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Where to Find Coffee in Taipei

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.




Louisa 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]

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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.

Louisa Coffee
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.
Instagram: @louisacoffeeofficial


Cama Cafe

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.

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Cama Cafe
Ann Rd., Daan District, Taipei City
Telephone no.: (02) 2775-3385
Email: service@camacafe.com


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.

 

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Comments (28)

  1. LaiAriel Samangka
    LaiAriel Samangka

    Personally, aside from food whenever I visit a place, I also look for a coffee shop just like you. You have just proven your love for coffee for you were able to find two coffee shops in Taipei. I haven’t been to Taipei and will surely look for this coffee shops if I get the chance to visit here soon. I love that the price of their coffee is a bit cheaper compare to other foreign country. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  2. sumit walia
    sumit walia

    interesting article , but am sure there would have been more coffee joints out there … were you actually looking for local cafes ?? today i guess m reading coffee based articles

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  3. jared's mum
    jared's mum

    Good coffee is a must but I try not to drink too much of it while out traveling. But a cup won’t really hurt and will keep you energize for the rest of your tour, right? This is a lovely stop for an afternoon cup. I must check it out when I find myself in Taipei! ^_^

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  4. Cykanikj
    Cykanikj

    I’m a coffee drinker and just lately I fall in love with Matcha, I was also surprised why they’re closing so early ?, the good thing is they take your orders, the second stop, is quite crowdy though, but if the services and products are great and ofcourse the quality, then its one of the best.

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  5. Me-An Clemente
    Me-An Clemente

    Indeed, with your love for coffee, you definitely should have coffee even in a foreign place. We didn’t try drinking coffee when we went to Taiwan since I love milk tea. Based on your photos and what you said about Cama cafe’s coffee, I think we have way better coffee here. Thanks for the info though. This is definitely helpful for Filipino coffee lovers like you.

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  6. Nadine Smith (Scenes From Nadine)
    Nadine Smith (Scenes From Nadine)

    Even though I’m not a huge coffee drinker, I am always so fascinated with coffee shops… especially the cute and unique ones like the cat cafes in Tokyo or the Charlie Brown Cafe in Hong Kong. I actually go more for the place than the coffee. Haha! The more Instagrammable, the better. Too bad the coffee in the coffee places you went to did not impress you very much. 🙁 What a letdown! And it’s sad that the green tea at Luisa Coffee wasn’t great.

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  7. Indrani
    Indrani

    Definitely a good place to hang out as you say. The interiors to sound and seem so different than the usual stuffs we see in a cafe. Good to explore and stumble on such new places. 🙂 Longing to visit Taiwan some day!

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  8. KT Nielsen
    KT Nielsen

    Looking at the photos, I would personally go inside Louisa Cafe because of its minimalistic interior. Cama Cafe looked to me like a grab and go coffee place and not a place to hang out. Maybe what they lack in aesthetic, they make up for in the quality in the taste of the coffee they serve? The coffee culture in the Philippines have boomed in the past couple of years and I want to see more cafes like this – simple, no non-sense and not hyped as much. I’ll be in Taiwan in June so I’ll see if I’ll have time to check them out.

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  9. Stella the Travelerette
    Stella the Travelerette

    These sound like great places. I also look for coffee first when I go to a place. I wouldn’t expect there to be coffee in a green tea latte though! When I have them, it’s just green tea and milk. So that sounds very interesting to me.

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  10. Herbert Kikoy
    Herbert Kikoy

    I would go for Louisa Cafe, Cama seems to be congested. Maybe it was just busy when you were there I guess. I’ve never been to Taipei but im not closing doors for a vacation here. I would definitely check these places out, take photos and enjoy the best coffee they have.

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    • Marjorie Gavan
      Marjorie Gavan

      It’s not that busy compared to the coffee shops in the Philippines but because the place is small, it looks that way.

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  11. Eunis De Guzman
    Eunis De Guzman

    Hi Marj! I can’t contain my happiness while reading your blog. Im a certified coffeeholic, and will absolutely visit it when I visit taipei next month. I can have 5 cups a day if I’m too lazy hihi

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    • Marjorie Gavan
      Marjorie Gavan

      5 cups?! Whoa! I can only do 3 at the most and I consider myself a coffee addict. Guess I am not an addict after all haha…

      Reply
  12. Maaya Legaspi
    Maaya Legaspi

    No doubt you truly love coffee. hehehe. Well I can’t blame you, who doesn’t love coffee anyway? Too bad though you weren’t able to relax for a bit in the coffee shops. probably when you come back? 😀 My friends told me that Milk teas in Taiwan are the bomb,.. and that one cannot simply skip it. I’m just intrigued though on why does a coffee shop closes at 3PM? I mean its the golden hour of cafes. 😀

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    • Marjorie Gavan
      Marjorie Gavan

      Hi Maaya, I honestly don’t know why they close that early. Until now it’s a myster to me.

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  13. ROBERT LEE | Amazing Life Daily
    ROBERT LEE | Amazing Life Daily

    Naalala ko tuloy nung last na nasa Taipei ako. Ang rule is simple. Saan man mapunta, alamin na kung nasaan ang nearby cafes. Then again, whichever city naman ako mapunta, automatic na kasama na sa things to do ko iyan.

    Medyo weird lang and lasa diyan, kasi syempre iba ang nakasanayan natin dito, pero overall, they do serve good coffees and other drinks naman.

    As for tea, expect na mas matapang ang lasa ng tea sa oriental countries, kasi nga naman, tea drinkers sila eh.

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    • Marjorie Gavan
      Marjorie Gavan

      Yeah, I’m not a tea drinker though so I only tried milktea once in the short time I was there.

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  14. sophie
    sophie

    This looks like a great suggestion though! I am a caffeine person , I can’t leave without 5mugs of coffee a day, and it’s always hard to find a good one when you are traveling to a new city , but this one surely has helped me for taipei. Thanks 🙂

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  15. Revathi
    Revathi

    I am a big time coffee addict and cant live without one everyday. Looks like fabulous recommendations for coffee in Taipei. Love the feel of both the places. Nice clicks 🙂

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  16. Mimi
    Mimi

    I’d always known Taipei as a place for milk teas! So many of my friends were gushing about milk teas when they visited it there. I love the interior of these cafes, though. It looks very modern and the drinks look delicious. 🙂

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  17. Sally
    Sally

    Love a good coffee and sometimes it is heard to find! That’s for the suggestions for Taipei 🙂

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  18. Gryselle Mae
    Gryselle Mae

    I frequently visit Taiwan because my fiance is Taiwanese. Taiwan has a lot of coffee shops around, but they are actually known for milk teas! Most coffee shop offers milk tea drinks as well. You have to try their Assam milk tea with pearl and Honey Green tea. <3 Those two are my favorite drinks in Taiwan.

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  19. Gel
    Gel

    Loved that you always find time to look for coffee wherever you go. I, too, started doing this two years ago, and i think it kind of give you more idea of how people like in their coffee, in different places. As for the two you suggested, I think I am more interested in Cama Cafe. 🙂

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  20. Christina
    Christina

    Too bad you were not able to hang out at either cafe to get a vibe for the place. Good that you were still able to taste the beverages. I love checking out coffee places in my travels so will keep this in mind if I find myself in Taipei.

    Reply
  21. Arni
    Arni

    You had me at coffee! 🙂 It’s always interesting to explore the local coffee scene while traveling. Laurie’s idea of a coffee crawl is brilliant!

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  22. Laurie
    Laurie

    That’s also what I do whenever I travel, look for or check out coffee shops.

    Love how you described a third-wave cafe. So accurate! 🙂

    Maybe you should make a coffee-tour here in ph! You/we can tour friends when they come for a visit. What do you think?

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    • Marjorie Gavan
      Marjorie Gavan

      Why not! That’s a fab idea Laurie. Let’s do it!

      Reply
      • michymichymoo
        michymichymoo

        It’s an interesting business idea. A coffee tour. 🙂

        Reply

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