Ximending Pedestrian Lane is Taipei's go-to place for new fashion and night-time entertianment. Youths go here to buy the latest fashion, and see the latest movies. Shopping, sit-down dining and streetfoods, too much and too often advertising and promotions, weekend autograph signing. Artist poster and collectibles, anything and everything you need and don't need are being sold here. It's also called "shimen walker."
Oh and be careful when police roam the streets. many of the food vendors are considered illegally selling their food (the ones in wheels) so, when they start running, step aside... and don't get caught by the sudden rush of hot metals and cooked/uncooked food.
Just walking around XiMenDing is a great activity in itself! There are many shops to browse, and lots of people to watch. It's also very interesting how XiMenDing seems to have 'themed' streets. There's a street full of cinemas, a street full of costume shops and such. Prices in XiMenDing were mostly higher than that in the night markets, but one can still find great buys if one looks hard enough. On Saturdays, throngs of screaming fans descend upon XiMenDing to attend autograph sessions of their favourite popstars. Very rowdy, but it was great fun getting caught up in the action!
If you are a fashionable teenager looking for the latest and trendiest outfits, you must go to Ximending. Here, you can buy clothes and accessories modelled after the latest in Japanese fashion. Trendy youths and students hangout at Ximending in the afternoons and evenings shopping and having meals in the numerous cafes and restaurants. It is also a place to people watch. There are occasional street buskers who provide entertainment and also cinemas which show the latest Hollywood movies (in English).
Not only can you find all sorts of latest trends in fashion and accessories, but also shops providing tattoo services.. it is just a fun place where you can meet lots of youngster!
And, a highly recommended strawberry ice, a big bowl of ice with milk + lots of fresh fresh strawberries!! So yummy till I was thinking.. should I get another bowl?? eventhough the weather is soo cold out there... :p
For a glimpse of tweens and teens in Taipei as well as to the a Jap based manga feel, take a trip to Ximending.
The place has a very trendy feel around where the young and the young at heart dress to the latest in Japanese or HK fashion treads and where anything and everything goes ....