Here is a compilation of places to eat in Taipei near tourist attractions that we tried during our visit in 2017. From street food to fine dining and everything in between, there are a lot of food options available to tourists visiting Taipei. We have written separate stories about some of these places in this list. There are also “minor” places which we will not be writing specific stories about. We have compiled this list of places to eat in Taipei for ease of reference for ourselves and our readers in the future.
This was the question on our minds when we passed by a few Din Tai Fung Taipei outlets during our visit to the Taiwan capital. The amazing thing is that they enjoy what appears to be unending demand for their famous dumplings – xiao long bao. Every branch had queues outside. Do they taste better in their home base? Our curiosity to try these dumplings in the motherland was strong. But why would we want to wait in line in Taiwan when we are reluctant to do it in Singapore (where we have all the time in the world). In the end curiosity won. We joined the queue at the Din Tai Fung Taipei outlet at the basement of shopping mall Shin Kong Mitsukoshi A4 branch.
We googled “best beef noodles in Taipei” and Yong Kang Beef Noodles (永康牛肉麺) was one of the names that often appears. On TripAdvisor, they are rated #96 of 12,000 restaurants in Taipei. It was an easy decision to pay them a visit as they are centrally located in Taipei City, just a short walk from the Dongmen MRT station. There were no surprises at Yong Kang Beef Noodles Taipei, but we were pleasantly surprised by how interesting this area around Yong Kang Street is. It is an area filled with good food places. We will show you some pictures are the end of our story on Yong Kang Beef Noodles.
There are some large Eslite bookstores in Taipei, a city with a population of three million. Either the people read a lot more books or they have mastered the art of selling books by blending it with lifestyle offerings. The nicest Eslite store is the one located next to the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park 松山文創園區 – Eslite Spectrum Songyan Store 誠品生活松菸店. It is an impressive and interesting bookstore and lifestyle mall. Some floors are taken up by restaurants and some areas designated for tea room and handicraft spaces. We stopped by at one of the restaurants, Kao Chi Restaurant 高記 at Eslite Spectrum to have a light meal.
Forbes magazine suggested Ichira Ramen as the best ramen in the world. Ichiran Ramen Taipei opened on 15 June 2017, there was a continuous queue for 240 hours. See Asiaone’s 30 June 2017 article “Ichiran Ramen in Taipei beats its own record with 240-hour queue“. Ichiran Ramen Taipei is a 24 hour operation. We thought we should check it out and decided to try our luck by going mid morning. Hopefully we could avoid the breakfast and lunch crowds. Our plan worked quite well. There were only a few people in the queue. We were in after waiting less than 15 minutes.
The Mitsui F&B Group (三井餐飲集團) operates a number of Japanese restaurants in Taipei City. At last count, there are eight outlets including the Addiction Aquatic Development (上引水產), an innovative seafood market and multi-restaurant project. We decided to try Mitsui Cuisine M, the branch at Xinyi (near Taipei 101) as it is in a central location and looked very good in the pictures.