Food is a big part of travelling. And if you are travelling to Taipei, you have to try Taiwanese food, especially Taiwanese breakfast, as it is one of the must-eat food in Taiwan.
And when it comes to breakfast in Taipei, there are way too many places to choose from. And a lot of Taipei breakfast places have evolved. Many local restaurants have English menus and the staff speaks a few words in English to help tourists with ordering food.
While you can have a full Taiwanese breakfast at 7-11 every day, I found some of the best breakfast spots in Taipei where you can eat like a local, not spend a lot of money and sample some of the best Taiwanese breakfast. If you are curious, keep reading!
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Taiwan breakfast food: What is it
Breakfast in Taiwan is really really good. I cannot get enough of it!
In Taiwan, breakfast food includes egg pancakes, rice rolls, fried dumplings, turnip cakes, small steamed buns, and scallion pancakes. And hot or cold soy milk is always on the menu, whether it is sweet or savoury. And if soy milk is not your choice of beverage, pair your food with a classic black tea with or without milk.
And there are Taiwanese breakfast sandwiches that have a unique twist to them. Using the best local ingredients and adding housemade sauce (usually a peanut sauce), gives Taiwanese breakfast food another dimension of deliciousness.
Where to find the best Taipei breakfast
Here are some of my favourite places to have breakfast in Taipei. For each of the recommendations below, I included a link to the location so you can easily find these Taipei breakfast spots.
Top 5 breakfast places in Taipei:
- 永和豆漿 (Yong He Soy Milk)
- 阜杭豆漿 (Fuhang Soy Milk)
- 味鼎蛋餅 (Weiding)
- 真芳 (Zhen Fang)
1. 永和豆漿 (Yong He Soy Milk)
If you have never tried Taiwanese breakfast before, then you’ll have to try Yong He Soy Milk because they serve a huge variety of Taiwanese breakfast food.
I tried almost everything on the menu, including the rice dumpling (roll) with a fried egg and pork (see photo above), steamed bread with egg, biscuits egg, bacon omelette, salty soy milk (see the main photo), and sweet soy milk.
And I have to say – everything is delicious! I’m pretty picky about food, but there is something sooo good about Taiwanese breakfast that I just cannot get enough of. Yong He Soy Milk definitely serves the best breakfast in Taipei!
Address: No. 30, Section 2, Hankou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City (see map)
Hours of operation: 5:30 am to 2:30 pm
Yong He Soy Milk menu: how to order
The best breakfast in the Ximending area in Taipei has to be Yong He Soy Milk, and everyone knows it too; maybe too many people know about it. Weekends and holidays are full of tourists, and the queue can be quite long.
If possible, try to go on a weekday and go during the off-peak time to avoid long queues.
They also have a menu for tourists. It has photos and descriptions in English, Japanese, Korean and Thai (see the last two photos above). So don’t worry about the language barrier.
2. 阜杭豆漿 (Fuhang Soy Milk)
As a Michelin Guide 2019 recommended breakfast place, it certainly does not disappoint! There are several Taiwanese breakfast items you can order. But you should try Fuhang Soy Milk’s specialties: soy milk (sweet and savoury), and signature oven-baked thick bread.
I would recommend ordering either soy milk with thick bread or soy milk with egg pancakes.
And the prices for each item are very reasonable. You might want to go back a few times and try everything on the menu.
Address: 2F, No. 108, Section 1, Zhongxiao East Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei (see map)
Hours of operation: 5:30 am to 12:30 pm (closed Monday)
Fuhang Soy Milk menu: how to order
The restaurant is a bit hard to find. I didn’t know where it is and assumed it would be on the ground floor. But it is on the second floor of the building. Just go upstairs to the second floor. When you see the crowd and the long queue, it means you found Fuhang Soy Milk.
They always have long queues, especially during peak breakfast hours. Try to go right before closing so you can have brunch/lunch.
And don’t be intimidated by the long queue. I found the end of the line nearly at the bottom of the staircase. But it moved pretty fast. And it helped when hungry people in the queue were looking at the menu and were prepared to order once they approach the counter. They have an English menu with photos (see below).
You can order by the number (I did!). The staff speaks a bit of English too!
One of the most popular breakfast sandwiches at 良粟商號 is the charcoal-grilled chicken, egg sandwich with peanut sauce for NT$85. FYI if you are curious, the sandwich is listed in the second section on the left side of the menu, second item.
And that is exactly what I wanted, and I added cheese as well and washed it down with a cold winter melon milk tea.
There are other sandwiches at this Taipei breakfast joint. Try the egg and bacon sandwiches, with or without their house peanut sauce. They all sound fantastic!
Address: No. 8, Lane 330, Songjiang Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City (see map)
Hours of operation: 7:00 am to 1:30 pm (until 1:00 pm on Sunday; closed Saturday)
良粟商號 menu: how to order
My Chinese isn’t the greatest, and I was a bit nervous about ordering, especially after doing a Google translate on the menu. Winter melon milk tea is translated to “sweet mildew, black tea (more rain).” But I had a good laugh, though. Ha!
But as soon as I was at the front of the queue, the waitress helped with my order. She realized I couldn’t really read Chinese so she told me what they have and she spoke perfect English. Yay!
And another tip, go as early as you can. There is always a long queue. The first time I went at noon, and the shop closed an hour before the actual closing time. I saw a sign that said “sold out,” and I knew I was out of luck! So the next day, I went bright and early!
When you get there, stand in the queue right away. The line moves quickly. Then order, pay, sit down, and they will bring you the food.
FYI – I looked everywhere online for an English name for the restaurant, and cannot find one. I’m not even sure what it says in Chinese. So if anyone knows the English name, please leave a comment below.
4. 味鼎蛋餅 (Weiding)
I found 味鼎蛋餅 (Weiding) while scrolling through photos on Instagram (I use Instagram to plan a lot of my travel activities and meals. Ha!)
I was immediately drawn to all the images of the cheesy egg crepes and the cheesy rice rolls. I didn’t realize cheese is such a big part of Taiwanese breakfast food!
But I couldn’t decide between the egg crepe or the rice roll. My stomach can only handle one or the other. So I went with the rice roll as many breakfast places in Taipei make egg crepes, and I don’t know many other places that make rice rolls.
It certainly did not disappoint. It was ooey and gooey! The portion is bigger than I thought, though. So if you are super hungry, get the rice roll!
Address: No.3, Lane 21, Longjiang Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City (see map)
Hours of operation: 5:45 am to 1:00 pm
Weiding menu: how to order
Take the menu and a pen at the counter and grab a seat at the back. Then study the menu as there are many things to choose from.
Then check off the items you want to try and hand it over to the lady behind the counter.
They will bring your food to you. And you pay on your way out.
5. 真芳 (Zhen Fang)
Zheng Fang has many locations in Taipei and this one is near Taipei Main Station.
This Taipei breakfast joint mainly serves breakfast sandwiches. I chose the signature sandwich, the Zhen Fang Sandwich. If it is the signature sandwich, it has to be their best sandwich, right? Right!
The sandwich is stacked with the best ingredients: eggs, ham, lettuce, egg salad, pumpkin, peanut sauce and three slices of white bread. It is probably the biggest sandwich on the menu. So if you are super hungry, definitely get the Zhen Fang Sandwich.
They also have several types of egg rolls (or egg crepes), which are also fantastic for breakfast.
Address: No.19, Section 1, Chang’an East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City (see map)
Hours of operation: 6:30 am to 1:30 pm
Zheng Fang menu: how to order
The menu (pictured above) is mostly in Chinese, but they do have the sandwich name in English. And for the most part, the name of the sandwich describes all the ingredients.
If you love Taiwanese breakfast sandwiches, you can get a sandwich from Zheng Fang as early as 6:30 am!
Breakfast in Taipei: which Taiwanese breakfast item are you going to try?
So those are some of my go-to places for Taiwanese breakfast in Taipei Taiwan. As I find more, I will add it to my post and make sure to share it with you all.
Let me know in the comments which Taipei breakfast you want to try or if there are any new breakfast places in Taipei that should be part of this list.
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