Raw Vegan Restaurants in Taipei

Taipei has one specialist raw, vegan restaurant and a few vegan restaurants which offer some good raw dishes. While their menus are much simpler and more limited than those offered in New York or San Fran Cisco, by international standards raw food in Taiwan is excellent value.

Plants Eatery

450 metres north of Daan Station, Exit 6 (not to be confused with Daan Park Station). Continue walking north for five minutes, then turn right into Lane 253 and it’s on the right in 50 metres (at the first corner).
700 metres south of Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, Exit 3. Do a U-turn after walking out the exit and then at the intersection turn left into Fuxing South Road, Section 1. Walk south for 8 minutes then turn left again into Lane 253 and it’s on the right in 50 metres (at the first corner).
Tue-Fri 11:30-21:30, Sat-Sun: 10:00-21:30, closed Monday
大安區復興南路一段25310
Fuxing South Road, Section 1, Lane 253, Number 10
(02) 2784-5677
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Plants is Taiwan's only completely-vegan, specialist raw food restaurant. Vegan owned and operated, it serves a delicious range of raw cakes, for which it is most famous, and a few light mains. They also serve vegan wines.

As raw food is made from expensive ingredients (such as cashew nuts) and is time consuming to produce, it will always be more expensive than mass-produced cooked food, but prices are certainly fair here for such quality food. Expect to pay around NT200 for a smoothie or fancy coffee, and NT300-400 for a small main dish. Most people visit for a snack between meals, but it's also good for a light meal if your other main meal of the day will be large, perhaps at Taipei's most vegan-friendly upscale buffet, or a hearty hotpot at the Guangfu Loving Hut.

Plants is conveniently located in the vegan hub of Taipei, like most other top vegan restaurants. They take reservations through their website. I recommend making a point of visiting Plants during a short trip to Taiwan, and many resident vegans go regularly.

Ooh Cha Cha

Ooh Cha Cha offer a changing menu of raw cakes.

One of Taipei's earliest vegan restaurants, Ooh Cha Cha has long been famous for its colourful and healthy salads and vegan raw cakes. While most of its menu is cooked food, it's still among the healthiest food Taipei has to offer; its earliest niche was providing healthy, MSG-free food at a time that there was little else available besides oily buffet food. While its menu now includes burgers and other Western staples, I still like its simple, original sandwiches, especially for their delicious, hand-made sauces. It's conveniently located near Dictator (Chiang Kai Shek) Memorial Hall, and a few stops from Taipei Main Station. For travellers it's a great stop for a healthy meal or a taste from home, and as a resident it's one of my most visited Taipei restaurants, but if you will have only a few meals in Taipei I would recommend trying more Taiwanese food (such as the Guangfu Loving Hut).

Other Taipei Restaurants which serve Raw Vegan Food

Mani Mani




In September 2017 Mani Mani has just opened in Taipei, making it the newest edition in the cluster of vegan restaurants around Zhongxiao Dunhua Station. They offer and a top-noch dining experience, so if you would like to impress a Taiwanese person then this could be the place. They also offer what are probably Taipei's most beautifully-presented salads (and the most expensive, at around NT400) however beneath the top layer mine was mostly insipid lettuce, whereas a less-expensive salad from Ooh Cha Cha (see above) is a much more complete meal. 

Nakedfood???

NakedFood are a famous raw restaurant in Taipei which claim to be all vegan, however its non-vegan owners have for years been lying to customers about their wines, first claiming they didn't know wine wasn't vegan and now saying wines are vegan, however I checked with the company of their most recent wine (which they specifically promote as vegan) and they said that they don't produce any vegan wines. Due to this lack of honesty I have no confidence that their menu is really vegan, and the local vegan community goes to Plants instead, since we can trust it's vegan and like to support real vegan businesses.

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