Taipei Food Guide – 30 Best Restaurants In Taipei, Taiwan For You To Eat At

Best Restaurants In Taipei

Taiwan is one of the best places to try some food. After all, you can find so many different kinds of foods here to try. With the city of Taipei offering the most variety of the bunch. Now when most people think of Taipei, they think of night markets and street foods. Not many would actually go out of their way and talk about the restaurants. Which in my opinion, I think is a tragedy because you can find some of the best restaurants in Taipei, Taiwan.

So if you are trying to research on where you should eat at in Taipei, Taiwan, than this post will be your ultimate guide. We’ll be discussing all the best restaurants in Taipei, Taiwan as well as our personal recommendations as to what foods you should try.

So if you are ready, lets get started!

Best Restaurants In Taipei, Taiwan

Here in this list, we’ll be discussing our recommendations on some of the best restaurants in Taipei, Taiwan.

You’ll find things like breakfast foods, lunch foods, Taiwanese specialties, desserts, and many more different variety of foods.

Most of the restaurants we list here are some of the most popular restaurants named by Taiwanese locals, so I trust their judgement.

This list isn’t in any particular order, but it does consists of the best restaurants you need to try!

Lan Jia Gua Bao 藍家割包

Lan Jia Gua Bao 藍家割包

If you never had a gua bao before, you are totally missing out. You know how Americans have hamburgers, well in Asia we have gua bao! It is basically a bao bun that they open and stuff full of ingredients.

The gua bao you can find here is so amazingly delicious. The most popular one is where it is stuffed with pork belly. But they also do have a lean version as well, or you can even get it in half and half which I think is the best option. The bun is also filled with some vegetables and garnished with some peanuts and other toppings. Overall, it is something you must try when you visit Taipei.

Gua bao might be the specialty here at this store, but if you get the chance I would also suggest you try out their soup which is equally as amazing!

Definitely on my list of being one of the best restaurants in Taipei.

Address: No. 3, Alley 8, Lane 316, Section 3, Luosifu Road Zhongzheng District, 100 Taiwan

Mama Lau Rice Ball 劉媽媽飯糰

Mama Lau Rice Ball 劉媽媽飯糰

Mama Lau Rice Ball is a very popular place for breakfast takeaway. Many locals come waiting in the morning for the shop to open just to get their hands on one of these delicious foods.

I know its called a rice ball, however to me it just looks like a rice burrito. Which is still really good in its own way. There are a lot of choices for you to select from, but most of them usually consists of pork floss. Whatever choice you decide to pick, they’ll make it and wrap it up neatly for you to take away. Which is why many people love to come here as you can simply just order and go.

Address: No.88, Section 2, Hangzhou South Road

Xiao Lizi Rice Porridge 小李子清粥小菜餐廳

Xiao Lizi Rice Porridge 小李子清粥小菜餐廳

This is a popular place among many locals especially during the night time as they serve some very tasty rice porridge in a buffet style setting. You’ll also get some sides as well like vegetables, tofu, etc…however you mainly want to come here for their sweet potato rice porridge which is probably the best in the country.

Depending on where you come however, the staff may or may not be the friendliest of the bunch. However the food is definitely worth it to comme and try.

Address: No. 142之1號, Section 2, Fuxing South Road, Da’an District
Taipei City, Taiwan 106

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken 豪大大雞排

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken 豪大大雞排

If you never had Taiwanese large fried chicken, oh man are you in for a treat.

This Taiwanese specialty is basically a fried chicken that is smashed flat and made into a size most likely bigger than your face. It is also seasoned with a variety of spices that make each and every bite so delicious.

The lines are exceptionally long here so you will have to wait but in my opinion I think it is totally worth it. Plus it is insanely cheap for the quality and size of the chicken that you get.

Once you try this chicken, you will never go back to eating the regular fried chicken from KFC or anything of that sort. Definitely on my recommendation of being one of the best restaurants in Taipei.

Address: No. 36 Hanzhong street Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108

Fu Hang Dou Jiang 阜杭豆漿

Fu Hang Dou Jiang 阜杭豆漿

Fu Hang is one of the most popular places to get some Taiwanese Breakfast. Everyday you’ll see long lines here as early as 8 a.m all waiting to eat some delicious foods.

Here this shop specializes in soy milk, you tiao, and shao bing. If you don’t know what these are, it is basically a traditional Taiwanese breakfast. Yao Tiao is basically like a Chinese fried donut/flatbread that is crispy on the outside while being super soft on the inside. Shao Bing is basically like an Asian pancake.

Locals love eating this as the flavors are so good and it is all incredibly cheap.

Considered to be one of the best restaurants in Taipei.

Address: 2/F-28, No. 108, Section 1, Zhongxiao East Road Zhongzheng District, 100 Taiwan

Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle 阿宗麵線

Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle (阿宗麵線)

Ay-Chung is a staple among many locals in Taiwan. This shop constantly has long lines because of the food it serves, and they only serve one food. They specialize in serving a rice noodle dish that consists of rice noodles and pork intestines.

Now at first glance, you might think that the dish is just plain and there isn’t anything to it, but once you taste it, I guarantee you will change your mind. The flavors are strong and not overpowering, and the pork intestines are insanely soft and tender. Plus if that isn’t already enough flavor for you, you are more than welcome to add in extra chili oil, garlic or black vinegar to satisfy your hunger.

Address: No. 8-1, Emei Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108

Beef Noodles 桃源街(无招牌) 牛肉面

Beef Noodles 桃源街(无招牌) 牛肉面

To be honest, I don’t really know if this shop has a name or not. But the locals call it 桃源街(无招牌) 牛肉面.

Many people consider it to be one of the best restaurants in Taipei serving up delicious beef noodle soup.

And for those of you that don’t know, Beef Noodles is one of the proud dishes that Taiwan prides itself in. It is a beloved comfort food that many local Taiwanese people love.

And this store does it justice. It serves up some of the best tasting beef noodle soup you’ll ever get your hands on. You can have your beef noodle soup with clear broth or braised broth. In my opinion I think the braised is better but both are equally as good.The beef is also so juicy and tender, noodles soft and a bit chewy, broth is so beefalicious, you will instantly fall in love with this place.

Address: No.15 Taoyuan Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei 100, Taiwan

Niu Dian 牛店

Niu Dian 牛店

Located near the Ximending area is a highly rated beef noodle shop called Niu Dian (牛店). Like the other beef noodle shop on this list, they also serve up some really high quality beef noodles.

There is usually always a line here when you come but the good thing about this shop is that they will give you a number. This way you can roam around nearby without having to wait in line and come back when your number is called.

And just like the other beef noodle shop, this place also has a choice of broth. But the kicker here is that you can also choose what part of the cow meat you want as well. Add in some bone marrow chili paste that is on the side and you’ll have yourself a party.

Address: No. 91, Kūnmíng St, Wanhua District Taipei City, Taiwan 108

Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodles 林東芳牛肉麵

3 Beef noodle shops in this list? Yup you know it! Taiwan is famous for its beef noodle dishes so obviously I will be listing a few.

This shop in particular has a long history of serving delicious beef noodle soups in which you will love. Not only that but you get to pick which type of beef soup you want as well as pick out some amazing side dishes to have which range from pickled vegetables, cucumbers and even pig ears.

The only downside to this shop is that it is pretty small so you might be bumping into quite a few people.

Address: No. 274, BaDe Road, Section 2, DaAn District, Taipei City

Orange Shabu Shabu 橘色刷刷锅

Orange Shabu Shabu 橘色刷刷锅

As you may know, all Asians love hot pot. It is the quintessential dish where you can spend quality time with your friends and family talking about things while also eating something delicious.

Orange Shabu Shabu in particular is probably one of the highest rated hot pot spots in Taipei according to many locals. In fact, it is so popular that you actually have to make reservations to dine here as they are almost always full.

Orange Shabu Shabu is especially known for its fresh seafood that guests will experience “sea-to-table” dining. Hokkaido crab, Japanese abalone, Hokkaido scallops, and Jumbo Shrimps are just some of the items you can see here on the menu. And if seafood isn’t your style, you’ll be happy to know that they have all kinds of beef including the coveted wagyu beef.

It is a fantastic spot you definitely need to try.

Address: B/1, No. 135, Section 1, Da’an Road, Taipei, Taiwan

Liu Mama Cold Noodle 劉媽媽涼麵

Liu Mama Cold Noodle 劉媽媽涼麵

Noodle dishes are a staple here in Taiwan with having so many different varieties for you to choose from. And one place that makes some delicious noodles is definitely Liu Mama Cold Noodle shop. Here they specialize in serving cold noodles ( noodles that are cold) that is doused in sesame sauce and has diced cucumbers on the side.

The flavors pair up really well as you get that nutty taste with the crisp cucumbers and chewy noodles. Plus you can top it off with an egg as well as some soup to make the dish into a fully complete meal.

It is a popular spot among the locals especially the taxi drivers as they are always here eating some delicious food.

Address: No. 37, Section 5, Civic Blvd, Songshan District
Taipei City, Taiwan 105

Dragon Inn Dumpling House 龍門客棧餃子館

Dragon Inn Dumpling House (龍門客棧餃子館)

Another thing that Taiwan is known for besides the beef noodle dishes are the soft and delicious dumplings. They are a staple among Taiwanese cuisines.

And according to the locals, here at Dragon Inn, you can find some of the best tasting dumplings you’ll ever have. The dumplings are filled with that incredibly juicy meat, mixed in with some scallions that is boiled to perfection. Plus they don’t skimp out on the portions either as the dumplings are always filled to the brim. Pair the dumplings up with some soy sauce and you’ll feel like you went to heaven.

Aside from the dumplings, they also serve other food items as well like braised seaweed, tofu and a variety of meats. But if you come here, you definitely need to get the dumplings.

Definitely one of the best restaurants in Taipei for dumplings.

Address: No. 19, Lane 61, Linsen South Road, Zhongzheng District
Taipei City, Taiwan 100

Kao Chi 高記

Kao Chi 高記

Another highly reviewed dumpling spot is one called Kao Chi. Many people consider it similar to Din Tai Fung which we’ll be talking about in a little bit. Here you can find all sorts of dumplings from regular boiled dumplings, to steamed dumplings to soup dumplings and much more.

The dumplings here are all generously portioned and have tons of juicy goodness in them. Their pan fried buns are probably my favorite however.

Definitely give this place a try.

Address: No. 1 Yongkang Street, Taipei City, Taiwan

Ding Tai Fung 鼎泰豐

Ding Tai Fung 鼎泰豐

I am pretty sure almost everybody has heard of the famous Din Tai Fung by now. If not, you are in for a treat. They are a famous dumpling branch that started in Taiwan and now has locations all over the world.

Many people consider their dumplings especially the soup dumplings to be world class in flavor and style. They pride themselves in making these dumplings with the exact same number of folds each and every time.

It is a bit pricey to eat here however but I guarantee you that it is totally worth it. The dumplings are plump and juicy while having tons of flavor in them. You will absolutely love it.

They are widely considered to be one of the best restaurants in Taipei, or at least for dumplings anyways.

Address: Multiple locations all around Taipei. Try the one at Taipei 101 as it is easy to access.

Ichiran Ramen 一蘭拉麵

一蘭拉麵

Ichiran is a famous ramen franchise shop hailing from Japan. It has since branched out and started opening up new shops in other parts of the world with Taipei being one of the locations.

This place is unique in the way that you’ll be eating in small cubby holes. No longer will you need to talk to any staff or workers as you’ll be in your hole eating by yourself. It is a great place for introverts as you just hand off your ticket and start eating.

The ramen itself is spectacular as it is full of flavor and spicy enough where you can just feel the heat. Plus it is pretty affordable so it won’t break the bank when you come try it out.

If you are ever in the mood for ramen, this is definitely the place to visit. After all it is one of the best restaurants in Taipei if you are looking for ramen.

Address: No. 97, Songren Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110

Jin Feng 金峰魯肉飯

Jin Feng (金峰魯肉飯) - Best Restaurants In Taipei

Another lovely comfort dish that is beloved by Taiwanese locals all around is something called Lu Rou Fan. Basically it is a rice bowl dish consisting of minced pork belly that’s been stir-fried and slow cooked in soy sauce until tender, then served over a bowl of steamed rice, usually with a hard-boiled egg on the side.

Every single bite you take is going to be super delicious and bursting with flavor. It is one of my most favorite things to eat whenever I am in Taiwan.

There is a line here just like every other popular restaurant in Taipei, but you don’t have to worry. The line moves very fast so you won’t have to be waiting for a long time.

Address: No. 10-1, Sec. 1, Roosevelt Rd., Zhongzheng Dist, Taipei 100, Taiwan

My Stove My 灶

My Stove My 灶 - Best Restaurants In Taipei

Another lu rou fan spot is at My Stove. Here they specialize in lu ruo fan which is basically fatty pork served over steaming hot rice. They do serve other things like deep fried squid balls and mapo tofu and more but the star is definitely the lu rou fan.

Address: No. 9-1, Lane 100, Songjiang Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491

Shao Shao Ke 勺勺客

Shao Shao Ke 勺勺客 - Best Restaurants In Taipei

In all honesty, I had no idea this place existed until my cousin wanted to try something new. She took me to this place and I was entirely confused. I never heard of Shanxi food before so I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.

However once I stepped inside, I was blown away. For instance, in the picture above we have skewers with lamb meat on them and some seasoning. They were oh so delicious and tender and full of flavor. We just had to order more.

They also serve other items like noodles and pastries but I didn’t get a chance to try those. However the skewers were more than enough to keep me ful land happy.

If you get a chance, I would definitely say come visit this location and give Shanxi food a try.

Address: No. 27, Section 1, Hangzhou South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

Sunny Hills 微熱山丘

微熱山丘 - Best Restaurants In Taipei

Have you ever tried Pineapple Cake? If you haven’t, you are in for a world of surprise.

Pineapple cakes are one of the countries most popular snacks. They consist of a short bread with pineapple jelly like fillings. It is one of the tastiest treats you’ll ever eat. And depending on where you go, stores might make it differently or skimp out on certain ingredients.

Sunny Hills is different however in that they do it the traditional method and don’t skimp out on anything giving you the full taste of a pineapple cake.

This is one of the most popular spots ever to get this. Widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in Taipei to get pineapple cake.

Address: Alley 4, Lane 36, Section 5, Minsheng E Rd, Songshan District
Taipei City, Taiwan 105

Aquatic Addiction Development 上引水產

Aquatic Addiction Development 上引水產 - Best Restaurants In Taipei

If you ever visit Taipei, this is one fish market you definitely have to visit. Now we all know that Tokyo has the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, but this establishment is Taipei’s answer to that.

It’s actually considered to be one of the best restaurants in Taipei when it comes to sushi.

Inside is basically a seafood wonderland. There are tons of tanks with live seafood in it as well as a store that sells all kinds of seafood and meats you can imagine that are ready to eat. Plus, inside the store you can find a whole bunch of restaurants selling the freshest seafood’s possible.

There is always a bunch of people here so do expect a crowd. You might have to wiggle your way through the areas to get to where you want. Also, they don’t really have tables for you to sit at unless you are dining at one of the restaurants. So if you get one of the to go meals, you’re going to have to stand and eat.

Address: No. 18, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491

Du Xiao Yue Danzi Noodle 度小月擔仔麵

Du Xiao Yue Danzi Noodle 度小月擔仔麵 - Best Restaurants In Taipei

Dan Zai noodles are a very tasting noodle dish. And here at Du Xiao Yue Danzi Noodles, you’ll find some of the best tasting dan zai noodles in the city.

Here the noodles are chewy and tender yet still soft to the touch, broth is flavorful and the meat sauce to die for. It is a flavor explosion. They also serve a bunch of other side dishes like tea eggs, fried buns, vegetables, and many other things as well.

Address: No. 9-1, Yongkang Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106

RAW

raw - Best Restaurants In Taipei

Raw is one of the best restaurants in Taipei that many people love to dine at. Mainly because it has won 2 Michelin Stars in the latest Michelin Guide.

Here at this fine dining establishment, they take foods to a whole different level. With each dish being more complex than the next. They also rotate out dishes depending on the season so you never really know what you’ll be getting. They specialize in serving European dishes with an Asian flare.

Do know that because this place is highly popular, you will have to make reservations to this place.

Address: No. 301, Lequn 3rd Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491

MUME

mume - Best Restaurants In Taipei

MUME is another fantastic Michelin Stared restaurant that is widely considered to be one of the best restaurants in Taipei.

Here they specialize in serving European foods but with a Taiwanese flare using local ingredients found in this country.

This restaurant regularly collaborates with other chefs to make some unique and creative dishes. Which means that every time you come, you’ll be seeing something new and innovative.

Address: No. 28, Siwei Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106

RyuGin Taipei 祥雲龍吟

RyuGin Taipei 祥雲龍吟 - Best Restaurants In Taipei

Here at Ryugin, you can find some of the best tasting Japanese food the city has to offer. And for good reason too! This establishment has won the coveted 3 Michelin Stars from the latest Michelin Guide. So it is to be expected that this place serves up some really nice food.

Now unlike its other location back in Japan, this branch specializes in serving a Japanese flare but with local Taiwanese ingredients. So things like wax apple marinated in ginger syrup or clam and sweet potato leaves and more are all just waiting for you to eat.

It’s a really expensive restaurant and literally one of the 5 best restaurants in Taipei.

Address: 10491, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, Lequn 3rd Road, 301

Wenzhou Street Radish Pancake 温州街蘿蔔絲餅達人

Wenzhou Street Raddish Pancake 温州街蘿蔔絲餅達人 - Best Restaurants In Taipei

You wouldn’t know it at first, but this tiny street stall near the National Taiwan Normal University has developed a cult following for its amazing and delicious radish pancakes. There is always a line here regardless of the time of day.

Here they specialize in serving radish cakes or luo bo si bing in Chinese. You’ll get a nice crispy pastry shell that is filled with seasoned strips of radish that is extremely delicious. Although they might specializes in selling radish cakes, they also sell a version called the green onion pancake which is similar and equally as delicious.

Address: No. 186-1, Section 1, Heping East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106

Zheng Pork Knuckle 鄭記豬腳飯

Zheng Pork Knuckle 鄭記豬腳飯 - Best Restaurants In Taipei

If you like pork knuckles, then your in luck. Here at Zheng Pork Knuckle, you can find some really tasty pork knuckle dishes. It is a popular place among locals as they provide cheap yet tasty foods.

Here you can find selections like braised pork knuckles, braised pork belly, braised intestines and milk fish. All of which are paired nicely with other ingredients like rice and vegetables.

My favorite however is definitely the pork belly.

Address: No. 38, Lane 216, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106

Yongfu ice cream 永富冰淇淋

Yongfu ice cream 永富冰淇淋 - Best Restaurants In Taipei

Yongfu Ice Cream Shop is one of the most popular ice cream shops in the entire city of Taipei. They have been serving out hand churned ice cream using local Taiwanese ingredients like taro, longan, peanut, and red bean for over 70 years.

If you never had Taiwanese Ice Cream before, then you’ll definitely be surprised. It is pretty different compared to the ice creams you had back in your country. In fact, it isn’t as creamy as American or Japanese ice cream because it’s made with less dairy and more fruit. This makes it light and a little tart, almost like a sorbet.

Definitely an interesting treat.

Address: No. 68, Section 2, Guiyang St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108

Ice and Fire Rice Ball 御品元冰火湯圓

Ice and Fire Rice Ball 御品元冰火湯圓 - Best Restaurants In Taipei

Ice and Fire Rice Ball is a interesting and unique dessert you likely won’t find anywhere else. It is a mix of both worlds where you get something cold as well as hot marinating with each other.

It is incredibly delicious and I guarantee you will absolutely love it. The rice balls are filled with either sesame or peanut and is piping hot while the shaved ice it is served on is super cold. Drizzle it over with some osmanthus sauce and you will have something super delicious.

This place is so good that they were even listed on Michelin Gourmet Bib Guide.

Address: No. 31, Alley 50, Lane 39, Tonghua Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106

7/11

7/11 - Best Restaurants In Taipei

7/11? Why would I write a convenience store as a place to go eat at?

The reason I did this is because convenience stores in Asia are entirely different than those found in western countries. Here they sell all kinds of amazing foods to eat and drink.

You can find ramen, sushi, hot dogs, pizza, rice bowls, pasta, and anything else you can ever imagine. They have it all. Plus everything is insanely cheap and budget friendly so you won’t have to be worried about spending too much money.

Plus they also sell supplies and many other items you might need during your travels.

Address: All Over Taipei

Family Mart

Family Mart - Best Restaurants In Taipei

Just like 7/11, Family Mart is another convenience store commonly found in Taiwan. They sell basically the same things as 7/11 with some differences.

But the overall experience is the same.

If you ever get a chance to visit Taiwan, you should definitely go visit a Taiwanese convenience store.

Address: All Over Taipei

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As you can see from this list, there are a whole bunch of restaurants for you to try.

Hopefully if you ever get a chance to visit the city, you will be able to try some of these listed in this post.

By the way, if you are interested in learning about the night market experience in Taipei, you can click here.

Also, if you are planning to visit Taiwan anytime soon, you might also be interested in some of my other Taiwan posts.

Or you can check out my complete list of things to do in Taiwan by clicking here.

Let me know how your trip goes!