Taipei is a gourmet city where Chinese, Japanese, western, Cantonese, Thai and many other cuisines are waiting to satisfy your taste buds. If you love traditional Chinese cuisine, the xiaolongbao and fried rice of Din Tai Fung are a must-try.

    If western-style dishes such as steak or pasta are more your thing, there's no shortage of options for you. The same is true if you want Japanese eel rice, sashimi and sushi or Hong Kong-style crispy roast duck. In Taipei, your concern should not be how you can find delicious food, but whether your stomach is big enough to hold it all in!


    W Taipei Yen Chinese Restaurant

    W Taipei Yen Chinese Restaurant is located on the 31st floor of the 5-star W Hotel in Xinyi District, Taipei. W Taipei Yen Chinese Restaurant serves authentic Hong Kong cuisine. The most famous signature dishes are roast duck (pian pi ya) and deep-fried rice puff with king crab meat in braised lobster stock (xi shi pao fan). The dim sums here are meticulously prepared and rich in flavour, and look as beautiful as they taste.

    To complement the delicious food, you get to enjoy an elevated view of the bustling and lively city of Taipei. The high ceilings, spacious layout, large floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city, and uniquely designed lanterns hanging from the ceiling create a dream-like atmosphere and make you feel as if you are dining on a cloud. Intimate table service further enhances your dining experience and has won high praise from visitors from all over the world.

    Location: 31F, No. 10, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan 11065

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm and 6 pm to 10 pm


    UMEKO Japanese Restaurant

    UMEKO Japanese Restaurant, located on Linsen North Road in Zhongshan District, Taipei, is renowned for its unadon, with its tender texture and sweet sauce. Besides this signature dish, the restaurant also serves nigiri sushi, barbecue and sashimi. It has become the top choice for many lovers of Japanese cuisine. The restaurant uses the freshest ingredients and all dishes are freshly prepared. You can tell that the quality of the food is excellent from its vibrancy and colour.

    The staff here are very friendly. They can communicate with diners in Taiwanese Hokkien, Taiwanese Mandarin or Japanese and recommend the best way to enjoy each dish. When you dine at UMEKO Japanese Restaurant, you get delicious authentic Japanese cuisine combined with the genuine warmth that is the hallmark of the Taiwanese culture and community. No wonder the restaurant is always packed and full of life at mealtimes.

    Location: No. 8, Lane 107, Linsen North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan 10443

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11.30 am to 2 pm and 5.30 pm to 10.15 pm, Sundays from 11.30 am to 2 pm and 5.30 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +886 (0)2 2521 2813


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    Kanpai Classic

    With 3 branches in Taipei, Kanpai Classic is a restaurant specialising in Japanese-style barbecue. Its pleasant dining atmosphere, professional service and high-quality meats have earned it the reputation of being one of the best barbecue spots in town. Kanpai Classic is very particular about the quality of its meat, using only grain-fed Japanese Wagyu beef. After being processed, the meat is stored at 0-2°C to ensure the best quality and flavour. For its pork, the restaurant selects the finest Iberian pork.

    The restaurant provides not only top-quality meat, but also excellent barbecue table service in order to ensure that guests have the best possible dining experience. The restaurant also offers a variety of ala carte dishes, such as rice dishes and seafood, so there's plenty to enjoy besides fresh meat dishes.

    Location: 8F, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store, No. 9, Songshou Road, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan 11051

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 3 pm and 5 pm to midnight

    Phone: +886 (0)2 2725 3311


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    À Point Steak & Bar

    À Point Steak & Bar is located on Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi District, not far from Taipei 101. Its industrial interior design paired with wooden dining tables and chairs creates a comfortable dining environment that's both warm and stylish. À Point Steak & Bar mainly serves steaks for lunch and dinner, but also offers Italian cuisine, drinks and light meals for a late-night supper. No matter what time you come, you'll always find a wide variety of dishes to choose from.

    The restaurant is located on the second floor, overlooking the bustling Xinyi District, where you can find major department stores and the Taipei 101 building. At night, you can enjoy the beautiful sight of the lights of Taipei during your meal. The quality of the restaurant's highly acclaimed steaks is comparable to that of high-end beef restaurants but at half the price, making it great value for money. The dining ambience here is relaxed and perfect for meeting up and celebrating with family and friends.

    Location: 2F, No. 139, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan 11071

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 3 pm and from 5.30 pm to 4 am

    Phone: +886 (0)2 2756 7788


    Gustoso Italian Restaurant

    Gustoso Italian Restaurant is located on the second floor of Madison Taipei Hotel, with a beautiful view overlooking the tree-lined Dunhua South Street. Gustoso means 'tasty and delicious' in Italian and, as the name implies, the restaurant mainly serves rustic southern Italian cuisine that brings out the original flavours of the ingredients. The menu includes handmade pasta, risotto, pizza and a wide selection of other dishes. Every dish uses fresh, seasonal ingredients and creatively encapsulates the essence of Italian cuisine.

    The interior of the restaurant is decorated with calm colours, original wood furniture and exuberant green trees, creating a comfortable and pleasant dining environment. In addition to the main dining area, there are also large sofas and private rooms to cater for a wide variety of dining options. On weekdays, the restaurant offers menus that include a main meal and a buffet salad bar. During holidays, brunch is available so that diners can enjoy a delicious meal after a well-deserved lie-in.

    Location: 2F, No. 331, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei, Taiwan 10685

    Open: Breakfast from 6.30 am to 10 am. Lunch from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm. Dinner from 6 pm to 10 pm. Last orders: 30 minutes before closing time


    Spice Market

    Spice Market, located in Xinyi District, is the only 5-star Thai seafood buffet restaurant in Taipei. Since it is a Thai restaurant, you can expect to find all kinds of authentic Thai dishes here, such as moon shrimp cakes, minced shrimp with lettuce, and Thai-style tom yum soup. The biggest highlight is that this restaurant offers a full range of fresh seafood including scallops, shrimp and crabs. All the seafood you could ever want to taste is waiting for you here.

    When you come to Spice Market, you don't have to worry about waiting a long time for something to eat. The service staff are professional and attentive, making sure that the dishes are replenished quickly and that there's always fresh seafood available. You can fully satisfy your appetite without having to wait – all the way from appetisers to main courses to desserts and fruit.

    Location: 6F, No. 11, Songgao Road, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan 11073

    Open: Monday–Friday from 12 pm to 2.30 pm and 6 pm to 9.30 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 12 pm to 3.30 pm and 5 pm to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +886 (0)2 8786 0029


    Shang Palace

    Shang Palace, located on the 6th floor of the Far Eastern Mall on Dunhua South Road, takes pride in the Cantonese cuisine that inspires its signature dishes. The most famous dish is Shang Palace roast duck (xiang gong kao ya), which is listed as one of the best roast ducks in Taipei and won the Taipei Michelin Plate in 2019. Shang Palace hires Cantonese chefs to prepare authentic Cantonese cuisine and Hong Kong dim sum, and offers an extensive Chinese tea selection to enhance your dining experience.

    Decorated with Chinese-style moire patterns and peony flowers – both traditional elements – the interior design blends classic beauty and modernity. Overlooking the famous tree-lined Dunhua South Road, the restaurant offers an elegant and pleasant dining ambience. The tea station at the entrance to the restaurant also displays various tea sets made by Lin's Ceramic Studio, delivering a feast for the eyes for tea set enthusiasts. Along with the dishes that have won the hearts and the taste buds of diners, Shang Palace is also known for its attentive, top-class service and attention to detail.

    Location: 6F, No. 201, Section 2, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei (the Far Eastern Mall), Taiwan 10675

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm and from 6 pm to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +886 (0)2 7711 2080


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    Din Tai Fung

    Din Tai Fung, founded in Taipei in 1958 and known as the "Light of Taiwan", has its head restaurant on the second section of Xinyi Road and has branches all over the world. With top-quality ingredients and outstanding service, it has been recommended as one of the top gourmet restaurants in the world and holds Michelin Bib Gourmand status. Din Tai Fung's acclaimed signature dish is its salty and sweet 18-fold xiaolongbao, in which rich and juicy fillings are encased in a thin and delicate skin. They are a delicacy guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning taste buds.

    Whenever you come to Din Tai Fung, you'll always find a long queue waiting and chattering in English, Japanese, Korean or other languages – testament to the restaurant's charm and the popularity and international acclaim. Din Tai Fung is extremely exacting when it comes to ingredients. To ensure that all branches can provide a consistent experience, a central kitchen has been built to prepare and distribute the food, and a standard service process has been set up so that, whichever restaurant they go to, customers can enjoy high-quality cuisine and first-class service.

    Location: No. 194, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei (MRT Dongmen Station, Exit 5), Taiwan 10651

    Open: Monday–Friday from 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +886 (0)2 2321 8928


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    Le Palais

    Adjacent to Taipei Station and sitting on the 17th floor of the Palais de Chine Hotel, Le Palais has earned its reputation in Chinese cuisine for the unforgettable flavour of its roast duck, the skilful cooking techniques employed in its tofu dishes, the unique ingredients used in its fried dishes, and the heart of Cantonese cuisine – Hong Kong dim sum. Its signature dishes of crispy roast baby duck (xian zhi ya), Cantonese-style crispy roast duck (huo yan pian pi ya), Le Palais signature barbecue pork (cha shao huang) and crispy deep-fried chicken (diao shao zha zi ji) are classics that you must try if you choose to dine here.

    Using hand-picked fresh ingredients, Le Palais prepares its food using exceptional culinary techniques and offers first-class customer service in an elegant dining space. It has been named one of the top restaurants across Taiwan and China and was awarded 3 Michelin stars in 2019. Come when evening falls and you'll get to enjoy an exquisite dinner as well as the magnificent view of the city at night.

    Location: 17F, No. 3, Section 1, Chengde Road, Datong District, Taipei (Palais de Chine Hotel), Taiwan 10351

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm and from 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +886 (0)2 2181 9950


    Moonlight Cantonese Restaurant

    Situated in Nangang District, Moonlight Cantonese Restaurant is one of the restaurants of the Leofoo Group, meaning "only light". The restaurant serves classic as well as creative Cantonese cuisine. Each dish is carefully prepared with respect for the authentic flavour of the ingredients and the essence of Cantonese cuisine. Among the most popular signature dishes are Hong Kong-style roast duck (jing pi kao ya) and caramelised Matsusaka pork (qing ning jiao tang song ban zhu).

    The restaurant offers a range of set menus, as well as a variety of ala carte options including its barbecue selections, stir-fried dishes, seafood and dim sum, allowing diners to experience a variety of tastes and textures of Cantonese cuisine in one meal. In addition to delivering authentic Cantonese flavours, the restaurant also excels in the use of innovative cooking techniques to get the best out of the ingredients and create amazing dishes that will certainly impress your palate. Its reputation as a gourmet highlight of Nangang District is well-earned.

    Location: Courtyard by Marriott Taipei, 8F, No. 359, Section 7, Zhongxiao East Road, Nangang District, Taipei, Taiwan 11561

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 2 pm and from 5.30 pm to 9 pm

    Phone: +886 (0)2 6615 6528


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