Taipei is a living, breathing museum; this 300 year old city is a kaleidoscope of colours and smells. With a mix of Japanese and Chinese culture, Taipei has a lot to offer to all travellers.
In Taipei most apartments do not have kitchens as eating out is very common due to food being cheap and easily accessible. It’s a true foodie's paradise! With its lanes lined with street food joints and restaurants, you have a variety of food and cuisines to choose from. And guess what?! There’s an assortment of Muslim-friendly restaurants throughout the city! So don’t worry, you can take that Boomerang of yourself slurping on some good hearty noodles!
Here are the 7 best restaurants in Taipei!
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You cannot leave Taipei without trying its most iconic dish yet – the Taiwanese beef noodle soup! The country has a festival dedicated to the dish and the best place to get it is at Chang’s Beef Noodle Soup Restaurant.
The restaurant has an understated air of charm about it due to its wooden furniture and traditional interior. They serve generous bowls full of wheat noodles, swimming in hearty clear beef broth, with chunks of tender beef and a sprinkling of spring onions. You can order a side of vegetables for that extra crunch, as well as steamed or fried dumplings as a side dish. You can end your meal with a refreshing soya bean drink.
Address: No. 21, Yanping South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan.
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 10:00am – 8:20pm
Price: NT$70 – NT$170
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This restaurant offers the Ningxia cuisine, unique to the North Central China region. The colourful and welcoming restaurant is run by a Muslim lady so the food served is Halal-friendly!
Their mutton dishes are a real hit, two recommended dishes are the cumin-flavoured mutton served with bread which is ideal to have while waiting for your mains to arrive and the other is the succulent Ningxia braised mutton, served with their fiery lentil noodles.
Cuisine: Ningxia Cuisine
Address: No.9, Alley 51, Lane 12, Section 3, Bade Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan.
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 5:30am – 11pm / Sat – Sun: 11:30am – 2pm, 5:30pm – 11pm (Closed on first and third Sun of every month)
Price: NT$140 – NT$280
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Craving some seafood? Head over to Ding Xian 101 for some Halal-friendly, authentic Taiwanese seafood. They offer six set menus tailored to Halal requirements, so you'll have a variety to choose from.
Each set menu is priced differently, but not lacking in between each other in taste and presentation. Every set menu is sure to entice you with their rich Taiwanese flavours. Some of their mains are steamed king prawn with garlic, chicken soup, stewed abalone, snow lotus, Taiwanese oyster omelette and simmered golden lobster with basmati rice.
Address: 86F, No.7, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Taipei City, Taiwan.
Operating hours: Mon – Sun: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm
Price: NT$1380 – NT$2880 (per set meal)
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You can find Indonesian cuisine in Taipei, just hop on over to Toko Sakura. It’s a cosy restaurant tucked at the back of an Indonesian mini-mart. It’s a humble little eatery that serves up authentic Indonesian food for affordable prices!
Beware that their menus are written in Bahasa Indonesia and Chinese, so might have to use a translator app on your smart phone! A recommended dish is the Soto Ayam, a chicken soup bursting with flavour and served with white rice. This dish is quite mild in spiciness, so if you want to add some flare to the dish ask for some Sambal (Chilli paste).
Address: 106, Taiwan, Taipei City, Da’an District, No. 78, Section 2, Xinsheng S Rd, 106
Operating hours: Mon – Sun, 8.00am – 6.00pm
Price: NT$100 – NT$150
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Who can say no to good ol’ Indian food? If you are craving that Naan or Tandoori chicken head over to Khana Kazana, where they serve authentic Indian fare. You can also get some Bollywood-meets-Hollywood magic here as Khana Kazana provided the Indian dishes for the ‘Life of Pi’ movie! Their food was also enjoyed by the cast and crew behind the scenes.
They serve every type of dish in the Indian cuisine and everything is prepared according to Halal requirements. You can never go wrong with these recommended dishes - Chicken Tikka, Chicken Tandoori and Naan.
Cuisine: Indian Cuisine
Address: No. 366, Section 1, Keelung Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
Opening hours: Mon – Sunday, 11:00am – 2:30pm, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Contact: +886 2 8786 9366
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We can't get enough of spicy Thai food, and luckily for us, you can find good Thai food at Yunus Halal Restaurant. Head over to this family-friendly restaurant that serves a variety of dishes and a humble selection of desserts. The recommended dishes are Tom Yum soup (a must when having Thai food,) stir-fried Kangkong, and Steamed Seabass. The presentation is great, with orchid flowers added in with the garnishings.
Cuisine: Thai cuisine
Address: No. 36, Beining Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City 105, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Opening hours: Mon – Sat, 10.00am – 09.00pm
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Last but not least, the most important course, dessert! And what better way than to end your day with some shaved ice?
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This dessert is sure to leave you craving for more, and it’s Halal-Friendly! A favourite amongst tourists and locals alike, Ice Monster serves up shaved ice churned with different flavours. They offer a variety of toppings. Feeling fruity? Go for fresh mango, strawberries or, pineapple. Feeling adventurous? Go for their other flavours, such as sweet peanut, pearl milk tea, coffee, and sweet red beans. This dessert is enjoyed by children and adults alike!
Zhongxiao Flagship Shop: No. 297, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan (Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Exit 1)
Breeze Song Gao: No. 16, Song Gao Rd., Xin-Yi District, Taipei, Taiwan (Taipei City Hall Station Exit 3)
Zhongxiao Flagship Shop: Sun to Thu - 10.30am to 10.30pm / Fri to Sat 10.30am to 11.30pm
Breeze Song Gao: Sun to Thu 11am-9.30pm / Fri-Sat 11am - 10pm
Price: NT$30 – NT$280
Contact: Flagship Shop (旗艦店) +886-2-8771-3263 / +886-2-8771-3092, Headquarters (總公司) +886-2-2627-5686
Zhongxiao Flagship Shop
Breeze Song Gao
Taipei is an exciting city with great historical buildings, beautiful parks and a buzzing lifestyle. It’s sure to keep you on your toes, and will leave you ravenous, so be sure to drop by these restaurants for some good food!