camera eats first at this shaved ice spot

Asia loves shaved ice desserts, so Taipei has no shortage of options if you’re looking for a little something sweet between meals. Jingimoo is a part of a new wave of desserts that has taken Taipei by storm in recent years, a modern and curated version of familiar traditions, taking Japanese kakigori and interpreting it with fresh perspectives and inspiration from seasonal ingredients. The gem of a spot is nestled in a little corner in the alleys of Dongmen, but has a devout consumer base.

Jingimoo is most known for their very photogenic “fire” shaved ice, which comes topped with bruléed cream and with a side of rice balls in flavors like matcha or rose lychee or blueberry and raspberry. On the other end of the spectrum, they have hot desserts like sesame soup and osmanthus purple rice and red bean and a Hakka-inspired matcha lei tea, which borrow more from Chinese dessert traditions. In the middle they have what they deem “normal temperature desserts” which include things like matcha red bean and matcha foam barley and fruit adorned toast.

The selection evolves throughout the year, bringing in seasonal produce and festive flair to the always playful menu. Everything is guaranteed to be beautifully composed and curb your cravings no matter what temperature you’re looking for.

the details

AddressNo. 36號, Lane 143, Section 1, Hangzhou South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City
Hours12:30 – 20:30 every day
Price$$ – the shaved ices range from ~150-250 NT (~$5-8), drinks are ~50-100 NT (~$1.50-3) 
Aestheticcozy and warm, modern Japanese

good to know

Go here for: a sweet & very photogenic afternoon treat 

Order this: their menu changes seasonally but you should get literally any of the shaved ices that come with a bruléed top (which is called “fire shaved ice” on the menu)

Amount of time to spend: <30 min, it’s a small space so not great for lingering

When to come: weekdays are best, weekends almost always have a wait

Getting here: take the red or orange line to Dongmen Station and use exit 1 

Other things to note: 

  • Last order is at 20:10.
  • They have a minimum order of 1 dessert or drink per person.
  • Their menu is in Chinese and English, and they also have a picture menu available.

Last visited: October 2019

Last updated: October 2020

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