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A Taster’s Guide to Taipei

All You Can Eat in Taipei!
A Comprehensive Guide to Local Delicacies

In Taipei, you can find exotic cuisine or enjoy authentic local cuisine. From night market stands to Michelin-starred restaurants, A Taster’s Guide to Taipei has selected special delicacies from various food districts of Taipei, which is reputed as the “Level 1 Gourmets’ Warzone”. We will lead you to become a Taipeinese gourmet who knows everything about “Taiwanese cuisines”. Let’s go! Let’s come with us and find all you can eat in Taipei!

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Introduction to Specialties

Introduction to Specialties

The Flavor that is Savored Around the World: Taiwanese Cuisine

Not only Taiwanese people love, but also foreigners are full of praises to Taiwanese cuisine. Let’s go into the streets and alleys of Taipei to dig out the most authentic taste of Taiwanese cuisine!

Xiaolongbao

Xiaolongbao

Flavorful tender filling wrapped with folded dumpling skin. Having a big bite and the sweet golden broth will flow in your mouth. Originated from Jiangnan, this is a renowned Chinese bread has been carried forward in Taiwan and is now a must-eat delicacy for many international tourists who visit Taiwan.

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Beef Noodle Soup

Beef Noodle Soup

From street stalls to famous restaurants, there are hundreds of stores selling beef noodle soup in Taipei City. The slowly stewed tender beef with a variety of rich flavored soups – clear stewed, braised, tomato or scallion spicy – and al-dental noodles offers an unforgettable multi-layer taste experience that satisfies the taste buds of gourmets!

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Braised Pork Rice

Braised Pork Rice

Speaking about the authentic hometown flavor, braised port rice is definitely the No. 1 among all Taiwanese food! A ladle of braised pork sauce with red and gelatinous minced fatty pork is topped on hot grainy rice. The tempting smell makes people eager to taste the authentic Taiwanese flavor!

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Taiwanese Fried Chicken Chop and Popcorn Chicken

Taiwanese Fried Chicken Chop and Popcorn Chicken

In the still of the night, here roars the stomach again! Then it is the time to taste Taiwan’s top sinful food: Taiwanese fried chicken chop and popcorn chicken. The crispy fried batter that wraps tender and juicy chick chop is sprinkled with a thin layer of black pepper or offered with the nice smelling brasil. Even you feel sinful, it is not possible to resist the temptation of delicacy.

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Stinky Tofu

Stinky Tofu

With a “unique smell” produced from the fermentation process, stinky tofu has freaked out many foreigners. Nevertheless, stinky tofu is indeed a domestic delicacy that Taiwanese people eat from childhood to adulthood. If you want to try the most authentic flavor of Taiwan, do not miss this “good taste” as you may fall in love with it! Do you want to know whether steamed, spicy or fried stinky tofu tastes better? Let’s be brave and try all of them and you will find the answer!

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Food Districts

Food Districts

The Big Battle of Food District Delicacies

As there are many fun places with delicacies in Taipei, we have created a map of must-visit places and must-eat delicacies in Taipei. Let’s visit these characteristics scenic spots and shopping areas to dig out delicacies strongly recommended by local people. Following the map and you will become a gourmet level expert who knows all delicacies of Taipei!

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East District.Xinyi Shopping Area

East District.Xinyi Shopping Area

Known as the fashion trend of Taipei, East District and Xinyi Shopping Area are popular among young people. Shopping, entertaining facilities and delicacies – you can find all you want in these places. Want to do some shopping in daytime, try exotic cuisine in the evening and drink a toast at night? Let’s come to East District and Xinyi Shopping Area to experience the trendiest life in Taipei.

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Gongguan Shopping Area

Gongguan Shopping Area

Frequently visited by students, Gongguan Shopping Area not only has cheap and large-size cuisine, but also high-quality café loved by art enthusiasts. At night, the busting Gongguan will open to offer you various coin price local delicacies. It is definitely the top choice for visitors with limited travelling budget!

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Dadaocheng

Dadaocheng

Walking in the vintage neighborhoods of Dadaocheng, you can relish the unique beauty of old red-brick western houses, witness the traces of time and experience the humanistic style of living. Visitors can also taste nostalgic food in front of Cisheng Temple and enjoy afternoon tea in an old house restaurant to spend a pleasant and relaxing afternoon in Dadaocheng.

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Ximending

Ximending

With a long history of development, Ximending has a cozy ambience blended with old and new culture. Apart from innovative restaurants that are highly welcome among the younger generation, you can also find some renowned old stores hidden in Ximending’s alleys. Preserving the taste inherited from previous generations, these stores still serve the good taste in the memory of local people and attract travelers who come here with admiration. Even more, you can see people standing outside the store and enjoying the delicacy willingly!

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Yongkang Shopping Area

Yongkang Shopping Area

For domestic and foreign travelers, Yongkang Shopping Area is a must-visit food mecca when coming to Taipei as many renowned stores are gathered here. If you have the opportunity to visit this place, it is a must to try mango shaved ice that has lots of filling; the juicy Xiaolongbao; and the soft but tender beef noodle soup. You will definitely be impressed by the delicacies of Yongkang Shopping Area and will be willing to visit the place again.

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Recommended Drinks

Recommended Drinks

Have a Leisure Time While Enjoying a Handshake Beverage

Drinking handshake beverage is definitely a custom of Taiwanese people. In hot summer days, it is common to see people having a handshake beverage on their hand and air-conditioned cafés being extremely crowded. Having numerous handshake beverage stores, cafés and bars, Taipei not only has a high density of beverage stores, but also the beverages provided these stores are variant and innovative. So you can buy a good beverage in Taipei at any time.

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Cafés

Cafés

Apart from providing a wide portfolio of beverages and ingredients from various origins, Taipei’s cafés are designed in different styles with their respective charms and indoor decoration. Moreover, following the penetration of social media in recent years, cafés visited by youtubers also tend to become popular hot spot. If you come to Taipei, perhaps you can keep an afternoon and choose a café that you would love to sit down and enjoy a leisure moment.

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Bubble Tea and Handshake Beverages

Bubble Tea and Handshake Beverages

Bubble tea, also known as tapioca ball tea or pearl tea, is a symbolic beverage in Taiwanese culture that has become internationally known in recent year. The combination of fragrant mellow milk tea and al-dental tapioca balls – it is a good taste that no one can resist! Taipei has not only a high density of handshake beverage stores, but also numerous beverage store brands. You can find a handshake beverage store every few blocks away. With customized services, these stores allow you not only to adjust the amount of ice cubes and beverage sweetness level, but also to decide the color and size of your tapioca balls. Even more, you can decide the origin of the milk to be put in your beverage! Why don’t you go to a nearby handshake beverage store now and buy a cup of cool beverage to quench your thirst?

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Drinking at Bar

Drinking at Bar

Taipei at night is still wonderful! Apart from visiting night markets and finding a place to enjoy the night view, you can also have few drinks at bar. Music bar, darts sports bar, outdoor bar and Japanese-style bar – Taipei has a variety of bars. Let’s ask your friends to enjoy a glass of dreamy exquisite cocktail to end this beautiful journey with a tipsy night.

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Late-Night Supper

Late-Night Supper

Let’s Have Late-night Supper in Night Market

When the night falls, food stalls selling different local delicacies will appear and turn Taipei’s night markets into a food carnival. Apart from drinking and eating, travelers can also do the shopping at night markets. The endless stream of people makes the night markets even more bustling in the late of night.

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Other delicacies around the corner

Other delicacies around the corner

Let’s have Brunch

Let’s have Brunch

After naturally waking up, let’s stretch your body and have a big brunch! Do you want to have a healthy salad with yogurt sauce or a carnivorous bone in sausage? Let’s have a leisure brunch to have a wonderful beginning for your journey.

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Desserts and Afternoon Tea

Desserts and Afternoon Tea

Do you want to experience the life of rich women? Let’s pick up an exquisite French bakery or dessert shop, a Japanese confectionery shop or a restaurant to enjoy your leisure afternoon with English high tea.

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Michelin Recommended

Michelin Recommended

From high-class Michelin-starred restaurants to Bib Gourmand recommended street food, why don’t you follow the guide to have a star collection journey? Let’s taste the cuisine of a world-class chef or delicacies that have been praised by food critics to satisfy you picky taste buds.

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Muslim Delicacies

Muslim Delicacies

Taiwan is ranked third best -OIC destinations for Muslim travelers, which is far beyond Germany, Australia and the United states. As the capital of the country, Taiwan has Muslim friendly restaurants, enabling Muslim travelers to enjoy big meals of different country without any concern.

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