13, Alley 13, Lane 285, ZhongXing St, West Dist.
Hours: 12-11 pm (open to 12 am Fri/Sat)
Credit cards accepted. No service charge.
English/Chinese menu. Free wireless Internet.
Hidden in a tiny alley just off of MeiCun Road, this cafe is a perfect oasis run by owner Shao Lan and designed with the help of New York City friend Pete Small, who says that the main aim is a creative space for "social lubrication". --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Angel Pu
A. Everything about this wonderfully-cozy cafe is creatively, artistically thought out, from the copper-topped tables and bar, red-brick walls and abundant use of wood, to the nunchuk door handles, skateboard-deck wall menus, gilt-framed table menus and hanging imported mason-jar lights. Art and creative videos are projected onto the wall and there are art/fashion magazines, design books and art exhibits (changing every 2 months).
B. Food choices include a pictured Caesar Salad (NT$140), and a BLT sandwich (NT$140) mixed with a homemade honey dijon dressing (and shown with a Cranberry Italian Soda). There's also Cinammon Toast (NT$50 2 slices) and Granola and Fruit Yogurt, plus monthly food specials.
C. The owner's baking expertise is seen in treats like the crispy-outside, soft-inside "Brookie" chocolate brownie cookies (NT$30) and Cranberry Oatmeal cookies, shown here with a Macadamia Nut Latte (NT$160). Other drinks range from the NT$100 Espresso and Cappuccino and NT$120 Drip Coffee to German fruit teas.