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Top 10 affordable restaurants in Taipei City, Taiwan


Home to the ever popular Taipei 101 and countless high-end stores and boutiques, Xinyi District in Taipei City has a reputation for being one of the most expensive areas in the city. And while the neighborhood’s many bars, clubs, and restaurants uphold this reputation, there are quite a few inexpensive places to get breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here are some of the best.

Long Yue Xuan
Restaurant, Vietnamese

An authentic Vietnamese restaurant with a menu that includes classic Vietnamese dishes alongside some local Taiwanese favorites. The meals are cheap and freshly prepared right in front of you, and while the place is certainly popular, you won’t have to wait too long for your meal.

Address: 201 Songren Road , Xinyi Taipei City, Taiwan

Zhenxiang Beef Noodles
Restaurant, Asian

A small local noodle shop with a simple menu comprising local soup and noodle favorites. Open for both lunch and dinner, this place is hugely popular with local office workers, and you may find that at lunch time you might have to wait for a while. It’s worth it!

Address: 168 Songren Road, Xinyi Taipei City, Taiwan

Lin Jia Yao Beef Noodles
Restaurant, Asian

A small family-run restaurant famous for its authentic Taiwanese style beef noodle soup. The owner cooks up the noodles to order, and the meats are said to be tasty and of the finest cuts. This cheap little noodle shop has proved so popular that it has even been featured on local TV shows.

Address: 9 Lane 281 Wuxing Street, Xinyi Taipei City, Taiwan

Guangfu Market Vegetarian Baozi
Restaurant, Asian

A vegetarian steamed bun store that is renowned for its healthy snacks and overstuffed buns. Customers really can’t get over just how much the owners of this store can pack into each steamed bun. It’s incredible value for the money.

Address: 95 Lane 419 Guangfu South Road , Xinyi Taipei City, Taiwan

Tong Chang Dumpling House
Restaurant, Asian

A small local restaurant that specializes in traditional Taiwanese dumplings. Customers can watch staff prepare the dumplings by hand as they wait for their meal. The dumplings are said to be some of the best in the city, but that’s not all that’s on offer here. Other dishes include a choice of soups and fried rice among many others.

Address: 406 Zhuangjing Road, Xinyi Taipei City, Taiwan

Jinxian Braised Pork
Restaurant, Asian

This family-run restaurant serves a variety of local Taiwanese dishes, but its specialty of braised pork over rice has made it a huge hit with the locals. The food is seriously tasty, and, while the portions may not look huge, it’s really very filling. Perfect lunch or dinner option.

Address: 473 Songshan Road, Xinyi Taipei City, Taiwan

Gleaners Bakery & Kitchen
Restaurant, Asian, Italian

This popular bakery also has its own restaurant serving both local and international made-to-order dishes. From the outside, it looks like any other bakery, but take a step inside and you’ll find a wonderful little restaurant with some pretty amazing dishes at very reasonable prices. On your way out you can buy some of their delicious freshly baked bread. Perfect spot at any time of the day.

Address: 5 Lane 391 Zhuangjing Road , Xinyi Taipei City, Taiwan

Da Wan BBQ
Restaurant, Japanese

For Japanese barbecue, head over to Da Wan BBQ. This restaurant is famous for a Japanese cooking style called Yakiniku, a term meaning grilled meat, and is a must for anyone visiting Taipei. Outfitted with only one table and limited bar seating, the tiny restaurant is located in the commercial Daan District. Guests can order from a variety of meat options, including beef, pork and shrimp. While most Yakiniku restaurants require guests to cook for themselves, the staff members here will do all the cooking. So anyone nervous about manning the grill can rest easy, have a drink and relax while the yummy food is expertly prepared. Be sure to make reservations before arriving.

Address: 1樓, 22 Lane 177, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, Taipei City, 106, Taiwan

Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodles
Deli, Restaurant, Asian

Visitors looking for delicious Taiwanese rice noodles should follow the crowds – literally. Established in 1975, the tiny Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodles shop is easily visible along Emei Street; not for any flashy signs, but for the permanent throng of people standing outside its doors. The restaurant is legendary for its single menu item, soft rice noodles served in a thick, flavorful gravy. The famous dish comes in two sizes and can be topped with chili sauce, vinegar and/or and garlic. With no seating available inside or outside the shop, visitors eat standing in the street or simply take their noodles to-go.

Address: 8-1號 Emei Street, Ximen, Taipei City, 108, Taiwan

The Kitchen Table
Restaurant, Chinese, Dim Sum, Italian, Japanese, European, Asian, Taiwanese

For anyone who can’t decide on what to eat for dinner, the international variety offered by The Kitchen Table is the perfect solution. This restaurant offers an expansive selection, with a full breakfast buffet in the morning, a light lunch buffet with colorful desserts in the afternoon, and a more hearty dinner buffet in the evening. During dinner, guests can indulge in a variety of international dishes, from Yorkshire pudding and Italian wood-fire pizza to Chinese dim sum and roasted duck. There is also a well-stocked seafood bar, as well as a dessert station where guests can top off the evening with some homemade sorbet.

Address: 10, 10號 Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, Taipei City, 110, Taiwan
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