Last Updated on August 27, 2020 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 pancake, rice roll, fried dumplings, turnip cake, small steamed buns, and scallion pancake. 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), it 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. I numbered and pinned all the breakfast places in my post on a Google map. Take a look!
1. 永和豆漿 (Yong He Soy Milk)
Address: No. 30, Section 2, Hankou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City (there are several locations in Taipei)
Hours of operation: 5:30 am to 2:30 pm
Yong He Soy Milk serves the best breakfast in Taipei. And there are a lot of different Taiwan breakfast food items to choose from.
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.
Insider ordering tip
The best breakfast in the Ximending area in Taipei has to be Yong He Soy Milk. Everyone knows it; 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 last two photos above). They didn’t have these tourists menus the year before. I guess it just makes it even easier for people who communicate in Chinese.
2. 阜杭豆漿 (Fuhang Soy Milk)
Address: 2F, No. 108, Section 1, Zhongxiao East Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei
Hours of operation: 5:30 am to 12:30 pm (closed Monday)
As a Michelin Guide 2019 recommended breakfast place, it certainly does not disappoint! Fuhang Soy Milk makes the best Taiwanese breakfast in Taipei. They are known for their delicious soy milk (sweet and savoury), and the signature oven-baked thick bread.
You may be tempted to order everything on the menu. Well, because everything tastes delicious. If it is your first time there, order a combination of either soy milk with thick bread or soy milk with egg pancake.
And the prices for each item is very reasonable. You might want to go back a few times and try everything on the menu.
Insider ordering tip
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
Hours of operation: 7:00am to 1:30pm (until 1:00pm on Sunday; closed Saturday)
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 got, 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 sandwich, with or without their house peanut sauce.
Insider ordering tip
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
Hours of operation: 7:30am to 2:00pm
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.
Insider ordering tip
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
Hours of operation: 5:45am to 1:00pm
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 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 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!
Insider ordering tip
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 what you want, then check off the items you want and hand it menu over to the lady behind the counter.
They will bring your food to you. And you pay them after when you are on your way out.
6. 真芳 (Zhen Fang)
Address: No.14, Nanjing West Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City
Hours of operation: 7:00am to 10:30pm
Just on the outside of the popular Eslite Bookstore, there are several food outlets, and one of them is the yummy sandwich shop called Zhen Fang.
As a big fan of breakfast sandwiches, I walked by and took a glimpse of the menu and knew I had to try one of their sandwiches.
There are way too many to choose from. So 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.
Insider ordering tip
Like I mentioned already, there are too many sandwiches to choose from. 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.
There are several tables and stools just outside of the shop, so you can enjoy the sandwich as soon as it is made.
And if you love to eat breakfast food at any time of the day, then you are in luck! The store opens early morning until late at night.
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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