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.
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.
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.
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.
Since all I wanted was a bit of time with my friends, we picked Megane.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!
The rest of my visit can be summarized by these photos 🙂
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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!