Tzubi Coffee // Da’an, Taipei // 大安, 台北

It’s been a while since I discovered a coffee shop that really caught my eyes. Tzubi did that for me today.

我已經有一段時間沒有發現一家真的讓我感到驚艷的咖啡廳了。Tzubi今天又再次的提醒我這真的是一件可遇不可求的事情。

Tzubi is a simple but cozy shop with a very strong sense of design aesthetics. Even though I usually get attracted to shops that take design and typography seriously, what really attracted me this time was its name. “Tzubi” is the phonetic spelling of “fun” or “interesting” in Taiwanese. Even though my Taiwanese skills are practically non-existent, I associate “Tzubi” with a sense of nostalgia for my childhood years in Taipei.

Tzubi是家設計風格十足卻同時非常簡單和溫暖的咖啡廳。雖然我一向都比較容易被重視整體設計, 色調, 字型學, 等等的店家吸引, 但是對我來說, 這次真正把我吸引到這裡的就是它的名字。”Tzubi” 也就是「趣味」台語的諧音。是說我的台語爛到一個不行, 但是畢竟媽媽是高雄人, 小時候還在台灣的時候常常聽到Tzubi這兩個字—看到Tzubi時我為了童年的緣故, 不管怎麼樣就是要進去。

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“Life begins after coffee.” Ironically, Tzubi doesn’t open until 12. I never understood why most coffee shops in Taipei do not open until noon. I guess it’s a sign that I should continue to stay up ’til 2 every morning and wake up at noon the next day to go to a coffee shop to continue writing my papers.

“一天的行程始於一杯濃郁的咖啡”。幽默的是, Tzubi中午12點才開…雖然我永遠都不會懂為什麼要到下午才開門, 不過台灣的咖啡廳好像大多都是這樣。算了, 這大概就是告訴我每天熬夜到兩點然後隔天十二點才起床去咖啡廳寫各種論文是一件很正常的事情吧。

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When I got there, I was the only customer. It was also 12 o’clock, but it really did feel like life was just about to start. As I was turning my computer on, I heard one of staffs complain to another staff about how his photo is not showcasing the new fried chicken they were hoping to add to the menu. In response, the other staff asked for suggestions about the new wine pairing menu. Their interactions made the space more intimate, and revealed their ownership and commitment over this shop.

我抵達咖啡廳時裡面就只有我一個客人。雖然已經12點了, 但感覺這一天真的才剛開始。我在準備開電腦開始工作時聽到其中一個barista拿著手中的DSLR, 不耐煩的對另外一個人說: 「齁! 怎麼拍都好醜…到底應該把重點放在雞塊還是啤酒誰上啊?!」另外一個坐在桌子上的女生頭也不抬, 繼續敲打著鍵盤的說, 「你覺得我們新的酒單是不是應該要有點什麼套餐之類的啊?」兩個人之間的對話不僅讓這個空間感到更加親密, 更是顯示出他們對於Tzubi的執著和認真。

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Even though it was already 12 when I got here, I was barely awake, let alone my tummy. I wasn’t planning on ordering any food initially, but when I saw the Creamy Salted Egg with Shrimp Pasta on the menu, I completely lost it. I committed to it before my tummy was even awake! Will you look at how delicious and beautiful this pasta looks! It definitely didn’t disappoint. (My friend’s Thai basil pork pasta was amazing too!)

其實根本還沒睡醒的我, 本來不是很餓, 但是看到menu上的奶油鹹蛋鮮蝦扁麵後抵抗力完全消失, 還沒反應過來之前就已經點了一盤XD 麵還沒端上桌, 我光聞到味道就不行了😍 這個面真的太犯規了! 不只重看還重用! (我朋友點的泰式打拋豬麵也是好吃到不行!)

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Here’s the best surprise of the day: LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL LATTE ART! The crema is beautiful, lines are defined but smooth, and just pleasing to the eye all around. The last time I saw such amazing latte art was at Macallum Connoisseurs Coffee Company in Penang. Just when I was wondering who this barista was, I realized he’s one of the founding members of Milkglider Latterartist Unity and came third at the Coffee Fest Latteart World in 2015. The latte in front of me was literally a product of years of practicing and passion.

Tzubi讓人最驚訝的就是咖啡師拉花的專業度! Crema 的厚度, 牛奶與濃縮的完美結合, 可以說是讓我看的目不轉睛…盯著他看了兩分鐘都捨不得喝。我上一次看到這麼美的拉花已經是在檳城的 Macallum Connoisseurs Coffee Company 的事情了。隨手上網查一查才發現老闆林奐的來頭不小 — 他不只是Milkglider Latteartist Unity 的創辦人之一, 更是在2015年獲得了Coffee Fest Latteart World第三名! 我眼前的這杯咖啡真的來頭不小。

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It tasted just as amazing as it looks. The milk and espresso blended well and the temperature of the milk was perfect as well. If latte is your thing, you definitely don’t want to miss out on Tzubi.

Tzubi的拿鐵入口很順, 牛奶的溫度拿捏的非常剛好。如果你是個拿鐵愛好者, 那真的不能錯過這家店啊!

And if you’re like me, and you like to sit at coffee shops for 6-8 hours at a time, fret not. In addition to a bunch of fusion savory dishes, they also serve daily special chiffons and signature matcha pound cake in the shape of mount Fuji, inspired by the owner’s love for Japan. For a coffee lover & foodie, Tzubi really is the most perfect coffee shop that’s ever existed.

另外, 如果你跟我一樣, 在咖啡廳一坐就是個6小8小, 那你不用擔心會餓肚子。麵吃完了還有飯可以吃, 飯吃完了還有每天都不一樣的戚風蛋糕跟店的招牌富士山抹茶磅蛋糕可以吃喔! 這對愛咖啡的吃貨來說真的是一家再完美不過的咖啡廳了😍

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I’ll let you discover and fall in love to Tzubi! Let me know how you like it & give this post a ❤️ if you ❤️ Tzubi as much as I do!

趕快去Tzubi體驗一下吧! 如果你跟我一樣❤️ Tzubi的話, 那就給我的部落格一個 ❤️吧!


Cafe & Eatery Information:
咖啡廳基本資料:

Hours/營業時間: 
Monday to Sunday: 12:00 – 21:00
星期一至日: 12:00 – 21:00

Phone/電話: 02 2775 1190

Nearest MRT: MRT Zhongxiao Dunhua (Blue Line)
最近的捷運站: 忠孝敦化 (板南線)

Address: No. 24, Lane 21, Section 1, Anhe Road, Da’an District, Taipei City
地址: 台北市大安區安和路一段21巷24號

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The Watch House // Bermondsey, London // 倫敦

It’s been a month since I published my last blog post…where did the time go?! It’s crazy to think that a month can just disappear right in front of your eyes just like that! But anyway, here’s a wonderful coffee shop I visited about three weeks ago!

距離我上一篇部落格已經一個月了…到底時間都去哪了?! 時間怎麼會這樣一晃眼就過去了?! 算了…切入重點! 我大概三個星期前不小心路過這家可愛的咖啡廳, 接下來就來帶大家看看吧!

Here’s the beautiful welcoming scene:

一走進門就會看到這美麗燈飾跟menu:


The Watch House is located on Bermondsey street. If you’ve ever been to that street, you’d know that Fuckoffee right across from White Cube normally steals the light.

一走進Bermondsey street, 你很快就會在你的右手邊看到可愛溫馨的 The Watch House。如果你對這條街有些印象, 那你大概已經聽過Fuckoffee 這家咖啡廳了。同樣位於Bermondsey street, Fuckoffee比 The Watch House有名多了。


With that said, I find The Watch House much cozier and the staffs much nicer. Not to mention, their coffee and desserts are much more impressive. I’ll let the photos prove themselves!

但是對我來說, 名氣實在不太重要, The Watch House 給人的感覺親切溫馨多了, 而且他們服務生的態度也比Fuckoffee好很多。再說, 去咖啡廳就是要喝咖啡嘛…他們的咖啡跟甜點都優秀太多了! 曬圖曬圖大家自己看:


If you’re looking for a place to just relax, to chat with a friend, or soak up some good vibes, I highly recommend checking The Watch House out.

如果你想找個地方休息一下, 和朋友喝杯咖啡, 或享受一下悠閒的環境, 那選 The Watch House 準沒錯!

You’ll find a lot of wonderful art works on the walls, carefully selected craft lights, and dainty decors all around the coffee shop.

來到這家咖啡廳你會發現老闆一定是個藝術家。不管是牆上有趣的藝術作品, 用心挑選的燈飾, 或是小店裡到處可以看到的小擺設, 這家咖啡廳都散發著濃濃的藝術氣息。


When you’re finished with your coffee and dessert, make your way down the road and get lost in the world of contemporary art at the White Cube!

喝完咖啡後, 不妨考慮去White Cube走走, 讓自己享受一下沈浸在現代藝術的氣息裡的美!

I’ll end this post with the beautiful artwork of Cerith Wyn Evans:

最後我就用Cerith Wyn Evans的作品最為結束吧!

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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Cappuccino
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Guava Chiffon Cake
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Iced Fruit Tea

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!