Must-see restaurants in Taipei

  • Toasteria Cafe

    Taipei

    A marvellous Mediterranean kitchen with a massive menu that's heavy on the cheese. Tapas, hummus, big eggy breakfasts, pasta, grilled fish, salads and…

  • Din Tai Fung

    Taipei

    Taipei's most celebrated Shanghai-style dumpling shop – the New York Times once called it one of the 10 best restaurants in the world – is now a worldwide…

  • Snow King

    Taipei

    Snow King is a legend, serving intensely flavoured homemade ice cream for more than 70 years. There are scores of wild tastes, from the expected …

  • Le Palais

    Taipei

    The only restaurant in Taipei to be awarded three Michelin stars is an elegant, romantically lit space that serves excellent Cantonese cuisine, including…

  • Loving Hut

    Taipei

    This cute, brightly lit and friendly place with yellow laminate tables offers a Taiwanese twist on pasta and Italian rice dishes using mushrooms, tofu and…

  • RAW

    Taipei

    RAW is all the rage in Taipei. You'll need to make reservations online at least a month in advance for this place owned by Taiwanese celebrity chef André…

  • North Pole Soft Ice Special Shop

    Taipei

    Open since 1961, and pretty much unchanged since then, this shaved-ice place is no-frills deliciousness. Get a cup of peanut, pearl and red bean shaved…

  • Xiang Chu Xiang

    Xinyi

    With memorably tasty Thai food, this is a real gem. The yellow crab curry is to die for. Great prices, no-nonsense service. If it's not on the menu you…

  • Lan Jia

    Taipei

    Lan Jia is widely regarded as having the best yì bāo (刈包) in Taiwan. What's yì bāo? Think of a savoury slow-braised pork hamburger with pickled mustard…

  • Kanokwan

    Taipei

    Ask a Thai expat for Taiwan's best street restaurant from their home country, and they'll say Kanokwan. This no-frills place with metal tabletops is…

  • Soypresso

    Taipei

    This place is buzzing. Complementing its heavenly soy soft scoop (NT$60) is a range of soy milks, soy puddings and soy yoghurt. There is seating inside…

  • NCISushi

    Songshan

    Superb Californian-style sushi joint, notable for its playfully named rolls. Try the Marilyn Monroll with scallops and Parmesan sauce. The Salmonlicious…

  • Addiction Aquatic Development

    Taipei

    Housed in the former Taipei Fish Market – you can't miss it, it's a huge blue-and-slate-grey building – is this collection of chic eateries serving the…

  • Nomura

    Taipei

    Outside of Japan, Taipei is the best place in the world for Japanese food. Several restaurants serving Edomae-style sushi (sushi that follows the Tokyo…

  • Vege Creek

    Taipei

    The novelty here is you choose the ingredients for a tongue-banging noodle broth – fill the canvas bag with your choice of vegetables, fake meats, tofu,…

  • Fei Qian Wu

    Taipei

    There’s no English sign for this extremely popular unagi (eel) restaurant; you’ll spot it by the long lines waiting outside. The queue moves quickly…

  • Salt Peanuts

    Taipei

    Salt Peanuts offers inventive brunch sets with delicately dressed salads, homemade bread and chunky vegetable quiches, as well as some of the best…

  • Qian Tian Xia

    Taipei

    At the northern end of historic Dihua St is Taipei's finest Guizhou restaurant. The interior is upscale but relaxed, and dishes are authentic and well…

  • Sara Thai

    Taipei

    Hearty plates of Thai favourites from a tangy, lemony pad thai to coconut curries. Sara Thai has a rowdy, studenty vibe at night, but the service and food…

  • KGB

    Taipei

    Opened in 2007 by a New Zealander, KGB (short for Kiwi Gourmet Burger) has developed a near-cult following because of its amazing burgers (including vegan…

  • Blossom Rena Vegan Cafe

    Taipei

    Imaginative Taiwanese and western cuisine using tofu and lots of vegetables. The three-cup lion's mane mushroom is a delicious bowl of big meaty mushroom…

  • Din Tai Fung

    Shilin

    This branch of the famous Din Tai Fung dumpling restaurant is a good opportunity to experience its legendary fare without the tourist crush, although you…

  • #21 Goose & Seafood

    Taipei

    Loud, rustic and fun, #21 offers great food that's very fresh and very Taiwanese. The place gets its name from its two specialities: roasted goose meat…

  • Britshake

    Taipei

    What's more natural to eat by the seaside than a plate of fish and chips? Opened by a British chef who married a Taiwanese guy, Britshake serves soft…

  • Good Cho's

    Xinyi

    Inside former military-dependent Village 44 is this lovely cafe/performance space/lifestyle shop with marble floors, retro lighting and great acoustics…

  • He Shun Xiang

    Xinyi

    Tasty, meat-free noodle and rice dishes from Yunnan and Myanmar. Coconut curry vegetables come recommended, as does the peppery deep-fried tofu in sesame…

  • Shuanglian Sweet Rice Ball

    Taipei

    This smart Taiwanese dessert place has been in business since 1951 and serves up high-quality, classic sweet-bean soups and shaved ice. Its signature dish…

  • Woolloomooloo

    Songshan

    A perfect spot for a leisurely Sunday lunch and perhaps melting into a boozy afternoon (there's wine and beer on the menu). Food is brunchy – avocado on…

  • Zilin Steamed Dumpling House

    Taipei

    In the basement of tiny Dinghao Mall is this secret gem – the best-value juicy dumplings in the city. It's always heaving, but the line moves fast and the…

  • Paris 1930

    Taipei

    This restaurant in the Landis Hotel is consistently rated as having the best French food in town and is also one of the fanciest dining experiences on…

  • Yongkang Beef Noodles

    Taipei

    Open since 1963, this is one of Taipei's top spots for beef noodles, especially of the hóngshāo (紅燒; red spicy broth) variety. Beef portions are generous,…

  • Twin Sisters

    Taipei

    Join the locals – you can spot this place as it's the only one with a long line – for bags of sugary doughnuts twisted into sticks, puffed into balls or…

  • Shirakawago

    Taipei

    With long queues that compete with the other darling of Huashan Market, Fuhang, this cute little sushi and sashimi-platter place offers well-priced sets,…

  • Ice Monster

    Taipei

    A superpopular shaved-ice joint with a wide menu of flavours, including strawberry, kiwi fruit and, most famously, mango. So busy that customers are…

  • Auntie Xie's

    Taipei

    This very traditional basement restaurant is a secret local favourite. There's no menu: each diner chooses fish or meat, and dishes are decided by the…

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    Ningxia Night Market

    Taipei

    This is an excellent venue for sampling traditional snacks, not least because most stalls have tables. The food here is very fresh, and dishes to try…

  • Raohe night market, Songshan district.

    Raohe Street Night Market

    Songshan

    Taipei's oldest night market, Raohe St is a single pedestrian lane stretching between two ornate gates. In between you'll find a great assortment of…

  • Fuhang Soy Milk

    Taipei

    A popular shop in the Huashan Market for a traditional Taiwanese breakfast. Be prepared to wait – the queue regularly snakes down the stairs, and since…

  • Maji Square

    Taipei

    A huge covered food court with lots of choice – burgers, fried rice, a couple of Indian eateries (one vegetarian), and local meat noodle dishes – in…

  • MiaCucina

    Shilin

    Serving Italian food in American portions, this place is best enjoyed with a friend. Superpopular, especially with expats; it's worthwhile booking if you…

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