Guanghua Digital Plaza (光華商場) and the surrounding electronics store district is considered by many locals to be the best district to go shopping for digital bargains in Taipei. It’s the place to go for PCs, video games, mobile phones, accessories, home appliances, audio equipment and any other digital item you can imagine. Tax-free shopping is also available at many stores, but be sure to check before buying.
Guanghua Digital Plaza
Looking much like a traditional Asian electronics marketplace on the inside, Guanghua Digital Plaza is full to the brim with mainly independently-owned stores and stalls, all specialising in some kind of computers or electronics. It actually used to be a traditional market, housed under the nearby Guanghua Bridge, before it was eventually moved to this six-storey mega complex. It might seem a little overwhelming and confusing to first-time visitors, but it’s a lot of fun to explore, whether you’re into computers and electronics or not.
Hours: 10am to 9pm
Syntrend Creative Park
Head across the skybridge from Guanghua Digital Plaza and you’ll end up at Syntrend Creative Park. A much more modern electronics mall, here the items are usually divided by brand, with each one having its own area on the themed floors. All the major brands are featured, from camera makers such as Sony and Panasonic, to local PC giants Acer and Asus. The first floor also features special exhibitions and showcases, that frequently change throughout the year, so visitors can have fun trying out the latest tech for themselves.
Hours: 11am to 9:30pm
Walk south through the side streets from Guanghua Digital Plaza and you’ll reach Bade Street. Lined with electronic stores, from dozens of independent sellers, as well as a few brand-owned stores, you are more likely to find deals here. You’ll be able to purchase almost any kind of electronic device on this street, plus there are a few chain restaurants and food stalls if you’re looking for a cheap meal or bubble tea.
How to get there
The nearest station is Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station, on the Taipei Metro’s orange and blue lines. The area is not far from Taipei Station (6 minutes, NT$20) and is also located just across the road from the Huashan 1914 Creative Park.
From Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station, head out of exit 4 and walk down the main road to your right. After a few blocks you’ll pass Bade Road on your left, then further on at the intersection you’ll see Guanghua Digital Plaza on your left. Syntrend Creative Park is connected to Guanghua Digital Plaza’s west side.