FIX coffee & some more // Songshan, Taipei // 松山, 台北

FIX was one of the first coffee shops I fell in love with when I moved back to Taipei two years ago. It’s hidden away from the bustling part of Dongqu (located between Civic Boulevard and Bade Road), and stands out from other commercial chains, like Brown and Starbucks, on Bade Road. 

我在兩年前剛回台灣沒多久時就愛上了FIX。過了市民大道的它已經不屬於東區熱鬧地段, 而跟八德路上的伯朗和星巴克比起來也有個性許多 (更別說咖啡好喝多少了)。


After not seeing a dear friend who grew up with me in Shanghai for two years, we gathered here, along with our chatty parents, for some coffee, dessert, and quality time. 

兩年沒見, 今天終於和跟我一起在上海長大的好朋友在fix相聚了! 我們兩個和我們一樣喜歡聊天的爸媽在好喝的咖啡跟好吃的蛋糕中度過了一個美好的下午。

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My dad is an adamant believer in black coffee while my mom can’t have a drip of coffee without milk — thankfully, FIX makes amazing lattes, iced drips, single origin pour over, and even Americanos. I’m a sucker for latte as well…and of course, a piece of cake never hurts. 

我爸對於黑咖啡有種說不出口的堅持, 而我媽則是無法嚥下一口沒有加奶的咖啡 — 還好FIX的拿鐵, 冰滴, 手沖, 甚至是美式都做的很棒。我嘛…我也偏愛拿鐵…還有雖然知道糖太多奶油太多但就是忍不住每次都會點的蛋糕🍰

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If you’re into earl grey and cheesecakes, their earl grey cheesecake is a must. If you’re not particularly into tea-flavored things, their blueberry cheesecake won’t go wrong. 

如果你喜歡伯爵茶也喜歡芝士蛋糕, 那這個伯爵芝士絕對是個必點。如果你不太喜歡茶味的東西, 那藍莓芝士也非常好吃😋


We were definitely the loudest customers there — but then again, what better place to catch up with friends than a beautiful coffee shop?

整間店就屬我們最吵 — 不過話又說回來了, 咖啡廳不就是讓好朋友們嘰嘰喳喳的地方嗎?

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Coffee Megane 眼鏡咖啡 // Daan, Taipei // 大安, 台北

Coffee Megane, located on Siwei road, is a small and quiet Japanese style coffee shop. Its simple and minimalistic decor is perfect for those who want to have a more intimate conversation with a friend or an afternoon to yourself to read. 

位於大安區四維路的眼鏡是一家非常清新的日式咖啡廳。他簡單親爽的氣氛非常適合兩三個朋友聚在一起閒聊或是自己一個人花一個下午靜靜的讀書。


Perhaps it’s not the most “instagrammable” cafe, but when it comes to just having a day to yourself, it’s perfect because you won’t find yourself being disturbed by internet celebrities posing for hundreds of photos or chatting to their fans online. 

他或許不是一家為了Instagram而存在的咖啡廳, 但對於想要安安靜靜享受自己一個人的時光的人來說, 不被不停拍照或是忙於直播的網紅打擾是一件很幸福的事情。

Since all I wanted was a bit of time with my friends, we picked Megane. 

只想有個安靜的地方聊天的我們因為這樣選擇了眼鏡。

All four of us ordered lattes because what better drink to test out the “hidden ingredient in a modern coffee“? Just kidding. We just wanted some milk with our espresso and, for me, because flat white wasn’t an option. 

我和我的朋友們都點了拿鐵, 畢竟不喝拿鐵沒辦法知道眼鏡對於「現代咖啡的隱藏成分」(其實就是牛奶…硬是要用精品咖啡假掰名詞假炫耀) 講不講究呢? 開玩笑。我們其實只是不想喝黑咖啡, 啊我又沒flat white喝就選了拿鐵 XD

The latte was smooth, the milk mixed well with the espresso, and the bean was extremely aromatic. With that said, the bean was a bit too darkly roasted for my liking. 

拿鐵喝起來很順, 牛奶跟espresso很搭, 咖啡豆也很香。但因為我比較喜歡淺培的豆子, 所以對我來說焦糖味重了一點。這就見仁見智囉 🙂

I’ll end with a picture of my friend’s beautiful iced latte:

就用朋友點的冰拿鐵結束吧: 

Heritage Bakery & Cafe // Ximen, Taipei // 西門, 台北

Heritage Bakery & Cafe is located on Hankou Street near the Ximen area. As I walked towards the eatery, I noticed that everyone who walked past it did a double-take on this eatery. Why? Because it’s the only eatery on a street that sells cameras.

Heritage Bakery & Cafe 位於西門地區的漢口街上。從西門站走去Heritage的路上, 我發現每個經過它的人都會回頭多看他一眼。為什麼呢? 或許是因為在這條大名鼎鼎的相機街上, 真的也就只有他一家咖啡/甜品店。

 

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The west side of Taipei has grown to become more and more hipster in the last few years, and Heritage is definitely one of the more successful and unique shops that jumped on the bandwagon and stayed. Not only so, the SF-native, Sally Song, did a great job making this fusion-dessert-cafe very “glocal.”

台北的西區在過去幾年中發展了許多, 也變得越來越有「文青」的氣息。許多嚮往擁有自己的咖啡廳的年輕人也一窩蜂的來到西區追尋自己的夢想。Heritage的故事也差不多是這樣, 不同的是, 在舊金山長大的宋友齡真的把這家店做起來了, 而且還做的非常成功, 非常有本土味。

If you’re into art, you’ll enjoy the ever-changing exhibitions here — if you go before the end of the month, you’ll be able to enjoy some amazing “one line painting and sketch” by Louis Hsiao.

如果你是個欣賞藝術的人的話, 那麼你一定會很喜歡這邊的小型藝術展的 — 如果9月底前有機會去Heritage, 那一定別忘了花點時間欣賞Louis以「一筆速寫」創作的速寫作品。

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Enough about the concept and space of Heritage — here comes the food and beverage! I’ll let these pictures do most of the talking, except for one thing: G E T    T H E    G U A V A    C H I F F O N ! 🙂

好了, 介紹Heritage也介紹夠了, 接下來就來看看咖啡和食物吧! 除了看圖說故事之外我只有一句話要說: 如果去了必須要點紅心芭樂戚風啊!

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Let me know how you like this gem!

如果有去的話, 再讓我知道你們覺得怎麼樣吧!

Remember Me 記得我 // Taipei Arena, Taipei // 小巨蛋, 台北

Though I’ve been living in Taipei for two years already, I rarely spend time in this area.

Remember Me is located near Taipei Arena and is one of the rare coffee shops that open past midnight in Taipei – it opens til 2 A.M. for all you curious night owls! If it wasn’t for Waa Wei’s concert that night, I probably would’ve never stepped into this shop.

雖然我已經在台北生活兩年了, 但是我卻很少來到這個地帶.

記得我」離小巨蛋很近, 走路大概十分鐘就可以到了. 他算是台北少數開到凌晨的咖啡廳 (夜貓子們, 他開到凌晨兩點喔!). 若不是當天要去魏如萱的「末路狂花」演唱會, 我大概永遠都不會走進這家店裡.

To my surprise, Remember Me was completely seated when I walked in at around 4:00 P.M. on a Wednesday afternoon — do people not work in Taipei or are all their customers college students in disguise? Disappointed, I left my phone number and walked out of the shop. Just when I finished taking this photo, I got a call from the friendly staff at Remember Me, telling me there are two available window seats! Woohoo!

我來到「記得我」的時候大概是星期三的下午4點…沒想到走進去的時候整家店都是滿的! 在台北的人是都很幸福的不用上班還是其實大家私底下都是在放暑假的大學生? 有些失望的我留下了我的電話就走出迷人的咖啡廳了. 幸運的是, 在我拍完這張照片時, 店家就打電話告訴我窗戶旁邊有兩個吧台位子空出來了!

The rest of my visit can be summarized by these photos 🙂

接下來就讓這些美麗的照片敘述「記得我」吧!

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“Please keep your voice down at night so our neighbors can enjoy their lovely evenings” — P.S. Remember Me

If I lived closer to Taipei Arena, I think Remember Me would become my home away from home. Unfortunately, I live too far away from it…but speaking of home, here’s a funny story for you: After the concert ended at 11 P.M., I realized I had forgotten the keys to my friend’s place — I went back to Remember Me, made some awkward eye contact and conversation with the friendly staff who recognized me, ordered mint tea and caramel apple cheesecake, and sat there, half asleep, until 12:30 A.M., when my friend came to rescue me.

But hey, now their staff all recognize me! All the more reason to make it my second home, I guess!

如果我住的地方離小巨蛋近一點, 那「記得我」很有可能會成為我第二個家. 說到家…在文章結尾跟大家說個好笑的故事好了…娃娃的演唱會結束時已經11點了, 嗨了一晚的我到那時才發現…我忘了帶要去住的朋友家的鑰匙…於是乎我厚著臉皮的(有些不甘願卻又感恩的)又走回了「記得我」

店員看了我好幾眼, 我才尷尬地說「對啦…我今天下午才來過…我忘了帶鑰匙…收留我一下好嗎?」她笑了笑說, 「喔不! 難怪我覺得妳很眼熟…還好我們開到2點! 肚子餓的話我們還有東西可以吃喔!」就這樣, 我又點了一壺薄荷茶和一塊焦糖蘋果起司蛋糕, 半睡半醒的坐到了12點半, 才被好心的朋友接走.

雖然有點糗, 但好處是現在「記得我」的店員應該都認得我了吧! 看來, 稱它為我的第二個家好像也不為過 XD

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Let me know if you get to visit Remember Me and what you think of it!

如果你有機會去「記得我」坐坐, 別忘了讓我知道你覺得怎麼樣 🙂

 

Coffee Valley // Ikebukuro, Tokyo // 池袋, 東京

I’ve never really had a reason to visit Ikebukuro until this trip — I was traveling alone and really wanted to check out Book and Bed. After dropping my luggage off, I went on a quest to find a specialty coffee shop to do some reading.

每次來東京都沒什麼理由要去池袋, 但因為這次自己一個人去東京, 又非常想住住看Book and Bed, 所以就晃到了這個區域。下午一點鐘, 把行李寄放好之後, 我就扛著我的相機跟快要讀玩的書出去尋找我喜愛的咖啡廳了!

From what I’ve read, there aren’t that many speciality coffee shops in the area — though that is certainly changing, it was still a bit more difficult to find them. Thankfully, that was when I walked past Coffee Valley.

據我所知, 池袋沒有幾間精品咖啡館。雖然過去這幾年陸陸續續開了幾間店, 但要找到好喝的咖啡廳也真的沒那麼容易。謝天謝地, 在我融化之前讓我找到了Coffee Valley.

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The most famous drink there is the “Three Peaks,” which lets you taste and savor the same bean with an espresso, latte, and drip. Since I already had some caffeine in me from The Roastery by Nozy Coffee in Omotesando, I decided to go with a soy latte.

Coffee Valley 最有名的是他的 “Three Peaks,” 也就是由同一只豆子沖成的濃縮, 拿鐵, 跟黑咖啡。想要了解一只豆子的調性, 喝 Three Peaks 準沒錯。不過在抵達Coffee Valley前我已經在 The Roastery by Nozy Coffee 喝了一大杯拿鐵了, 所以我最後選擇了一樣順口的豆奶拿鐵。

Check out the drinks, dessert, and space for yourself!

接下來自己看看這家咖啡廳有多棒吧!

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The Roastery by Nozy Coffee // Omotesando, Tokyo // 表參道, 東京

Omotesando probably has the highest concentration of specialty coffee shops in Tokyo. Some famous coffee shops include Blue Bottle, Coutume Aoyama, and the now-closed Omotesando Koffee. I’ve been loyal to all three for a while now, but this time around, I wanted to try something new and different.

表參道可以說是東京最多精品咖啡廳的聚集地。一些著名的咖啡廳包括Blue Bottle, Coutume Aoyama, 和已經歇業的Omotesando Koffee。雖然我一直都是這三家咖啡廳的鐵粉, 但這次來東京就是想嘗試一些不同的咖啡廳。

The Roastery by Nozy Coffee is located at the cross-section of Cat Street and a quiet peaceful street — its location gives it a bit of a magical touch:

The Roastery by Nozy Coffee 位於有名的「貓街」和一條看似平凡卻令人感到平靜的街道的交叉口上 — 這個地理位置為他增添了不少意境:

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I picked some light roast Ethiopian beans and asked for a cup of latte. Oh, and I also got a N.Y. Ring — if you come there, G E T   I T.

我選了一只衣索比亞的淺培豆, 然後請咖啡師將我的豆子做成一杯香醇的拿鐵。喔, 我還點了一個 N.Y. Ring, 也就是The Roastery自己做的千層甜甜圈 — 你如果有來的話, 你一定要點個N.Y. Ring來吃!

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If you happen to be in the area, give The Roastery a try — if you have some time, I recommend spending a few hours here just to relax, read, or do some work before getting back to the main touristy street 🙂

如果你剛好在表參道附近, 不妨來The Roastery坐坐 — 不趕時間的話, 就在回到充滿人潮的表參道前來這裡坐上幾個小時吧 🙂

Ink & Lion Cafe // Ekkamai, Bangkok // 曼谷, 泰國

By the time we arrived at Ink & Lion, my parents and I were all drenched in sweat. “This coffee better be worth the trip,” my mom said as she gave me the death glare. No, my parents are not pretentious like me —  they’re fine with getting their doses of caffeine from Starbucks. But anyway, they love me, so they followed me to Ink & Lion.

我們抵達Ink & Lion時, 我跟我爸媽的衣服都已經完全濕透了 — 我邊照相我媽邊汗流浹背地威脅我, 「這家店的咖啡最好給我超好喝, 不然就白費我全身是汗的走來了」。你大概已經發現了, 我爸媽沒我這麼做作假文青…對他們來說到星巴克買杯咖啡就可以了…但這就是當獨生女的好處吧! 看在他們非常愛我的份上, 還是陪著我去Ink & Lion 了 😀

Thailand is not particularly known for its specialty coffee scene — it’s mostly known for the traditional Thai iced coffee, usually made with cardamom pods and sweetened condensed milk. Though I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing Thai iced coffee, by my third day in Bangkok, I was really starting to miss some good espressos and lattes.

Ekkamai, Thonglor, and Silom are three of the major third wave coffee hubs in Bangkok. Since we lived closer to Ekkamai, I took the liberty and picked Ink & Lion.

泰國並不是以精品咖啡聞名於世, 而是以荳蔻莢和甜煉乳製成的泰式冰咖啡聞名。雖然我也非常樂在體驗泰國的傳統咖啡之中, 但是在曼谷待了三天, 我是真的開始有點想念好喝的espresso跟拿鐵了。

曼谷最著名的第三波咖啡廳大多數聚集在Ekkamai, Thonglor, 和Siam附近。基於離Ekkamai近的關係, 我就擅自挑選了Ink & Lion (反正我爸媽也不是很care XD)。

I’ll let my photos tell the rest of the story, but in case you’re wondering, the AC there is super strong and the owners are not only brilliant coffee roasters and makers, they’re also artists at heart.

接下來的故事, 就讓我的照片來敘述吧! 喔, 你放心, Ink & Lion 的冷氣超強, 而且店主們不僅僅對於咖啡非常的講究, 他們也非常熱愛藝術。

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Oh by the way, Ink & Lion is quite tiny, so I would not recommend coming here with a big crowd. If you’re traveling solo or traveling with one or two people, take the BTS to Ekkamai and Ink & Lion will be a mere 10 minutes walk away!

喔對了, Ink & Lion 還蠻小的, 所以我不建議太多人一起來。如果你是單獨旅行或是和一兩個人一起, 直接坐BTS到Ekkami再走個10分鐘就可以到了!