Home to 2.75 million people, perfect public transport and incredible internet speeds, the bustling capital of Taiwan is a hive of activity both day and night. So is it really possible to find a quiet nook to study, or a workspace that isn’t a noisy coffee shop? Of course it is, this is Taipei, where everything is possible.
Taipei City Public Library
There are many libraries scattered throughout the city but perhaps the most conveniently located is the main public library on Jianguo South Road. This is also one of the best libraries for study as it has dedicated study rooms with comfortable seating and ample desk space for each person.
This place is popular, so people often have to take a number as they queue up before the doors open. They are also quite strict on leaving items unattended, and they will remove belongings if the owner doesn’t return within an hour.
The park is well maintained with clean public bathrooms and there is an MRT station at its entrance. It’s also right in the heart of Daan where there’s plenty to see and do.
Futureward is a co-working space that is located in Tatung University and offers both short-term and long-term rental options. It’s a great place for startups and creative thinkers, and there’s a real entrepreneurial air about the place.
All desks come with internet access and power, but it’s the variety of work rooms available that make this place one of a kind. There’s 3D printing, a woodshop, pottery room, and more. However, even though there’s so much activity going on here, the office workspace is remarkably quiet.
Let’s meet F2F Café
This is by far one of the most comfortable cafés in a city that is full of cafés. There are sofas that are perfect for lounging on with a book while there are also higher tables if you are using a laptop.
The café has excellent Wi-Fi, and the owners are fine with customers staying all day as long as they buy a drink. It’s right by Taipei 101 MRT station, but all the noise of the city is easily blocked out by the windows.
Taipei Public Library Beitou Branch
Taiwan’s first green library is more than just a simple library. Surrounded by greenery and set in a magnificent wooden building, the library is actually the first place in Taiwan to earn the status of ‘green building.’
There is incredible natural light throughout and comfortable, solid wooden furniture perfect for both work and study. It’s a little way out of the city, but XinBeitou MRT station is a six-minute walk from the front doors.
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It’s a wonderful place for sharing ideas and finding inspiration through working with others. However, this relatively inexpensive co-working space also provides private rooms for those that need absolute quiet.
While it might not sound like the place to get any work or study done, Homey’s Café is very well-equipped for students and business people alike. There are high stools with standing height table tops and plenty of power outlets.
The staff are very friendly, and if the crowd gets too chatty, they will ask them to quieten down. This place is a haven for those trying to get some work done while enjoying decent coffee.
Roaster Family Coffee
The best thing about this place other than the tasty coffee is the fact that it opens at 8am. Many cafés in Taiwan don’t open so early, so this is a real advantage. On any given day the place is filled with students and professionals tapping away at their laptops.
This café has super-fast Wi-Fi, and there is an outdoor covered area with picnic tables where you can enjoy the relatively fresh air. It enjoys an ideal location on a fairly quiet street with mostly pedestrian traffic.
There are also benches by the two ponds that are shaded by trees but there are a lot of birds and squirrels, and sometimes kids come to feed them.
Hun is a coffee shop located in one of Taipei’s busiest student districts, Shida. It doubles as a co-working space, so staff enforce a strict no noise policy. There are comfortable sofas and work desks available, but it does get busy.
The incredible thing about this space is that one of the noisiest streets in the city is right outside the door, yet the café is an oasis of calm and serenity behind its closed doors.
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