Cafe Costumice describes its cuisine as Asian fusion. However, global fusion seems a more fitting description for a restaurant serving generous platters of charcuterie alongside beautifully presented bimbimbap, smoked duck and fruit juices. The food speaks for itself, as does the elegance of this mellow space.
1F, 6 Lane 223, Zhongxiao E. Rd Sec. 4 , Da’an District, Taipei, +886 2711 8086
In a rather dreamy district in central Taipei, burrowed in among countless artisan coffee shops and teahouses, you will find Nom Nom – a brunch heaven. From the playful decor to the superfood-infused menu, everything about Nom Nom is on trend. Each main brunch order comes alongside a serving of yogurt, juice, fruit as well as coffee and tea.
173 Chaozhou Street, Da’an District, Taipei, +886 223 583 530
Calvados pear upside-down cake, chilled matcha cheesecake, torta caprese, and spiced peanut butter cake are just a few of the options available at this venue. Even for those who don’t typically have a sweet tooth, try starting the day by choosing Cafe Kurishio for its expertly homemade tarts and cakes.
1-9, Lane 141, Heping East Road Sec 1, Da’an District, Taipei, +886 2 2357 0018
One Fifteen is much more than just a cafe. The space doubles as a showcase for international fashion, with a particular focus on promoting Taiwanese-based designers. Once you tear yourself away from the quirky clothes, jewelry and furniture on display head into the tranquil conservatory-style dining room for some a Mediterranean influenced brunch.
3F, 166 Dunhua North Road, Songshan, Taipei, +886 8773 0115
The Green Steps Cafe
One of Taipei’s most noticeable characteristics is its obsession with coffee. There are coffeehouses everywhere and sometimes it is difficult to know which one to choose with so many on offer. For something a little different, head to The Green Steps for a bagel, some tiramisu and a lavender latte, to name just a few options. The decor and green patio are delightful but the real novelty comes from the absence of a laptop crowd. Leave your work at home and allow The Green Steps to be your detox from the internet.
27, Lane 243, JinHua St, Da’an District, Taipei, +886 223 923 719
Wisteria Tea House
Despite being arguably the most highly reputed teahouse in all of Taipei, Wisteria Tea House has managed to preserve an aura of privacy and is rarely crowded. The tea here is of the finest quality; there are no tea bags or builder’s brew here, just traditional Chinese teas served in a 1920s Japanese structure. Make your visit even more memorable with a gongfu cha ceremony and extend it even longer with a sampling of the tea-steamed salmon with ginger. All set meals come with a side dish, soup, dessert and rice.
1, Lane 16 Xinsheng South Road Sec 3, Da’an District, Taipei, +886 223 637 375
Good Institute Store
The Good Design Institute is an old converted apartment in the Wenzhou area that makes traditional Taiwanese dishes with a twist and serves drinks in chemistry beakers. This somewhat medicinal theme extends to the decor and the arty pieces on sale, such as a phrenology bust and a necklace pendant molded from a set of teeth.
1F No. 22 Lane 48 Wenzhou St, Da’an District, Taipei, +886 2362 0723
At September Cafe you’ll find french toast, croissants, bagels and paninis all served freshly made. September Cafe is a perfect fusion of vintage and warehouse style which yields a beautiful and inviting space.
1 Lane 14, Siwei Road, Daan District, Taipei, +8862 2705 1669
Coffee Megane is a very cool, hip and trendy cafe. Megane means ‘spectacles’ in Japanese and you will need yours when trying to find it, as the subtle sign is simply a white board with a tiny drawing of a pair of glasses. This theme runs throughout the cafe, from the cute and charming carvings on the wooden tableware to the stylish sets on display. Coffee Megane offers both Japanese dishes as well as western brunch staples, such as omelets and waffles.
5 Lane 52 Si Wei Rd, Daan District, Taipei, +8862 708 4686
‘Ecole Coffee Shop
‘Ecole Coffee Shop lies near the famed Yongkang Street, in the bustling area surrounding Jin Hua Park. Living up to its name, with indoor and outdoor seating, free wifi and delicious coffee to keep guests powered throughout the day, ‘Ecole is a great space for working and studying. ‘Ecole also has four pet cats so customers can enjoy their work breaks with some feline companions.
6, Lane 1, Qingtian Street, Daan District, Taipei, +8862 322 2725