City Guide: Favourite Spaces - Taipei, Taiwan

I've been thinking about making guides for a few years now. The reason why I am doing it only now is because I felt that I didn't have the right experience. But I figured out that I am currently the sole editor for our Edit and this is my platform and it is all about my tastes and the way I look at things. 
So, in our first ever guide, it's gonna be Taipei - my favourite spaces in my favourite city.

Taipei is the capital and busiest city in Taiwan. Like most of the other capitals in the world, it is always bustling with all sorts of activities. But my favourite thing about this place is that it is always so easy to find a place where you can recharge your mind in peace despite all the city noises. Every corner in Taipei is unique and I never fail to find a space that I love. 

Most of the time, when I decide to visit a cafe, it's always because my mind is tired and is in a desperate need to find a new space to focus and/or to get new inspirations. It's not just a "coffee or Instagram-worthy place" to me. I see it as a temporary personal space and I want it to positively affect my mental state and wellness. 

Truffles Living 舒服生活



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I first stepped into Truffles Living late in the night, at about 8pm without any prior research. This space is tucked in a corner of Da An District and if I wasn't conscious enough, I'd definitely have missed it. When I stepped into the space it was like magic, and I felt in love immediately. Imagine high ceilings, detailed vintage decor and tastefully sourced furnitures. Every corner looked different but they somehow managed to blend perfectly together to create a space so beautiful. I remember sitting by the window on an extra large sofa, ordering a hot serving of camomile tea and sat there just trying to ease my own insecurities. Well, it worked.

Aside from the divinely curated space, they serve great food, desserts, coffee and even cocktails. I am really amazed at the amount of effort they put into their product offerings. Every single one of their plates, glasses, cups look like little pieces of art on their own.

Check out their floral arrangement classes and from what I saw on their Facebook page, Truffles Living is also a vintage store. So if you're lucky, you might be able to bring that perfect vase back home. Wow.

Truffles Living 舒服生活
Address: No. 66, Wenchang Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Phone: +886 2 2708 8380
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm (daily)
Website: https://www.facebook.com/TrufflesLiving/


Café Costumice


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Café Costumice is buried in the alley right by the bustling Zhongxiao Fuxing street. Their popular al-fresco area is nicely curated with woody accents and beautiful plants. Interior of the cafe is rustic, with little hints of Scandinavian inspired decors. 

This space is great for my fellow coffee lovers. The aroma in the cafe tempted me to order a cup of hot latte almost right away and it was insanely good - this statement is coming from someone who's already had her daily cuppa so it's not me having some kind of insane caffeine deprivation.

It is definitely a chill-out space for the self-employed and freelancers during the non-peak hours where it is a little quieter. Cafe Costumice is also a great location if you are looking for a hangout to chat over glasses of wine with your group of friends. 

Café Costumice
Address: 106, Taiwan, Taipei City, Da’an District, Alley 71, Lane 223, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, 6號1樓
Phone: +886 2 2711 8086
Opening Hours: 1pm-12am (Mon-Thu) / 1pm-1am (Fri) / 12pm-1am (Sat) / 12pm-12am (Sun)
Website: https://www.costumice.com.tw/

 

One Tree Hill (Oth Taipei)


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Founded by a pair of Singaporean couple, One Tree Hill is a tribute to the founder's grandmother, whose first house was located in One Tree Hill, Singapore. This tea room is located in a quiet spot of Zhongshan North Road. The interior is decorated minimally to bring out the essence of the space - simplicity. 

Their menu consists of a variety of organic Taiwanese teas and delicate desserts. If I'm not wrong, their dessert offerings varies by the day. I love how they are using quality Taiwanese tea leaves in their beverages because there really is a difference in the aroma and taste. 

Their Double Cocoa caught my eye - imagine Earl Grey Tea topped with a thick layer of chocolate moose, then sprinkled with 100% cocoa powder. It's going to be an explosion of different sensations on your tongue. 

One Tree Hill (Oth Taipei)
Address: No. 5-1號, Lane 27, Section 2, Zhongshan North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
Phone: +886 2 2571 2000
Opening Hours: 11:30am-6pm (Mon, Tue, Thur) / 
11:30am-7pm (Fri-Sat) / closed on Wed, Sun
Website: https://www.onetreehill.com/

 

KiOSK


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Behind that blue door at KiOSK is a bright and modern beautifully designed space. The large windows also allows for natural light to shine into the cafe so it's a nice space for the freelancers and creatives to do their work. When you need a space to chill and run wild with your imagination, this is definitely the right place to go. Black and white decor never goes wrong and KiOSK definitely hit the right spot with their interior. 

It is also a must to try their famed avocado toast (this dish when done right, is heaven) and olive oil cheesecake. I'm hungry already. 

KOiSK
Address: No. 40, Section 1, Xinsheng North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10471
Opening Hours: 10am-5pm (daily) / closed on Tues
Website: https://www.facebook.com/KIOSKtw/

 

AMP Café Independent Roaster


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I was actually contemplating if I should include AMP Cafe into the guide because it is a small, curated space and the cafe only fits 8 at a time so I don't think this is a good place for you to hang out for long. But I love how modern, clean and cosy the space is so here we go. 

The interesting about the cafe is that you are not going to find any food in there. AMP Cafe places their full focus into making (really good) coffee, authentic Italian style. If you need a quick coffee break to clear your mind amidst all the chaos, this is it. Try their cold brew if you need a perk-me-up because their coffee beans are steeped for 48 hours and it's concentrated caffeine poison.

AMP Café Independent Roaster

Address: No. 409號, Section 4, Ren'ai Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Phone: +886 2 2752 1221
Opening Hours: 8am-6pm (Mon - Fri) / 10am-6pm (Sat & Sun)
Website: https://www.facebook.com/ampcafetw

新保安捌肆 Boan 84 Cafe


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This cafe is located inside an old building, and it was originally a hospital. The owners of Boan 84 kept the old signage so you can still see it right outside the cafe. There are 3 levels to this space and every level is carefully designed. Vintage spaces aren't usually my thing but the oldie vibe at Boan 84 is so cosy and relaxing. Even their coffee machine looks like something from another era. Going there is like taking a walk down the lane of Taipei's history. 

Oh, and don't forget the wares they are using to serve their food and beverage. It has more of that vintage European vibes but when you pair that with this Chinese-style cafe, it's another level. 

新保安捌肆 Coffee Boan 84 Cafe
Address: No. 84, Bao'an Street, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Phone: +886 2 2552 8288
Opening Hours: 11am-10pm (daily) 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Boan84/

 
Taipei is saturated with so many coffee places and if you are a tourist, you might be tempted to cafe hop all day long. But my advise for you is to not do that. Taipei is a city with so many things to explore. You can do some good shopping over there too. Or you could travel out of the city for a day trip to smaller cities like Hualien and Yilan - they are only 1-2 hours away from Taipei by train or coach. That is the main reason why I don't saturate my guide with a long list of cafes, only the ones that are truly worth a visit (imo).