Restaurants by Category
|Blossom Rena ($$$)|
|Best Taiwanese||Guangfu Loving Hut ($$$)||Taiwan Su ($)|
|Best fusion food||Flourish ($$$) |
Blossom Rena ($$$)
|Best boutique restaurant||Mianto ($$$)||SoulR ($$$)|
|Best Western comfort food|| |
Ooh Cha Cha ($$)
|Mianto ($$$) |
|Best dining experience||SoulR ($$$)||Mianto ($$$)|
|Best raw food |
Also see page:
Raw Vegan Food in Taipei
|Plants Eatery ($$$)||Ooh Cha Cha ($$) |
serves raw desserts.
|Best buffet (not all vegan)||Fruitful Food ($$$)|
|Best Japanese / Korean||Hoshina Teishoku ($$)|
Tian Zhuan Zhai Loving Hut ($$)
|Best burgers||Ooh Cha Cha ($$)|
|Best Chinese||Pure Veggie House|
|Also see restaurants I recommend vegans avoid.|
All these restaurants are vegan except for Fruitful Food, where vegan dishes are clearly labelled.
Flourish ($$$, Fusion)
|11:00 – 21:00|
Reservations are recommended. A few minutes' walk from Zhongxiao Dunhua Station, Exit 4. Make a U-turn as you walk out the exit, turn right immediately into Lane 170, and then take the second left (just after the post office). Flourish will be on your right.
Directions from your location
Number 32, Lane 233, Section 1, Dunhua South Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City.
|Ma Po Tofu is usually difficult to find vegan, let alone as healthy as this.|
Flourish is one of the newest and most popular vegan restaurants in Taipei. It offers a delicious range of Western, Taiwanese and Japanese-inspired dishes which are among the best value fine food in Taipei. It's also one of the few restaurants open between lunch and dinner (and until 21:00) so I recommend reserving in advance (via Facebook) or else turning up between lunch and dinner, or after about 19:00. The interior is large and crowded, and service is prompt and efficient. While the whole dining experience is very enjoyable, food is the focus, not service, decor or atmosphere. While much of the menu is Taiwanese and Western, the food and style here is most like Japanese macrobiotic food of any restaurant in Japan, so if you will be entertaining Japanese who would like a taste of home them this is the place to come.
Meal price range: NT$300-1,000
Pure Veggie House (心齋, $$$, Dim Sum)
|Sun-Wed: 11:00-16:00, 17:30-21:30; Thu-Sat: 11:00-16:00, 17:30-22:00Breeze Shopping Centre, Second Floor |
Taipei 101 Station , Exit 4
Directions from your location
Reservations: (09) 2803-2183
Breeze Shopping Centre: Xinyi District, Songzhi Road, Number 17
This upmarket vegan restaurant is the first overseas branch of Pure Veggie House, one of Hong Kong's earliest and most famous vegan restaurants. As with many vegetarian restaurants, the original branch (in Hong Kong) has now closed, but the Taipei branch appears to be going strong.
With Dim Sum dining, which is popular in Hong Kong and some regions of China, customers order lots of small dishes, many of which come as discrete units (usually one for each diner). It's therefore necessary to order several dishes, ideally a soup and a few main dishes. Expect to pay between NT$500 and NT$1000 for a meal, but this is still (in my opinion) one of the best-value fine dining meals in Taipei, not that there are many.
Meal price range: NT$500-1,000
Hoshina Teishoku (穗科食堂, $$, Japanese)
|12:00-21:30 (every day)|
A few minutes' walk from Zhongshan Station, Exit 4. Make a U-turn as you exit the MRT, and then take the first right (into Lane 16, Section 2, Zhongshan North Road) and Hoshina will be on your left after 40 metres.
Directions from your location
Number 21, Lane 16, Section 2, Zhongshan North Road, Zhongshan District.
|Set meals at Hoshina are particularly good value.|
Originally only vegan branch of this popular chain serves the most authentic ramen (Japanese noodles) in Taipei, if not all of Taiwan, there are now a few other vegan branches, but this one is the most convenient for visitors, and it's fittingly located in Zhongshan, Taipei's most Japanese district. It also serves a few Taiwanese variants, including Ma Po Tofu, beautifully presented with Japanese simplicity.
This was originally the only vegan branch of this popular Japanese chain, but other branches have since gone vegan.
Meal price range: NT$300-600
Blossom Rena ($$, International Fusion Cuisine)
| Tue - Sun 11:30 – 21:00, closed Monday|
Seven minutes' walk from Minquan West Road Station, Exit 10.Continue walking East along Minquan West Road, and then turn left into Section 3, Zhongshan North Road
Chinese name : 貝多蕾納
Directions from your location
中山北路三段26-1號Number 26-1, Section 3, Zhongshan North Road, Taipei City.
Anyone who's been around Taiwan for as long as I have will remember Sophie's Garden, which when it opened about eight years ago was the first fully-vegan restaurant in Taiwan. Blosson Rena is run by the same owner, with the same great chef, but the restaurant has moved to a much more central location, and now offers the same great (and expensive) meal sets it used to, but also delicious, moderately-priced snack food, making it great for between meals. Unlike Sophie's Garden, some dishes at Blosson Rena contain onion and garlic; this change reflects the growth of the younger, non-religious vegan community in Taipei, as most of the clientele at Sophie's were Buddhist (and thus didn't eat the Buddhist five pungents).
Meal price range: NT$200-500
Ooh Cha Cha ($$, Western, Sandwiches, Bowls & Burgers)
|Ooh Cha Cha Guting |
Guting Station, Exit 2
|Ooh Cha Cha is the place to come for a quick healthy recharge.|
Ooh Cha Cha is one of Taipei's most famous cafes, and deservedly so, for it's been serving up simple, delicious, healthy vegan meals for years, including Taipei's best sandwiches and meal bowls. Its menu has also expanded into burgers and raw desserts.
However, there's a catch with Ooh Cha Cha, which makes it disappoint a few visitors: it's what you probably get at home (if you're lucky enough to live in a vegan-friendly city), and if you're a good chef you probably can and do cook similar food yourself. Its simple, healthy meals make it a perfect go-to cafe for resident vegans looking for a healthier alternative to the usual overcooked veggies and fake meat, drowned with salty, MSG-laden sauces, and for this it deserves its fame among health-conscious, foreign residents. However, visiting vegans often find it on Happycow (usually while visiting the nearby Dictator Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall) and turn up expecting more than a sandwich (no matter how good the handmade sauces are). If you're in Taiwan for a short time please with limited meals to enjoy please try Taiwanese food (like the Guangfu Loving Hut), but if you want a taste of home then here's the place to come for the best Quinoa bowl in Taiwan. Ooh Cha Cha also serves vegan beer.
|The menu at Ooh Cha Cha Tech is slightly more international, while Hooch serves vegan pub food.|
Ooh Cha Cha have recently opened Ooh Cha Cha Tech, a new branch in Eastern Taipei. For most short-term visitors to Taiwan (who make up most readers of this blog) this branch is much more convenient, however the new branch includes Hooch, a bar downstairs, which is open until midnight, making it a great option for a late meal. While the bar menu is not yet finalised and is likely to be simpler and less healthy than the menu in the restaurant upstairs, the bar menu so far includes nachos and paninis. So if you need a late meal, or somewhere to while away the night playing games (available) then head to Hooch.
Meal price range:NT$150-500
Guangfu Loving Hut ($$, Hotpot)
|Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall Station,
Exit 2Continue south as you exit the MRT. Cross the roundabout (circle). Take the second right (Lane 280, Guangfu South Road) and it's a few buildings down on the right.|
Directions from your location
11:30 – 14:30, 16:30 - 21:30 (last order 21:00)
Guangfu South Road, Lane 280, Number 30
(02) 2777-2711 (Call to reserve a table during weekends.)
Facebook, Happycow, Vegan Taiwan
|Hotpots are the Guangfu Loving Hut Staple, and the best place to enjoy this quintessential Asian dining experience in Taiwan.|
Hotpots are a popular North-East Asian cuisine in which the diner is served a plate of raw vegetables and tofu (and traditionally meat - fake meat here of course) and cooks them at their table. Most broths traditionally, of course, contain animal products, but the Guangfu Loving Hut makes its own vegan versions, and some new creations of its own. It's a good place to try Ma La (spicy) sauce, a popular flavour from SiChuan in China, and also some more Western-inspired broths.
This Loving Hut is very different from most other Loving Huts, most of which serve simple "comfort food" aimed at non-vegan Taiwanese. This branch also serves a few staple fusion dishes (I recommend the Tom Yam Tahini Rice) and some rich desserts. This is the most authentic restaurant among Taipei's high-end vegan restaurants.
If you can't get a table: the original branch of Veggie Creek (and the only branch not inside a shopping mall) is a short walk away, but you might not get a seat there either.
Meal price range:NT$200-500
Plants Eatery ($$$, Raw)
|Taipei's best dessert - rich and filling, but raw and healthy (about NT200).|
Meal price range:NT$200-700
For more information please see my pages on Plants Eatery or Raw vegan restaurants in Taipei.
SoulR Vegan Cuisine ($$$, Fusion)
SoulR offers Taipei's finest vegan dining experience, serving exquisitely presented Taiwanese fusion cuisine on to a small number of tables in a comfortable (if somewhat dark), exclusive restaurant atmosphere. Specialties are pasta (with some unique flavours, including Thai and Mexican sauces), but they are most famous for their rich desserts (visit in the afternoon for their waffles).
Personally I value originality of food over dining atmosphere, so if I'm going to spend several hundred NT on a meal I look for the more original fare found at the likes of Flourish or Mianto, but SoulR is undoubtedly one of Taipei's most popular vegan establishments, among residents (both Taiwanese and foreign) and among visitors to Taipei, and (like About Animals) many readers of my book report that it was their favourite in Taiwan.
Meal price range: NT$400-NT$1200+ (steak dinner set).
In late 2017 SoulR began posting photos of designer handbags, made of real leather, advertising them for sale with a vegan hashtag. There was much confusion about why, but it appears its owners do not really understand veganism, however the consensus among Taipei vegans is that the menu here is completely vegan.
Vegan Taipei ($$, Indian, International)
Station, Exit 4 |
Turn left as you exit, take the first left into Fuxing South Road, Section 2, walk 400 metres, then turn right into Rui An Street, and Fresh Bakery will be on your left in 120 metres.
Mon – Sun 10:30 – 20:00
(02) 2703 2180
Da’an District, Rui An Street, Number 130
|Taipei's only Calzone (NT270)|
This new vegan restaurant is actually a Version 2.0 of the former Fresh bakery, Taipei's first vegan bakery which quickly became famous for its cakes and other baked delights. While a limited range of these are still on offer, it has stopped producing its breads and pastries, however that niche has now been filled by the new Hip Pun Bakery.
Like its former life as a bakery, Vegan Taipei aims to serve healthy, affordable vegan food to large numbers.It serves mostly Western meals, particularly pasta and pizza. It also serves some Indian curries, which (having an Indian owner / chef) are as Indian as they can possibly be without onion or garlic (to appeal to the large Buddhist community).
Meal price range:NT$300-700
Mianto ($$$, Fusion, Boutique)
Da'an District, Ren Ai Road, Section 3, Lane 123, Alley 26, Number 6
Mianto is Taipei's boutique vegan restaurant. It serves a delicious range of healthy, authentic, vegan cuisine, and Michelle (the owner/chef) is a great host and has recently become something of a vegan celebrity in Taiwan.
Food prepared individually, or for such small numbers, is inevitably more expensive than its equivalent at a large, busy restaurant, but for food and service at this level, Mianto is excellent value.
Meal price range: NT$500-1000+
|Taipei City Hall Station, Exit 3|
Also walkable from Taipei 101
2nd Floor, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Building, Number 19, Song Gao Road, Xinyi District
|This burger and the fries were good, but nothing (except the atmosphere) to justify the high price tag (NT$400!).|
Herbivore is the only vegan branch of Mia Cucina, a popular "Italian" chain which has virtually no vegan options. It's a posh restuarant inside a shopping mall in the upmarket Xinyi Distruct, a short walk from Taipei 101. If you are looking for a fine meal out in this area, then it's worth considering, but I find that like most vegan branches of non-vegan chains, the food lacks creativity, as if the management had left off the diary and egg dishes from a regular chain, much unlike when a vegan designs their own vegan menu from scratch.
Meal price range: NT$500-1000
Tian Zhuan Zhai Loving Hut ($$, Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese)
|11:30 - 14:00, 17:00 –
247 Songde Road
信義區松德路247號 500 metres East of Xiangshan Station, Exit 3
From Exit 3 continue walking East along the left hand side of Xinyi Road, Section 5, around a gentle turn to the left. The first major intersection is Songde Road (松德路Eastern Taipei Map.
This Loving Hut lies somewhere in between the fine-dining Guangfu branch (see above) and the traditional, inexpensive Loving Huts found elsewhere in Taiwan and around the world. This branch, which is run by a multilingual Korean lady and her family, serves Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese favourites, and is often overlooked because it's a little further out than other restaurants but only a few minutes walk from Xiangshan Station (the last stop on the red line, one station after Taipei 101). I recommend this to anyone wanting to try Japanese or Korean food or a good, inexpensive meal out.
Meal price range: NT$200-500
Veggie Creek ($$, Taiwanese, Chain)
This popular chain applies a traditional Taiwanese concept found in street food and at expensive buffets (such as Fruitful Food - see below) to a vegan store. Diners choose their own fresh vegetables, tofu and fake meats from a rack, and then the talented chef whips boils them in a traditional broth and then whips them up into a one-pot wonder in minutes. The original store, which offers the best dining experience, was started by two young (non-vegan) men after they returned to Taiwan from working holidays in Australia, and they have since opened two new stores, one in the Dunan branch of the Eslite Bookstore (famous for being open 24 hours, but the foodcourt closes around 21:00) and the Song Gao branch in the Breeze Shopping Centre, close to Taipei 101.While Veggie Creek has lost its edge since the opening of so many other vegan restaurants in eastern Taipei, it's still a unique dining opportunity and an inexpensive meal - something which makes it enormously popular with residents and visitors.
Meal price range: NT$200-300
Fruitful Food ($$$, Buffet, Vegetarian)
|Zhongxiao Dunhua Station,
Walk out and around to the right, and take the elevator straight from the street to the 12th floor. Weekdays (preferable): Lunch: 11:30 - 15:00 (NT600), Dinner: 17:30 - 21:30 (NT700) Weekends, Holidays (must reserve ahead): Lunch: 11:30 - 14:00 (NT600), Afternoon Tea (limited menu): 14:20 - 16:20 (NT500), Dinner: 17:30 - 21:30 (NT700).
12th Floor, Mingyue Department Store, Number 200, Zhongxiao East Road.
Vegan Taiwan, Website
While most buffets in Taiwan are inexpensive, pay-by-weight affairs, Buddhists have for years run elaborate, all-you-can-eat buffets, offering diners dozens of dishes to choose from. Most, unfortunately, serve a lot of dairy products and fake meats (which most Taiwanese expect when they pay a lot for a meal) and as service is minimum at most there's no way to tell what's vegan, making the whole process very frustrating for vegan diners. Fruitful Food, however, have a clear labelling system and a large array of vegan options, including (usually) Japanese and Western food, cakes and sorbet. I still, however, recommend avoiding all fake meat products, as at any non-vegan restaurant. As a popular spot for wedding feasts and other large gatherings, it's often booked out days if not weeks in advance, but it's usually possible to turn up on a weekday lunch without a reservation, which is what I recommend.
Meal price range: NT$600 (afternoon tea, with a limited buffet) - NT$800 (dinner).
Taiwan Su ($, Taiwanese, Organic)
|This is as traditional, healthy and satisfying as any NT$100 meal can be.|
Literally 'Taiwan vegetarian', this cafe serves just that: healthy, satisfying meals based on organic vegetables, rice, tofu, and (trustworthy) fake meat - a simple, traditional Taiwanese vegetarian meal done so much better than the typical noodle houses found all over Taiwan. With meals starting around NT$100 it's no fine dining establishment, but this is about as good as healthy food on a budget gets in Taipei.
It's a great option if visiting the Xingtian Temple (which doesn't allow burning ghost money, making the whole temple experience so much more pleasant than other temples in Taiwan) or the Taipei Museum of Minatures.
Meal price range: NT$150-300, making it Taipei's best-value meal, especially considering how healthy it is and that much of it is organic.