, perfumes, and luxury goods, often at discounted prices. In addition to duty-free stores, Taipei airport features a mix of retail outlets selling everything from fashion and accessories to electronics and souvenirs.

Top 3 Tips for Taipei Airport Shopping

Plan Ahead: Before arriving at Taipei airport, research the duty-free and retail options available to prioritize your shopping list. Consider pre-ordering items online for added convenience and potential discounts.

Timing is Key: Allow yourself plenty of time to explore the shops and make purchases before your flight. Keep in mind that duty-free shops may have restrictions on the amount of goods you can purchase, so plan accordingly to avoid disappointment.

Take Advantage of Special Offers: Keep an eye out for promotions, discounts, and exclusive deals available at Taipei airport stores. Sign up for loyalty programs or newsletters to stay informed about the latest offers and maximize your shopping experience. Additionally, consider using credit cards that offer rewards or cashback for airport purchases to save even more on your souvenirs and gifts.

What to buy in Taiwan FAQs

What are the must-buy souvenirs in Taiwan?

Taiwan offers a plethora of must-buy souvenirs. As food lovers, the #1 must buy souvenir in Taiwan is food, including taro cakes, pineapple cakes, mochi, and brown sugar ginger tea cubes. The best place to buy food souvenirs in Taiwan.

Traditional handicrafts such as jade ornaments and pottery are iconic items. Mini Sky lanterns, adorable hats, plushies, and modern clothes are our favorites for friends.

Where is the best place to buy souvenirs in Taiwan?

If I can only go to one place to buy things for all my relatives, where do I go? Jiufen Old Street is our favorite destination for souvenir shopping, offering a diverse range of food and gift options at reasonable prices. Additionally, travelers can explore local markets, department stores, and airport duty-free shops for a variety of souvenir choices.

For the ultimate one-stop souvenir shopping experience, head to Jiufen Old Street (our favorite spot!). Renowned for its diverse selection of gifts and affordable prices, it’s sure to please everyone on your list. Can’t make it to Jiufen? Carrefour offers a wide range of souvenirs too. And if you’re pressed for time, Taiwan airports provide a convenient and safe option for picking up memorable gifts for friends and family.

What are the best souvenirs to buy for friends and family who appreciate traditional craftsmanship? For those who admire traditional craftsmanship, consider purchasing items such as hand-painted paper fans, wood carvings, Chinese opera face masks, or tea sets. These exquisite pieces showcase Taiwan’s rich cultural heritage and make for memorable gifts. These can be found in Jiufen Old Street or at the markets near Long Shan temple.

Can I find skincare and beauty products as souvenirs in Taiwan? Yes, Taiwan is known for its vibrant skincare and beauty industry, and travelers can find a wide range of skincare products and cosmetics at local drugstores, specialty shops, and airport duty-free stores. Popular Taiwanese skincare brands include My Beauty Diary and P.Seven.

Are there any unique souvenirs specific to certain regions in Taiwan? Yes, each region in Taiwan boasts its own unique souvenirs. For example, Jiufen Old Street is famous for its food and trinkets, while Yingge Ceramic Old Street is renowned for its exquisite pottery and ceramics. Visitors can also find specialty items like tea from Pinglin or Hakka textiles in Miaoli.

Can I buy souvenirs that support local communities or indigenous artisans in Taiwan? Absolutely! Taiwan is home to a diverse range of indigenous communities, each with its own distinct culture and traditions. Consider purchasing handicrafts, textiles, or artwork directly from indigenous artisans to support their livelihoods and preserve their cultural heritage.

Are there any eco-friendly souvenirs available in Taiwan? Yes, Taiwan offers a variety of eco-friendly souvenirs that are both sustainable and unique. Look for items made from bamboo, recycled materials, or organic fabrics, such as bamboo utensils, reusable cloth bags, or handmade natural soaps. These environmentally friendly gifts are perfect for conscious consumers.

Final Thoughts: What to Buy in Taiwan | 38+ Souvenirs to buy back from Taiwan

We hope this article has helped you narrow down your options for the best souvenirs and things to buy in Taiwan and Taipei.

Whether you’re looking for gifts for elders, friends or kids, Taiwan has a variety of affordable, fun and delicious souvenirs. At Jiufen Old Street and other old streets, packaged cakes, pastries, oolong tea, and nuts are the most popular. At the night markets, Taiwan snacks, food and trinkets are the hottest buys. If you want to bring home something more unique, you can select a few pieces of jade for yourself and loved ones back home. We hope you love shopping in Taiwan as much we do!

If you’ve spent time in Taiwan, we’re curious about which Taiwan souvenirs are your favorite. Let us know in the comments.

🌟My Top Taiwan Recommendations
Before we dive into this guide, here are a few things you can’t miss on your trip to Taiwan!

🏙️Enjoy skyline views from Taipei 101: Taipei 101, one of the world’s tallest buildings, is one of the best places to see Taipei city views. Do not miss the opportunity to see one of the most beautiful architectures in the world that merges modern and traditional culture! Book your Taipei 101 ticket.

🧖‍♀️Soak in Beitou’s Thermal Hot Springs: Soak in Beitou’s natural white sulphur hot springs to soothe your body and mind. Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! This is one of the best hot springs that allow mixed sex which is perfect for couples, families, and friends. Best Beitou hot spring.

🍜Dine at Din Tai Fung: Eat quintessential Taiwanese dumplings at Michelin Star restaurant Din Tai Fung. Try all 8 types of Xiao Long Bao dumplings. Best Din Tai Fung deal.

🌿Relax with a Pressure Point Massage: Unwind after a long day of walking and exploration with a Villa.Like Massage and Spa experience. Start with a free foot massage along with your Oriental Pressure Point body massage. Best Massage in Taipei.

🚄Take the High Speed Rail to Explore Taiwan: Taiwan is so much more than just Taipei. Travel to Kaohsiung, Tainan, Chiayi, Taichung in a matter of hours . Pre-book your high speed rail ticket in advance or get a multi-day unlimited HSR pass at a steal of a price! The ticket is valid for up to 90 days after booking so if you need to change your reservation, you can easily do it online.

👨‍✈️Hire a Private Car Charter: The best way to explore Taipei is by private car charters. Experienced car charters will take you to wherever you want to go, save you time, and are much more comfortable than a taxi or a large tour bus. This option is perfect if you have 2 or more people in your group as a family, friends or couple. You can choose a preferred language of English, Korea, Japanese of Chinese, and even ask your driver for attraction and food recommendations. Best private car charter in Taipei and to Yilan and Qingshui Geothermal Park.

🌃Where to Stay: A panoramic city view with resort amenities at the Taipei Marriott Hotel, a luxury mountain view suite conveniently located nearby Taipei’s biggest night market, Shilin Night Market at Tango Taipei Hotel Shilin, or a downtown friendly hotel suite with gorgeous avant-garde design ambiance near Ximending shopping area at citizenM Taipei, or book a VRBO vacation home near Taipei main station.





  1. Josy A says:

    Yeeees! I am such a fan of pineapple cake and mochi, so I know I’ll love your other suggestion. Fabulous post! 😀

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