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ShermansTravel experts know where to find the best meal in town at the best price. Our restaurant reviews sift through the mountains of menus to highlight neighborhood gastronomic institutions and up-and-coming foodie hotspots – not to mention where to go for affordable, dependable fare complemented by a charming atmosphere.

Top Restaurants in Taipei

Alleycat's

This trendy chain attracts everyone from the high and mighty to the low and frugal. The red-and-black décor evokes a Left Bank bistro while music tends toward jazz. The menu focuses strictly on bruschetta, thin-crust pizza, and salad.

Li Shui St. #B1-6, 011-886-2-2321-8949, www.alleycatspizza.com
Tags: budget | open late | pizza

Chianti

Chic, understated décor sets the stage for chef Alberto Zambotti’s sexy-but-never-overpowering modern Milanese cuisine (think fresh cod and pasta with mushroom and truffle sauce). Despite higher priced competitors, many consider this to be the city’s best Italian cuisine.

Da An Rd. Sec. 1 #92, 011-886-2-2721-3182
Tags: moderate | great value | trendy

Le Jardin

This excellent restaurant in northern Taipei specializes in Provencal cuisine like duck confit. Chefs from some of the city’s finest five-star restaurants teach at the cooking school on the second floor.

Zhong Cheng Rd. Sec. 2 #170, 011-886-2-2877-1178, ext. 9
Tags: family | moderate | french

Paris 1930

With acclaimed chef Michael Deutsch at the helm, this traditional French restaurant has reached new heights of culinary excellence. Deutsch’s appreciation for texture provides a Japanese spin on nouvelle cuisine – with dishes like seared foie gras and scallops topped with a mango “crisp,” and a toro carpaccio with squid ink jelly, sour cream, and lemon thyme. The poached lobster and shitake ravioli will send you over the edge.

Landis Hotel, Min Quan E. Rd. Sec. 2 #41, 011-886-2-2597-1234, www.landistpe.com.tw
Tags: expensive | notable chef | smart splurge | french

Swensen's

When you grow a bit weary of all that Chinese cuisine, you might start craving a taste of home. Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you hit up McDonald’s. Instead, head to Swensen’s, a down-home joint (yes, in Taipei) that provides simple sandwiches and comfort food (think patty melts and hamburgers). Best of all, it’s open 24 hours.

Ren Ai Rd. Sec. 4 #109, 011-886-2-2772-6174, www.swensens.com.tw (Chinese only)
Tags: family | budget | open late | comfort food

Yuan Yuan

Those checking out the imperial-looking Grand Hotel should head to its mezzanine restaurant for northern-style Chinese snacks like dumplings served in bamboo steamers. The food wins out over the hotel’s Cantonese-style restaurant, despite its lack of scenic views (there are no windows).

Zhong Shan N. Rd., 011-886-2-2886-8888, www.grand-hotel.org
Tags: family | moderate | comfort food

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