Kung Guan is a school area with National Taiwan University campus inside.
You can do shopping or just walking around NTU campus or you can take a look of the market nearby. Norwegian's Wood is a good place for you to take a rest after a long walk or shopping. ;) It's very famous among the NTU students, just ask someone if you can't find it.
If you are interested in gardening you definitely don't wanna miss this place. You can find all kinds of flowers, plants and garden supplies. For people who like Orchids you can even get one pot for only $50NT.
We went there recently coz we are into the herbs lately. Found some nice Rosemary, Peppermint, Sweet Basil, Parsley, Sage, Thyme, and Lemon Balm seeds. =)
Nanmen (Southern Gate) Market is one of the more interesting areas in Taipei. It's not exactly aimed at tourists, and has many types of Chinese meats, snacks, and household appliances. At the entrance of the market, there's a kiosk selling stinky tofu ru. Inside, you can buy slippers, shrimp, meat, and all types of other stuff. It's an interesting place to stroll through.
Just south of Taipei Main station is Old Taipei. Every Sunday there is a market there. It's amazing! To the left and the right all along the narrow main road there are small shops selling all sorts of things! Mainly spices and fruit!
I thought I saw leaves in a big bag but as I had a closer look I realised that these "leaves" had eyes... They were little dried baby fish...
But you have to try the dried mangos!! They are very delicious and not expensive at all!!!
For more than 100 years, Tihua Street has been the site of Taipei's largest markets for canned goods and dried items such as mushrooms, tree fungus, fish and squid, as well as Chinese medicines and textiles. Many old businesses are still being run from here, including rice mills, bambooware stores, lantern shops and farm supply stores. The picture shows a typical Taiwanese shop that sells paints.