Translated by Ann Lee
422, DaYing St
Hours: Tue-Sun 8 am-12 pm; closed Mondays
Credit cards not accepted.
No service charge.
A passionate cyclist himself, 136 Caffe owner Terry named his coffee house after Taichung's own cycling team. Thus, it's no wonder that this cafe, has a distinct bicycle theme. Bikes can be found in the corners and even hanging on the wall; cycle-themed how-to books, magazines and comic books give patrons something to browse through while having a cup of joe. Terry has created a mileage chart that shows the biking distance from Taichung to places like Dakeng, Puli, and Sun Moon Lake and even the menu is bicycle themed! Finally, all of the dishes here are named after bike brands, like the Shimano/Mavic Bagel or the Colnago Sandwich.
Because they want to cater to those who might be out for a morning ride, 136 opens a lot earlier than most coffee shops. From 8 a.m., customers can enjoy a variety of set meals, which include a bagel or bread, along with ham, smoked chicken, salad, and English tea or Cafe Americano (NT$200). Come afternoon tea time, customers can choose from a variety of coffees (NT$70-140), as well as D&B herbal teas from Germany (NT$130-150). They also serve delicate handmade desserts like Cheese Cake and Creme Brulee (NT$70-100).
At the end of the day, 136 is a nice place to get together with friends for a couple of Belgian beers (NT$150-180). One of Terry's special recommendations is the Ice Caffe Latte with a Twist, which is made with lemon zest (NT$140). If you are into biking, too, the 136 cycle group rides together every Wednesday night. You can stop by the shop for more information.