5 Traditional Breakfast Joints in Taipei

A perfect day starts with the perfect breakfast. Start your holiday right with a real traditional Taiwanese breakfast? KKday introduces five great, authentic Taiwanese breakfast get you going for your day in Taipei!

1. Qin Lao Shi Soybean Milk

Qin Lao Shi Soybean Milk (taipeieats)

Passed down for three generations, Qin Lao Shi Soybean Milk is a shop known for its long history of serving customers a mean cup of soybean milk. With over 60 years history and a fiercely loyal customer base, Qin Lao Shi Soybean Milk proved to be one of the most loved breakfast places in Taiwan — watch out for the queue while you’re there!

Qin Lao Shi Soybean Milk (fbsn47)

Other than ordering their famed soybean milk, pair your drink with some of Qin Lao Shi Soybean Milk‘s specialty — egg tarts, you char kway, Jiangsu Lionhead bun, cold-noodles and many more. Can’t believe or understand why people get up so early in the morning for this? To taste is to believe.

No. 4-1, Guangfu S Rd, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105

Opening hours:
Weekdays and weekends: 6am to 8pm
Public holiday: 6am to 3pm

2. Zhicheng Soy Bean

Zhicheng Soy Bean (lzh_0127)

Zhicheng Soy Bean saw a sudden boom in their business after being coined as one of the ten must-eat breakfast place by Super Taste (a Taiwan variety show). Prior to its rise in popularity, Zhicheng Soy Bean has gaining the hearts of many travellers and passer-bys with its prime location at the bottom of Yangmingshan. People who frequent Yangmingshan claim the trip to Yangmingshan is incomplete until you have a taste of Zhicheng Soy Bean!

Zhicheng Soy Bean (vizmyth)

Feast upon one of Zhicheng Soy Bean‘s specialties — pancakes. Allow the floating aroma of eggs and onions enter your nose as you take a bite on the pancakes that are crispy on the outside but fluffy on the inside.

You may also want to try their chives bento that has chives, bee hoon, shrimps and other ingredients. Mmm, we’re salivating at the thought of it. Get there early if you ever want to have a bite of their famed chives bento because Zhicheng Soy Bean only makes 60 boxes per day!

Address: No. 2-4, Section 1, Zhicheng Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Opening hours: 5am to 11am

3. Dingyuan Soy Milk

Dingyuan Soy Milk michico13

Casually pick up any Taiwan guidebook and you’ll spot Dingyuan Soy Milk gracing the pages. Not only is Dingyuan Soy Milk famous among locals and neighboring countries, it’s fame expanded to Paris with host-cum-chef Gregory Cuilleron making a trip to Taiwan specially to visit Dingyuan Soy Milk!

Dingyuan Soy Milk mipo_ta

Dingyuan Soy Milk is perfect for late prowlers and early birds who wish to give in to their xiao long bao, egg tart and you char kuay cravings. Fun fact: apart from sweet beancurd, did you know there’s a salty version of it as well?

No. 30-1 Jinhua St., Taipei 10093, Taiwan

Opening hours:
4am to 11:30am

4. Ah-Ji Breakfast

Ah-Ji Breakfast, known to be the most famous breakfast place, is hidden within the narrow alleys. Get your tastebuds ready to go for an adventure if you’re intending to make a pitt stop at at Ah-Ji Breakfast.

Ah-Ji Breakfast (morrispon)

Order their classic chive-egg pastry stuffed with bacon and vermicelli. Maybe it doesn’t look appetising in photos, but can anyone ever reject bacon? Trust us, the bouncy texture of this breakfast will definitely keep you wanting for more. Frequent patrons of Ah-Ji Breakfast also love a good serving of carrot cake with onion and eggs along with what they call ‘the insider’s special’, chili fish — a type of black pepper teppanyaki noodle.

No. 16, Lane 53, Antai St, Neihu District, Taipei City, Taiwan 114

Operating hours:
6am to 12.30pm

5. Fuhang Soy Milk

The previously mentioned beancurd places are famous in their own rights, but Fuhang Soy Milk is on a whole. new. level. Thirty minutes before Fuhang Soy Milk is opened, you can already find a snake forming outside, all of them waiting for the auspicious timing to get their hands on some yum yum in their tum tums.

Fuhang Soy Milk (istolethetv)

Imagine a thick you char kuay — crunchy and soft — with the scent of sesame oil and onion floating in the air. Ooops, was that the sound of our drool hitting the ground? Wash the greasiness from the you tiao down with a bowl of Fuhang Soy Milk‘s savoury beancurd and you’re ready for your adventure of the day!

No. 108, Section 1, Zhongxiao E Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

Opening hours:
5.30am to 12.30pm (or till it sells out)
Closed on Mondays

Still looking for more food in Taiwan?

Looking for more places to satisfy your stomach in Taipei?

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Now that you’ve had your fill, it’s time to make full use of what you’ve ingested. Off for an adventure!

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