Kaohsiung is enjoying a new lease of life with thousands of tourists flocking to the city’s sights
each month. But all of those hungry locals and visitors need a good place for a cup of coffee, and luckily for them, the city is full of such places. And hard as it was to compile, given that there are so many fantastic places in Kaohsiung, here’s a list of the city’s best cafés.
Wonderful blueberry cheesecake | Courtesy of Tribbiani Cafe
The rather unusually named Tribbiani Café is the first place on our list, and it’s a good one. This lively café has a great coffee menu and some incredible light snacks and desserts. The place is vibrant yet strangely relaxing, as everyone, staff and regular customers included, all seem to be super friendly. There’s also a small terrace at the front if you fancy sitting outside, a rare sight in the city.
Dessert time at Run Cafe | Courtesy of Ruh Cafe
You could easily describe this place as a haven for artists
, as it has that bohemian air about it. Sit upstairs on the floor cushions or relax downstairs with the friendly staff and owner. It’s a popular café and with such great coffee and delicious desserts, it’s easy to see why. And if you like cats, then the café’s black is only too happy to keep you company.
Cafe, Bakery, $$$
Delectable desserts at Parlare | Courtesy of Parlare Coffee
Parlare Coffee is a lively café with a great vibe, where you can sit and enjoy a chat with your friends or the staff. The light meals are delicious, and there’s a nice variety of drinks, both tea and coffee, on the menu. But the one thing that guests comment on the most is the top-class service provided by the staff. They really care about their customers and are glad to help out in any way that they can.
Aroma Caf'e Live
A slice of heaven | Courtesy of Aroma Caf'e Live
Aroma Caf’e Live is one of the stalwarts of the Kaohsiung coffee scene. They’ve been open for a decade and are still keeping customers happy with their delightfully innovative desserts and cakes. As for the coffee, well, you can’t stay open this long unless you’re serving up the very best. For coffee lovers that like a friendly environment where you can chat with the owners, this is a must-visit café.
Balmy Café has a great menu with all the usual favorites on offer and a nicely varied snack and dessert menu. The most impressive thing about this place, though, is the tasteful décor with dim lighting and incredibly comfy sofas. There’s also a pretty eclectic collection of cups and mugs that’s quite interesting.