羊毛與花 Youmoutoohana Coffee // 永康街, 台北 // Yong Kang St., Taipei

In a sea of minimalistic coffee shops, Youmoutoohana stands out. Coffee shops in Taipei these days tend to prefer cooler color schemes and almost-Nordic decor; though I enjoy clean and crisp minimalistic design, sometimes these cafes just all start to look the same.

和現在常見的簡約風咖啡廳比, 羊毛與花特別許多。近期在台北較受歡迎的咖啡廳大多選擇冷色系的近北歐風 — 雖然乾淨俐落的設計也很吸引我, 但這些咖啡廳看多了真的都長得差不多。


Youmoutoohana reminds me of my house in Wheaton in the snowy winter — when the fireplace was on, I’d make myself a cup of coffee, curl up in a ball, and just stare at the fire burn and crackle.

羊毛與花跟我在美國的小木屋有點像 — 每到冬天時, 我們就會搬一些木頭到家裡的壁爐生火。只要壁爐中有火, 我就會倒杯咖啡, 捲成一顆球, 然後坐在壁爐前享受火爐發出的聲音。

Youmoutoohana is just as warm and cozy. 羊毛就是這麼的溫暖舒適。



Coffee is a must if you’re here to read or work. If you really don’t like coffee, there are lots of cocoa and tea based drinks — the beer collection here is quite impressive as well. In addition to some delicious desserts, Youmoutoohana also carries bread and pie made by the amazing Ken Bakery.

要來這裡讀書做事, 免不了來杯咖啡, 但如果你真的不喜歡咖啡的話, 羊毛也有很多巧克力跟茶類的飲料還有很多好喝的啤酒。除了甜點之外, 這邊也有好朋友哥哥家 Ken Bakery 的麵包跟派, 如果肚子餓的話一定要點個派吃!


Alright, that’s it for now — my grad school life is starting soon, back to my books! 📚

不說啦, 我的研究所生涯要開始了 — 讀書去啦!


Cafe & Eatery Information:
咖啡廳基本資料:

Hours/營業時間: 
Monday to Sunday: 12:00 – 22:00

Phone/電話: 02 2358 3153

Nearest MRT: MRT Dongman Station (Red and Orange Line)
最近的捷運站: 東門站 (淡水信義, 中和新蘆線)

Address: No. 166, Sect. 2, Xinyi Rd., Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan
地址: 台北市大安區信義路2段166號

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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?

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!

Macallum Connoisseurs Coffee Company // George Town, Penang // 喬治城, 檳城

George Town, the capital city of Penang, is a beautiful city. This city has seen all sorts of history — British colonization, Japanese occupation, Malayan union, you name it.

喬治市, 檳城的首都, 是一座美麗的城市。 從英國殖民到日治時代, 從馬來亞聯盟到現今的馬來西亞, 這個城市目睹且經歷了許許多多的歷史。

Walking through the old and new in this city made me feel a bit confused about the concept of home and the concept of change. Perhaps it’s because of my identity as a third culture kid. The old and new, juxtaposed against one another, fighting for attention. The old and new, mixed together and commodified for tourists’ consumption.

穿梭在這城市的舊與新中, 讓我對「家」和「變化」產生了一種說不出口的困惑。或許會有這樣的感覺是因為我就是俗稱的「第三文化小孩」吧! 舊的和新的, 看似互相對立, 想盡辦法吸引各種注意力。舊的和新的, 看似合一, 為的只是能夠吸引大量的遊客來到喬治市消費。

Macallum, a third wave specialty coffee shop & training center, is part of the new and emerging hip scene in George Town. The baristas who work here are all coffee connoisseurs — they take their coffees seriously, and they expect you to as well.

在這有趣的地方, Macallum這家精品咖啡館和培訓中心, 代表了喬治市新穎與時髦的一面。在這裡工作的咖啡師, 每一個都是咖啡鑑賞家 — 他們以認真的態度對待他們的咖啡, 同樣的, 他們也希望你以同樣的態度品嚐每一口咖啡。

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Surprisingly, a coffee shop like this did not come across as too pretentious to me. In fact, it was a breath of fresh air because here, Penang’s history was not being commodified. Here, all you’re expected to do is to sit back, relax, and enjoy your smooth and perfectly balanced cup of latte.

Oh, and of course, a richly made piece of chocolate cake.

令我感到驚訝的是, 像這樣的咖啡廳並沒有給我一種自命清高, 「假文青」的感覺 (可能因為自己也是個假文青吧…), 在這裡, 我反而感到更加舒適 — 在歷史被當成商品包裝起來給觀光客享用的檳城, 這麼一個脫俗的地方確實讓人鬆一口氣。在這裡, 你唯一需要做的就是放鬆自己, 好好享用那順口並香氣均衡的拿鐵。

喔, 當然, 還有一塊甜而不膩的巧克力蛋糕。

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If you ever visit Penang, make sure to pay a visit — if you’re not into coffee, their chai latte is amazing as well!

若是你有機會來檳城, 別忘了來喝一杯拿鐵吧! (不想喝咖啡, 他們的chai latte 也很棒!)