Train from Taichung to Tainan took 2 hours. We checked into our room booked through Airbnb and start exploring food around Tainan. Tainan claims its name as one of the Taiwanese cultural capitals for its abundant historic monument and citizen lifestyle. The city is dotted by Taoist temples, Buddhist temples, and churches. Many of them are among the oldest in Taiwan. The city also has its own unique traditions and cuisines developed by Chinese frontiers over its long history.
Tainan is not a big city but finding food around Tainan is not easy as the eateries is scattered all around Tainan and took us 10 minutes walk from one eatery to another one. We spent our 3rd day in Tainan walking throughout the city. Tiring but worth the experience. Getting around is easy with the help of GPS and google map. Most of the location in this post is clearly tag in Google Map, the best way to look for the location is by key-in the name of the eatery and search at google map.
Tainan style meatballs are different from what you expect. The meatball looks like dumplings with pork fillings with lots of gravy. There are also “meatball” with prawn fillings serve at 福記肉圓
No. 299, Section 1, Fuqian Road, West Central District
GPS Location: 22.9896246N 120.2014509E
小林煎餅 Lins Hand Made Cookies
Cute Kobayashi cookies by Lins Handmade cookies. The cookies are soft with cream filling
Address : No. 89, Zhongzheng Road, West Central District
GPS Location: 22.9921481N 120.2008823E
裕成水果店 Yu Cheng Fruits Grocery
Serve amazing Mango ice! Yu Cheng also famous for their fruit juice and fruits platter.
Address: 700, 台南市中西區民生路一段122號
Opening hour : 12pm to 5am
GPS Location: 22.9940197N 120.2011424E
Tainan Flower Night market 台南花園夜市
One of the most popular night market in Tainan. Tainan Flower night market is well organized and offered with a wide array of local Taiwan snacks, from fried chicken, grilled seafood, oyster omelet, stinky tofu to exotic snacks such as Singapore Laksa, Japanese takoyaki and sushi, Indian Teh Tarik and so on
Address: 和緯路与海安路交叉口 Hewai rd and Hai-An road intersection
Opening hours: opens on Thur, Sat and Sunday from 6pm till 1am
GPS Location: 23.0106875N 120.1996189E
one of the most popular food stall at Flower Night Market, selling Fried Chicken at 55NT$ each
boneless chicken wing stuff with Japanese rice
Dong bo rou bun
We meet up with our Taiwanese friend and he recommend us 夏林海鮮炭燒 at Xialin Road. 夏林海鮮炭燒 serve barbecue Japanese and local Tainan dishes.
3rd Day – Tainan
A cup of latte at Cama Cafe, Tainan to start off the day. Their motto is fresh coffee with great taste. Cost only 60NT$ One of the least expensive coffee and specialty coffee drinks. Located next to Shin Kong Mitsukoshi
Address : No. 701, Section 1, Ximen Rd, 台南市
GPS Location : 22.9866838N 120.1989055E
When visiting the Anping Old Fort area, visitors must take a walk through the Anping Old Street. The Anping Old Street starts near the front entrance of the Anping Old Fort and runs along Yanping Street. It is narrow and windy and is full packed with stalls and old buildings.
陳家蚵捲 (Chen Family Oyster roll)
Run by the 3rd generation of Chen Family and over 50 years old name at Anping. Famous for their oyster and shrimp roll.
Address: No. 786號, Anping Road, Anping District, Tainan City, Taiwan 708
GPS Location: 23.0003231N 120.1616818E
Shrimp roll, 45 NT$
Oyster Omelet, 100NT$
Chihkan Tower area
After spending 2 hours exploring Anping area, we hop on a bus-route to Tainan Train Station, we go down the bus in front of Chihkan Tower. After a visit to Chihkan Tower, we start exploring the nearby area for good food
蔡家豬血攤 (Chai Family big blood stall)
Address: No. 220, Section 2, Yongfu Road, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
GPS Location: 22.996719,120.202521
義豐冬瓜茶 (Yi Feng Winter melon drinks)
Located only 2 shop lots away from 蔡家豬血攤. Perfect thirst-quenching drinks after a long walk.
Address: No. 216, Section 2, Yongfu Road, West Central District, Tainan City,
GPS Location: 22.9964746,120.2022474
Famous for Shrimp meatball. Located next to Wu Miao (Wu Temple)
Address: No. 225, Section 2, Yongfu Road, West Central District, Tainan City
Opening hours: 12:30pm – 5:00 pm
GPS Location: 22.996205, 120.201983
A cozy cafe converted from an old shop into a cozy corner. Great decoration inside the shop. Good place to take a rest and enjoy the drinks
Address: No. 142之1號, Section 2, Yongfu Road, West Central District, Tainan City
Opening hours: 9am to 8pm
GPS Location: 22.994314, 120.201530
名東蛋糕 Ming Dong a Freshly Baked Cake
True to the name, the cake at Ming Dong a Freshly Baked Cake is freshly bake. Do expect long queue (we queued for 20 minutes) Soft cake with hot chocolate, pumpkin seed and cheese to choose from
Address: 700, Taiwan 台南市北區台南市民生路二段95號
GPS Location: 22.995190, 120.196766
赤嵌棺材板 Chihkan Guan Chai Ban
Guo Hua Street (You Ai Street and Guo Hua Street intersection)
Many food stalls and fashion boutique can be found at this narrow street
GPS Location: 22.990789, 120.196821
進福炒鱔魚專家 Jin Fu specialist in cooking eel
Squid is a popular choice here too.
Squid with special sauce
Fried Pan Mee with eel
Dumpling specialist shop 餃子專門店
located right next to 進福炒鱔魚專家 (Jin Fu specialist in cooking eel) is a shop specializing in Japanese dumpling
GPS Location: 22.989108, 120.209632
85°C Bakery Cafe
85°C Bakery Cafe specializing in espresso coffee, flavored beverages, decorative cakes, and freshly baked bread. They serve affordable and good coffee. They have branches throughout Taiwan and is one of the most popular Bakery Cafe in Taiwan.
Tainan people love to have beef soup for breakfast. One of the most popular beef soup in Tainan is 六千牛肉湯. Open at 5am daily and sold out at 10am. The place becomes crowded once it open at 5am. A simple Tainan breakfast with original beef taste. Beef soup is one of the “must eat” when in Tainan
Opening hours: 5am – 10:00 am
Tainan Food Map.
Tainan train station, Our choice for transportation to Taipei. The train ride took 4 hours. There is also faster option (HSR 1hour 45 minutes)
The good thing about traveling with TRA (Taiwan Railways Authority) is they serve good Bento on the train. Bento price starts from 60NT$
Bento comes with salted vegetable, braised Tofu, braised egg and pork chop
Next Stop: Taipei