Taiwan is a true foodie heaven. No wonder that the island’s cuisine has won fans across the globe. Let’s explore the best restaurants in Taipei & beyond!
The Taiwanese cuisine is a mirror of the island’s cultural past, as many dishes have deep gastronomic roots both in neighboring China and Japan.
Eateries in Taiwan weave these herby and salty-sweet influences into their soulful cooking, creating amazing dining experiences.
So, let’s explore the best restaurants in Taipei & beyond!
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- Best Restaurants in Taipei
- Best Restaurants in Taichung
- Best Restaurants in Tainan
- Best Restaurants in Kaohsiung
- Best Fruit Tea Shops in Taipei & Beyond
Best Restaurants in Taipei
RAW is not only considered by many to be the best restaurant in Taipei, but in the whole of Asia.
Apart from the striking interior, Chef Chiang serves up a “bistronomy” cuisine.
This means that only locally sourced and seasonal ingredients are prepared, using gastronomy techniques characteristic of the Parisian cooking style.
As the motto of RAW is “food meets art”, all dishes are playful and creative.
So, if you want to have an experience of the senses, RAW is defiantly the place to go!
As a sister restaurant of RyuGin Japan, Shoun RyuGin in Taipei focuses on Kaiseki.
Although Chef Hieda still relies on Japanese sauces, he only uses Taiwanese produce to craft his dishes.
Crafting is a bit of an understatement though, as Chef Hieda and his team at Shoun RyuGin make sure that every dish that comes out of the kitchen is a master piece.
Although the standout dish is squab from Pingtung with rosemary, vegetarian and vegan options are available as well.
Given Shoun RyuGin’s proximity to RAW, which is located in the same building, you can’t and won’t want to miss it.
Longtail offers a laid-back vibe and is home to Chef Kin, a rising star in Taipei’s restaurant scene.
Chef Kin possesses an excellent interpretation of modern French cooking and pairs it beautifully with a Taiwanese twist.
The menu at Longtail changes every three months and features local and seasonal produce alongside the finest ingredients from around the world.
If you want to experience Taiwanese-French fusion par excellence, Longtail should be at the very top of your bucket list!
Mume is the word for plum blossom, Taiwan’s national flower.
And Mume has definitely flourished since its establishment in 2014.
It’s a somewhat different Michelin restaurants as it only serves European food – including vegan and gluten-free options – with a Taiwanese touch.
Also, the restaurant regularly collaborates with other chefs for a series of special meals.
So, if you need a short break from traditional Taiwanese dishes, visit Mume and experience an intriguing blend of Taiwanese ingredients and Nordic principles.
The Chinese word for “root” is “Gēn”.
By calling their restaurant Gēn Creative, the three chefs pay homage to their ethnic origins – Taiwan, Korea and Guatemala.
The menu at Gēn Creative is divided into Snacks, Earth, Sea, Land and Sweets and most portion sizes are big enough to share.
Enjoy your meal while being treated to an unrestricted view of the open kitchen.
At the end of your meal you might just receive a giant fortune cookie which contains your fortune and, cheekily, your bill as well!
DIN TAI FUNG
Din Tan Fung was established in 1958 and was the first Taiwanese restaurant that won a Michelin star.
It’s a moderately-priced restaurant with a colorful selection of dishes such as xiaolongbao (steamed dumplings).
The steamed dumplings at Din Tan Fung are fresh and juicy, have a thin and delicate skin, and are completed with 18 folds!
Din Tan Fung is also known for its Huaiyang cuisine, great selection of soups and yummy vegetarian options.
If you’re in Taipei, eating out at Din Tan Fung is pretty much a mandatory culinary delight!
FU HANG DOU JIANG
The first thing you will notice about Fu Hang Dou Jiang are the long queues.
The ever-present queues speak volumes about the quality of food served at this eatery.
Fu Hang Dou Jiang is known for its Taiwanese breakfast dishes :sweet or savory soy milk, egg crepes, dough sticks and roasted pancakes with different fillings, to name but a few.
Tempted to find out what all the fuss is about?
Join the queue at Fu Hang Dou Jiang in the morning and experience some authentic Taiwanese breakfast treats.
ADDICTION AQUATIC DEVELOPMENT
Finally, a heaven for seafood lovers to curb your craving!
The Addiction Aquatic Development is unquestionably influenced by the sensibilities of Taiwan’s seafood enthusiasts.
That’s why you can get seafood from A to Z here.
We’re talking cooked, grilled and fried seafood, hot pots, and sushi in all shapes and sizes.
On weekends the gourmet market gets crowded and due to the first-come, first-served policy make sure to explore the lesser-known offerings as well.
LIN DONG FANG
Lin Dong Fang started out as a street food stall before turning into a permanent restaurant.
Over the years, the restaurant has become one of the most well-known and well-respected names when it comes to beef noodle soup.
At lunch time the place is packed and it’s easy to understand why.
The beef noodle soup served here is really something to be savored: clear and aromatic, yet complex and surprisingly flavorful, with lean meat slices.
If that can’t convince you to visit Lin Dong Fang, nothing can!
YONGKANG BEEF NOODLE
Yongkang Beef Noodle is another beef noodle temple.
While Lin Dong Fang specializes in light and well-balanced beef noodle soups, Yongkang Beef Noodle specializes in beef noodle soups with spicy seasoning.
Another interesting feature of the restaurant’s signature dish are the huge chunks of Australian beef.
Besides beef noodle soup, your go-to order at Yongkang Beef Noodle should be dumplings.
Also, the restaurant serves steamed spare ribs and steamed intestines – another must try!
SunnyHills is the new kid on the pineapple cake block.
The founders aim to create the best pineapple cakes using only natural ingredients and no additives.
The pastries at SunnyHills can vary in taste depending on the time of the year, but are sure to break away from the norm.
Make sure to enjoy your pineapple cake along a tea or coffee, or visit the store and stack up on your souvenir treats.
Simply put: if you get cravings for something sweet, SunnyHills is the place to go!
WISTARIA TEA HOUSE
When visiting the Wistaria Tea House be aware that it’s more than just about tea; it’s about an experience.
The atmosphere of the elegant Japanese-style wooden house offers you a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of Taipei.
Before 1945, the Wistaria Tea House was the residence of the Taiwanese Governor-General and later became a gathering place for Taiwanese fighting for a democratic Taiwan.
As you can tell, the Wistaria Tea House is not just a gastronomy experience, but a historical one as well.
Make sure to include it on your to-do list!
Best Restaurants in Taichung
TOP ONE POT ZHAOFU
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Top One Pot Zhaofu arguably serves the best hot pots in Taichung.
The chefs here believe that that Chinese royalty achieved health and longevity by consuming nourishing soups and broths.
Consequently, they have tirelessly worked on their rendition of ancient hot pot recipes.
It’s safe to say that their work has paid off, as meals at Top One Pot Zhaofu are rather delightful!
The restaurant is open until late (4.00 am), so it’s perfect for your late-night munchies.
Karuisawa welcomes guest with a Japanese Zen and purposeful mystery.
The restaurant is famous for its hot pots and serves these in about thirty varieties.
Among these, the most popular ones are Taiwanese, Korean and Japanese.
The hot pots here are so good that the restaurant is able to stand out in Taichung’s highly competitive gourmet industry!
A set meal definitely satisfies one’s hunger, making Karuisawa a perfect choice to round off an authentic Taiwanese eating experience.
Best Restaurants in Tainan
DU XIAO YUE / TU HSIAO YUEH
Located in Tainan, the oldest city in Taiwan, Du Xiao Yue is a popular eatery that serves traditional Taiwanese food.
As Du Xiao Yue was founded in 1895, its not only a place rich in history, but also one that has preserved an authentic Taiwanese atmosphere.
The specialty of the house are the tasty Dan Zai noodles which are served in small bowls alongside dried shrimp, minced meat and black vinegar.
Du Xiao Yue has an open kitchen, s you might pick up some cooking tricks as well!
At Fu Lou you will be stunned by the amazingly extensive and versatile menu.
The restaurant offers vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as tasty barbecue dishes for meat-lovers.
But, the seafood dishes here are definitely the main attraction.
Fu Lou is known to prepare Tainan delights such as shrimp rolls and grilled squid beautifully.
The atmosphere here is casual and pleasant, which makes the restaurant perfect for a quick bite.
Mao Fun is considered to be one of the best places to eat in Tainan.
The restaurant is located in a restored two-story duplex, designed by M.J Interior Design Studio.
The interior has not only garnered great reviews and multiple awards, it also creates an atmosphere of inexpressible warmth.
The signature dishes of Mao Fun are artfully presented hot pots with a Japanese accent.
Importantly, vegetarian and vegan dishes are also available.
The symbiosis of art and food makes Mao Fun the perfect setting to enjoy a lovely meal!
Best Restaurants in Kaohsiung
YA ROU ZHEN
Kaohsiung is not only a popular tourist destination.
The city is also considered to be one of the top hot spots of Taiwanese cuisine.
In Kaohsiung you’ll find Ya Rou Zhen, also known as “Duck Zhen”.
“Duck Zhen” is the nickname of the restaurant as it’s considered to be the go-to place for duck-based dishes.
The restaurant is small and has a real Taiwanese vibe: you can see the food as its being prepared and the atmosphere is fast-paced and exciting.
The specialties of the house are sliced duck with rice and a bowl of innards soup.
Visit Ya Rou Zhen for a real down-to-earth experience!
EASY HOUSE VEGETARIAN CUISINE
Vegetarianism and veganism aren’t strange concept in Taiwan.
This is because Buddhism is deeply rooted in Taiwanese culture and most Buddhists refrain from eating meat.
Easy House Vegetarian Cuisine is an amazing place with ample to choose from for vegetarians and vegans.
The restaurant focuses on natural spices and healthy cooking methods to create wonderful dishes that are not greasy or bland.
We can’t stress this enough: go for the hot pot / curry sets!
Regardless, you’ll enjoy this oasis of health when having a bite in Kaohsiung!
HAJIME TE COFFEE
Have the best brunch of your life at Hajime Te Coffee in Kaohsiung!
The attention to detail can be seen in every little corner of the restaurant, from the staff and service to the food itself.
The delicacies at Hajime te Coffee are prepared with absolute artistry and precision.
You can enjoy all kinds of breakfast and brunch options, from Asian to Western ones.
Hajime Te Coffee can be found in two locations in Kaohsiung, but the place in Gushan District is more popular among tourists.
YONSHIN TEA & CAKE SELECTION BAR
When walking into the Yonshin Tea & Cake Selection Bar you are greeted by a fusion of modern chic and vintage touches straight from the 1950s.
The restaurant specializes in cold brew teas that come in delightfully designed bottles and are served in wine glasses.
The reason for this is that wine glasses bring out the nuanced fragrances of the tea and enhance its color.
Besides tea, cakes and tarts, the Yonshin Tea & Cake Selection Bar also serves main courses that redefine Taiwanese cuisine.
This eatery is a must-try when you are in Kaohsiung!
TIAN SHUI YUE HOT POT
Tian Shui Yue Hot Pot is definitely one of the most notable restaurants in Kaohsiung.
The interior of the restaurant is simply amazing.
When entering, a gigantic statue of Buddha’s face greets you!
In the middle of the double story restaurant a steaming pond decorated with candles creates an environment of oriental mystery.
The stock of the hot pots comes in four different flavors and customers can key in their orders on an iPad.
Put simply, Tian Shui Yue Hot Pot offers a great gastro experience in an unforgettable ambience.
Honorary Mention: Recently we returned to Kaohsiung to have lunch at Ukai, which is run by the Silks Club. To say the very least: we were blown away! Check out our review of the Silks Club and Ukai.
Best Fruit Tea Shops in Taiwan
Da Yung’s is a popular chain that uses seasonal and local produce to create innovative and healthy beverages.
Makes sure to skip the bubble teas and order the mouth-watering fruit teas instead.
The fruit teas with grapefruit are among the most popular.
When the staff hands over your drinks they might just bid you farewell by shouting “Thank you and we will miss you”.
Da Yung’s experienced beverage masters, exceptional service and delicious flavors will have you coming back for more – guaranteed!
YIFANG TAIWAN FRUIT TEA
Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea is especially popular in California, but can be found all over the world.
But, Taiwan is the home of this popular beverage temple.
The beverage masters here use fresh and local fruits and Taiwanese tea sourced from local farms to create their fruit teas.
You can choose from dozens of flavors, but Yifang’s Signature Fruit Tea – a real Instagram star – is always a good choice.
When you are looking for a thirst quencher in Taiwan’s hot and humid summer days, head over to Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea!
And there you have it: the 24 best restaurants in Taipei & beyond.
We hope we were able to help you out.
Now, finalize your Taipei itinerary and look forward to an awesome adventure!
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