Hello Kitty overload | Courtesy of Hello Kitty Kitchen and Dining
There’s no denying that Taiwanese people love their food but in Taipei they take their obsession with mealtimes to another level. From eating food out of a mini-toilet to surrounding yourself in Hello Kitty kitsch, there’s a themed restaurant for everyone here in Taiwan’s capital.
Restaurant, Taiwanese, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Street Food, $$$
If you’re a lover of all things Lego, then this is the place for you. With everything in the place resembling pieces of Lego and sets on display, this is the stuff of many a child’s dreams. But you don’t just look at the Lego; you can also play with some while enjoying your Lego-themed food. This place will take you right back to your childhood.
Kumamon is quite the unexpected sensation. Created in Japan for a tourism campaign back 2010, the cute little mascot now has a worldwide following. So it makes perfect sense that there is now a café in Taipei completely decked out in Kumamon paraphernalia. Pancakes are the specialty at this place, and the fact that you can hug a giant Kumamon toy while eating one makes it a popular haven for the selfie-takers of the world.
Restaurant, Taiwanese, Chinese, Street Food, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
Yes, that’s right; a restaurant that is based on a depressed cartoon egg yolk. It’s hard to imagine how a place can be themed on something so ridiculously weird but this place actually does it quite well. The little egg yolk is everywhere. It’s on the walls, uniforms, plates, tables; you literally can’t move without a dozen pair of Gudetama eyes staring at you. The food is good too which is always a bonus at places like this.
Ever wonder what it would be like to eat from a toilet? Or perhaps you feel like taking a drink from a urinal? No, it’s not something many would want to do, but that didn’t stop the Modern Toilet restaurant from opening in Taipei. It a hugely popular place serving up dishes and desserts that look like they belong in a toilet but that actually taste quite nice.
Set on the coast not too far from Qianshuiwan Coast Park, you’ll find the wonderfully quirky OIA Café. Now this place is worth visiting just for the location alone, but of course, that’s not why it’s on this list. This café is home to some very cute and very fluffy alpacas that customers can stroke and feed. The food is pretty good too but in all honesty who cares when you can sit staring at these adorable white alpacas while sipping your coffee.
Located in Shilin, this retro-themed café is a vintage lover’s dream. There are tons of old posters on the walls, and the place is filled with little oddities that make it a super interesting place to eat. But the most notable aspect of the décor is the fact that there are a few chopped up minis and even a VW Beetle in there! Ideal for lovers of all things retro.
A cup of coffee in Zoo Café is like taking a step into the living room of a house set in the jungle. You’d be forgiven for assuming that this place is aimed at kids, but you’d be wrong. Here you’re surrounded by safari-themed décor that actually looks quite cool, and the food on the menu is both tasty and affordable. It’s the ideal stop for city dwellers in need of green surroundings while they relax over their meal.
Lunch with Hello Kitty | Courtesy of Hello Kitty Kitchen and Dining
There’s no prize for guessing what you’ll find at this restaurant. The owners of this place have tricked the entire building out in Hello Kitty merchandise, and it’s incredibly popular. To be fair though, regardless of your feelings towards Hello Kitty, it’s an undeniable fact that the mouthless cat is massive in Taiwan. They even have a few Hello Kitty planes here. However, this place is also popular because the desserts are delicious and perfect for your Instagram feed.
A slice of Wonderland | Courtesy of Alice Is Coming
Ever wonder what it would be like to have tea with the Mad Hatter. While this café doesn’t quite go that far, the décor and fancy little cakes certainly take you into Wonderland. It’s a delightful little place that even has giant teacups for you to sit on while you enjoy cakes and treats stacked on cake stands just like in the movie.