Looking for the best restaurants and cafes in Kenting National Park? You’ve come to the right place! I love food, I live here (in Manzhou), and I’ve tried most of the eateries in the national park.
Finding really good restaurants in this part of Taiwan is not so easy. It’s no secret that there is quite a few tourist traps out there where food is just horrible and overpriced, or where service is at best “tolerable“.
Check out this map of all the restaurants and cafes listed on this page:
So here is a list of the best Kenting restaurants and cafes where my wife and I, my friends, (and locals) keep going back to again and again.
Restaurants in Kenting Village
Kenting Village is the area around Kenting Street (which turns into a busy night market every night) and it’s got the highest concentration of places to eat in the national park. Quite a few restaurants are shameless tourist traps with unreasonable prices, small portions, or downright bad food. Still, there are some good options. Here they are:
Bai Sha Tan (Thai Food)
Authentic Thai dishes, outside seating area with good view on Kenting Street (good for people watching), fast service, cold Taiwan beer on tap, decent portions.
- Thai Green Papaya Salad, 160$
- Chicken Green Curry, 260$
- Spicy Fried Pad Thai, 180$
- Spicy Beef Salad, 250$
Address: No. 58, Kending Road, Hengchun Township
Dapu Teppanyaki 大埔鐵板燒
Dapu is a Taiwanese teppanyaki chain that has hundreds of stores around the island. The food is cooked right in front of you on the sizzling hot steel countertop. Prices are cheap and the food is always good, although a bit oily.
If it’s your first time at a teppanyaki restaurant, you should know that if you order one dish, say beef for example, it will come with two veggies on the side. Soup and ice tea is all you can drink for free, and a bowl of white rice is only 10NT$. Price-wise, Dapu is hard to beat!
The following video shows you what to expect at Dapu Teppanyaki. I filmed it in Taichung, but it’s the same thing in Kenting. Enjoy!
Address: No. 333-1, Kending Road, Hengchun Township
Eastern Hengchun Peninsula
This area is packed with seafood restaurants. The Eastern Hengchun Peninsula includes Baisha, Houbihu, Daguang, Hongchaikeng, Wanlitong, Houwan.
Fatchun Cafe 肥春號
One of my favorite cafes in the Hengchun area, Fatchun occupies a very old and refurbished countryside house on a beautiful, small piece of land covered by the kind of green lawn you’d expect to see in North America. The outside sitting area is really nice to chill and sip a cappuccino, read a book, or chat with friends. The owners are young, friendly, professional, and obviously take great pride in their craft -- brewing and making outstanding coffee!
Address: 15, Kanglin South Road, Hengchun Township
Ali Seafood Restaurant
Ali Seafood Restaurant is the most popular Chinese / Taiwanese seafood restaurant in the whole Kenting area even with locals -- which is a good sign. My wife and I have been there at least 50 times over the years and we’ve never seen this place quiet, its always packed, because the food is so good and always fresh.
Bring a sweater as the place is freezer-like cold (to keep the customers fresh?) Ali Seafood Restaurant is a bit outside of town, on the way to Baishawan (Baisha Beach) so you’ll need wheels to get there, take a taxi, or be ready to walk a very long way!
Address: 20 Shawei Rd, Hengchun Township
Hours: 11am -- 2pm, 5pm -- 9pm
Houbihu Fishing Harbor
Houbihu Marina is the biggest fishing harbor in Kenting National Park. That’s where most locals and restaurants buy their seafood. There’s a couple of very traditional restaurants in the main building. It’s always packed and you might have to wait 5 to 10 minutes to be seated.
This is where the boats come to unload their catch, so it doesn’t get any fresher than that. Prices are a bit high, but the plates are gigantic. The boxes of freshly-cut sashimi are the exception to this rule -- they are cheap and it’s as fresh as it gets.
There’s also a couple of seafood restaurants across the road from Houbihu, and my favorite is Qiu’s Sashimi Restaurant (listed below).
Qiu’s Sashimi (seafood) 邱家生魚片
Qiu’s Sashimi used to be in the main building at Houbihu Harbor, but now they are located across the road on the hill, next to a diving shop. The menu is extensive and good across the board. Seafood is what you’re here for, and you’ll want to consider the three-cup squid 三杯中卷, any of their fresh fish on display in the tanks at the front, a plate of sashimi, and their selection of mountain vegetables, and fried rice 炒飯.
Address: 79-51, Daguang Road, Hengchun Township
Hours: 11:00am to 19:30
Hengchaikeng Harbor 橫柴坑漁港
Hengchaikeng is a little remote harbor that’s just a few minutes drive north of Baisha Beach. This little peaceful village is famous for its fresh and delectable seafood. There’s about five very traditional restaurants that overlook the harbor. I’ve eaten at all of them and can’t recommend one over the others -- they’re all good!
It’s a little out of the way to get here, about 25 minutes from Kenting, but the trip is totally worth it! Most of the customers are locals, I’ve never seen westerners or backpackers, so the place provides a more authentic Taiwanese experience than eating at a made-for-tourists eatery on Kenting Street.
Restaurants in Nanwan
In January 2019, my wife Ruby and I finally opened a Pizza Rock branch in Nanwan, right in front of the sea. This is our 21st restaurant in Taiwan, and it’s also our smallest. Space is limited inside, so call in advance if you want to try one of our delicious and famous thin-crust, stone-baked pizza. We also serve Italian baked pasta, Greek and Caesar salad, chicken drumsticks, imported beer, wine, coffee, and creme brûlée.
If you like to have a cold beer in the sun, you’ll fall in love with our outdoor patio where we have 6 big wooden picnic tables, and a solid sound system where we play rock music all day long. Welcome to visit Ruby and I at Pizza Rock Nanwan!
Address: 100 Nanwan Road, Nanwan, Hengchun Township
Phone Number: (08) 888-1535
Business Hours: Every day from 11:30am to 9pm. Last call is at 8:30pm.
Piccolo Polpo (Italian)
Located right across the road from Nanwan Beach, Piccolo Polpo Italian Restaurant serves very decent (and expensive) Italian food. On the menu you’ll find risotto, seafood, pasta, salads, good wine, and a small selection of authentic and mouth-watering Italian appetizers. They also (oddly) have Japanese beer on tap, and I highly recommend it!
Get there early on weekends as it tends to fill up quickly. It’s popular with both locals and travelers. Call in advance to reserve a table.
Address: 60 Nanwan Road, Nanwan, Hengchun Township
Jialeshui / Tip of Taiwan
LUMI is the southernmost cafe in Taiwan! It’s actually the ONLY cafe in the vicinity. And it’s operated by one of the friendliest Dutch you’ll ever meet -- Stella, who’s been living in the area for quite a while.
Lumi is located between Eluanbi and Longpan Park, along what I believe is the most scenic road on the whole island. Driving (or riding) around the southern tip is an absolute must thing to do while in Kenting National Park, and LUMI Cafe is one of those small and special places that you remember long after your trip is over.
Address: 39, Kengnei Road, Hengchun Township
Phone: 0905 196 590
Hours: Only opened on weekends, 11am to 5pm
Check LUMI’s Facebook Page
Summer Point Cafe
Summer Point is a warm little cafe in Jialeshui, just across the road from the beach. It’s kind of a laid-back surfers’ hangout where you can grab a beer after hitting the waves. Summer Point’s coffee is fresh and the burgers are authentic American-style. French fries are also quite decent. Staff is friendly and can give you local travel info.
Address: 252 Chashan Road, Gangkou Village, Manzhou Township
Also in Jialeshui, Food Corner is a tiny outdoor cafe which serves an OK cup of black coffee for just 50NT$. Also on the menu are burgers, sandwiches, fresh juices, and tea. Be ready for some serious heat in the summer, you are sitting next to the road, there is no AC, no fan either, but it shouldn’t stop you from giving it a try. I love this place, the vibe is laidback to the max, and Doris the owner can give you information about surfing at Jialeshui and she can even organize surfing lessons or rent you a surfboard.
Address: 390 Chashan Rd, Pingtung County, Manzhou Township
Hours: 10am to 6pm (they close earlier if the waves are good for surfing at sunset)