A Food Lovers Complete Guide to Taipei

A Food Lovers Complete Guide to Taipei

Night Markets

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NingXia Night Market

Even though it’s a smaller night market, it’s a favourite with locals for food. A must try is the deep fried taro balls and oyster omelette.

Open every day from 6pm-12am.
MRT: Shuanglian Exit 1, turn left (west) out of exit, pass Chengde Rd., you’ll walk by 3 alleys, and the 4th road will be Ningxia Rd, go left (south)

RaoHe Night Market

A fun night market with a good mix of food & shopping. Don’t miss the pepper pork buns cooked in Tandoori oven by the entrance! To the left of the pepper bun vendor is a great shaved ice place with fluffy ice infused with real fruits.

Open every day from 6pm-12am.
MRT: Songshan station.

Yansan Night Market – 延三夜市

If you want a truly local night market experience, you won’t be disappointed with Yansan night market. There’s a lot of history and traditional stalls here with some local favorites.  Try the fresh boiled mochi, beef noodles and smoked shark.

MRT: Daqiaotou station

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Best places for Breakfast

A Food Lovers Guide to Taipei
Fu Hang Soy Milk 阜杭豆漿

Both their hou bing (thick bread) and shao bing (flat bread) have cult-like followings making the queue ridiculously long. You can enjoy them stuffed with scrambled eggs and Chinese fried donut sticks.

Their soy milk is one of the best in Taipei. You can order it hot or cold, sweet or unsweetened, or savory- with vinegar, dried shrimp peels, cilantro, preserved vegetables, and sesame oil.  A weird combo in my opinion but you never know!!!

A MUST TRY is the sweet xiao bing- a small, hot, flaky pastry with sugary syrup oozing in the middle. Be prepared for a long wait, especially if you visit on the weekends.

Tip: Go around closing time around noon to avoid the long lines.

Address:  No. 108, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Sec. 1 (Level two of the indoor market right by exit 5)
MRT: Shandao station
Hours: 5:30am-12:30pm, closed on Mondays.

Si Hay Soy Milk 四海豆漿

If lining up or waking up early doesn’t sound appealing, skip Fu Hang and head over to Si Hay instead. Si Hay offer a variety of traditional Taiwanese breakfasts, such as flat bread, rice balls, radish cake and even soup dumplings.  Why not embrace the Taiwanese breakfast while you can!

Address: No. 29, Chang’an W Rd, Datong District, Taipei City, 103
MRT: Zhongshan
Hours: Monday- Saturday 6:00am-9:00pm, Sunday 6:00am- 1pm

Good Cho’s 好丘

Good Cho’s is known for their home-made bagels with a Taiwanese flare. They serve a great variety of locally made foods, product and souvenirs. They also host a great farmer’s market & flea market on weekends.

About a 4 minute walk from the 101, located in a restored historical village.
Address: No. 54, Songqin Street, Xinyi District, Taipei City, 110
MRT: 101 station
Hours: 10am- 9:30pm on weekdays; 9am-6:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Best Places for Dinner

A Food Lovers Complete Guide to Taipei
Ding Tai Fung 鼎泰豐

The original DTF location. Although there are multiple locations, local food bloggers agree the original location is the tastiest. Serving the most famous soup dumplings you’ll find in Taipei, this is a must try place for anyone who loves dumplings.  It’s recommend that you go around 11:30am to avoid the long lines.

Address: 106台北市大安區信義路二段194號 // Xinyi Rd. Sec.2, No. 194
MRT: Dongmen Exit 5 (Red/ Yellow line)
Hours: 10am-9pm during the week and 9am-9pm on the weekends

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Ming Yue Tang Bao 明月湯包

Specialising in soup dumplings, this is another great place that you should visit when in Taipei.  The crab soup dumplings is a particular favourite here. It’s located nearby the Tonghua night market, so be sure to save room for snacks and desserts afterwards!

Address: 106台北市大安區通化街171巷40號 //  106, Taipei City, Da’an District, Lane 171, Tonghua Street, 40號
MRT: Liuzhangli (Brown line)
Hours: 11am-2pm, 5pm-9pm

Shi Ji Beef Noodles 史記正宗牛肉麵

An amazing beef noodle house, known for their white broth based beef noodles is another great options for dinner.  The milky broth is achieved by simmering the broth for hours and hours giving their broth a distinct flavour.

Address: 台北市中山區民生東路二段60號 // 104, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, Section 2, Minsheng East Road, 60號
MRT: Xintian Temple station
Hours: 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-9pm

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Mountain and Sea House 山海樓

A Taiwanese fine dining establishment, this organic farm-to-table classic offers authentic Taiwanese cuisine in a unique setting. While it’s a bit on the pricey side, it’s a tasty experience when you feel like treating yourself!

Call ahead for reservations. 02 2581 5760
MRT: Zhongshan station
Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:00pm

Gwoo 雞窩

The best traditional Chinese chicken soup in clay pots. This broth is simmered for over a day with “secret” ingredients, making it the most flavorful and thick chicken soup you’ll ever have tasted!

The also serve very good stir fried dishes with a friendly service. This restaurant is extremely popular with locals which proves its a great eat!

Make sure to phone ahead for reservations (02) 2704-3038.
Address: No. 63, Lane 81, Dun Hua S. Road, Sec 2 台北市大安區敦化南路二段81巷63號
MRT: DaAn station
Hours: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-9pm

Du Xiao Yue 度小月

Serving danzi noodles and various other traditional Taiwanese dishes, this place is a casual dinning experience with very reasonable prices. They have two locations:

Address: No. 12, Alley 8, Lane 216, Section 4, Zhōngxiào East Rd, Daan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
OR   106, Taiwan, Taipei City, Da’an District, Yongkang Street, 9-1號
MRT: Zhongxiao dunhua or Dongmen station
Hours: 11:30am-10pm

Quan Alley 寬巷子

A favorite hot pot spot!  This great restaurant offers the perfect presentation with robust flavours and is a great option for dinners and for lunch.  A true treat at any time of day.

Address: No. 22, Lane 505, Section 5, Zhongshan North Road, Shilin District or
Address: Section 5, Zhongxiao E Rd, 68號, Xinyi district. Breeze center 4th floor
MRT: Shilin station or Taipei City Hall
Hours: 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm Hours for Taipei City Hall 11:00am-9:00pm

Mala Top Double Soup Hot Pot 馬辣頂級麻辣鴛鴦火鍋

If you’re looking for a fun experience for great value then head to Mala.   All you can eat mala hot pots, all you can eat haagen dazs and all you can drink Taiwan beer and wine, need I say anymore?!  You can choose your options for spiciness of the broth or opt for the safe half and half option. They have seven locations throughout Taipei.

Address: 108, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District, Xining South Road, 62號2樓
MRT: Ximen station
Hours: 11:30-12am

Xiao Lin Seafood 小林海產

A good Taiwanese stir fry place with a lively atmosphere and fresh seafood. This place is a trendy option that fills up fast, so be sure to make a reservation to save yourself the heartache!

Address: 106, Taipei City, Da’an District, Guangfu S Rd, 574-1號
MRT: Xinyi Anhe or Taipei 101
Hours: 5:00pm- 1:00am

Aquatic Addiction 上引水産

A Japanese style seafood restaurant with a lively atmosphere, this place serves fresh seafood straight from the market and offers a standing sushi bar, shabu shabu, and an outdoor bbq area. Even though it’s not Taiwanese food, tourists from all over the world still flock here for the fresh seafood and the atmosphere.

Open late.
Address: 104, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu East Road,18號
No close MRT
Hours: 10am- 12am

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Vegetarian Options

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Carefully addictive 小心上癮

A great vegetarian mala hot pot restaurant. Their signature mala broth is achieved by simmering more than 20 different kinds of traditional herbal medicine and 7 kinds of vegetables. If that doesn’t tempt you I don’t know what will!  They also offer different soup bases to choose from and a variety of fresh vegetables and mushrooms.

Address: No. 61-3, Section 5, Nanjing E Rd, Songshan District
MRT: Nanjing Sanmin station
Hours: 11:30am-2:00pm5:30pm10:30pm

Yang Shin 養心茶樓

A vegetarian dim sum restaurant with delicious treats.

Address: No. 128-2 Songjiang Rd, Zhongshan district
MRT: Songjiang Nanjing station
Hours: 11:30am-4:30pm5:30pm- 9:30pm

Vege Creek 蔬河

A vegetarian “braised flavor” soup.  This casual restaurant lets you choose your own ingredients (including lots of local greens) to be cooked in a house special broth.  A great option for a quick, healthy meal.

Address: Yanji street, alley 129, no. 2 
MRT: Zhongxiao Dunhua 

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Street Food

A Food Lovers Complete Guide to Taipei
Lan Jia Gua Bao 藍家割包

The locals’ favorite vendor to get the Taiwanese Burger, Gua Bao.  It’s recommend to go in late afternoon to evening as there’s also a night market near by. This location is owned by the brother of the Gua Bao lady visited on the Taipei Eat Tour ~ Check it out here!

Make sure and try the black sugar boba milk from across from the vendor, don’t be alarmed by the queue, it moves fast.

Address: 台北市中山區羅斯福路3段316巷8弄3號 // Roosevelt Blvd Sec. 3, Lane 316, Alley 8, No.3
MRT: Gongguan station
Hours: 11am-10pm, closed on Wednesdays.

Jin Feng Lu Rou Fan 金峰滷肉飯

Tasty minced braised pork belly over rice. Locals’ favorite Lu Rou Fan. Located near the Chiang Kai Sheik Memorial Hall, so if you are nearby it’s worth a visit!

Address: No. 10, Section 1, Roosevelt Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City
MRT: Chiang Kai Sheik Memorial Hall station
Hours: 8am-1am

Lai’s oyster omelette 賴雞蛋蚵仔煎

Skillet fried with small oysters and greens with the addition of starch for the signature Taiwanese “Q” texture.

Address: No. 198之22號, Minsheng W Rd, Datong District, Taipei City, 103
Hours: Everyday 4pm-midnight (to the left of the night market entrance)

Ah Chai’s Bawan  阿財彰化肉圓

Taiwanese meatball with a very “Q” texture. It’s a meatball mixture with pork, bamboo shoots, and spices wrapped in a very large glutinous dough and served with a sweet garlicky sauce.

Address: 104台北市中山區龍江路21巷13號
Hours: 8:30am-1:30pm, closed on Sundays

Liang Kee’s shredded chicken rice 梁記嘉義雞肉飯

Simple dishes made very well. A small bowl of shredded chicken with house blend sauce of chicken fat and soy sauce, plus a whole lot of different side dishes to choose from, this is one to try!

Address: No. 19, Lane 90, Songjiang Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, 104
Hours: 10am-8pm, closed on Sundays

Lee chi’s sun cake 台北犁記餅店

A great alternative to take home instead of the pineapple cake! It’s a traditional flaky malt pastry made with a whole lot of butter originated from Taichung.

Address: No. 67, Section 2, Chang’an E Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, 104
Hours: 9am-9pm daily

Scallion pancake 天津蔥抓餅

Their location is conveniently located near the original DTF, it’s a favorite amongst locals and tourists.  Their savory pancake is the perfect balance of doughy and flaky. You can also get it with Taiwanese basil and egg.  This is another stop on the Taipei Eats Tour ~ Check out the Vlog here!

Address: No. 1號, Lane 6, Yongkang St, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106
Hours: 11am-8pm

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A Food Lovers Complete Guide to Taipei
Ice Monster

World famous mango shaved ice. On CNN’s list of top 10 desserts around the world, this is soo tasty and a must try when in taipei!

Address: Zhongxiao E. Rd Sec 4, No. 297 台北市忠孝東路四段297號 or No. 16, Song-Gao Rd., XinYi District in the Breeze Song Gao Mall
MRT: SYS Memorial Hall station or Taipei City Hall
Hours: 10:30am-11pm, earlier for the Breeze branch.


Long Du shaved ice 龍都冰果専業家

Our personal favorite for shaved ice. Try their signature 8 treasure shaved ice, or choose your own toppings. Close to Longshan temple and night market, also lots of traditional good eats near by.

MRT: Longshan Temple
Hours: 11:30am- 1am

Jason’s Fruit 百果園

The best fruit parlor in town, also frequented by Japanese tourists. The shop owners get up at 3am every morning to select the best fruits and serve great fruit juices, shakes and shaved ice. They even sell home-made dried fruits and jams.

MRT: Zhongxiao Fuxing
Hours: M-F 7am-7pm, Saturday 7am-5pm, closed on Sundays.

Show Douhua 騷豆花

Serving traditional soy milk pudding with seasonal fruits this is a good tasty Taiwanese treat.

Address:  No. 26, Lane 131, Yanji Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
MRT: SYS Memorial Hall station
Hours: 12:30pm- 10:30pm

Yu chocolatier

A local pastry shop specializing in chocolate desserts. The passionate pastry chef trained in Paris and has made quite a name for himself in Taiwan.

You can bring home chocolates laced with Taiwanese flavors, or sit down and savor the hard-to-find Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique whisky by the glass!

Address: No. 10, Alley 3, Lane 112, Section 4, Ren’ai Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106
Hours: 12pm-8pm, closed on Tuesdays

There you have it A Foodie Lovers Complete Food Guide to Taipei that is sure to wet the appetite for this culinary adventure!

If you have any recommendation please leave them below and help your fellow food lovers get their fix when in Taipei or even Taiwan in general!

*Local information regarding best restaurants courtesy of Taipei Eats Food Tour, Taipei.

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