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COMPASS MAGAZINE, July 2004

Read & Book

(04)2206-6791
386, Wu Quan (WuChuan) Road
Hours:1-10 pm (11 am-11 pm holidays) ,
closed Mondays

    As its name implies, Read & Book focuses on the joy of reading. In fact, this strikingly-attractive place is less of a cafe and more of an upscale reading lounge and cultured oasis for book connoisseurs. With a bit of intended irony, the owner situated his establishment in the heart of a somewhat-seedy neighborhood where it stands in stark contrast to the surrounding "special businesses". The modern decor is impeccable, complete with dark wood bookshelves, rattan chairs with plush cushions, modern sculptures, paintings, and venetian blinds. Even the restrooms are architectural masterpieces. The reading atmosphere is heightened with soft classical and jazz music, and rules against noisy mobile phones, kids under 12 years and loud talking. There are 4,000 mostly-Chinese, brand-new books on three floors, with categories like History, Humanities, Art & Design, Travel, Literature, and Taiwan Study. The collection will eventually grow to 8,000 volumes. A minimum charge of NT$150 allows a customer to stay all day and enjoy these books, or bring their own. There are Italian-style coffees, frappes, hot chocolate and teas (NT$100-150) and NT$70 desserts. Read & Book is located near the XueShi (Hsueh Shih) Road intersection, not far from Chung Yo Department Store.

 

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