Vegetarian friends will feel welcomed in Taiwan due to the city's large vegetarian population and many people being temporarily vegetarian for religious or health reasons. Consequently, there is no shortage of vegetarian options.

Most noodle stands, buffets and high-end restaurants offer vegetarian choices. Even items sold in convenience store and supermarket are clearly labeled for vegetarians. In Guangu Market, 369 Vegetarian Buns serves vegetarian buns that come in even more flavors than the typical pork buns — a Taiwan breakfast favorite. VEGE CREEK offers a wide variety of vegetarian lu wei (food braised in an aromatic soy sauce brine). For those fond of Japanese and Korean flavors, Macrobiotics offers wonderful vegetarian options. If you want to sample a variety of vegetarian dishes, visit Fruitful Food, a vegetarian buffet. For vegans, Ooh Cha Cha and Plants are highly recommended as they serve entirely plant-based diets.

"Good Eye Taipei," a bilingual Taipei city guide, introduces six vegetarian restaurants in Taipei for starters.

369 Buns (三六九素食包子)

No. 95, Lane 419, Guangfu S Rd, Taipei City


"Try their unique flavors such as pickled potherb mustard, cabbage and green beans."


No. 2, Lane 129, Yanji St, Taipei City


"A healthy and classy vegetable lu wei buffet."

Macrobiotics (井町)

No. 26, Lane 49, Chifeng St, Taipei City


"Famed for their Japanese homemade ramen, Korean bibimbap, and delicious side dishes."

Fruitful Food (果然匯)

12F, No. 200, Section 4, Zhongxiao E Rd, Taipei City


"A buffet that offers exquisite vegetarian dishes from around the world."

Ooh Cha Cha (自然食)

No. 207, Section 2, Nanchang Rd, Taipei City


"An authentic looking shop that promotes plant-based diets."


1F, No. 10, Lane 253, Section 1, Fuxing S Rd, Taipei City


"A vegan restaurant, friendly from inside out."

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“Good Eye Taipei” can be purchased at all major bookstores in Taiwan. Check out TNL’s interview with the author here.

Editor: Olivia Yang