What are recommended restaurants in Taipei

The 10 best restaurants in Taipei

Taiwan's capital, Taipei, is a vibrant metropolis brimming with cultural attractions, upscale shopping, and night markets to keep even the most active traveler busy. After a long day of exploring, hungry visitors can refill at one of the city's many restaurants. From traditional Taiwanese cuisine to international dishes, this city has it all. This is where you can find the best places to eat in Taipei.

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Da Wan BBQ

Da Wan BBQ is on the program for Japanese barbecues. This restaurant is for its Japanese style of cooking Yakiniku famous, a term that means grilled meat and is a must see for any visitor to Taipei. The tiny restaurant is located in the commercial Daan District and has only one table and a limited bar. You can order from a variety of meats such as beef, pork, and shrimp. While most Yakiniku Restaurants require guests to cook for themselves, the staff here will all cook. So anyone who is nervous about sitting on the grill can rest, have a drink and relax while the delicious food is expertly prepared. Be sure to reserve in advance of arrival.

Price: fine dining

Da Wan BBQ, 1F, No. 22, Lane 177., Sec. 1, Dunhua S. Road., Daan Dist., Taipei, Taiwan +866 2 2711 0179

Crowd queuing for the famous Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodle | © Cliffano Subagio / Flickr

Ay Chung Flour Rice Noodles

Visitors in search of delicious Taiwanese rice noodles should literally follow the crowds. The tiny Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodles store was founded in 1975 and is easy to see along Emei Street. not because of any conspicuous signs, but because of the constant crowd standing in front of their doors. The restaurant is legendary for its only menu item, soft rice noodles, served in a thick, tangy sauce. The famous dish is available in two sizes and can be topped with chilli sauce, vinegar and / or garlic. With no seating available inside or outside the store, visitors are eating on the street or just grabbing their noodles to take away.

Price: budget

Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodles, No. 8-1, Emei St., Wanhua, Taipei

Taipei 101 from afar | © Connie Ma / Flickr

Large tea pot tea house

Although Taipei is packed with entertainment, shopping, and sightseeing, visitors sometimes need a break from the busy city center. Enjoy the tranquility and panoramic views of Maokong Mountain to the Big Tea Pot Tea House. This popular tea house is located on a mountainside and offers Taiwanese dishes as well as a selection of hot teas. Visitors can reach the tea house by either hiking up the mountain path or taking a gondola to the top.

Tea Pot Tea House, No. 37, Lane 38, Section 3, Zhinan Road, Wenshan District, Taipei, Taiwan

The kitchen table Interior | Courtesy The Kitchen Table

The kitchentable

For those who can't decide what to eat for dinner, The Kitchen Table's international variety is the perfect solution. This restaurant offers a wide selection, with a rich breakfast buffet in the morning, a light lunch buffet with colorful desserts in the afternoon and a hearty dinner buffet in the evening. During dinner, guests can enjoy a variety of international dishes, from Yorkshire pudding and Italian wood-fired pizzas to Chinese Dim Sum and roast duck. There is also a well-stocked fish and seafood bar and a dessert station where guests can end the evening with homemade sorbet.

The kitchen table, 10 Zhongxiao East Road, Sec. 5, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan +886 2 7703 8888

Beef noodles | © Connie Ma / Flickr

Yongkang beef noodle

A visit to Taipei is not complete without trying a bowl of beef noodle soup, one of Taiwan's most beloved and iconic dishes. This popular dish dates back to the Tang Dynasty and is usually served with beef broth, vegetables, and braised or red braised beef. Yongkang Beef Noodle is a quaint, family-run restaurant that has existed since 1963 and is known for having the best beef noodle soup in Taipei. Although the store originally started out as a humble food stall, it has become a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.

Yongkang Beef Noodle, No. 17, Lane 31, Jinshan South Road, Section 2, Da'an District, Taipei, Taiwan +886 2 2351 1051

Dish from Flavors Restaurant | Courtesy Flavors Restaurant

Flavors restaurant

Flavors Restaurant is a foodie favorite for its delicious Swedish dishes. The restaurant is dedicated to authentic dishes of high quality. The restaurant's menu changes seasonally and offers hot and cold dishes such as grilled rosemary scallops, smoked salmon with herb sauce, and duck breast with truffle sauce. Meal sets fill up and come with soup, salad, bread, main course, apple pie, and coffee. With delicious food, friendly service and a welcoming atmosphere, this restaurant is a popular choice for guests celebrating special occasions. Reservations are recommended.

Flavors Restaurant, 1F, No. 13 Alley 26 Lane 300, Sec. 4, Ren'ai Rd, Taipei, Taiwan +886 2 2709 6525

Taipei night view | © Kabacchi / Flickr

James Kitchen

At the end of Yong Kang Street is the rustic James Kitchen, a cozy little restaurant known for its traditional Taiwanese cuisine. The atmosphere of the place is cozy and warm, with simple wooden tables and a casual atmosphere. The homemade and old-fashioned dishes include pork with kumquat sauce, bamboo shoots, fried rice noodles, and fresh fish that changes daily based on the stock. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and also serves lunch on the weekend. James Kitchen is the perfect choice for hungry travelers hoping to get off the beaten path for some delicious, homemade Taiwanese meal.

James Kitchen, No. 65, Lane 31, Yongkang Street, Da'an District, Taipei, Taiwan

Inside view of JW Teres | Photo courtesy of J.W. Teres

J. W. Teres

For a special evening, dress up and go to J.W. Teres. As the only Bulgarian restaurant in Taipei, dining here will not only be a sophisticated experience but also a unique opportunity to try traditional Bulgarian dishes. The menu items have been completely redesigned and the restaurant's bar offers an international selection of wines as well as rare and high-quality cognacs and whiskeys. The old world elegance provides the perfect atmosphere for a quiet evening or a romantic dinner. In J.W. Please note that reservations are a must.

J.W. Teres, 1F, No. 4, Lane 208, Siwei Road, Daan District, Taipei, Taiwan +886 2 2755 0660

Special Chef's Antipasti | Courtesy of Merlot Café and Bistro

Merlot café and bistro

In the heart of Taipei, Zhongshan District is known for its scenic parks, abundant shopping and active nightlife. This neighborhood is also home to the Merlot Café and Bistro, a cozy little restaurant just off Linsen North Road. The atmosphere of this hidden bistro is inviting, with comfortable seating and a bar serving a range of wines and cocktails. Guests can satisfy their appetites with dishes from pasta and risottos to lamb chops and steaks. A perfect place for dinner and drinks with friends.

Merlot Cafe and Bistro, No. 32, Lane 76, Section 2, Xinsheng N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan +886 2 2568 1283

Videshi Kadai | Courtesy of Balle Balle Indian Restaurant

Balle Balle Indian restaurant

Balle Balle Indian Restaurant is a premier choice for inexpensive, authentic Indian food. This restaurant in the Songshan District specializes in Punjabi, a style of cooking from northern India. There is a wide range of tasty options such as curries, tandoori snacks, kebabs and vegetarian options. If you are not sure what to order, you can talk to the friendly manager of the restaurant, who always makes suggestions. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is often quite busy. Please reserve a table in advance.

Price: middle class

Balle Balle Indian Restaurant, No. 12, Guangfu N Rd, Songshan, Taipei, Taiwan +886 2 2570 7265

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