Vegan Pizza Review: Taipei Taiwan
When I moved to Taipei, Taiwan I couldn’t wait to see check out their pizza scene. Known worldwide as being one of the best cities for vegan food, it had to be good. It became my mission to find the best vegan pizza in Taipei.
PIZZA. Just seeing or hearing the word immediately brings images of hot, gooey cheese and crunchy, garlicky crust. Especially if you’re from Chicago or another city known for pizza, like me. I’m think my mom slipped Lou Malnati’s pizza sauce into my bottle when I was a baby to ensure I was a true Chicagoan. Of course, I’ve also dabbled in pizza across the world. Some of my favorites were in New York and Italy. Thin crust, deep dish, red sauce, white sauce – I know a good pizza when I taste it.
I’ve felt some frustration looking for the same qualities in vegan pizza. I just wasn’t finding it. Over-processed cheese, tasteless sauces, soft crusts. This summer, I finally found a vegan pizza spot in Chicago that I loved and made me hopeful!
My personal review of vegan pizza in Taipei is below. It’s based on my past pizza experiences and expectations described above. I hope it can be used by travelers craving pizza while in Taipei. Along with those interested in learning about the pizza scene in Taipei in general. Maybe even chefs looking to step up their pizza game!
I tested out pizza from the five vegan and plant-based restaurants in Taipei that carry them. Many of these restaurants are also known for being the top vegan restaurants overall in Taipei. I asked each restaurant what their top-selling pizza was or recommended style, and went with that.
My review is in order of lowest to highest rated pizza. Highest meaning, you should go. Right now.
1 (lowest) – 5 (highest).
So Free Pizza
- About: Located in Wenhua District. They have two locations, but this is the one I tried. So Free is is a very quaint and rustic restaurant so I love it’s character. This is actually a vegetarian pizza restaurant, but they offer vegan pizza. They also have a huge wood-burning stove in front as you walk in, so you can see the pizzas being made.
- Pizza: Mushroom Asparagus.
- Cost: $6 USD/ $175 NTD
- Pros: Low cost; Crispy crust; Cool look and feel of the restaurant
- Cons: Unfortunately, the pizza had a terrible smell straight out of the gate and I realized it was the cheese. They use Violife vegan cheese, which I don’t know how anyone can put on any food. When I opened the box the pizza was tiny. This is probably reflective of the low price, but not what you expect when you get a pizza. It was more toward a personal size. There weren’t many toppings, which was a bummer. I ate one slice to finish the review, but that even made my stomach hurt. I am sure it was the cheese. I brought leftovers back to my husband, but we ended up throwing it out because it was inedible.
- Rating: 1/5
- About: Located in the Da’an district of Taipei, Tofunia is down a quaint little street. My husband and I had eaten there once before and the food was just okay compared to the glowing reviews we read. When I saw their pizza was highly rated, I decided to give it another try.
- Pizza: Hawaiian Pizza
- Cost: $11.5 USD/ $350 NTD
- Pros: Low cost; Great service – they are so kind; The crust is thick and pretty good, although it could have been cooked longer; They gave me a chocolate milkshake while I waited which was really delicious!
- Cons: Unfortunately, the smell of the pizza turned me off right away. I realized after taking a bite that it had to be the same Violife that So Free uses. I checked with them and confirmed that they use Violife. If you are a Violife lover, maybe you will like this. Neither my husband or I could finish the pizza because it had a terrible smell and taste. The Violife cheese sticks to the roof of your mouth, teeth and tongue, which is unpleasant and definitely not something you’d want to eat in public. In addition, the leftovers were wrapped in paper and the cheese stuck to them, so we couldn’t eat the leftover pizza even if we wanted to. I would not eat this pizza again.
- Rating: 2/5
- About: Located in the Da’an district of Taipei, we’d been to Mianto for dinner before and enjoyed it. They are a bit more of a fine dining restaurant, but do not serve alcohol.
- Pizza: Cheese, green peppers, ‘bacon’ and mushroom. It’s a build your own pizza from ingredient list menu.
- Cost: $10 USD/ $315 NTD
- Pros: The overall taste was good.
- Cons: The presentation was poor. The pizza looked dry, mostly because toppings were sparse so I didn’t look forward to trying it. It actually wasn’t as dry as it looked, but it still lacked as a true pizza. It was not enough food for a full meal, and more of a flatbread/ snack.
- Rating: 3/5
Ooh Cha Cha
- About: Located in the Da’an district of Taipei, Ooh Cha Cha is one of my favorite plant-based restaurants in Taipei. They have a westernized menu when I want that style. It includes burgers, salads, crispy baked home-fries, etc. They also focus on high-quality, organic ingredients and clearly care about both their customers and the environment.
- Pizza I Tried: Tempeh Sausage Pizza
- Cost: $10 USD/ $315 NTD
- Pros: Low Cost; Healthy toppings; Overall great taste and always amazing service; Tempeh sausage was very flavorful.
- Cons: Not enough food for a full meal – this is more of a snack. It’s also a flatbread rather than a true pizza. Very thin crust and not crispy. The toppings were much too light and there wasn’t enough sauce.
- Rating: 4/5
- About: Located in the Da’an district of Taipei. I had never been to Vegan Taipei, but the reviews on google were so high I had to check it out.
- Pizza: Margherita (Recommended to me by the owner’s wife)
- Cost: $10 USD/ $300 NTD plus any toppings
- Pros: So. Many. Pro’s.
- Before I even get to the pizza, I have to talk about the owner. He came over to say hello and mention a promo on pizza they were having. He also made sure myself and everyone else in the restaurant had WIFI access.
- When the pizza came out, I was hopeful because looked like a true pizza and it smelled incredible. Especially the cheese. It looked perfect and was gooey, salty and stretchy just like you want it. The kicker? They make their cheese in house.The owner was happy to chat with me about their cheeses and then did a cheese sampling for me so I could try the different styles. Vegan goat cheese, Brie with Italian spices, Dill Brie, Jalapeno and Cheddar.
- They used a ton of spices on their pizza, and I don’t know what combination they were, but the pizza tasted like my beloved Chicago pizzas. You’d never know it was vegan. Blown away!
- They also have a book library, so he offered Chinese dictionaries to me. I can’t wait to go back to try more menu items and soak in the atmosphere. This is definitely the best vegan pizza in Taipei.
- Cons: None.
- Rating: 5/5
If you are craving a light snack or flatbread, there are some options here for you. In addition, it’s great to support vegan and plant-based restaurants. Many of these restaurants have other tasty, tasty options. If you want a real PIZZA though, with the ooey, gooey cheese and crunchy crust, Vegan Taipei is your answer. Overall, I think vegan pizza has a long way to go in many cities across the world and it would be great to have more options!
I hope this provided you with some guidance when you are visiting Taipei or just out for the night and craving a slice. Please let me know if you have any questions.