Visiting Taipei for the first time? I dreamt of visiting Taiwan years ago, not for the delicious food nor the famous Taipei 101 but because I have been inspired by stationery and journaling personalities from Taiwan on Instagram. I was convinced that this is the book and stationery heaven I’ve been looking for! Guess what? It is!!!!
Here are my Taipei must buys: chinese/japanese illustration books, stickers, washi tape, Traveller’s Notebooks, Hobonichi items, La Dolce Vita stickers, Bear stamps. You can also buy the following Kaweco fountain pens that are exclusive to Taiwan and Hongkong: Rose Gold, Rose Quartz, Serenity Blue and Lagoon Blue.
I”ve compiled a list of places you can check out if you are a stationery and book nerd like me. Click on the addresses to open a link to its location on Google Maps so you can plan your trip accordingly. Easy right? You’re welcome!!! 🙂
I’m sure that you’ll be visiting the famous Taipei 101. You’ll find these places a short walk away.
- Eslite Bookstore, Xinyi Branch
If you have limited time to visit other book and stationery shops, then I suggest that you at least drop by at this Eslite branch. Among the shops I have visited, this store has everything. There is a stationery section where you can buy journals, Rifle Paper cards, etc. There are English titles at this bookstore, but I was personally hunting for Chinese/Taiwanese/Japanese books on illustration and scrapbooking for art inspiration. You’ll find a lot of those here. Btw, it’s pronounced “Elite” not “Es-Lite”. Hehehe!
2. Hands Tailung
Hands Tailung is the Taiwanese branch of Tokyu Hands from Japan. In here, you’ll find your usual bargain beauty and homeware items. They also carry affordable stationery items as well. Traveller’s company TNs are stocked in this place too. However, Hands Tailung’s inventory is not as impressive as their Japanese counterparts.
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