Heading to Taipei for a much-needed holiday this year, but don’t want to just stick to eating street food at night markets, or eating xiao long bao at the legendary Din Tai Fung for every meal?
Check out 22 of the most Instagrammable and delicious cafés in Taipei.
1. Rilakkuma Café Taipei
Look over here if you are a Rilakkuma fan, because you definitely can’t miss out on this! This cute café in Taipei is decorated from the inside to outside, top to toe with our favourite bear character.
Don’t just take photos of the decor though: remember to order the bestsellers, including the Rilakkuma Cheese Onigiri with Chicken and Cream Sauce and Seafood Risotto with Tomato Sauce. Plus, all the food and beverages come with more Rilakkuma designs – your friends will surely be squealing when they see your Instagram photos!
Address: No. 3, Lane 248, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 (Google maps)
Opening hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm daily
Contact: +886 2 2773 0303
2. Cafe Waiting Love
If you are a fan of the 2014 Taiwanese romcom Café. Waiting. Love., visiting this café will definitely be on your to-do list. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a cup of coffee in this cozy little café, where everything from the decorations to the menu is on theme.
Be sure to try the Lady Boss’s Speciality (老闆娘特調) – black coffee with lemons. If you want to grab a bite with your cuppa, you’ll be happy to know that their freshly-made waffles are also a huge hit with the café’s patrons.
Address: No.1, Lane 44 Yishou Street, Taipei 11659, Taiwan (Google maps)
Opening hours: Mon to Thu: 11am – 7pm, Fri: 11am – 8pm, Sat & Sun: 9am – 8pm
Contact: +886 2 2936 0596
3. Hërs biströ
It’s easy to see why this café is so popular even among the locals. Beautiful backdrops, quirky-looking food, and cocktails at less than SGD10 – what else could you ask for in a café?
For the ultimate #foodporn, we definitely recommend ordering their desserts and drinks. Customer favourites include Cloud Smoothies, Mermaid Smoothies, Killer Whale Bite, and Mango Mousse Cake. Remember to include the geotag, so your inbox won’t be flooded with friends asking where you got that super cute cake from!
Address: No. 4, Alley 22, Lane 553, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110 (Google maps)
Opening hours: Mon to Sat: 12pm – 9.30pm, Sun: 12pm – 9pm
Contact: +886 2 2746 9892
4. Fuji Flower
In the midst of a bustling city, Fuji Flower aims to be the breath of fresh air that we are all seeking. With its dreamy display of gorgeous blooms, the café invites everyone to come in and enjoy the beautiful forest that it has created.
Don’t forget to enjoy the delicious food here while you get busy taking photographs of (and with) the flowers! Beyond just admiring the gorgeous interior, you can also have a taste of nature – literally! Sip from a cup of healthy and flavourful flower tea, and munch on some mains if you are hungry.
Address: No. 49-1, Alley 22, Lane 553, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110 (Google maps)
Opening hours: Tues to Sat: 11.30am – 9pm, Sun: 11.30am – 7pm (closed on Mon)
Contact: +886 2 2764 8655
5. White Whale Café & Flowers
Another beautiful café that will appeal to flower lovers, White Whale actually shares space with White Flower, which sells flowers in all the colours you can think of, which is a nice, vibrant touch to the otherwise white space – very Instagrammable indeed.
For those who have been dying to try duo-cup teas, this is the place to go! They specialise in healthy teas which use only fresh milk and organic cane sugar, so you can feel a little less guilty about all the your indulgence in Taipei. Get a serving of panini with your tea for a full meal – locals say that the ham cheese one is a must-try!
Address: No. 2, Alley 54, Lane 63, Section 2, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 (Google maps)
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 11am – 8pm (closed on Thu)
Contact: +886 2 2703 0217
6. THE NORMAL
The serious coffee aficionados have to visit THE NORMAL for a taste of one of the best coffees in Taiwan at seriously affordable prices.
All their coffees are made solely of beans from the renowned coffee brand Ninety Plus at a very competitive price point. Offering Geishas at around six dollars for a pour-over and Ethiopians for half of that price, it’s considered really cheap by local and international standards.
You can either grab a coffee to go if you are rushing off to your next destination, or stay to enjoy the comforting coffee aroma and calming blue-and-white aesthetic.
Address: No. 413, Section 4, Ren’ai Road, Da’an District, Taipei (Google maps)
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 8am – 8pm
Contact: +886 2 2775 4066
7. Tamed Fox
With a motto like “Eat well and heal thy self”, you know this café will surely provide the kind of food therapy you need while on holiday.
There’s no need to feel guilty about eating food that looks super good at Tamed Fox, because it also happens to be very healthy. Their donuts are soft, dense, and glazed with on-artificial ingredients such as dragonfruit for the natural sweetness. Wash your healthy and indulgent donut down with a latte or greek yogurt smoothie, and you are now energised for the long day ahead!
Address: No. 56, Lane 122, Section 4, Ren’ai Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 (Google maps)
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 8.30am – 5pm, Sat & Sun: 10am – 6pm (closed on Wed)
Contact: +886 2 2755 7758
8. Smith & Hsu
Can’t miss out on your afternoon tea in Taipei? Head to Smith & Hsu for what is said to be the best tea and scones in Taipei!
Forget intimidating tea salons; you will love this inviting and unpretentious interior. The most exciting part is picking your tea, because you will be given a whole tray of samples to smell and choose from a variety of tea leaves. No matter what your usual tea drinking habits are, there’s definitely something here that you will love.
Pair your favourite tea with buttery scones, homemade jams and marmalades, then pick a book from the many shelves of books for one of the best afternoons you could possibly have.
Address: No. 8, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110 (Google maps)
Opening hours: Sun to Thu: 11am – 9.30pm, Fri & Sat: 11am – 10pm
Contact: +886 2 8786 2877
9. Sugar Pea
Sugar Pea’s mission is to provide wholesome, flavourful meals made from scratch, and it’s clearly evident from their food offerings. From wholesome grain bowls to hearty brunch dishes and indulgent sweet treats, each dish is clearly prepared with the goal to delight and nourish.
You can enjoy your delicious market bowl and organic tea or cold pressed juice in their cheerful sunroom, cozy library, or the open-kitchen area. Either way, you will definitely leave feeling whole again.
Address: No. 16, Alley 20, Lane 300, Section 4, Ren’ai Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 (Google maps)
Opening hours: Tue to Sun: 11.30am – 5pm, 5.30pm – 8pm
Contact: +886 2 2325 6188
10. CAT.jpg Café
No café-hopping is complete without one for the cat lovers. Get the coffee fix you need while bonding with the adorable kitties in CAT.jpg. While you definitely can’t bring your favourite cats home, you can instead buy souvenirs like collar pins and badges of the café’s stars to remember a day well-spent with your new feline friends.
Address: No. 154, Chaozhou Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 (Google maps)
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 7.30am – 8.30pm, Sat & Sun: 8am – 7pm
Contact: +886 2 3365 2865
11. Dazzling Café
You might already be a fan of this franchise in Singapore, but the best place to eat this is probably where it all started – Taiwan!
This favourite haunt of Taiwanese tai-tais offers a variety of savoury fusion cuisine, but it’s most crucial that you remember to make some space in your stomach for the creative desserts. You can’t tell anyone that you went to Dazzling Café without trying the famed Honey Toasts, because no one will be able to take you seriously if you do.
Address: No. 11, Alley 7, Lane 205, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 (Google maps)
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 12pm – 9pm, Sat & Sun: 11.30am – 9pm
Contact: +886 2 8773 9238
12. Alice Is Coming
Step through the doorway, and you are immediately transported to another fantasy world, just like how Alice fell through the rabbit hole. With a larger-than-life size Alice decal greeting visitors by the wall, you can already expect this themed café in Ximending to be done up in the exact same way, as though the storybook came to life.
It’s not just the decor that’s Instagram-worthy though: for an Instagrammable and delectable afternoon tea, customers recommend ordering the Afternoon Tea Set. If you are going down on a weekend, do make a reservation as well because you may not be able to get a table at this popular café.
Address: No. 111, Yanping South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 (Google maps)
Opening hours: Sun to Thu: 11.30am – 8.30pm, Fri & Sun: 11.30am – 9pm
Contact: +886 2 2311 0210
13. Powder Workshop Café
If you are looking for a quaint spot to get some work done in Taipei, check out this comfortable café that’s located near East Gate Market and Dongmen Station. It is naturally lit by sunlight, has plenty of power outlets and offers free Wi-Fi.
Besides the lovely environment, Powder Workshop is also famous for Milo Mountain, which they describe as a “Traditional Malaysian drink” that is added with their own twist of malt sugar. It’s a cute way to interpret a drink close to our hearts, which explains why it’s already a huge hit on Instagram. Remember to order a lightly-fragrant Tie Guan Yin Cheese Cake as well, and you are all set for a productive afternoon ahead.
Address: No. 25, Lane 86, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 (Google maps)
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 9am – 11.30pm, Sat & Sun: 8.30am – 11.30pm
Contact: +60 6-283 4858
14. AMP Café Independent Roaster
At AMP, all you will find is coffee – perfect for those who believe that cafés should just be about the bean beverage. Everything else is scaled back: the coffee shop has seats just enough for eight, and you won’t find food items on the menu.
Coffees are served Italian-style, so the milk-based ones contain just a dash of milk. Don’t leave without trying AMP’s cold brew; they steep their beans for 48 hours, instead of the usual 12 to 24 hours. This means that the flavour profile of the beans is concentrated fully into your cup for a longer time, providing a smoother and richer coffee taste.
Address: No. 409 Ren Ai Rd S4, 106 Taipei (Google maps)
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 8am – 6pm, Sat & Sun: 8.30am – 6pm
Contact: +886 2 752 1221
15. Coffee DPT
Deep within the jungles of Huashan 1914 Creative Park lies a chic outdoor café that reportedly bakes the best cookies in Taipei. Customers recommend that you always request for the freshly-baked ones, which are absolutely warm, gooey, and delicious.
Of course, you also can’t skip on coffee at Coffee DPT. Their year-round menu offers espresso, lattes, Americano, cappuccino, cold brew coffee and also tea. They also have seasonal menus: the winter menu, for example, included hot chocolate and pour over coffee from Ethiopia and Kenya.
Address: No. 1, Section 1, Bade Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100 (Google maps)
Opening hours: Mon: 12pm – 7pm, Tues to Sun: 12pm – 8pm
Contact: +886 2 2741 9290
16. Qing Tian Qi Liu
This Japanese-style house was, in fact, designed and built by a Japanese professor in 1931. After the Second World War, it became a residential home for a Taiwanese professor Dr. Ting-Ying Ma. In 2010, a Taipei city official declared it a heritage building, and it is now open to the public for visiting and dining.
Qing Tian Qi Liu serves a robust food menu which is very popular among the locals, so be sure to make a reservation well ahead if you are interested in enjoying some Japanese-inspired food & beverage items.
Address: No. 6, Lane 7, Qing Tian street, Da’an district, Taipei City, Taiwan (Google maps)
Opening hours: 11:30am –1:30pm, 2:30 – 5pm, 5:30 – 8pm daily
Contact: +886 2 2391 6676
17. 4MANO CAFFÉ
The team at 4MANO are winners of various local and worldwide barista contests, so you know that you are getting some of the best possible coffees here. Their cappuccinos, for example, are highly recommended for being round and smooth. Another must-eat is their mochi waffles: think freshly-made waffles that are crispy on the outside, yet moist and soft on the inside – whew!
You have been warned though: the café can get rather crowded on weekends, plus they don’t take reservations, so you have to be prepared to queue!
Address: No. 3, Lane 134, Section 2, Zhongxiao East Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 (Google maps)
Opening hours: 11am – 8.30pm daily
Contact: +886 2 2391 1356
18. The Boan 84
The Boan 84 is remodelled from a traditional Chinese medicine clinic, so you will find that the structure remains in the style of ancient Taipei. On the second floor, you may find the occasional exhibition by local artists. Unlike other cafés that require visitors to at least buy a drink, The Boan 84 warmly welcomes anyone to drop by and have a look at its interior and exhibitions for free.
Do take note that they do not serve many dishes on the menu (most customers visit for the good coffee), though they do serve small bites such as sandwiches and cakes.
Address: No. 84, Bao’an Street, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103 (Google maps)
Opening hours: 11am – 7pm daily
Contact: +886 2 2550 1280
19. Elsewhere Café
While most cafés in Taipei pride themselves on the aesthetic, food, and socialising, Elsewhere Café chooses to play up its focus on art, design, and books.
Part bookstore, part coffee shop, this café is the place in Taipei to go for all book lovers who appreciate the luxurious combination of good books, good food, and good coffee.
Address: No. 3, Lane 119, Section 1, Luosifu Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 (Google maps)
Opening hours: Tues to Fri: 7.30am – 10pm (closed on Mon, Sat, & Sun)
Contact: +886 2 3393 2018
For those who appreciate a good cuppa from Australia, you’re in good company. Woolloomooloo Founder Jimmy Yang buys his coffee beans from Toby’s Estate, an Australia coffee company, and has it flown in to preserve the freshness. Hence, their espressos are wildly popular with the regulars.
While you can just have a cup of coffee in this quiet café, you can also consider ordering the pesto chicken pasta if you are feeling hungry. Some even say that it is easily the best pesto pasta they have ever tasted!
Address: No. 95, Fujin St., Songshan Dist., Taipei City, Taiwan 105 (Google maps)
Opening hours: Tue to Fri: 10am – 6pm, Sat & Sun: 9am – 6pm
Contact: +886 2 2546 8318
21. Fujin Tree 353 Cafe
Getting to this café is the first tough part; the second is to resist ordering everything off the menu. Opened by the 2014 Barista Champion of Taiwan, this café located in the far north of Taipei is popular among locals despite its far-flung location, and for good reason.
Savour a wide selection of beverages (espresso-based coffee, pourover coffee, Varlhona Chocolate beverages, tea, etc.), and don’t forget to order the Green Tea Roll Cake. Made using Morihan Kyoto Uji Matcha powder, which is known for its premium grade quality, this moist and airy dessert is sure to put Fujin Tree 353 Cafe on your to-visit list every time you are in Taipei.
Address: No. 353, Fujin Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105 (Google maps)
Opening hours: 9am – 9pm daily
Contact: +886 2 2749 5225
22. PICNIC CAFE
College life isn’t complete without visiting a café once with your friends, so it’s little wonder that this cozy café just up the road from National Taiwan University is a huge hit with the local university students.
PICNIC CAFE specialises in quiches, scones, and coffee. It’s a great place to go if you are interested in checking out where the young and hip crowd in Taipei frequent, and also a perfect opportunity to socialise with friendly Taiwanese students – just be careful not to disturb them if they look like they are rushing their school assignments!
Address: No. 75, Wenzhou Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 (Google maps)
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 1pm – 11pm, Sat & Sun: 12pm – 11pm
Contact: +886 2 2368 7798
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