Taipei dining is in world
perspective rich in international diversity. You can find every imaginable
cuisine just around from where you live.
Taiwan locals mostly provide the service and restaurant management for
foreign cuisine dining places. How they keep up with offering original
international food is amazing. While most of Italian restaurants in other
parts of the world are owned and managed by Italian immigrants in Taipei for
example many pizza restaurant offering original Italian food like pizza and
spaghetti noodles are Taipei people owned restaurants. But this doesn't mean
your dining experience has to be of a less quality and comfort.
The most common places for outdoor dining in Taipei are found at Taipei's
famous night markets. There you can find anything from a simple running
kitchen to indoor dining rooms. Or you can visit Wulai Taipei or Peitou for
hot spring and then visit one of the restaurants there for a romantic dining
experience. You can stay many hotels if you do not feel like taking the
journey back to the city at late hours after midnight. Another famous
destination is Tamshui Taipei near the beach. This night market has many
indoor and outdoor dining places. From there a boat can take you across the
Tamshui Taipei river and you'll find some of Taipei's most original seafood
restaurants there. Other important places to visit in Taipei are Yang min
mountain (Yangmingshan), Shi ling night marked, Shi-Men-Ding (Xi Men Ding),
Xin Yi district with Warner village, Tien Mu and the Taipei 101 building.
Free Taipei tourism maps are available at the tourism bureau in Taipei train
If you are more into eating non-local Taiwanese food we recommend you to go
to a Taipei hotel for fine dining or come back to this page, we are going to
find Taipei's best restaurants for you and list them into the Taipei tip
There are too many fine dining restaurants, which we have to see first
before publishing them in our Taipei nightlife guide pages. Therefore, we
will be a little slow giving you the very best and accurate tips.
While talking about tips, one difference between American dining, European
Dining, and Taiwan dining is that you do not necessarily have to tip the
waiter in Taiwan. There is no costume for giving a tip here. This is
especially the case for casual dining places though some high-class
restaurants will include a service charge on the check (bill) Please tip the
waiter anyway. It does not need to be the 10-15% tip as it is in American
restaurants. In Europe a waiter's tip will vary from 6% in German
restaurants to 8% in English restaurants and 0% in Spain. It is up to you
how much tip you want to give a waiter/waitress in Taipei.
If you like, Japanese foods there are a number of Japanese restaurant in
Taipei serving from Sushi bar to seafood fine dine.
Other popular places in Taipei are these so-called coffee house restaurant
shops which are in between coffee shop and restaurant
Many places are open for late night dining so you can go first to one of
Taipei's nightclubs and have a decent meal in between.