Vegan Guide to Taipei
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).
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.
The language and getting around
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, some the phrases you need are included in this PDF from World’s Best Vegan called ‘Vegan Phrase China.’
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.
Keelung Night Market
Open daily from 6pm
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.
Open daily 12.30pm-6.30pm (closed Monday)
Guangfu South Rd
The. Best. Vegan. Cakes. Ever.
What can we say about this gem in Taipei called Vegan Heaven, multiple visits during our time in town allowed us to eat nearly everything that they offer and we loved everything we tried, the owner is a beautiful soul with a big heart and an even bigger talent for plant based baking, here is our detailed review from Vegan Heaven.
You. Must. Visit. Here.
Open daily 12pm-4pm and 5pm-10pm
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 Vegan Cafe
Open Mon/Tues/Wed 2pm-9.30pm and Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun 11.30am-9.30pm
SOUL R Vegan Cafe
No. 6, Alley 1
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.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 11.30am-9.30pm
Xinsheng S Rd
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, just 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.
Open Tues/Wed/Thu 3pm-10pm and Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon 11am-10pm
Cool vibes, vegan food, wasabi mayo. and 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…
Open daily 11.30pm-2.30pm and 5.30pm-9.30pm
Here you can read about 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.
Vegan friendly luxury hotels in Taipei
If your budget stretches we can recommend 4 ‘tried and tested’ luxury hotels to stay at where the vegan service was very good and we were looked after well during our stay, please see our detailed vegan luxury hotel reviews here:
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.
Connect with Vegan Food Quest
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!
You can even come and stay with us at Vegan Villa which is our 100% vegan Airbnb in Siem Reap, Cambodia