As of August 2020, the iVegan supermarket has a very small range of groceries, virtually none of which can't be bought at any other supermarket. I no longer recommend that vegans make a special trip here.
iVegan is Taiwan's first all-vegan supermarket. If you live in Taipei it's your one-stop shop for all your grocery needs, including fresh fruit and veggies, packaged goods, frozen foods, fresh baking, cleaning and body care products and even housewares.
iVegan opened its doors in August 2013, but I only made it for my first visit in April 2014, a fleeting visit before I left for the airport. I was expecting a small grocery store, but found a large, busy supermarket. Unfortunately, as of 2018, its stocks are diminishing, and it appears to be focussing on apparel, and most vegan-specific items have gone. I wonder if it is going to sell or close down soon.
iVegan is in the basement of a mostly residential area, but it's well-signposted and just a hop, skip and a jump from Wanlong Station, just six stops from Taipei Main Station on the Green MRT line.
In such a fleeting visit I didn't get to ask the staff much about the supermarket, but the photos and title should speak for themselves/
Organic FoodsiVegan has a small organic selection with a wide assortment of products.
Baked GoodsiVegan sells pizza from Veggie Joy and baked products from Fresh Bakery.
|various frozen products, including pizza from Veggie Joy|
Cleaning, Body Care Products & Animal TestingAll products sold at iVegan are strictly vegan, so far as they don't contain any animal ingredients. However the store takes a pragmatic line on animal testing, since many customers off the street will expect to be able to buy conventional cleaners (at conventional prices) and it's difficult to find out about animal testing, especially of third-party ingredients (which most cleaners are made from) and for locally-produced products. IVegan avoids products from the big companies with the worst reputations (Unilever, Proctor & Gamble etc) and of course they support non animal-tested products as much as possible, but they do sell products from local suppliers as long as they don't contain animal ingredients. The store aims to improve its animal testing policy in the future, and welcomes suggestions on how it can achieve this. I didn't specifically check, but I'm sure there are enough products from reputable vegan suppliers that buying everything non-animal tested would not be a problem.
|iVegan has a large variety of vegan (and cruelty-free) body care products.|