Food Review: The 8 Must Try Restaurants in Taipei | Plus a surprise spot for the freshest sashimi in town!

1789 Cafe by Cyrille Courant

Taiwanese go around their daily work with such sincere service, I felt at home almost immediately after stepping into the 1789 Cafe. This German-French owner couple left their familiar grounds to settle in Taiwan for the same reasons – the all-too-comforting human warmth this very country exhibits.

The éclairs here changes with the season, do head back in every time you are back to this city and catch-up with the friendly owners and staff again; simply because a perfect dining experience is sometimes more than just the food.


1789 Cafe by Cyrille Courant
No. 97, Section 2, Renai Road
Taipei City, Taiwan

Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 11am to 8pm



Fujin Tree 353 Cafe by simple kaffa

When I was in Taipei back in May’15, Fujin Street seems to be the hippest place in the city. With new cafes and independent boutiques sprawling along this otherwise very quiet residential estate, Fujin Tree 353 Cafe is the place to be seen. You know you are at the right place, when you see celebrities heading over for their coffee as well, spotting Joseph Chang (Zhang Xiao Quan) and a couple of other local artistes in the short span of two hours while chilling-out there.


Fujin Tree 355 CAFÈ by simple kaffa
No.353, Fujin Street, Songshan District
Taipei City, Taiwan

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 630pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 730pm



Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice 金峰魯肉飯

One of Taiwan’s most famous export – Braised Pork Rice! And there is no better spot for any tourist to enjoy this popular local delight other than Jin Feng, evident by the hoards of locals queuing! It’s noisy, it’s hot and I wouldn’t really call this a restaurant, but once you start digging in, your palate melts. Nuff’ said.


Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice
No. 10, Section 1
Roosevelt Road, Zhongzheng District
Taipei City, Taiwan

Opening Hours: Daily 8am to 1am


Kanpai 乾杯

Mark this down, and make sure you add Kanpai to your itinerary during your visit to Taipei. This casual Japanese BBQ/yakiniku style restaurant takes its food seriously. While it may not be the most affordable, it is definitely worth very dollar spent! As the restaurant name suggests, down the meats with beer when you are here. There are various set menu options, which will include raw meats (read: Wagyu Beef), Hot Rice Pots and other BBQ favourites such as Butter Mushrooms and Grilled Salmon! Make sure you call to reserve a seat, especially on weekends, when it can get really crowded.


No. 12, Songshou Road, Xinyi District
Taipei City, Taiwan

Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 12midnight



Myowa 和茗甘味處

This is the Green Tea or Matcha heaven in Taipei. From Green Tea Soft Serve, to Sundae, to Fondue, Pudding, Feuille, Chiffon, Crepes, Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Mont Blanc and my favourite Matcha Lava Cake, Myowa has it all. If this is not enough reasons for you to make a trip down here, hopefully their Hot-plate Matcha Cake will – Matcha Butter Cake topped with Matcha Ice Cream and Matcha milk, served in a hot-plate no less!


No. 221, Jinhua Street, Daan District
Taipei City, Taiwan

Opening Hours: Daily 12noon to 10pm



Smith & Hsu 現代茶館

I love teas. And nothing beats having one for breakfast on a rainy morning. I was attracted to Smith & Hsu for its simple wooden decor, wide selections of teas and its famous scones. The original concept seeks to bring both Western (Smith) and Eastern (Hsu) cultures together, by bringing to the table western pastries paired with oriental teas.

Not all trips have to be rushed; read a book, flip magazines or simply sip your tea, and let the time pass you by. Because, #yolo.


Smith & Hsu
No. 35, Hengyang Road
Taipei City, Taiwan
Other Branches: Zhongxiao, Tianmu, Hankyu, Nanjing, Neihu

Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 10pm



Taipei Fish Market | Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水产

Best find of my recent trip to Taipei. This is where you can find the freshest and possibly the most value for money Japanese food outside of Japan! Okay, I may have exaggerated here, but you know you are in for a good Japanese sashimi meal when you walk into a live fish market. Aptly named Addiction Aquatic Development, I joined a 45 minutes queue just to get a standing space along the bar counter of the main atrium’s restaurant, and ordered my raw cuts from an all-Mandarin menu (sometimes, even I shocked myself).


Frankly, don’t fret too much about what to order here, mine was a serving of my usuals at most Japanese eatery and all of them deserved a second mouthful. Just a note though, order their Miso Soup, you will be happy to know it’s boiled and served with their catch of the day – if only I could fly there now.


Addiction Aquatic Development
No.18, Alley 2, Lane 410
Minzu East Road, Zhongshan District
Taipei City, Taiwan

Opening Hours: Daily 6am to 12midnight



Zenique 小茶栽堂

Let me repeat, I love teas. Along Yongkang Street vicinity, Zenique promises to serve you with only organic teas and innovative products. The first impression of the tea house reminds me of the typical zen touch of Japanese cafes, with sincere service and a very pleasant Muji-vibe setting.


No. 29, Lane 270, Section 1
Dunhua South Road, Daan District
Taipei City, Taiwan

Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 10pm


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4 Comments on Food Review: The 8 Must Try Restaurants in Taipei | Plus a surprise spot for the freshest sashimi in town!

  1. Cool list!!! There are a few I haven’t tried yet, I will have to look for them

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  2. Omg, this all looks delicious. Can’t wait to add them to my check out list. Thanks for sharing!


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