138, DaCheng St, North Dist
Hours: weekdays 1-10 pm,
Fri-Sun 1 pm-12 am
Credit cards accepted.
No service charge.
This charmingly-cluttered, cozy cafe--hidden on a quiet street between FuYing Street and Taiping Road--was opened by owner Yu-ming Chiang to showcase his own brand of international award-winning Origin 36 coffee beans and handmade desserts. Drinks range from Espresso (NT$60) to flavored lattes (NT$140), plus flavored milks and various hot cocoas. A wide range of Origin 36 beans are also sold (from NT$420/1-lb. bag). While relaxing here, you'll get good company from the friendly house cat, Gao Wei ("talkative" in Taiwanese). --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Anna Yang
A. Wooden French doors and windows
welcome one into the narrow, warmly-lit
interior, where about 10 comfortable
chairs are situated around wooden-pallet
tables and a wooden bar against the wall,
lined with bookshelves and all manner of
B. Handmade desserts
depending on what's fresh
from the oven with popular
items including the tasty Fig
Pound Cake (front), and
Orange Sanguine Tart.
C. Yu-ming works at the back end
of his tiny domain, roasting
beans and making drip coffee
with a unique flannel cloth filter.