Our vegan guide to Taipei was easy to write as Taipei is heaven for vegans. In fact, we’d go as far to say that there are few cities in Asia where the vegan options are so plentiful, close to each other and downright good. If you haven’t been before, then stick it on your travel list; this is one of those places where we think you’ll be happily surprised (and full of vegan food).
What is it like?
Taipei is a busy, bustling and vibrant city but we’ll be honest and say that on the whole, it’s not the prettiest place you’ll visit on your travels. There are some interesting old buildings (if that’s your thing), some modern shopping developments (if that’s your thing) and some really friendly people (surely that’s everyone’s thing?).
There were also an abundance of dog lovers; people campaigning for dogs and their welfare and people pushing their dogs around in prams like babies was not an unusual sight during our visit there.
We won’t even attempt to do a language guide to help you with your time in Taipei as we admit that we didn’t master even the basics during our short trip there. People in Taipei speak Mandarin Chinese and the words you need to get along are included in this helpful PDF from World’s Best Vegan.
There are taxis which are fairly cheap but the best and most popular form of transport is Uber. Everyone uses Uber in Taipei and you won’t have to wait long until someone comes to collect you, download the app before you arrive if you aren’t already a user (click here for a discount and you give us a reward too :). There also an MRT and train system and it’s pretty easy to walk about too. In short, getting around is easy and cheap.
Our top things to do in Taipei
Museum Of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
MOCA is definitely worth the trip; it’s a small museum but the exhibition we saw was interesting and we thought it was a great budget sightseeing option. We got a complimentary pass with our room at Le Meridien (a very vegan friendly luxury accommodation option) as part of their UNLOCK ART initiative) but the entrance fees without this were still very reasonable (NT$50). The building that houses the MOCA was built under Japanese rule in 1928 as an old Elementary School and is a sight to see in itself.
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park
Another glimpse into the past, the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park is housed in a heritage building – an old tobacco factory that has been restored to become Taipei’s creative hub where you’ll find art exhibitions, pop-up shops and cafes. Well worth a trip there to see what’s happening when you visit.
Keelung Night Market
This was one of the best things we did during our trip and it was all made possible by James and Stephie from The Caffeinated Vegan. Whilst pointing us in the right direction and showing us all of the amazing vegan options James also made a video of our trip – see what we all got up to here.
Best vegan places to eat
Taipei is full of foodies and vegans need not miss out on the national obsession with food. You’ll find street food, vegan restaurants and cafes as well as fine dining in top end hotels and restaurants. We spent most of our time in Taipei eating which is a reflection on just how many good opportunities to eat there were (we didn’t even eat our way to the end of our list), or possibly a reflection on us? Either way, when you go to Taipei you should be prepared to eat.
Lane 473, Guangfu South Rd, Xinyi District , Taipei, Taïwan.
Hands down the best vegan cake shop that we’ve ever been to owned by one of the loveliest people that we have ever met. Never has a place been so aptly named, never have vegan cakes tasted this good; read our detailed review here.
No. 143, Wenchang St, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106.
Our go to place for a burger (but they also do sandwiches and cakes), Miss Green is an all vegan cafe/restaurant was a good place to hang out, we had good food and the staff were smiley and helpful… can’t ask for more than that!
SOUL R VeganCafe
No. 6, Alley 1, Lane 217, Section 3, Zhongxiao E Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106.
Having received rave reviews from friends about Soul R Vegan Cafe we didn’t really enjoy our food that much, but perhaps we ordered badly? We ordered risotto (bland) and bacon sweetcorn waffles which were too sweet, plus the chips were frozen. There was some vegan salad cream that had good novelty factor for us though. The staff however, were really friendly and we hear so many good things about this place that we’d definitely give it another go.
Apparently it’s all about the chocolate waffles there.
No. 7, Lane 146, Section 1, Xinsheng S Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100.
The delicious mushrooms with melted homemade vegan cheese were outstanding at Mianto although the portion was so small it was hard to enjoy them to there fullest. There were 5 mushrooms which for a cost of NT$150 seemed a little meagre…
Lovely pizza which was laden with mock meat and pineapple and mushrooms, the crust was really crunchy but not in a biscuity way and the tomato sauce was rich.
We couldn’t visit without trying the cupcakes which looked pretty and had a wonderful topping although the actual cake was a little dry for us.
No. 9, Lane 1, Jinglong St, Wenshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 116.
Cool vibes, vegan food, wasabi mayo. Plus vegan burgers!
Our only disappointment with About Animals was that we only managed to visit once, make sure to get there early or make a reservation as it is very popular and very busy…
We had one of the most memorable meals of our vegan travels at Silks House situated at luxury hotel, Regent Taipei where we were still excitedly talking about the food for days afterwards.
Where to stay
Vegans visiting Taipei are spoilt because there is a Vegan Air BnB run by James and Stephie who are avid vegan travellers (and foodies) themselves. They were excellent hosts to us when we visited Taipei and their local knowledge was invaluable. It was like having a vegan concierge service all to ourselves!
If your budget stretches we can recommend 4 ‘tried and tested’ luxury hotels to stay at where the vegan service was good and we were looked after well during our stay, please see our detailed vegan luxury hotel reviews here:
Other helpful resources
Check out the all vegan supermarket iVegan which can be found at 116, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wenshan District, Wanlong Street. You can stock up on all sorts of vegan delights including imported products from Earth Balance and Tofutti.
Definitely touch base with The Caffeinated Vegan (and stay at their vegan Airbnb if you can!)
Also, the following bloggers have published their own vegan guides which include some great tips and information:
Hopefully our vegan guide to Taipei helps you to fall in love with Taipei just as we did, we’re going back to Taipei at some stage, we loved our short time there; next time will allow for us to explore more of Taiwan and of course go back to Vegan Heaven and eat more cake!
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