The Best Hualien Restaurants
An Island Life List of Favorites!
It’s difficult coming to a new city and not knowing where to get a good bite to eat. Guide books can be outdated, and review sites can be rigged. So here at Island Life, we’ve made a list of all of our favorite restaurants from our time living here in Hualien. We hope you enjoy!
Salt Lick Restaurant – American style BBQ. Our favorites include the slow cooked Pulled Pork (sandwich or plate), the Seasonal Salad (best in town), the Cajun Chicken Sandwich and the Smoked Ribs.
Three Koalas Restaurant – Very reasonably priced American & Italian fare. Paninis, Personal Pizzas, Burgers and more. Our favorite is the steak sandwich with goat cheese and balsamic onion jam. A popular place for families.
Country Mothers – American/ European brunch restaurant. Our favorites include the European Omelet with Dijon Sauce and the Eggs benedict.
Farmers Kitchen – Vegetarian Restaurant. Our favorites include the spinach calzone, the Caprese salad, the Mexican veggie burger and the chick pea cottage pie.
Oh La La –French Crepery near the train station. 611 Zhongshan Rd. Many tasty crepes and small French dishes to choose from. We like the banana Nutella crepe and the Beef Bourguignon.
Summer Diner – American fare in a funky retro diner ambiance by the train station. Huge salads, Quesadillas and Buffalo chicken sandwiches are sure to please. Very large portions for the price.
Boom Burger – Affordable and tasty burgers and more. Near-ish the train station.
Louisa Coffee – Probably the best coffee shop in Hualien. Inexpensive coffee drinks (Fair Trade available), tasty breakfast sandwiches and comfy coffee house ambiance.
Dongdamen Night Market – Located downtown off Zhongshan Rd. All kinds of fun snacks and meals. The back section is primarily aboriginal food. Guided Island Life Night Market Tours are available. Stinky Tofu, Double Layer Sausage, Coffin Bread and more!
Old Banyan Tree Restaurant – No.84 Minguo Road. This bustling local place has an “English” menu with pictures. Dishes come in good portions for sharing. Everything is delicious.
Koufu Beef Noodle Restaurant – No.533, Fujian St. This is a local favorite for a Taiwanese classic dish!
Zhou Steamed Dumpling Stand – No. 4-20, Gongzheng St. – This decades old famous steamed bun shop serves the best Xiao Long Bao in Hualien. Grab a bag to eat on the street. Don’t forget the sauce!
Dai’s Wonton Soup Shop – No. 120, Zhonghua Rd. – Another Hualien institution. In a town where wonton soup is considered a specialty, Dai’s is widely considered the best.
Hai Po Oyster Omelet Stand – No. 88 Ziyou St. – Wanna try something really different? This Hualien specialty looks like a trainwreck but is surprisingly tasty. This is THE local spot.
Ba Fang Yun Ji Dumplings – No. 696 Zhongshan Rd. & No. 93 Guolian 3rd Rd – These small chain shops of fried and steamed dumplings are inexpensive and delicious. Vegetarian options available.
Lao Shao Restaurant – No. 3-2, San Min St.. Very good Chinese/ Taiwanese cuisine.
He Jia Restaurant – No.228, Zhonghe St. Very good Chinese/Taiwanese food.
MuMing Restaurant – No. 23, Ln. 10 Mingtan St. Xincheng Township – Nice Taiwanese place near Chishingtan Beach.
Cikasuan Restaurant – Aboriginal Restaurant by Liyu Lake. Many traditional dishes.
Other Asian Fare
Medina – Indian & Pakistani food. Our favorites include the Chicken Korma, Biriyani and Saag.
Zhangxin Lamian –Japanese noodle house. Expect a bit of a wait at this favorite eating restaurant. Our favorite is the pork bone lamian. 4 doors East of The Moose Restaurant.
Siam Thai – Thai food. Tasty inexpensive spot popular with locals. Our favorites include the lemon pork slice, papaya salad, pad thai and the Holy basil pork rice.
Outside of Town
Ian’s Table – Farm to table, Ian and his wife Sabine greet you with true hospitality at this special countryside B&B in Shoufeng (30 minutes from Hualien). Almost everything is grown either on property or locally and the fusion of Mediterranean, Taiwanese and Moroccan flavors is unique to the island. Book a table ahead as there is no menu, they will ask you some dietary questions and then prepare you a 4-5 course meal full of delightful surprises.