Just like Singapore, Taipei’s café culture has been trending over the past few years. So during my recent trip to Taipei, I did café hopping with my foodie friends. The cafes here are so different from Singapore and Malaysia. It is a place not just for food and drinks, but also an instagram-worthy spots for photography too. Each café has own unique concept and designs. The locals here also enjoyed hanging out in cafes for hours. It is a part of the current lifestyle now.
Here are the cafes I visited during my stay in Taipei:
1. Tamed Fox Café
The white minimalist café with wooden table caught my attention while I did a research on the cafes in Taipei. The café is actually two F&B joints that specialize in coffee and healthy food. The doughnut placed on top of their drink has become their signature. The best part is that the doughnut is actually carrot cake coupled with cinnamon. Such a creative way to present the carrot cake and it is not overly sweet. We love the taste of the dessert and of course the instagram-worthy shot.
No. 56, Lane 122, Section 4, Ren’ai Road,
Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Nearest Train Station: Xinyi Anhe
2. The Lobby of Simple Kaffa
🇹🇼TW Food: Matcha Flavored Swiss Roll – 抹茶捲 from this beautiful cafe. It is located at lobby of “Hotel V” and lookout for the descending staircase that lead you over to the cafe. Address: No. 47, Lane 177, Sec 1, Dun Hua S. Rd., Daan District, Taipei City, Taipei City 106, Taiwan . #hztravelogue #hzfooddiary #hazelxtaiwan #swissroll #matchaswissroll
Keep a lookout for boutique Hotel V while searching for the café. The Lobby of Simple Kaffa is located at the basement of the hotel. You will see a swirl staircase that leads you to the basement. The café is proud with 2016 World Barista Champion, Berg Wu (吳則霖) . Apart from their speciality coffee, their Matcha Swiss Roll is a must-have dessert when you visit their café. It is also an instagram-worthy open courtyard space to shot.
敦化南路一段177巷48號B1, Taipei, Taiwan
Hotel V, Songshan District, Lane 177, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, 48號
Nearest Train Station: Zhongxiao Dunhua Station
3. Fika Fika Cafe
Fika Fika is derived from the Swedish concept of fika, which means “to have coffee”. Fika is about ‘me-time to slow down and appreciate the good things in life’. The café offers freshly grounded coffee and also bags of coffee beans to take-away. The café has a beautiful minimalist space with natural lights for photography as well. It is a good place to chill and relax all day long especially there are plugs to charge electrical appliances. Customers will just slack in to enjoy me-time.
No. 33, Yitong St, Zhongshan District Taipei City, Taiwan
Nearest Train Station: Songjiang Nanjing
4. Paper St Coffee Company
Paper St Coffee Company has a limited space with minimalist concept design. Most customers will choose to order take-away while some would prefer to sit by the window and look at the cars passing by. Customers also can seat the coffee bar and see barista in action.
1F, No.28, Section 1, Bade Rd.,
Taipei City, Taiwan
MRT Station: MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station
5. Fujin Tree 353 Café by Simple Kaffa (富錦樹353咖啡)
Fujin Tree Café is one of the well-known café in Taipei. The café is located near Songshan Airport Station shares the similarities as Singapore Haji Lane. The café is under the Fujin Group that owns quite a number of restaurants and boutiques. There are indoor and outdoor seating which both are ideal for photography as well. The café offers savoury and sweet treats on top of coffee. So you can have brunch here while enjoying the quiet space here.
353 Fujin Street, Taipei (Songshan Airport Station)
6. La Chaudière Coffee 樂初咖啡
The café is located quite a distance away from the city but I wanted to try their Matcha Cake so badly that I decided to visit this place. I am glad that I made my way there because the café is located at the neighbourhood area and it is quite peaceful in the afternoon. I spent my whole afternoon day with the complimentary WIFI services and their Matcha Cake and drink.
Address: No.6, Lane 361,
Fuxing North Road,
Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Nearest Train Station: Zhongshan Junior High School
7. Jia Dee (呷滴)
Jia Dee Café is located at the second floor of a shophouse. The dessert café has limited space at level 2. The café features mini figures of cartoon characters and even a projector that showcase MTV videos. Their cakes choices vary from time and time and you can check out their Facebook for the latest updates. I had the lime cheesecake tart during my visit and it was pretty good.
No. 45-2, Sec. 1
2Floor, Taipei 104
8. Yellow Lemon Taipei
Abundant natural lighting at this dessert space which makes everything looks so instagram-worthy. The desserts in Yellow Lemon never fail to amaze their customers. The Chef XX is very creative in presenting his dessert artworks. However, the price here is slightly higher. If you want an unique dessert experience in Taipei, you can consider Yellow Lemon.You can read the full post here.
561 MingShui Road, ZhongShan District
Nearest Train Station: Dazhi
For those who are intending to do café hopping, I would suggest you to do take away for coffee instead because the price for take-away is cheaper. The reason being is that the cafes in Taipei have a minimum spending. Everyone has to order a drink when you dine in the café. It is quite pricey if you are planning for cafehopping. Imagine how much you need to fork out a day?
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