Taipei is already emerging as a culinary capital, whether for Western or Asian food. The Italian Bencotto restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Taipei, presided over by Michelin-starred chef Mario Cittadini, invites guests into the kitchen with its open design, while the MO Bar takes its inspiration from Art Deco. And the hotel’s fine dining Cantonese restaurant, Ya Ge, is already enjoying a local following for its dim sum delicacies. For a taste of local cuisine, don’t miss Dintaifung, Taiwan’s best-known culinary export, which has raised the humble soup dumpling to the level of high art. These incredibly succulent delicacies attract huge crowds from across the country – and despite a presence around the world, many still think the local version is best. Tea is central to Taiwan gastronomic culture, but few places have managed to combine fine teas and ambiance in quite the same way as Wistaria Tea House, a location known as a gathering place for intellectuals, artists and business leaders, and which prides itself on its fine quality teas and service.