The coffee scene in Taipei has really been on the upswing the last few years. New and trendy coffee shops are opening up in Taipei constantly. Each new coffee shop adds their own unique and distinct brews to the growing coffee scene in Taipei.
Basically, this is a city where java-nuts will be in their absolute element.
Here are seven of the best places to grab a morning brew in Taipei.
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Rufous Coffee is a hip coffee shop with interesting decor. It looks like a 1960’s diner with hints of modern wood finishings to give it a new look and feel.
The coffee here is fantastic and is roasted in-house. They have a proud collection of roasts from South America that they expertly brew. Try their Maragogype roast from Guatemala for a lighter-tasting roast.
Coffee Sweet is a small, intimate shop that is partially hidden in an alley. The shop only has about 20 seats but they make up for it with their coffees.
Their beans are imported from South America and Africa. Locals generally order their coffees straight up here, keeping it to a simple black coffee or espresso. But hey, you do you.
An Australian coffee shop in Taipei, Woolloomooloo also doubles up as a cocktail bar as well. Their beans here are imported from Australia and their most popular drink is their flat white.
Come here for a late afternoon Aussie coffee and stay put for a glass of Aussie Chardonnay after. The best of both worlds.
Simple Kaffa is the creation of a former Taiwan Barista Champion and they are famous in Taipei for their cappuccinos.
It might be tricky to find Simple Kaffa since it’s hidden in the basement of Hotel V, but don’t let its location deter you – the coffees here are great.
Get their Dark Brown Sugar Latte or their Cappuccino. Can’t go wrong with either!
Meaning “Coffee Break” in Swedish, Fika Fika Cafe is a Swedish-inspired coffee shop that brings the Nordic coffee hits to Taipei.
Would it surprise you to know that their decor is very IKEA-esque as well? The interesting coffees at Fika Fika make it a worthwhile visit. Try their Rosetta-Laced Latte for a new latte experience.
Coffee Lover’s Planet is actually located in an upscale shopping mall, so the service and coffees here are first class.
Baristas help walk you through their menu of beans that are roasted in-store and sourced from all over the world.
Instead of trying just one coffee here, go for samples of their different beans. Flavours here range from bold to sweet, so find something you like and give it a try.
Gabee means “coffee” in Taiwanese and at Gabee Coffee, creativity rules the day. Guests here can try coffees flavours including pumpkin, lychee, sweet potato, and watermelon to name a few. Creative, right?
Aside from the flavours, you should try their carbonated coffee which is just as interesting as it sounds. Gabee Coffee is definitely the spot if you want that unique caffeine fix.