Restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Zhongshan & Datong

Addiction Aquatic Development

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 freshest seafood imaginable. There's a stand-up sushi bar, a se…
Top Choice Chinese in Zhongshan & Datong

Qing Tian Xia

At the northern end of historic Dihua St is Taipei's first Guizhou restaurant. The interior is upscale but relaxed, and dishes are authentic and well presented. There's no menu; order from your smartphone or the res…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Shilin

MiaCucina

Serving Italian food in American portions, this place is best enjoyed with a friend. Super popular, especially with expats; it's worthwhile booking if you come at lunch or dinner peak times. Panini, fresh pasta, sou…
Top Choice Vegan in Xinyi

Vege Creek

One of Taipei's best vegan restaurants. The novelty here is you choose the ingredients for a tongue-banging noodle broth – fill the plastic holdall with your choice of vegetables, fake meats, tofu, noodle type and t…
Top Choice Vegan in Zhongzheng

Ooh Cha Cha

The place to go if you need an injection of healthiness and quite possibly the best Western vegan food in town. This small funky cafe with glass walls offers scrumptious salads, brown rice bowls and burgers, as well…
Top Choice Taiwanese in Zhongzheng

Lan Jia

Lan Jia is widely regarded as having the best guā bāo (刮包) in Taiwan. What's guā bāo? Think of a savoury slow-braised pork hamburger with pickled mustard and ground peanuts stuffed inside a steamed bun. Yep, delicio…
Top Choice Thai in Ximending & Wanhua

Thai Food

Don't overlook this unassuming place in the far corner of the courtyard behind the Red House. Basically a one-woman show (a Chinese lady born in Thailand), Thai Food serves some of the most authentic and delicious c…
Top Choice Desserts in Beitou

North Pole Soft Ice Special Shop

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 ice delight – their bestseller at NT$45 – and watch the world g…
Top Choice Modern French in Zhongshan & Datong

RAW

RAW is all the rage in Taipei. You'll need to make reservations a month in advance for this place owned by Taiwanese celebrity chef Andre Chiang. Multicourse set dinners of concept food have been variously called im…
Top Choice Noodles in Da'an

Yongkang Beef Noodles

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, and melt in your mouth. Other worthwhile dishes include stea…