Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, is a foodies heaven and rich of many (Michelin star) restaurants. No wonder that eating out is one of the great delights when visiting the vibrant city. You don’t need to hunt for your morning coffee, the city is home to an impressively diverse (drip) coffee scene. And during midnight, there is more than just night markets. Taipei has an involving nightlife, speakeasies (secret exclusive cocktailbars) have started to carve out a small niche in Taipei.
This is your ultimate guide for the best places to have coffee, lunch, dinner & drinks.
Enjoy a culinary experience of Taiwanese food in Western style presentation combined with excellent wine by the glass. The stylish restaurant is set up with recycled wood and antique furniture decorated with green plants. The comfortable spacious dinning room has an open interactive kitchen run by a Michelin star chef. Every dish looks as good as it tastes. This is easily our favorite and we are definitely coming back when in Taipei!
Open: Breakfast 06:30 AM-10:00 AM| Lunch/Brunch/afternoon tea 11:30 AM-4:30 PM| Dinner:6:00 PM-10:00PM.
Address: 104, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, Section 2, Zhongshan N Rd, 57-1號1樓
Address in Chinese: 中山區中山北路二段57-1號Taipei
Woobar W Taipei
If you feel like cocktails and good food on one of the most amazing rooftops in Taipei check out the Woobar in W Taipei. It’s situated in the heart of Da’an district. Drink your cocktail around the pool viewing the 101 Tower or sit down in the cosy lounge at the bar. Woobar has delicious bites on the menu and a good selection of wines.
Address: 110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Section 5, Zhongxiao E Rd, 10號10F
Address in Chinese: 忠孝東路五段10號10F, Taipei, 110
C’est la Vie
This Mediterranean bistro is a good place for tasteful and delicate food and wine. There is a bar table in front of the open kitchen where you can enjoy watching your meal being prepared by the smiling young cooks.
Open: 11:30 AM–2:30 PM, 5:30 PM–10:00 PM
Address:No. 15, Lane 61, Yongkang St, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Address in Chinese: 大安區永康街61巷15號
Herban Kitchen & Bar
Although it is hidden in a small side alley, It’s worth the effort to find the place. The kitchen is based on Mediterranean food and all dishes are vegetarian or vegan. On the menu there are pasta’s, soups, salads and delicious vegan burgers. Combine it with a good glass of wine and you have a perfect meal.
Open 12:00-11:00 PM
Address: No. 27, Lane 101, Section 4, Zhongxiao E Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Address in Chinese: 忠孝東路四段101巷27號, 台北市 106
In front of Herban there is another Mediterranean restaurant with a lovely interior surrounded by greens. It is a great place to have dinner, brunch, desert and a good glass of wine. Ombré is famous for its red velvet cake, but the browny cheesecake is our favorite, especially with a cool glass of sparkling wine!
Open: 11:30 AM-12:00 PM
Address: No.29, Lane 101, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road,Da’an District, Taipei
Address in Chinese: 忠孝東路四段101巷29號 , 台北市 106
Ding Tai Fung
This number one dumpling (steamed bun) restaurant owns a Michelin star. Skip it during the weekends to avoid the crowd. The little dumplings taste good, but it’s not that special. The service and price are excellent and you can check out how these little dumplings are made in the kitchen that is visible through a glass window. It’s located inside the 101 towers basement-food hall.
Open: Sunday-Thursday 11.00-21.30. Friday-Saturday 11.00-22.00.
Address: Taipei 101, Basement, No. 45, Shifu Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City 110, Taiwan
Address in Chinese: 台北101地下室，45號，市府路，信義區，台北110，台灣
Bistro Le pont
This little elegant French bistro is a bit hidden in the alleys of Taipei’s Guting area. The menu features a fusion of French, Taiwanese and Chinese flavors. Its signature dishes are plates of goose meat like the viande d’oie au sel maison and confit d’oie maison.
Open: 11:30AM to 10:00PM
Address: No. 176號, Chaozhou St, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Address in Chinese: 176號號，潮州街，大安區，台北市，台灣106
A great (work-) spot with a very bright and spacious industrial interior design. They serve simple salades, sandwiches, great coffee, smoothies and desserts. The dishes are quite big so advice you to come with an empty stomach or just for a drink.
Open: Mon-Sun 11:00-23:00
Address: No. 19號, Alley 10, Lane 244, Section 3, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Address in Chinese: 第19號號，10巷，244巷，第3節，羅斯福路，中正區，台北，台灣100
Enjoy the beautiful scenery on top op Jiufen in this quit and cosy teahouse. While looking at the surrounding take a sip of your tea mixed with healthy grains like coco, rice and oatmeal. It’s a whole new tea experience!
Open: 12:00AM-07:00 PM
Address: 224, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Ruifang District, Jishan St, 166
Address in Chinese: 224，台灣，新北市瑞芳區，稷山街，166
One of Taipei’s great little café’s and a populair work spot for students situated in the young hipster Gunting area. Great for a Sunday afternoon coffee with Baileys!
Open: Tue – Sun 1:00 PM – 12:00 PM.
Address: No. 9-1, Lane 141, Section 1, Heping E Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Address in Chinese: 9-1號，141弄1段和平ê路，大安區，台北市，台灣106
Comfy café with good coffee. It’s a populair work spot for locals, especially students.
Open: Mon- Fri 12: 00 AM Sat-Sun 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Address: No. 26, Ln. 41, Yongkang St., Daan Dist, Taipei, Taiwan
Address in Chinese: 26號，LN。 41，永康街，大安DIST，台北，台灣
This creative workspace is perfect for digital nomads who love to enjoy fabulous food & drinks while working. This global chain is a place used for workshops, talk events and business collaborations. Check out the website www.fabcafe.com. If you are just strolling around Huashan art district, FabCafe is a good place for a coffee break, sweet appetite or lunch.
Address: Huashan Cultural & Creative Park Three Hall No. 1, Section 1, Bade Road, Taipei
Address in Chinese: 華山1914文創園區中三館 台北市 八德路一段1號
Situated in the old town fabric and herb district, this cute hipster style cafe/studio is a good stop for coffee, tea or to buy some souvenirs. Frog Café, is a café, kitchen and gallery all in one and has outdoor seating as well. Take a seat by the window overlooking the quiet streets. In the shop on the ground floor you can buy wooden carving gifts and cool photography.
Address: No. 12, Lane 100, Section 1, Longmi Rd, Bali District, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Address in Taiwanese: 台北市大同區迪化街一段13號Taipei 103
Cocktails & drinks
This arty three floor loungebar is a populair nightspot. During the weekend Revolver hosts some of Taipei’s best bands and DJ’s. The friendly staff uphold a rock’n’roll atmosphere. Great place for cheap beer & cocktails, to chill out, meet people (mostly hipsters, students and expats) and show your dance moves on the second floor.
Address: No 1-2, Sec. 1, Roosevelt Rd, Jhongjheng Dist, Taipei City. MRT: Chiang-Kai Shek Memomrial Hall.
Address in Chinese: 沒有1-2秒。 1，羅斯福路，中正DIST，台北市。地鐵：蔣蔣介石紀念堂。
Hidden on the second level of Marquee bar, across Taipei 101 is a lounge cocktailbar. This vintage style bar is headed by one of the best bartenders in the world, Agnus Zou. When you open the sliding doors on the second floor you feel like going back in time. Agnes has an eye for detail; the fire place, leather sofa’s, candle lights and even the bar tools are all in style. Choose one of your favorite classic cocktails or let Agnus make a special cocktail for you, they are all fantastic!
Address: 110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Section 5, Xinyi Rd, 16-1號2樓
Address in Chinese: 110，台灣，台北市信義區，第5節，信義路16-1號2樓
You think you’re in an ordinary coffee bar but if you take a good look around you’ll find a secret doorbell in a picture frame. There is a small secret speakeasy-style cocktail bar behind the wall where mixologists create the most tasty cocktails.
Open: 7:00 pm-2:00 am, sunday closed.
Address: No. 40, Lane 63, Section 2, Dunhua S Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Address in Chinese: 40號，63巷，第2節，敦化路小號，大安區，台北市，台灣106
Lovely cocktail bar located in Taipei’s art centre Huashan. Just tell the bartender what kind of flavor you prefer and they will make you a cocktail you’ll never forget. Try the special earl grey cocktail, it won’t disappoint you. On the menu you also find good snacks, sandwiches and small rice dishes.
Open: 12:00PM-1:00AM | Sat untill 2:00AM
Address: 1 Bade road, Section 1, Zhongzheng District, Taipei
Address in Chinese: 1八德路1段，中正區，台北
Great (new) spot for an afterwork cocktail with Spanish tapas. The bar is known for it’s jambon de serrano, it appears to be the only restaurant in Taipei serving this delicious appetizer.
Address: Lane 61, Yongkang St, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Address in Chinese: 大安區永康街61巷號
This is the place for cocktail & sushi lovers. The Japanese owner knows exactly how to prepare an excellent cocktail and has a wide selection of Japanese whiskey and sake.
Open: 07:00PM-02:00 AM
Address: 10691, Taiwan, Taipei City, Da’an District, Section 1, Da’an Rd.
Address in Chinese:忠孝東路四段101巷39號, Taipei, 106