Import Stores

EEC- Elite Mart

39, ZhongShan N. Road, sec. 3
(02) 2596-2889
Hours: everyday
8 am-9 pm


--By Rebekah Godfrey Translated by Jean Huang

You've probably driven by EEC- Elite Mart many times without stopping. I never stopped in myself until recently, but once inside I realized that this Filipino import store is very cool. Why? Because it carries some of the cheapest imported goods in Taipei. Although the products are shipped from the Philippines, some are American and are probably from the U.S. to begin with. EEC- Elite Mart is one of several Filipino grocery stores on ZhongShan North Road. It's clean, well-organized and staffed by friendly Filipinos. Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai, Western and Filipino products are available. Everything is cheap, but the best deals are the sodas, fruit juices and canned sauces. Mountain Dew, Root Beer and orange soda are NT$15 a can. Pineapple-flavored diet soda (called Cali 10) is NT$18 a can. Other good deals include spaghetti sauce, canned meats, fruit drink mixes, instant oatmeal packets and Filipino candy. I've even found Victoria's Secret lotions and body splashes for NT$450 each. Jergen's lotion and JOY dish soap are also sold, along with a variety of bath and body products. If you're in the mood to try something distinctly Filipino, I recommend the Cloud-9 candy bars.