These are the places I go back to again and again in Taipei when I’m craving something Western, which let’s admit is pretty damn often.
Fish & Chips
My local is Woolloomooloo, Taipei’s original Australian-style cafe. Their full English breakfast doesn’t look like it was plated to perfection for Instagram and I especially like the homemade sourdough bread. Second Floor Cafe is another good option. They have a huge menu and a bunch of locations around town.
For vegetarian and vegan options, The Best Vegan & Vegetarian Eats in Taipei has a whole section dedicated to brunch and bistro fare.
There are plenty of places to get pasta in Taipei, but at Antico Forno it’s made fresh in-house. The restaurant feels like a cozy neighborhood Italian place. They have a delicious cold platter for 800NT. I also loved the pappardelle with sausage, mushroom and truffle.
Salt and Stone inside the Taipei 101 mall is another quality pick for pastas, pizzas and appetizers. And I can’t forget Gusto Market of Taste. They make amazing sandwiches with Italian cheeses and cold cuts. They also have lots of burrata and mozzarella cheese chilling in the fridge.
Tacos & Burritos
El Sabroso. The Mexican chef makes everything in-house, including the salsas and tortillas, which is why they only serve tacos on Tuesdays. It’s not a restaurant though, more like a food stall. Other options for tacos are Sheep+pony and Tamed Fox.
Yes, potato wedges is its own category because I’m such a diehard fan of the ones at Bobwundaye. They come out so hot and crispy you’ll burn your mouth — and you’ll like it. Little Creatures make the Aussie version with sour cream and sweet chili sauce.
Baba Kevin’s American Barbecue is the only place people go to downtown. Or if you’re okay with going farther north, Ed’s Diner is a reliable option. The recently opened Bogart’s Smokehouse over by Nangang Station also got some votes. Or there’s Tony’s BBQ Smokehouse in Neihu.
I’m a fan of the amazingly crispy and juicy Southern-style fried chicken at Buttermilk restaurant inside amba Zhongshan hotel. The freshly baked biscuits are so damn good. Burger Out also has legit reviews for their fried chicken sandwich and waffles.
If you have a sandwich itch, I recommend Liquid Bread Company. Fries are lovely and they serve Taihu beer on tap. If you’re lucky you’ll see locals eating with plastic gloves on.
Jimmy’s Hotdog Club by Daan MRT station has a mouthwatering menu of hotdogs loaded with pickles, salsa, mac and cheese, and chili. Each bun is lovingly toasted to order. They also have burgers on the menu but I recommend sticking with the hotdogs. Don’t forget crinkle cut fries.
I’ve been going to Gonna at the Renai roundabout lately for fast casual food. They have freshly squeezed juices (including beet juice), clean salads, a bunch of pasta and panini options and a decent burger. Reasonably priced. It’s probably my favorite fast casual option in the city right now. There’s a second location in Neihu. Sugar Pea Cafe is a more upscale option.
Spanish & Portuguese
Are Mediterranean food cravings a thing? Well, let’s just say yes. I think I’ve had just about everything on the menu at La Mesa (except patatas bravas since they sold out) and it was all delicious. Sangria goes down easy too. Tuga is popular for Portuguese wine and seafood.
Heritage Bakery near Beimen is your best bet. Their carrot cake is so rich and carrot-y. Woolloomooloo has an in-house bakery that does a great banana cream pie. For fancier stuff, I get the chocolate and lemon tarts at Yu Chocolatier.
Coco Brownies near Gongguan makes brownies, cupcakes and cookies. Stick with the brownies. My faves are the classic and Earl Gray. COFFEE DPT makes decadent cookies you’ll regret eating. For gelato, Nice Cream is amazing and happens to be vegan.
If you have some Western food favorites — especially in any categories I’m missing — feel free to leave a comment.
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