Restaurants in Taiwan

With so many cultural influences, from Mainland China and neighboring Japan to Taiwan's own aboriginal tribes, there are many tempting and exotic dishes to try in Taiwan's restaurants. Whether you're looking for cheap eats in street stalls or are in need of some western cuisine, the restaurants in Taiwan run the gamut of tastes.

Authentic Taiwanese cuisine is best described by "little eats" and is usually served in night markets or canteens, however many restaurants in Taiwan serve traditional Taiwanese fare as well. Taiwanese staples include seafood, braised pork rice and oyster omelets.

Night markets are the best places to try authentic local food without breaking the bank. While some markets open for lunch, most places open at 5 p.m. and close just after 11 p.m. Be sure to stop by a shaved ice stall to try Taiwan's favorite dessert.

Other local delicacies to try in Taiwan's restaurants include Sichuan beef, sticky tofu and the new western favorite pork buns. Aboriginal food differs between tribes, but éichá a cereal tea from the Hakka Tribe is worth trying.

Music from Chinese lutes floats through the room; sunlight streams in from wood-framed windows and skylights and bamboo curtains create dappled patterns on the tatami mats. Green moss clings to the dark red-brick walls.

Established in 1934, Taipei’s first Western-style restaurant.

Outstanding Sichuanese cuisine. Be sure to order the wontons in chili oil, the dry-fried green beans, and the stir-fried cabbage with pork, served with shaobing, a sesame-seed bread.

The original—and best—outlet of the legendary dumpling chain.

A classic breakfast spot.

An old-school eatery best known for its chicken soup, which is simmered in clay pot for hours.

An arty favorite among students at the nearby universities with spot-on coffee drinks.


A café/gallery/restaurant/design store, the Museum of Tomorrow stocks ingenious Japanese home wares and furniture.