Here’s Why Taipei Is the New Vegan Mecca of Asia

Named by PETA the Most Vegan-Friendly City in Asia, Taipei is home to a vibrant and rapidly expanding vegan scene. Plant-based restaurants are flourishing throughout the Taiwanese capital, and vegan options have been multiplying over the last few years. Taipei now features over 50 vegan restaurants, so you can try multiple types of vegan food while you’re exploring the city. Here are a few of our favorite places to dine:

About Animals

About Animals is a small restaurant with an awesome, chill vibe. It serves up delicious vegan burgers, sandwiches, and beers. Wasabi burger with wasabi mayo, anyone?

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At this upscale vegan restaurant, you can find the best fusion of Taiwanese, Japanese, and Western cuisines. Don’t forget to try Flourish’s delicious smoothies and scrumptious vegan desserts, too.

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This vegan restaurant serves primarily Italian cuisine, such as pizza and pasta, along with quesadillas, creamy mac ‘n’ cheese, burgers, and ratatouille.

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Ooh Cha Cha

Ooo Cha Cha serves up healthy, incredibly delicious meals such as bacon cheese burgers and macrobiotic bowls.

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Kaya Kaya Café

You’ll find everything from fresh salads, sandwiches, and wraps to thin-crust pizza, risotto, and pasta at Kaya Kaya Café. The restaurant is also known for its delicious desserts, such as its red bean brownie cake, cashew key lime cheesecake, house-made coconut sorbet with caramelized pineapple, and banana flaxseed muffins.

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Don’t forget about dessert!

Vegan Heaven

This vibrant little vegan bakery is one of the best in Taipei, serving up gorgeous macaroons, tarts, a variety of biscuits, and a cruelty-free version of Taiwan’s famous pineapple cake.

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Green Bakery

You’ll find desserts galore at Green Bakery. It serves up guilt-free treats such as tiramisu, fruity cheesecakes, and pancakes.

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Nice Cream

Try the best ice cream in Taipei at Nice Cream. This shop specializes in making tasty plant-based gelatos in a variety of seasonal flavors.

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Written by PETA Asia intern Pierre-Olivier Clément