Coffee

The best places in Taipei for your coffee fix
Paper Street Coffee Taipei

Paper St. Coffee Company

Paper St. is presented with the feeling of simplicity and hipster-ness as in its name. The space is small but the large windows lined with bar stools help give the coffee shop a more open feeling and offer a great place for people-watching. Paper St. also has a simple menu, mostly coffee-based, including a couple of single origin, pour over options, a cold drip option, and a few of the typical espresso drinks.

Price: [Coffee] $$ (but in line with coffee prices in Taipei)

Open Hour: Wednesday to Monday – 10am – 8pm.

Address: 1F, No. 28, Section 1, Bade Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City, Taiwan

Food: ★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Cost Performance:★★★★

Localness: ★★★★★

The Good Design Institute Cafe Taipei

Good Design Institute

The Good Design Institute was opened recently by a design firm based in Taipei & Beijing that has done some gorgeous work in interior design & product branding. Good Design Institute also acts as a display space for a roster of artists and creatives from around the globe to set up pop-up shops to sell their work, with artists being switched out every month or so.  They turned a dumpy old apartment unit into a breathtaking, and multi-functional space.

Price: [Coffee] $$

Open Hour: Daily 1:30pm-9:30pm.

Address: 1F No. 22 Lane 48 Wenzhou St, Taiwan

Food: ★★★★

Service: ★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Cost Performance:★★★

Localness: ★★★★★

Stone Espressobar Taipei

Stone Espressobar

For coffee enthusiasts, Stone offers a couple of their own single origin options which are more lightly roasted, especially if you like lighter roasts. Though they don’t do pour overs, instead they brew using the Aeropress and espresso machine. Stone is a great place to stop by if you happen to be visiting Wufenpu wholesale garment market. Visiting Sone Espressobar feels like visiting your everyday, neighborhood coffee shop. Price: [Coffee] $$ Open Hour: Wednesday to Monday – 1pm-10pm. Address: 304, Songshan Rd, Xinyi District, Taiwan Food: ★★★★ Service: ★★★★★ Ambience: ★★★★★ Cost Performance:★★★ Localness: ★★★★★

Food

The best restaurants in Taipei
Aquatic Addiction Development

Aquatic Addiction Development 

Addiction Aquatic Development is a seafood paradise in the heart of Taipei.  Referred to by some as a modern fish market, it is, without a doubt, the premium location to buy fresh seafood or enjoy a leisurely meal of oysters, lobster, crab, prawns, sushi and sashimi. The concept, location, structure, décor, variety, quality, and price all make Addiction Aquatic Development a winning place.  It’s increasingly turning into a local favourite, and rightfully so. Price: [Lunch & Dinner ] $$ Open Hour: Daily 11am – 9pm. Address: No. 18, Aly. 2, Lane 410, Mínzú East Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan‎ Food: ★★★★★ Service: ★★★★★ Ambience: ★★★ Cost Performance:★★★ Localness: ★★★★

Tang

Si Zhi Tang 

In vintage surroundings, Si-Zhi-Tang offers daily changing dishes, including pig’s trotters cooked in aged hua diao (a type of shao xia wine) with soy beans. Quite pricey but the best example of high-end local food with a twist. They are looking to open in London’s East End in 2015.

Price: [Dinner] $$ – $$$

Open Hour: Daily 12pm – 10pm

Address: No. 18, Sec.. 3, Jinan Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei, Taiwan

Food: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★

Cost Performance:★★★

Localness: ★★★★★

Snow King Ice Cream

Snow King Ice Cream 

This is a place to head to try some ice cream flavours you will not find anywhere else in the world.  Featuring flavours such as pigs fee, pork floss, curry, and stewed chicken, this is somewhere to test your eating ability. You’re going to have to order a bowl of anything you want to try as they don’t allow you to taste any flavours beforehand. I suggest adding a scoop of your favourite ice cream to balance the intense flavours that will hit you square in the face.

Price: [ice cream] $-$$

Open Hour: Daily 12pm – 10pm

Address: No. 65, Wuchang Rd., Section 1, Jhong Jheng District, Taipei City

Food: ★★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★

Cost Performance:★★★★

Localness: ★★★★★

Booze

The best bars in Taipei
Ounce Speakeasy Bar Taipei

Ounce Taipei Speakeasy 

I tricky one to find in the middle of the night, first you have to enter a cafe that looks closed (trades during the day), find a hidden switch on the wall to ring a doorbell which then reveals a secret door into Ounce Speakeasy in the suburbs of Taipei. It’s a small space with the best seats overlooking the bar. Let the barmen take the lead with their own concoctions. Price: [Cocktails] $$-$$$ Open Hour: Monday – Saturday 19:00 to 02:00 Address: No 40. Ln. 63 Sec. 2, Dunhua S. Road; MRT: Zhongxiao Dunhua Food: NA Service: ★★★★★ Ambience: ★★★★ Cost Performance:★★ Localness: ★★★★★

Jolly Brewery Taipei

Jolly Brewery 

Eddie Chang, the man behind Jolly, is the only craft beer entrepreneur in Taiwan who is both a trained chef and certified brewer. On a mission to introduce the best brews to Taiwan consumers, Jolly has recreated classics from traditional recipes including Scotch ale, pale ale, pilsner and weizen, or wheat beer, while inventing the wildly popular passion fruit lager on the sidelines.

Price: [Craft Beer] $$

Open Hour: Daily 11:30 am – 2:30 pm5:30 – 11:00 pm

Address: 105, Taiwan, Taipei City, Songshan District, Qingcheng Street, 29號B室

Food: NA

Service: ★★★★

Ambience: ★★★

Cost Performance:★★★★

Localness: ★★★★★

Taiwan Beer Factory

Taiwan Beer Factory 

Not only is the Taiwan Beer Factory still in the beer-making business, it has also turned one of its warehouses into a restaurant with amazing Taiwanese-style food and lots upon lots of cheap beer. The beer factory has everything you need for a friendly night out on the town, and since it closes at 23:00, it’s also a great place to pre game and get some grub before starting the real night out.

Price: [Taiwan Beer] $-$$

Open Hour: Daily 11:30 am – 2:30 pm5:30 – 11:00 pm

Address: NO. 85, SECTION 2, BADE RD. | 八德路二段85號

Food: ★★

Service: ★★★★

Ambience: ★★★

Cost Performance:★★★★

Localness: ★★★★★