If you're travelling with your luggage and need to use the elevators, go by Exit 6 too. Oh! And there's a Mister Donut within Ximen Station, love their Pon De Ring donuts :)
At 屈臣氏 Watsons, what I usually buy is my Za cosmetics as they are cheaper there than in Singapore (if you notice, they are made in Taiwan). Oh.. I found that some items are cheaper at 康是美 COSMED and Guang Nan (Xuchang Street at Taipei Main Station, or Dingxi MRT Station Exit 1), where they usually have promotions for 我的美丽日记 My Beauty Diary facial masks. Recently, friends have also recommended us to buy 熊宝宝 XiongBaoBao clothes freshener - works great especially when you step out from a hawker centre and your clothes smells of grease.. and at times ciggie smoke
Another popular destination is 日本大創 DAISO
- Packet Beef Instant Noodles - 滿漢大餐 ManHanDaCan brand, we realised the packet ones also have the meat condiment pack (we used to bulk the bulky styrofoam bowls from 7-11 and Family Mart which are costlier)
- Beef Jerky - 新東陽 HsinTungYang brand is available in Carrefour too. Personally, we dont fancy 唯一 WeiYi brand, not as tasty we felt.. Anyway, 新東陽 HsinTungYang also have outlets within Ximending and near YongKang Street (Dongmen Station Exit 5)
- Braised Eggs - these individually vacuum-packed eggs are quite sweet and tasty
- Dried Cuttlefish - we tried the 珍珍 brand and we loved it! Well, it was the cheapest on the display, and actually tasted quite good (tested by my mum, hubby and myself of course) In our April 2016 trip, we bought 6 packs - 1 each for our mums, and 4 for ourselves hahahaha...
Another new favorite is 熊一頂級燒肉專賣 Bear 1 Yakiniku located at the 2nd storey in the corner between Xining South Road and Emei Street. You wouldn't miss the bright pink signages. Recommended by my uni classmate Audrey, also the owner of Nails SG, this soon became a hot favorite after our first visit. Other than the BBQ grill for meat and seafood items, they also provide a small pot of clear-soup hotpot with vegetables. We particularly like the Movenpick and Haagen Daz icecream - oh manz, I miss Movenpick Swiss Chocolate now. But there are some down sides - best to book in advance, we were turned away a few times when we tried to walk in as they are fully booked! They are so popular! And that's perhaps why they are super strict about the 2 hours limit.
Taipei also have many novelty themed restaurants, such as Hello Kitty Sweets Cafe and 便所主题餐厅 Modern Toilet Restaurant. I gave the kitty a missed, as many folks shared that it wasn't a tasty experience, just more of taking photos.. if i have to travel all the way for a place, i want to have good food! :)