10 Must Visit Cafe/Restaurant in Taipei

Besides all the local delights, Taipei has a lot of cafes as well. From small to big, cheap to expensive, chain-cafe to hipster. Name it, they have it. I have stayed for 4 months now in Taipei and tried many cafes/restaurants. And i am gonna share with you my top 10 Must Visit in Taipei.

1.The Good Design Institute

1F No. 22 Lane 48 Wenzhou St.

The interior of this cafe is so gorgeous. It makes you wants to take pictures in all its corners. Somehow it has a little bit of the rustic feeling yet modern.  Aside from the interior, they also acts as a pop-up store for some local designers. My friend said that their coffee is good (i dont drink coffee), and i love their chocolate drink which they put in a glass beaker. They do sell simple food like quiche and desserts too.

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2. A Mini Bistro

No. 2, Lane 101, Section 4, Xinhai Rd, Wenshan District, Taipei City, 116

A small pizza restaurant located in one secluded corner of Xinhai Road. This is truly hidden gem for me. Love the warmth feeling that they offer, and I love their buffalo wings and their pizzas. Normally we need to call and book the place first due to the small place.

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3.Coffee Alley

http://www.coffee-alley.com/

This chain cafe/restaurant is so famous amongst taiwanese and foreigners. This cafe is always full be it on weekdays or on weekend. Love the chicken toasted pizza and the Strawberry Mile-Feuille. They are famous with their waffles too. Did a longer review on this place before. Do check it out here. 

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4. Dazzling Cafe

No. 11, Alley 7, Lane 205, Section 4, Zhongxiao E Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

This is one of my favorite dessert place. Their dessert reminds me a lot of the honey toast back in En Dining, Jakarta, Indonesia. and guest what, i love their honey toast too! They have top 1-10 desserts that the people normally order, it should make you easier on what to choose from, but apparently it doesnt help me, cause all of their desserts looks so tempting. This place is good for afternoon tea, and they do have good spaghetti and truffle fries too. Heard that they gonna open in Singapore as well. Lets see..

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5.Drip Cafe

No. 10, Alley 6, Lane 170, Section 4, Zhongxiao E Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

Another popular chain-cafe in Taiwan. Rain or shine, this cafe will always be full. Booking is encouraged, but you can always come and try to Q up. Best if you come around 11.30am just when they open. Cronut is their best selling dessert here. Normally its already finished by 3/4pm. =(. So you can try to ask them first if they still have their cronut, rather being disappointed. Their Kimchi spaghetti and the cheese steak sandwich is not bad too.

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6. Melange Cafe

104, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, Lane 16, Section 2, Zhongshan N Rd, 23號號

This place is nice for their waffles too. Actually it looks like Coffee Alley’s sister cafe, they have similar menu and ambiance. But nevertheless, it is still a good place to just chill and chat with your loved ones.

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7. The Sandrich House

No. 366, Section 2, Fuxing S Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

Actually this is a sandwich place, not really a cafe nor restaurant. But the offer a very good crunch pork belly sandwich served with ciabatta. They have coffee and tea to go along with too. But if you just want to have a coffee/tea, guess it should not be a problem.

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8. Second Floor Cafe

http://www.secondfloorcafe.com/store_a.jsp

Tried this chain-cafe in Gongguan area. Another American style cafe/restaurant. They served a lot of things here, from all day brunch, burger, and pasta. Tried their spicy thai chicken rice, it’s not that bad. But what my friend was having is quite good, and i guess you can try their pasta, cause a lot of people were ordering it when i was there. Ohh, you can bring your pets in too! Recommending this cause they have all range of food that you can choose from.

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9. Picnic Cafe

No. 75, Wenzhou St, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106.

Nice quite place nearby Gongguan area as well. They served nice scones for afternoon tea. They have nice ambiance for you to study/work. Many foreigners go here too for their coffee. This place is rather small too, so i guess it’s best not to have the whole group to visit this place.

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10. Mia Cucina 

No. 11, Lane 107, Section 1, Fuxing S Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

This is a food haven if you are vegetarian. Why? Even me who is not a vegetarian loves all the food that they serve. The portion here is rather big, so make sure you bring along your friend/partner to share with. Love their thin mushroom pizzas and mushroom carbonara pasta.

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This is the best 10 that i have gone so far, the list may changed later in the future. haha. Do prepare NTD200-400/person for each cafe above, because some of the cafe requires you to order at least one drink for each.

Taipei Cafe : Coffee Alley

Things are getting better in Taipei. Found new friends who is so nice and friendly to show me around, getting used to the public transport here (even though it is still hard to read bus directions and destinations in Chinese), love the food and the good manner of Taiwanese people, catching up with the traditional chinese writings, and so glad that i can get along very well with my classmates and other international friends.

One of my Japanese friend said that she has one favorite cafe in town that serves Japanese and Western influenced food. Since I am new in town and love to explore the food here, of course i did not say no. We went last last Friday, right after we finished our class. The cafe that is located on the second floor was pretty full when we reached there about 4pm. It was 5 of us and we need to wait about 10-15 minutes for the table to be ready.

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They have house rules for everyone to order one drink in this cafe, so it’s okay when you dont order food. Just order one drink will do.

I Decided to order Iced Fresh Fruit Tea (TWD 180 // SGD 7.5) for my drink, i thought it will come in a glass, but it came in a jug!  Me personally dont really like it cause i feel it’s just too sour.

Another one is  Smoked Beef Sandwich with Egg Salad (TWD 150 // SGD 6.5). I love their egg salad! But for the Sandwich, it’s just a normal ones, the beef meat tastes like luncheon meat, but i like the dressing that they put inside the sandwich.

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Smoked Chicken Toasted Pizza ( TWD 160 // SGD 7 )This is super recommended! i just love this pizza bread. It’s like, the bread, the chicken meats, and the cheese are just perfect. I think i can eat this everyday! haha. The bread is very soft, and the chicken are just nice, and look at that cheesy topping! Cheese lovers will definitely love this!

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This one my my Japanese friend’s favorite dessert! Sesame Ice Cream Waffle ( TWD 170 // SGD 7.2). The sesame ice cream is gooodd.. The yellow one is custard, and the it’s the chocolate-like sauce for the waffle’s topping. The waffle here is quite different. It tastes like bread here. It’s thicker, spongy, very filling, and not crispy. Was thinking that this waffle could be like the A&W waffle in Indonesia. but i was so wrong. haha. Worth the try, but for me, i wont specially come here just for this.

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I like this one muchh better, Strawberry Mile-Feuille (TWD 130 // SGD 5.5). The Strawberry is very fresh, can be a little bit sour, but most of it are sweet. Love the texture of the puff-pastry and the creamy filling. Dont be fooled by this picture, actually the size is rather small. Good for 2 people (max), if you really want to share.

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This cafe chain is quite famous amongst Taiwanese. Apparently they have this in Tokyo and Hongkong too. Guess the cafe price over here is quite cheap compared to Singapore. But the drink price is almost the same. If you like to hop from cafe to cafe, guess Taipei is a good place for you to venture.

 

COFFEE ALLEY

Zhongzheng District, Taipei City Hall, 2nd Floor before Road 18 (next to the house before the road UNIQLO, Watson 2nd Floor)

+ 886-2-2388-3000