Beitou Vegetarian Restaurants

Beitou has three vegetarian restaurants of note and a small but welcoming traditional noodle stall. For a fine meal right amongst the sights and smells of Beitou, head to the fusion restaurant 'SU', and expect to pay about 500NT for a delicious and filling set meal. For a simple but delicious Buddhist set meal walk up the hill to the Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant (150-200NT). It's well worth the 1km walk (or stop on your way back) to visit Yummy Vegan House, for a cheap and cheerful but very delicious Taiwanese meal, with dessert, all guaranteed vegan, with dishes starting at around 100NT. A simple meal at Hiroshima Xiang goes for as little as 50NT.

SU

A Thaiwanese green curry set from Su (about 500NT).

Su (法式養生蔬食館) is most luxurious and convenient vegetarian restaurant in Beitou, located just across the road from the Hotspring Park, nestled in amongst the hot spring hotels. It boasts itself as a French restaurant, but in reality it's more of a fusion of Taiwanese flavours with a few exotic dishes, particularly pasta. Set meals are around 500NT, and include a drink, entree, main and dessert. Staff are knowledable about which dishes contain dairy products and happy to check specifics when asked. If this doesn't seem too much for a meal then it's a pleasant place to unwind from your day exploring Beitou, but that money would go further at a restaurant like Sophie's Garden. It's best not to arrive too close to closing time. Su means vegetable in Chinese, and is commonly used to denote a vegetarian restaurant (as an alternative to the traditional , also pronounced 'su').

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(02)2894-6428
228 Guang Ming Road, Beitou
台北市北投區光明路228號
Open daily 11:30 - 2:30, 5:00-9:00

Website


Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant and Teahouse

Hualien Vegetarian Restaurant, Beitou (shown brighter)

A slightly further walk away is the Lotus  Vegetarian Restaurant and Teahouse (蓮花素食茶飲館), next door to a beautiful old church. It's a much humbler Buddhist affair than Su, but still offers delicious set meals for 100 - 200NT. Staff were welcoming and happy to ensure food is vegan, but it may be difficult to communicate this if you can't speak Chinese. They offer an English menu. 

This meal, with complementary tea, was delicious, and excellent value at 150NT.

Essentials
02 2892 7611
110-2 Wenquan Road, Beitou 台北市北投區溫泉路110之2號
Close between lunch and dinner. Call to check whether or not they're open.


Yummy Vegan House
Salad, curry and vegan cake from Yummy Vegan House near Beitou Station

Yummy Vegan House is the only vegan restaurant in or near Beitou. It offers simple, delicious Taiwanese favourites for around 100NT each, including desserts. It has a wonderful vibe for such a small eatery. While it's not quite as convenient to reach from Beitou's main attractions as the other two restaurants, this is the best option for a simple, vegan meal, and is my favourite option for a meal in Beitou. As an aside, since it's on the main MRT line, this is a worthwhile stop if visiting Tamsui, as there are few good vegan options there.

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Yummy Vegan House is closest to Qiyan Station, but is walkable from Xinbeitou Station (1.1km), Beitou Station (600m) and Qiyan Station (400m).
11:30AM - 8:00PM daily.
(02) 289 47570
218, Section 1, Zhongyang South Road, Beitou
台北市北投區中央南路一段218號
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Hiroshima Xiang

55NT dinner from Hiroshima Xiang, Beitou.

Hiroshima Xiang is a traditional, simple rice and noodle stall good for a quick, cheap bite to eat. Choose three dishes with rice for 55NT. Fake meat and curry should be assumed to contain dairy and / or egg products. It's about five minutes walk from Xin Beitou Station.

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They close between lunch and dinner. Call to check if they're open or just try them, and if they're closed continue on to Yummy Vegan House.
No website - see Happycow page.
0228943040
132 Guangming Road, Beitou 
北投區光明路132之8號




See Also
Beitou Travel Guide
Tamsui
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