MRT DONGMEN Station (東門站)

[This post will be updated if new information about places around the station comes available. 🙂 ]


Info added on June 7, 2022

Read more here.

Tel: (02) 2358-1198
Add: No. 8, Lishui St., Da’an District, Taipei City/Lishui Branch
Hours: 8am~9pm
Website: (Chinese)

June 1st (六月初一)

Info added on November 3, 2021

The 8-shaped egg roll of June 1st is an extremely popular souvenir originating in Taichung. It is an exquisite dessert with a crispy light texture and a gentle egg scent created by layers of dough like a pie. There are five flavors: plain, chocolate, coffee, sesame, and seaweed. Previously it was sold only in Taichung, but now it can also be purchased at the shops’s Taipei Yongkang branch. All types can be sampled at the store.

June 1st
Tel: (02) 2322-2700

Mountain & Sea House (山海樓)

Info added on October 28, 2021

Mountain & Sea House, which serves Taiwanese cuisine, was one of two inaugural Michelin Green Star recipients for the 2021 edition. It is located in Zhongzheng District. More info here.

Mountain & Sea House
Tel: (02) 2351-3345
Michelin Guide Entry:

Daren Xiaoxue (大人小學)

Info added on July 21, 2021

Daren Xiaoxue (大人小學)
Tel: 0922-711-979
Add: No. 9, Lane 31, Yongkang St., Da’an District, Taipei City

Bai-Shui Douhua

Info added on July 21, 2021

Bai-Shui Douhua
Tel: (02) 2392-6707
Add: No. 9, Lane 31, Yongkang St., Da’an District, Taipei City

Zhengjiang Traditional Ice Shop

Info added on July 14, 2021

To get a well-rounded taste of traditional Taiwanese ice snacks, look no further than Zhengjiang Traditional Ice Shop, located near the foodie’s paradise that is the streets surrounding MRT Dongmen Station in Taipei. After sampling the wide variety of foods in the area, a stop at Zhengjiang is a great opportunity to try a version of the aptly-named Eight Treasure Ice. Enjoy a heaping helping of the “eight treasures,” which include adzuki beans, mung beans, taro balls, peanuts, chestnuts, kidney beans, sweet potato balls, and tapioca pearls atop a mountain of shaved ice. In addition to its ice treats, the shop offers warming tangyuan soup, which is a must-try during the colder months, as well as douhua (soft tofu pudding), seasonal fruit juices, and a range of soups, including peanut and adzuki bean.

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Zhengjiang Traditional Ice Shop
Tel: (02) 2395-2109
Add: No. 109, Sec. 2, Jinshan S. Rd., Da’an District, Taipei City

Soypresso (二吉軒豆漿)

Info added on April 1, 2020

Soy bean pudding

Soypresso (二吉軒豆漿)
Add: No. 8, Lishui St., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2358-1198

Tea to Tea (茶敬茶)

Info added on March 27, 2020

Tea To Tea

This homely green-walled tea store on a lane off Yongkang Street might serve some non-traditional concoctions, such as a gin-based bubble tea, but this is a shop that’s steeped in history. The middle character, jing (敬), means “respect” and is sandwiched between two “teas” or cha (茶), implying the importance of upholding respect for teamaking traditions as well as passing those traditions down from one generation to another. In fact, Tea to Tea is owned by a third-generation teamaker who grew up on a tea farm in Nantou County, where Taiwan’s highly praised high-mountain teas are harvested.

Tea To Tea is a small tea shop
Alcoholic tea drink

On the menu are taro milk tea and matcha latte, but it’s the alcoholic bubble tea that most people come for. For many, pearl milk tea is a comfort drink, a treat during childhood, and Tea to Tea conjures these very flavors but makes it more divine by adding a dash of gin. Souvenir-wise, high-mountain tea leaves come in gorgeous black packaging, though without the liquor.

Alcoholic bubble tea

Tea to Tea (茶敬茶)
Add: No. 16, Ln. 4, Yongkang St., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2395-8652


Info added on March 24, 2020

One of the local pioneers of hand-cranked cold tea, this pint-sized shop on a lane off the main tourist drag of Yongkang Street appears more like a third-wave coffee shop than a tea store. Undoubtedly, it’s the rows of gold-and-black Nespresso capsules on the wall behind the counter that give this impression. But notice the tiny lettering underneath the name “Soma” on the gold-plated sign affixed to a royal-blue wood-board wall outside: “Tea & Mocktail.”

Mixing a refreshing tea drink
Wall with Nespresso capsules

With just two raised seats by the window, this is not a place to linger. Primarily operating as a takeout joint, Soma lures customers who stumble across the shop while wandering the area in search of dining options, such as beef-noodle soup, or perusing the many craft shops. The ordering system is factory-like – take a number from a machine and wait your turn. The name Soma evokes sleek sophistication, and makes some think of San Francisco’s warehouse-chic district SoMa, or “South of Market.” The tea store is exactly that, sporting stylish gray-concrete walls and overhanging lamps.

Colorful cards the size of business cards are cleverly arranged on tiny shelves on one wall, detailing flavors and prices for numerous types of cold beverages. The first row consists of mocktails, the second row of classic cold teas, including fruit teas, and the third of milk teas, some of which are made with the Nespresso capsules.

Cold-beverage cards

Fittingly, the color of each card corresponds to the hue the liquid takes on. The drinks are served in large takeout cups. Among the mocktails, there’s a wonderful candied taro and barley milk tea. Most of the drinks from the second row are made with Taiwan high-mountain tea, the standouts being a gold/yellow-hued passionfruit tea and a striking red-colored roselle floral tea which is just slightly sweet and comes with refreshing bits of basil seed that float to the top. Of course, the luscious milk teas are not to be missed – try the frothy milk tea made with high-mountain tea or the zingy Nespresso milk tea. Besides this adorable Yongkang store, Soma also has outlets on Dunhua South Road in Taipei, two stores in Singapore, and one in Los Angeles.

Enjoying a rosell floral tea

Add: No. 3, Ln. 7, Yongkang St., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2396-8662

Qing Tian Teahouse (青田茶館)

Info added on March 10, 2020

Taipei’s Yongkang Street area, near the Taipei Metro’s MRT Dongmen Station, has become a popular go-to spot for foodies. A stop at Qing Tian Teahouse is a must when visiting this area.

Entrance to the teahouse

Located on Qingtian Street, the teahouse is in an old building, part of a historic block that was originally used as housing for Japanese professors. The former residence was renovated and converted into an art gallery and teahouse in 2011. Visitors can take a step back in time to imagine what life was like for the former residents. Many art objects and relics line the walls, all well-preserved and immaculately displayed.

Tea drinking with inner courtyard view

Inside the teahouse you can try excellent teas from mainly two tea-growing areas in Taiwan, Lugu in Nantou County (Dongding Oolong Tea) and Jiuhuashan in Miaoli County (Oriental Beauty Tea). The tea is served with delicious sweets, including mung bean cake and date walnut cake.

Tea and sweat snacks

Qing Tian Teahouse (青田茶館)
Add: No. 12, Ln. 8, Qingtian St., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2391-6676

Yongkang Street (永康街)

Dongmen Station is located right at the entrance to Yongkang Street, a popular area with shops, cafés, and restaurants. The Yongkang Commercial District has become a must-explore attraction for international travelers. Among its top draws is mango ice, the fresh golden-yellow mango chunks heaped over a small mountain of refreshing shaved ice, perfect on a hot summer’s day. Visit King Mango (芒果皇帝), famed for its Irwin Mango Ice with sweet taste and enticing fragrance, to be enjoyed in big mouthfuls.

Add: No. 2-1, Ln. 2, Yongkang St., Da’an Dist., Taipei City

Scallion vendor on Yongkang Street
Scallion vendor on Yongkang Street
Mango ice
Mango ice

Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐)

Another tourist favorite is Din Tai Fung restaurant, famous for it’s delicious steamed dumplings. Established in 1958, the restaurant consistently delivers innovation and refinement. Each dumpling is precisely prepared: the filling weighs 16g, skin 5g, finished dumpling 21g. Master workers then take the dough skin and enclose the filling, creating 18 pleats, making each nugget an exquisite work of art. 

Add: No. 194, Sec. 2, Xinyi Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City

Dining at Din Tai Fung
Dining at Din Tai Fung

Hang Zhou Xiao Long Bao

Michelin Guide Taipei 2019 Bib Gourmand

At this eatery, opened over 40 years ago, the filling of the signature Green Squash and Shrimp Soup Dumpling is made with fresh grass shrimp and Penghu green squash. When cooked, a naturally savory/sweet broth forms inside. Dipped in the special house sauce, a 3/1 vinegar/soy sauce combination, the refreshing, full-bodied taste creates lasting memories.

Kitchen of Hang Zhou Xiao Long Bao
Dining area
Delicious steamed dumplings

Add: No.17, Sec. 2, Hangzhou S. Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
(台北市大安區杭州南路二段 17 號)

Kao Chi (高記上海料理)

Opened in 1939, now run by the third generation, this popular restaurant’s renowned pan-fried pork buns are crispy outside, tender inside. Their starring twin is the crab roe xiaolongbao, each topped with golden-yellow crab butter, the chewy, ultra-thin skins embracing a juicy filling of minced pork and crab roe.


Add: No. 5, Yongkang St., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2341-9984

King Mango

One of the popular mango ice shops on Yongkang Street. Twenty different ice dishes on the menu. Declaring proudly that they served ice at the Presidential Office National Day Banquet in 2015.

King Mango on Yongkang Street

Menu of King Mango

Add: No. 2-1, Lane 2, Yongkang St., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 3322-6009
Website: (Chinese)

TIGI Hot Pot (鐵支涮火鍋)

Hot-pot fun at TIGI Hot Pot
Everything’s ready

Add: No. 6-1, Lane 141, Sec. 1, Heping E. Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2391 1798

Green & Safe (齊民市集)

Green & Safe environment-friendly shopping bag
Store staff
Hot-pot bar
Healthy hot pot

Add: 2F, No. 158, Sec. 2, Xinyi Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2341-6002

Michelin Guide Taipei 2019 Bib Gourmand
Yongkang Beef Noodle
Tel: (02) 2351-1051
Add: No. 17, Ln. 31, Sec. 2, Jinshan S. Rd., Taipei City

Michelin Guide Taipei 2019 Bib Gourmand
Liao Beef Noodles
Tel: (02) 2351-7065
Add: No. 98, Jinhua St., Taipei City

Michelin Guide Taipei 2019 Bib Gourmand
Hao Gong Dao Jin Ji Yuan
Tel: (02) 2341-6980
Add: No. 28-1, Yongkang St., Taipei City

For more info about ice treats, read Taipei Best Ice Treats.

Qingdao Soymilk Shop (青島豆漿店)

Qingdao Soymilk Shop
Traditional Taiwan breakfast
Baking cakes

Add: No. 139-3, Sec. 1, Hangzhou S. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2393-4958

Video about a tofu pudding vendor near MRT Dongmen Station

At Dongmen Station you can transfer to the Xinlu-Zhonghe Line, which takes you to places such as the Gongguan Commercial Area at National Taiwan University and the always busy Xingtian Temple.

Citizen Hotel (星辰飯店)
Located on Jinshan South Road, Citizen Hotel is a warm and welcoming place to stay, just a short walk from Yongkang Street.
More info here:

Further reading on other sites
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Yuan (阿原)

Yuan soap shop on Yongkang Street
Bathroom products

Add: No. 2-1, Lane 8, Yongkang St., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 3393-6891

Ginger (薑心比心)

Ginger hand creme

Add: No. 28, Yongkang St., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2351-4778

Cha Tzu Tang (茶籽堂)

Cha Tzu Tang shop
Cha Tzu Tang products

Add: No. 11-1, Yongkang St., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2395-5877

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