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Out and about over the Lunar New Year

By David Chen  /  Staff Reporter

Photo: Liberty Times

It used to be that Taipei was dead quiet during the Lunar New Year holiday, with not much to do except listen to the din of firecrackers. Nowadays, if you’re looking to spend time in the city, there are plenty of choices, even on the first day of the Lunar New Year.

Most major department stores and malls, eager to lure shoppers ready to spend their hongbao money, will be open for business, as well as many movie theaters and museums. Here is a list of the shops, theaters, restaurants and other establishments that are open in Taipei during the holiday.

Bear in mind that on Sunday, which is Lunar New Year’s Eve, most businesses close at around 5pm or 6pm, so get your shopping done before then. If you plan on eating out on Sunday night, a safe bet is a restaurant or bar popular with expats, such as Brass Monkey, Carnegie’s or The Tavern.

As for public transport, all buses and the MRT will operate during normal hours, but on reduced schedules, throughout the official holiday, which runs until Jan. 29.



Address: 28 Songren Rd, Taipei City (台北市松仁路28號)

Telephone: (02) 8729-2739

Web site:

Hours: Closed on Sunday, 11am to 10:30pm throughout the holiday (restaurants close at 9:40pm)

Sogo Department Store

Address: Zhongxiao Branch (忠孝館): 45, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段45號); Fuxing Branch (復興館): 300, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路三段300號)

Web site:

Hours: Both the Zhongxiao and Fuxing branches are open from 11am to 5pm on Sunday and 11am to 10pm for the rest of the holiday

Breeze Center (微風廣場)

Address: 39, Fuxing S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市復興南路一段39號)

Web site:

Hours: 11am to 6pm on Sunday, and then normal hours: 11am to 9:30pm from Monday to Wednesday and 11am to 10pm on Thursdays and weekends

Hankyu Department Store (統一阪急百貨)

Address: 8, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 5, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路五段8號

Telephone: (02) 2729-9699

Hours: 11am to 6pm on Sunday, 11am to 10pm from Jan. 23 to Jan. 28

Eslite Bookstore (誠品)

Address: Dunnan Store (敦南店) B2, 245, Dunhua S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市敦化南路一段245號B2); Xinyi Store (信義店), 6F, 11 Songgao Rd, Taipei City (台北市松高路11號6樓)

Hours: The Dunnan branch closes at 6pm on Sunday and reopens on Monday at 11am. The Xinyi branch closes at 6pm on Sunday, and resumes normal business hours on Monday

Taipei 101

Address: 7, Xinyi Rd Sec 5, Taipei City (台北市信義路五段7號)

Telephone: (02) 8101-8898;

Hours: The Observation Deck is open from 9am to 6pm on Sunday (last tickets sold at 5:15pm) and 9am to 10pm during the rest of the holiday (last tickets sold at 9:15pm). The mall is open from 11am to 6pm on Sunday and 11am to 10pm for the rest of the holiday


Vieshow Cinemas Taipei Xinyi (台北信義威秀影城)

Address: 18 Songshou Rd, Taipei City (台北市松壽路18號)

Telephone: (02) 8780-5566

Hours: Normal business hours throughout the entire holiday. Visit for movies and screening times and to reserve tickets online

SPOT — Taipei Film House (台北光點)

Address: 18, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市中山北路二段18號)

Telephone: (02) 2511-7786

Hours: Closed Sunday to Tuesday. Opens everyday from Wednesday, from 11am to 10pm. For a list of films and screening times, visit

Miramar Cinemas (美麗華影城) and Imax Theater

Address: 6F, 22 Jingye 3rd Rd, Taipei City (台北市敬業三路22號6樓)

Telephone: (02) 8161-1900

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