Last year when I came back to Taiwan to start my Master’s degree here, my life got busier than I expected. I constantly had work and studying to do and while I really wanted to go out and explore I couldn’t afford not to be productive. So with my roommate we found a way to get out of campus and get work done at the same time by exploring Taipei through visiting its amazing cafes. This was the same time when I started my YouTube channel so I was excited to show some of these cafes to my friends, family and all of you watching – so I created the series ‘Taipei Café Adventures’. Today the third episode of the series is going live and I thought I would accompany it with a blog post for those who prefer reading or quickly want to search for details. So let us get started with the next three cafes, shall we?
Louisa Coffee – Daan Park branch
Louisa is probably my favorite café in Taipei. It is a franchise so they have many stores all around the city, but they all share the affordable prices, great quality coffee and nice interior design usually featuring dark wood and earthy colors. They also all have Wi-Fi, really delicious sandwiches and desserts and lovely staff. I usually order an Americano or a Latte, but I am in love with their peach and apple tea when I don’t feel like drinking coffee. Out of convenience I usually go to the Louisa we have on campus – however, my friends have been telling me about the one next to the Daan Park MRT station, so I had to check it out. And wow, I was impressed! They have seating outside, which is incredibly rare (and missed!) in Taiwan and it has an amazing atmosphere with the water and plants they have all around. The interior is also quite spacious, thought I have to say it got super crowded when we went on a Sunday afternoon. They have specialty coffees I haven’t seen in other branches, served in really cool ways (check out the video to see) so in spite of the crowd I have to say, this is probably the best Louisa store I have ever seen. (My second favorite is probably a tie between the one at Zhongshan and the one at the Wanfang Hospital MRT station.)
Address: B1, No. 100, Section 3, Xinyi Road, Daan District, Taipei
Opening hours: 07:30 – 22:00
Wilbeck Coffee – Wuxing
Wilback coffee also has multiple stores, though not nearly as many as Louisa. Choosing based on the location, and considering that their other branch at Guting I have seen looked really small and always full, we went to their café in Wuxing street, halfway between the Taipei 101 and Liuzhangli MRT. I loved the store! The interior was really eclectic but it all worked out together and had an awesome vibe. The have comfy couches but also tables good for working and studying and so many little, interesting décor details! There was also a huge, bear-like and super friendly and adorable golden retriever chilling in the store, occasionally walking over for some cuddles. They have a wide range of coffees to choose from, though we were not very impressed with our orders – maybe we just chose the wrong items. I ordered a “Chocolate latte” which was basically a latte with unsweetened cocoa powder and tasted just like a cocoa – my friend ordered their specialty coffee, which was pretty small in size and not quite on the same level as other stores’ specialty coffees. But I loved the atmosphere or the store and its location is also great, so I will definitely go back and give it another chance – probably ordering just a regular latte or cappuccino; that cannot be that much of a disappointment, can it?
Address: No. 52, Wuxing Street, Xinyi District, Taipei City
Opening hours: 08:00 – 19:00 (on weekends until 18:00)
This café is located not far from the Zhongshan Junior High School MRT station and whenever I am in the area, I walk past by it. Being a huge Harry Potter nerd and also really liking the look of the place I knew I had to try this place – and I am so glad I did! The interior of the café is small but very cozy and friendly. There are still quite a few spots to sit and study/work/relax as the layout is really smart and gets the most out of the place. They also provide baskets next to the seats to put your bag in, which I think is very considerate. Their prices are great, I really liked the cappuccino I ordered and picket up two packets of their own coffee blends as well. The baristas were really nice and overall I loved the café. If I want to have a study session further from campus, I will go back there for sure!
Address: No. 416, Jinzhou Street, Zhongshan District, Taipei City
Opening hours: 08:00 – 22:00