After a visit to Taipei’s most famous library, I was eager to check out some of the city’s unique bookstores. We explored everything from the famous chains like Eslite and Kingstown, to obscure places like mystery-themed store Murder Ink and art book store Artland. This is a city where people love to read and appreciate a unique buying experience.
Taiwan’s largest and most famous bookstore is worth a visit for the sheer volume of it. There is an Eslite near practically every major station and each once has something special to offer. One Eslite we visited featured an art gallery on the fifth floor. I compare Eslite to Japan’s Tsutaya, which also exists in Taiwan.
Another chain bookstore with the typical offerings, but a little more down to Earth and with cheaper prices on some items.
Mollie Used Books 茉莉二手書店
A popular stop down a narrow allow by the university, this bookstore offers a large variety of magazines and used books for very reasonable prices.
Murder Ink 偵探書屋
A mystery- and murder-themed bookstore and café, with a curated collection by the other and other enthusiasts of mystery novels.
Focusing solely on Artbooks from around the world, Artland also features a small gallery with local artists, as well as a café.
A small shop covered wth greenery sells foreign books and antiques. A very cool place to check out for gifts and things you can’t find in other shops.
Muji Books 無印良品