Last Updated on May 18, 2021 by queenie mak
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 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 Taiwanese breakfast in Taipei
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.
1. 永和豆漿 (Yong He Soy Milk)
Address: No. 30, Section 2, Hankou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City (see map)
Hours of operation: 5:30 am to 2:30 pm
Popular breakfast dishes at 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 Taiwan breakfast that I just cannot get enough of. Yong He Soy Milk definitely serves the best breakfast in Taipei!
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)
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)
Popular breakfast food at 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.
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 above).
You can order by the number (I did!). The staff speaks a bit of English too!
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)
Popular breakfast sandwiches at 良粟商號
One of the most popular 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 to choose from like egg and bacon sandwiches, with or without their house peanut sauce. They all sound fantastic!
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. 山文治 (The Shanwich Shop)
Address: No.189, Xining Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City (see map)
Hours of operation: 7:30 am to 2:00 pm
Popular breakfast items at the Shanwich Shop
The Shanwich Shop‘s most popular sandwich has to be the biggest (and most expensive) sandwich! It has double egg and meat in a sandwich and smothered in peanut sauce. That is a lot of food for NT$85!
I wasn’t quite hungry that morning, so I order the classic ham and egg sandwich for NT$50. And of course, I got a cold milk tea, my favourite!
I noticed other patrons in the restaurant ordered french fries and chicken nuggets. Taiwanese people really like their fried food in the morning. It wasn’t my first time seeing french fries and chicken nuggets on the menu for breakfast in Taiwan.
Shanwich Shop menu: how to order
Even though the entire menu is in Chinese and the staff speaks limited English, I think it is still worthwhile to have breakfast at the Shanwich Shop. There are a few photos on the menu, so you can quickly point to something you want to try.
So if you are in the Ximending area, definitely try the Shanwich Shop. Grab a seat, order at the counter and wait for your food. The price is very reasonable, and you can enjoy a delicious breakfast at a nostalgic breakfast joint.
5. 味鼎蛋餅 (Weiding)
Address: No.3, Lane 21, Longjiang Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City (see map)
Hours of operation: 5:45 am to 1:00 pm
Popular breakfast food at 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!
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.
Or if you already know which breakfast item you want, then check off the and hand it menu over to the lady behind the counter.
They will bring your food to you. And you pay on your way out.
6. 真芳 (Zhen Fang)
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
Popular breakfast sandwiches at Zheng 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.
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 Taiwan: which Taiwanese breakfast item are you going to try?
So those are some of my go-to places for Taiwanese breakfast. As I find more, I will add it to my post and make sure to share it with you all.
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