Fun fact: before I came to Taipei, I was not a coffee drinker. At all. On occasion, when I had one of my 12-hour drives from Chicago to South Carolina, I would keep myself awake with a small cup of black coffee, and when I visited Costa Rica I made sure to try locally grown coffee varieties, but other than that my coffee experience was non-existent.
So, tea drinker that I am, when I first came to Taipei, I was super excited for the abundance of tea shops I was about to discover. To my great surprise, however, the number of coffee shops in Taipei massively outnumber that of the tea shops. Before I knew it, I had become a coffee drinker.
With the burgeoning coffee addiction that I have, sometimes it’s good to know where the best places to get a quick cup of coffee are, for when you’re in a rush or on the go.
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30-20:00, Sat/Sun 9:00-19:00
Price Range: 35-115 NTD
Cama is by far my favorite coffee chain in Taipei. As well as selling great quality drip coffee at an affordable price, Cama also sells their beans in 227g bags, and you can be sure that I’m going to pick up a bag of my favorite beans before I go back to the US. (My favorite is Chocolate Prince 巧克力王子, if anyone was wondering.) Each of their locations are characterized by bright yellow walls and décor and wooden crates and burlap sacks stacked everywhere. Most locations only have enough sitting room for people who are waiting for their coffee but not doing work, otherwise I’d be there all day. Additionally, their mascot is this really cute white bean shaped blob that I’m kind of obsessed with.
Hours: Huayin St. Sun-Sat 7:30-20:00, Nanjing E. Rd. Sun-Sat 7:00-21:30
Price Range: 30-95 NTD
Another of Taipei’s most popular coffee chains, Louisa offers the widest coffee selection. As well as a large selection of premium coffee beans, espresso blends, and teas, Louisa also offers a quality selection of sandwiches that are great for breakfast or lunch on the go. There are two Louisa locations near Homey Hostel: One on Huayin Street across from QSquare Mall, and one on Nanjing East Road across from Exit 6 of Zhongshan MRT Station. The QSquare location is closer, but doesn’t have wifi, whereas the Nanjing East Rd. location does have wifi and much more seating.
Hours: Sun-Sat 8:30-17:30
Price Range: 25-85 NTD
Another chain often seen throughout Taipei, Ecoffee offers your standard assortment of coffees, teas, and milk teas. One of the standout selections at Ecoffee are its coffee and tea slush selections. Get your sugar fix by ordering a Carmel Macchiato Slush or Japanese Green Tea Slush and cool off from the hot Taipei summer in the process. What’s the best thing about the Ecoffee location near Homey Hostel? It’s located right next to a delicious donut stand. If the line isn’t too long (or honestly, even if it is), you should definitely try one of these donuts.
CAPTION: Coffee and donuts – name a more iconic duo
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30-23:00, Sat/Sun 8:00-21:00
Price Range: 35-90 NTD
I mentioned 85 Degree Café in my post about the best tea places near Homey Hostel (LINK), but as its menu is roughly 50% coffee and 50% tea, I believe it belongs in this post as well. You may not see 85 Degree Cafes in Taipei nearly as often as you would see Louisa or Cama, but with more than 30 locations throughout Taipei City, it’s not difficult to find either. Come here for a solid selection of sweeter milk teas, coffee blends, and some delicious pastry selections.
Local Drip Coffee
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00
Price Range: ~100 NTD
EEFFOC isn’t always open, which makes it a bit unreliable as a coffee source, but when it is open, it offers a great selection of good quality coffee. This single-location store is more of a wholesale coffee seller and offers a large selection of beans to buy in 227g increments, but they will make you a single serving of coffee when you walk in. While there are a few seats available, EEFFOC doesn’t really come off as a place you want to sit and kill time. Regardless, the shop has an interesting aesthetic and (if you read Chinese) they have signs displayed with detailed information about all of their beans, which I thought was pretty cool.
Price Range: 150-300 NTD
Less than a block away from Homey Hostel along Chang’an Road, Wu Coffee is a great little corner coffee shop – literally. The small street-facing counter is set up on the southwest corner of the intersection of Chang’an West Road and Taiyuan Road, and presents a friendly welcoming exterior. There are little foldout tables set into the awning pillars that give you space to sit and wait for your coffee and chat with friends, but aren’t exactly the best place to sit and get work done. Wu Coffee offers some fancier coffee selections, meaning that it’s a bit more pricey than other shops on this list, but the great quality is worth it in my opinion. If you don’t feel like committing to a full cup of coffee, no worries! If you walk past Wu Coffee at the right time of day, an employee may be standing outside handing out free samples.
General Coffee on the Go
Hours: Sun-Sat 10:00-20:00
Price Range: 40-75 NTD
The host of a variety of cakes and cheesecakes that are absolutely delicious, Tiramisu is the best place in the neighborhood for your classic dessert and coffee combination. The drinks are a bit sweeter, as you would expect from a dessert place, and I highly recommend the French Cocoa. You can buy either a slice of cake for yourself, or buy a whole cake to share (or maybe buy a whole cake just for yourself, I won’t judge). There is space to sit inside but the main counter is street-facing, making it a great place to stop briefly on your way back from the Zhongshan MRT station.
Hours: Sun-Sat 8:00-20:00
Price Range: 40-90 NTD
Caffé Coffee is a great place to grab a quick cup of coffee on your way to the Zhongshan MRT station. A hot spot for locals, if you walk past Caffé Coffee in the middle of the day, you’ll find all the white plastic chairs full of locals enjoying their morning with a nice beverage. Offering a variety of coffees, tea, smoothies, and juices, this café will definitely have something good to refresh your day.
Hours: Sun-Sat 10:00-19:00
Price Range: 45-150 NTD
Even if you wanted to sit down at Meggie Coffee, you wouldn’t be able to. Meggie consists of a small stall at the entrance of an alley, and is honestly a place you might walk past if you weren’t looking for it. Despite its small size, my experience at Meggie was great. The owners and I chatted to the sound of Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend”, and overall it was one of the best 15 minute coffee runs I’ve ever had.
The menu selection is dominated by iced drinks, from cold brew coffee to iced tea to smoothies, making it a great place to go in the middle of Taipei’s summer. Additionally, all their cups have a lovely inspirational quote on them, meaning that Meggie’s coffee doesn’t only give your day an energetic boost, but a spiritual boost as well!
Price Range: 70-160 NTD
La Bambina is the best location for days you barely want to step foot outside the hostel. Located right outside the entrance to Homey Hostel, you don’t even have to change out of your pajamas if you want to go grab coffee. Sitting room is available, but I find I prefer La Bambina’s coffee for on the go.
While hostels are great attractions for single travelers or small groups, not a lot of people think of hostels as the best place to stay on your family vacation. Stay tuned next week for the benefits of staying in a hostel as a family!
Your favorite Homey LTR, Angie
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