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The 10 best restaurants in Wanhua, Taiwan

Wanhua is a huge district and the first part of Taipei, Taiwan to settle in. Now it is a commercial entertainment center, especially popular with the youngsters. Here are the best restaurants to enjoy.

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Sen Tian Wu

All Taipei districts offer an abundance of Japanese restaurants and Wanhua is no exception. Get off the subway in Ximen. One block from the train station, you will find this lovely little Japanese venue. After climbing the short, steep stairs, you will find this rustic room decorated with lanterns. It serves fresh, light bowls of udon and delicious bento boxes. Sen Tian Wu offers customers a quick stop where you can escape from the street, off the street, for a refreshing soup and crispy tempura shrimp.

2F, 101 Hanzhong Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan

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Chiba

The name is a combination of the hotel name Amba and the Chinese expression "chi", which means "to eat". Chiba is a restaurant that calls itself a place for the creative nomads. Recently opened, this trendy space, bathed in natural light, hosts large communal tables between shelves filled with books, plants, and other collectibles. Chiba is more than just a pretty restaurant. It also has an open kitchen that serves breakfast, a buffet lunch, an all-day menu, and afternoon tea. The focus is on fresh products. Salads, pasta, Asian specialties, bread and freshly squeezed fruit juices are only part of the menu.

5F, 77 Wuchang, Street Section 2, Taipei City, Taiwan +886 2 237 55 152

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Ay-Chung Flour-Rice-Noodle 阿 宗 麵 線

This establishment has been around since 1975 and is a very famous and popular noodle shop in Taipei. The daily crush awaits the steaming bowls of long thin rice noodles and pieces of pork intestines in a thick broth full of flavor. A small bowl can be eaten on one of the nearby chairs or while walking through the markets. This is a must do while visiting Taipei. Don't forget to take some chili sauce, garlic paste, and vinegar from the vats on the side to make it perfect for your own preferences.

8 Emei Street, Wanhua, Taipei, Taiwan

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So free pizza

These homemade pizzas are freshly baked to order in the wood oven. Everything at So Free Pizza is vegetarian and there are a number of vegan options too. Don't let this put you off if you are a meat lover - these pizza crusts are so delicious and mouthwatering that you won't miss the hot peppers. Other creative combinations include smoked cheese, rosemary potatoes, and even sweet options like apple-cinnamon and banana-almonds.

No. 1, Lane 50, Xining South Road, Wanhua, Taipei, Taiwan, +886 2 231 46 225

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Modern toilet

This is a clear favorite for those with an appetite for the unusual and with stronger stomachs. The inspiration for this fairly new spot came to the owner while sitting on the toilet while watching the manga cartoon Dr. Slump read. They mainly started out selling ribbed chocolate ice cream bowls in containers shaped like white ceramic squat toilets. Modern Toilet is all about looks, not taste, but it's still well worth a visit. They even have both styles of sit or squat so no one feels left out.

2F, No. 7, Lane 50, Xining South Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan, +886 2 231 88 22

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Dianshui Lou

Hong Kong isn't the only island here with unforgettable dumplings. This facility offers arguably the best of Taipei. Dianshui Lou is technically located on the border between Wanhua and Zhongzheng, just a 10-minute walk from Ximen Station. It's a must see if your in the area. The amazing baskets of Xiaolong Bao (steamed buns usually filled with pork) are well worth it. Famous traditional Chinese dishes include crab in red bean paste and grilled onion carp.

64 Huaining Street, Taipei, Taiwan, +886 2 2312 3100

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Jian Hong Beef Noodle Stand

In a city where beef noodles are a favorite - they even have an annual beef noodle festival that awards prizes for quality and creativity - the dish is a must. This 24-hour stand is popular with locals but less known to tourists. He consistently serves generous bowls of thick beef soup and fresh handmade noodles. It's a simple concept, but packed with unforgettable flavor. Ask for some niu rou mian on this quiet street away from the brighter lights of the shopping district. Here you get a local and authentic experience.

District, No. 45, 45-46 Luo Yang Street, Taipei City, Taiwan, +886 2 2371 2747

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Lane 50, Wucheng Street

While not actually a restaurant, this little street is longer than a grocery market as many of the surrounding restaurants were open. The unusual but delicious choices range from hot cheese potatoes with various toppings to sweet potato meatballs to ice cream and rolls. There is also the ingenious creation of grilled mochi on a stick, which you can eat savory or sweet. The black sesame flavor is highly recommended.

Lane 50, Wucheng Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan

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Mala no guo

This water-themed buffet and hot-pot eatery is perhaps less well known than bigger competitors in the area, like the giant Mala Yuanyang Hotpot on Sining South Road. It includes original decor with portholes in the walls. If that's not enough to entice you inside, you may be seduced by the convenience and improved hygiene that each hot pot offers. Also, the father and son who work at Mala No Guo will go out of their way to provide the friendliest service that is hard to come by anywhere else. Choose your soup base from spices, curry, kimchi, soy milk or herbs and treat yourself to fresh fruit and vegetables, all for NTD 280/330.

2F, 46 West Ningan Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan, +886 2 2314 0773

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Yu's Almond Tofu 于 記 杏仁 豆腐

As a dessert to end a day of gastronomic experimentation, or perhaps as a palate cleanse between all the other samples, visit Yu's for a bowl of their famous almond milk ice cream. Taiwan is known for its popular shaved ice cream and cool desserts in general. The variant with almond milk, however, is different and vegan-friendly. It comes on top of almond tofu and with a bag of their almond milk. It's silky, nutty, cool goodness. Although this is in Zhongzheng District, the boundaries in Taipei are rather vague. The restaurant is next to Ximen Station, so it is a close place to eat in Wanhua.

101 Hengyang Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan, + 886-22370 1998