In a country where tea is considered a national treasure, a homeland of bubble milk tea, no one thinks Taiwanese like coffee. But no, not only love to drink coffee, Taiwanese also build their own a very Taiwanese coffee culture, invest heavily in technical, professional and ingredients. Coffee shops in Taiwan often use Arabica coffee beans, so coffee has a light taste, but more fragrant and less caffeine, so they are less toxic and less sleepy.
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Normally, coffee beans are ground right at the coffee shop, grind and use immediately, so the coffee powder is not be moist, not sour and also keeps the original taste. Therefore, the price of 1 cup of coffee in these stores is not cheap, ranging from 150 TWD – 250 TWD (about $4.87 – $8.12) / cup. Now, let’s explore the best cafe in taipei through our blog best coffee in Taipei with top 6 best coffee shops in Taipei you definitely must visit with Living Nomads below.
Our most favorite “Prince” cafe in Taipei because of its delicious coffee, the boss and also is Barista (once is the winner of the national concoction contest) is handsome and nice, the restaurant is extremely cozy. The shop has no branches, and is only open from 1pm but always crowded. The coffee here is very special because it saves a few subtle sour tastes after each sip (called aftertaste). In addition to the basic types of coffee with very special foam milk, the store is also famous for its remixed coffee with unique recipes such as coffee beans marinated with wine, coffee mixed with wine, coffee mixed with cream, coffee mixed with milk and egg…
One note is that the shop only has 35 seats, and it is not allowed to bring food from outside and not allow to smoke in the shop (most cafes and restaurants in Taiwan do not allow smoking).
Address: No. 339號, Section 2, Fuxing South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Hours: 1:00 PM – 9:30 PM, Closed: Thursday
Phone: +886 2 2736 6880
Price from 150 TWD – 250 TWD.
How to go: MRT Technology Building, exit the door and turn left, go straight, cross the road, go straight for a bit longer, the shop located on the left.
Fika Fika Cafe
Fika in Swedish language means “Coffee Break”, like “It’s time, Let’s go to cafe”! This is a representative cafe for Taiwan to take the Nordic Roaster competition coffee roasting contest in 2013 and win the first prize! Are you surprise?! This restaurant is located at the Songjiang Nanjing MRT station, in a quiet residential area, in front of a small park so sitting here you always feel resting and relaxing.
The coffee here is a bit more fatty than RUFOUS, so fragrant, girls will like it, especially latte. In addition to coffee, FIKA FIKA CAFE also sells pastries super delicious and super cute. This restaurant is quite friendly with the elderly, so in the morning, you will often meet oldsters who sipping coffee and read newspapers, so peaceful.
Fika Fika Cafe
Address: No. 33號, Yitong Street, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
Hours: 10:30am – 9pm (Mon), 8am – 9 pm (Tues – Sun)
Phone: +886 2 2507 0633
A common feature of delicious coffee shops in Taipei is: The owners are always the genuine Baristas who won concoction contests and and have a passion for coffee so the drinks made from coffee are always innovated, created, always updated. Gabee is no exception. The owner of the Lin family once won the Barista Prize nationwide. This is rarely available in Vietnam because coffee shop owners are usually investors, and bartenders are often recruited so many people only consider concoctions as a job.
Unlike other bosses, Mr. Lin is extremely enamored with creative coffee recipes based on fresh ingredients like fruits and vegetables. Here, there is sweet potato coffee, pumpkin coffee, watermelon coffee, lychee coffee … You can both drink coffee, and chew the pieces of ingredients well, not strange.
One more special thing is that he turned his cafe into a workshop, displaying his own great products.