What’s the first thing that you look for in a place? Me, what else? Coffee! So when I went to Taipei I told myself I am going to hang out in a cafe somewhere. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do that, at least the “hanging out” part. But I did find two cafes and I was able to buy coffee so I guess that’s not bad. I was able to discover two, Louisa Coffee and Cama Cafe.
I didn’t know what to feel when we entered this cafe and we were told that they were closing already. What was the time? 3:00 p.m. Why the hell does this cafe close at 3:00 p.m. on a Saturday?! I was extremely disappointed because my friend, Christine and I were looking for a cafe where we can hang out for a while. Oh well, nothing we can do about it. They were still taking last order so I placed mine anyway.
But first the look and feel of the cafe, you know how the third-wave cafes look like, minimalist, unpainted walls, space is small, that’s how Louisa Coffee is. They serve specialty coffee and we found it by accident, in one of the backstreets of Yixian Road before we went to Sun Yat-sen. [Read: Taipei’s Memorial Halls: Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek]
I ordered a green tea latte for TWD 55 (PHP 88.57 – USD 1.78). How does it taste like? Like a freaking green tea. By that I mean that the green tea is very strong you’d kinda wonder if there is still coffee in it. The sugar, I’d say it’s about 30%. I didn’t like it at first sip because I have just recently learned to like matcha and the reason I didn’t like it before in the first place is the strong leafy taste. But the drink sorts of wooed me in. Soon, I was already in love with it.
No.5, Lane 50, Yixian Road,
Xinyi District, Taipei City
Telephone no.: (02) 8780-4613
Business Hours: Monday to Friday 07:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday 08:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The next cafe that I found is in Da’an District. I happen to have seen it as I was walking down the street. It’s even smaller than Louisa Coffee and it is manned by just one person. It has a yellow and black theme and it has a mascot. The mascot, I assume is called “Cama,” not sure , and there’s a life-size statue of it outside the cafe.
Here, I ordered a cup of caramel macchiato for TWD 75 (PHP 120.78 – USD 2.43), more pricey than the one that I had at Louisa. There was nothing special with the taste, in fact, it tasted similar with the ones you can find back at home, but it is less sweeter than my favorite caramel macchiato from Starbucks. What’s special about Cama Cafe? They do the whole bean-to-cup process in their store and based on their website, they even hand-pick the beans to ensure quality of the taste. That’s amazing if you ask me. Cama Cafe has been around since 2004.
Ann Rd., Daan District, Taipei City
Telephone no.: (02) 2775-3385
So there you go, if ever you want to find some good coffee in Taipei, try Louisa Coffee and Cama Cafe. Both of these cafes have excellent Trip Advisor reviews by the way so if you don’t want to take my word for it, then check out the review of other travelers.