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 coffee shop somewhere. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do the “hanging out” part. But I did find two coffee shops 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.
☕ Louisa Coffee
📍Address: No. 6, Lane 50, Yixian Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan
🕑 Store hours: Open Mon-Fri, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm & Sat, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm | Closed on Sundays
💰Price range: USD 0.96-3.04
🍴What to order: Green tea latte
I didn’t know what to feel when we entered this coffee shop and we were told that they were closing already. Why the hell does it close at 3:00 pm on a Saturday?! I was extremely disappointed because my friend, Christine, and I were looking for a place to hang out for a while. Anyway, they were still taking the last orders so I placed mine.
But first the look and feel of the cafe, you know what the third-wave coffee shops 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.
I ordered a Green tea latte for TWD 55 (USD 1.76). What does it taste like? Like I’m drinking grass is what. 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 sort of wooed me in. Soon, I was already in love with it.
☕ Cama Cafe
📍Address: No. 174, Section 3, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
🕑 Store hours: Open Mon-Fri, 7:30 am to 7:00 pm | Sat-Sun, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
💰Price range: USD 1.44-3.52
🍴What to order: Caramel macchiato
The next coffee shop 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 (USD 2.40), more pricey than the one that I had at Louisa. There was nothing special with the taste, in fact, it tasted similar to the ones you can find back at home, but it is less sweet 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 the quality of the taste. That’s amazing if you ask me. Cama Cafe has been around since 2004.
So there you go, if ever you want to find some good coffee in Taipei, try Louisa Coffee and Cama Cafe.
Do you want me to review any coffee shops? Leave your suggestion in the comment box below, and I’ll make time to check it out. 💕