For when it gets really cold in the winter months, there is an underground shopping mall in downtown Daejeon. The small shops there mostly sell clothes, accessories and mobile phones.
What to buy: Some locals say this is the cheapest place to buy mobile phones.
Central Market, or Chungang Sijang, is the main market in Daejeon. There are both covered and open-air areas. There are sections for fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, household goods, clothes etc. Some of the things you see can be a bit shocking. This is the first place where I saw pickled seahorses and a skinned dog for sale.
It's an interesting place to wander around and a good place to do your weekly shopping. Be prepared to bargain.