To get a taste of a city’s cultural landscape, the first place many visitors hit is a local bookstore. This is no different in Taipei.

Beyond the well-known Eslite bookstore chain and its 24-hour Dunnan Store, Taipei is home to many independent bookstores, each with their own unique taste and curation of publications.

“Good Eye Taipei,” a new bilingual Taipei city guide, shares six independent bookstores in the city to check out.

Shimokitazawa Generations

Taiwan’s first zine specialty store with a unique taste in books.


Photo Credit: Shimokitazawa Generations (下北沢世代)

pon ding

A bookstore and project space run by designers.


Photo Credit: pon ding (朋丁)


Taiwanese, Japanese and Hong Kongese subculture manga and publications specialty store.


Photo Credit: Good Eye Taipei

Jin Xiang Ju Books

An old-school vintage bookstore well worth the trip.


Photo Credit: Good Eye Taipei


A curation of all Taiwan-related books and merchandise.


Photo Credit: Good Eye Taipei

VVG Thinking

Hidden in a brick warehouse, a secret land of goods and books from all over the world.


Photo Credit: VVG Thinking (好樣思維)

“Good Eye Taipei” can be purchased at all major bookstores in Taiwan. Check out TNL’s interview with the author here.

Editor: Edward White