The 9 Best Restaurants in Xinyi, Taipei

Xinyi District is the home of Taipei 101
Xinyi District is the home of Taipei 101 | © Eugene Lim / Flickr
Ciaran McEneaney

Xinyi District is most famous for being home to the iconic Taipei 101. With high-end shopping, live music venues, and luxury bars, travelers looking for a night out often flock to Xinyi. After a day of touring and sightseeing, hungry visitors will be pleased with the area’s incredible selection of restaurants. From authentic Thai cuisine to Hawaiian dining, this vibrant area has plenty to satisfy any hunger pangs. Here are nine of the best dining establishments in the area.

1. Good Cho's

Restaurant, Salad Bar
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This well-known restaurant has several locations throughout the city, all of which are extremely popular. Their signature bagels and savory pancakes make this place a must for anyone who is after a light brunch. The salads here are also very popular with each prepared to order. This is one of the healthier options in the area and one that vegans can also enjoy.

2. Ding Xiang

Restaurant, Asian

Located on the 86th floor of Taipei 101, dining at Ding Xiang is an experience diners will never forget. It’s a fine dining establishment, which means that it’s not cheap, but the quality of the food is second to none. Be advised though that they only take reservations and that it can take quite a while to get a table. The food is traditional Taiwanese and Chinese cuisine, and to say the menu is extensive would be an understatement. Tables by the window are more expensive, so bear that in mind when booking.

3. Joyce East

Restaurant, French

Hawaiian cocktails | © Taz/Flickr
© Taz/Flickr
Opened in 2005, Joyce East is a top choice for travelers seeking French cuisine in Xinyi. This fine-dining establishment prides itself on serving high-quality dishes, with a focus on fresh and healthy ingredients. Diners can opt for one of the set meals, with main course options such as prime New York-style steak, lamb shanks, or seafood pasta. The restaurant’s service is first-rate, with items such as roast beef served table-side. Anyone seeking something a bit lighter can swing by during afternoon tea and sample the restaurant’s pastries, quiches, and assortment of hot beverages.

4. Haleakala

Restaurant, American

Haleakala is a Hawaiian-style restaurant located in the high-end Bellavita shopping mall. Named after one of Hawaii’s famous volcanoes, the restaurant is sleek and modern, with colorful hibiscus flowers and fruit adding vibrancy to the space. Diners can choose from a range of dishes, with options including Maui mini-burgers, quesadillas, seafood dishes, and appetizer platters. After dinner, guests can linger and enjoy a fruity cocktail for the complete Hawaiian experience.

5. 1Bite2Go

Cafe, Deli, Diner, Food Truck, Restaurant, American

NY Pastrami Combo | Courtesy of 1Bite2Go
© 1Bite2Go
1Bite2Go brings the taste of New York to the heart of Taipei. This casual diner and deli is a favorite among locals and expats craving authentic American fare, including classics like Reuben sandwiches, roast beef French dip, and pastrami sandwiches. Other choices include pizza, smoked Kansas BBQ pork ribs, and coleslaw. Breakfast-lovers will be happy to know that brunch is served all day, with vegetarian options available. The restaurant has two locations in Taipei, as well as a food truck that can be hired for a variety of events, parties, and functions.

6. Meat Love Korean BBQ

Restaurant, Korean
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For a truly authentic Korean barbecue experience there’s no place quite like Meat Love. The obvious specialty here is the high-quality choice cut meats and the experience of having your waiter grill your meat at the table. It’s got a great atmosphere, with a lively staff and a crowd that really seems to enjoy the energy of the place. The food is tasty and reasonably priced, and even better is the fact that it’s open late.

7. Osteria Amici Miei

Restaurant, Italian

Nothing beats the taste of authentic Italian food cooked and served as it should be, and that is precisely what the chef and owner of Osteria Amici Miei provides at this cozy restaurant in the heart of Xinyi. There are many Italian restaurants in the city, but few can live up to the standards of this exceptional restaurant. From pizza to pasta, the menu is extensive and include all the timeless classics. Book early to avoid disappointment though, as this place is incredibly popular.

8. French Windows

Restaurant, Italian, British

Despite its rather interesting name, French Windows is, in fact, a modern British restaurant serving up some of the finest international cuisine in Taipei. There’s a definite Italian influence to the menu, with their black truffle risotto being one of the most popular dishes. Customers regularly comment on the high level of service the staff offer, with everyone welcomed as an old friend. It’s definitely worth a visit on your next trip to Taipei.

9. Awesome Burger

Restaurant, American

It’s a big name to live up to, but Awesome Burger does it with gusto. This is one of the most popular spots in the city to get a burger, and there are a lot of burger spots in Taipei. Awesome Burger’s menu consists of all the classics, but each is cooked to perfection. With succulent meats and the perfect dressing, regulars at this burger joint say they’ll never eat a burger anywhere else. The décor is kitschy and cool, while the staff are super friendly.

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