After checking off a few of our sightseeing places, we were ready to shop ’til we drop and eat ’til we’re beat! My mom repeatedly told us to shop a lot in Taiwan since the sizes fit us better there. But glancing at most of the clothes, I was wondering if I could fit. There are so many tiny Taiwanese girls! Of course, it doesn’t help that a lot of the clothes are one size only.
If you’re looking to shop exclusively for clothes, Wu Fen Pu (五分埔) is the place to go. Wu Fen Pu is the largest garment wholesale market in Taipei. With up to a thousand shops selling clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, accessories, and more, you’re bound to find something that you want to buy!
The streets are pretty small, and you have to watch where you are walking because people ride their motorcycles through them! Steph and I checked out a few stores but decided it was a bit too much. Wu Fen Pu is basically shopping on steroids.
Pro tip: If you want to haggle for better prices, bring a luggage or make it look like you’re buying in huge quantities. Shop owners will give you a better price when you buy in bulk! They don’t call Wu Fen Pu a wholesaler for no reason.
Getting hungry, we decided to go back to Raohe Night Market (饒河夜市). There was a stall on the left side of the entrance that was selling black pepper buns (胡椒餅)… but this is not the popular one! You should be looking for the first stall you see inside the night market street.
Another thing Steph and I love to eat is ba wan aka 肉圓 (meatball). This Taiwanese street food isn’t really a meatball per se since it’s nothing like a regular meatball. This ball is made with a translucent dough and filled with pork, bamboo shoots, and mushrooms. The dough on the outside is chewy and sticky, and you eat it with sweet sauce.
This stall is really famous in Raohe Night Market! Besides the usual stinky tofu and oyster omelet, San Xiong Di (三兄弟) is well known for their pork ribs soup. So many people were eating this dish up! Steph and I weren’t feeling soup and bones, so we skipped it.
After stopping by our airbnb, we headed over to Da Bar for an Yelp event! I had connected with the community manager Roxanne in Taipei before our trip, so Steph and I went to meet some Yelpers. If you didn’t know, Yelp launched a little less than a year ago in Taiwan. Before there was Yelp, all the locals used ipeen for recommendations. Not sure if the locals will switch over, but I’m sure having Yelp there now helps English speaking people plan their trips to Taiwan easier!
The event was really intimate so we got to chat with a bunch of Yelpers. One of the guys was from New Jersey, went to school in New York, and moved to Taiwan to be closer to his family. That is the life~
The bar owner and bartenders here were all so friendly. They apologetically told us the kitchen was closed so they couldn’t serve us food. (It was fine cause we just came from eating at the night market!) And then they told us they’d give us a discount if we came back the next night, hah.