Kaohsiung – Shopping Mall

1 10 2007

After visiting Lotus Lake, we were very hot so we headed to Da Li / Isetan, the Japanese department store, to cool down.  My aunt had also heard that Din Tai Fung, the famous maker of xiao long bao (little steamed pork buns) from Taipei, was coming down to Kaohsiung for two days to offer these xiao long bao at Da Li.  These sounded like very good reasons to go to Da Li.

Isetan in Kaohsiung

When we arrived, Da Li was still closed so we waited outside for about 10 minutes. 

Doors of Isetan

Across the street were these two interesting shops right next door to each other.  Mos Burger is a Japanese burger chain.

Mos Burger in Kaohsiung

This store requires no explanation.

Interesting Shop

Finally, after the doors to Da Li opened, we headed down to the basement food level.  The workers from Din Tai Fung were already hard at work.

Din Tai Fung at Isetan

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung

Finally we received our order, and scarfed down all the food.  It was GREAT!  It was just as good as advertised – flavorful, delicate, yet satisfying.

Din Tai Fung

Afterwards, we explored the rest of the food hall.  The food and snack hall is one of my favorite parts of Asian shopping malls.  Picture an entire floor full of small stores featuring all different food specialties, all beautifully presented.  There is also a very nice grocery store.

Da Li Food Hall

Da Li Food Hall

Having been to the Isetan in Shinjuku, Tokyo, I have to say that one is obviously nicer.  However, the Isetan in Tokyo does not have the Taiwanese flavor and food choices!

We went shopping for a little bit after the food hall.  There are 7 or 8 floors at Isetan and, of course, the food hall in the basement.  I will not bore you with my shopping experience, which is standard the world over.  However, the next to top floor was an arcarde – a kids’ paradise!



This basketball game is very popular all over Taiwan.  In fact, it could be called an obsession.

Basketball Arcade

The roof of the shopping mall had a small amusement park for little kids.  I fondly remember taking all these rides more than 20 years ago with my sister and cousins.

Lucy and Amy, this picture is for you!

Rainbow Bridge

Amusement Park

Amusement Park

This mall really brought back memories for me.  It is one of the older malls in Kaohsiung, since it is about 20 years old – I remember when it first opened!

PS – The air conditioning was heavenly!




3 responses

8 10 2008
Germany: Munich « Travels with Sandy

[…] Near the Rathaus in Marienplatz is Alois Dallmayr, the most famous delicatessen and food hall in Germany. This upscale food haven has supplied royal courts throughout Europe and inspired many like concepts across the world.  Seeing these displays reminded me of the deli inside Whole Foods in the US and the food halls in the basement of Japanese department stores such as Isetan. […]

2 12 2008
Kaohsiung - Sightseeing « Travels with Sandy

[…] Kaohsiung – Shopping Mall […]

11 02 2009
Food Halls Around the World « Travels with Sandy

[…] I have visited the depachika in person at Isetan in Tokyo and Kaohsiung.  You can read my entire post about the Isetan department store in Kaohsiung here. […]

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