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Best Taipei Cafes: with Taiwanese Menswear Label WISDOM

I was introduced to Taiwanese menswear label WISDOM through friends just this past month – and immediately loved their aesthetic, what they term “Urban Outdoor.” Very clean, very well-crafted; combining the quality of traditional outdoor gear with an urban edge: and all proudly Made in Taiwan. 

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I was even more intrigued when they debuted a look-book shot at various cafes and coffee-shop across Taipei. Titled: “MY URBAN DAILY COFFEE AND DRINKS”, it brings to mind the excellent, well-researched [and don’t forget, quirkily translated] features in Japanese mens’ lifestyle magazines, particularly POPEYE. These boys know all the good spots. Some I’d already been to, and I ended up going to check out the others after reading their guide. As usual, I’ve provided Facebook links, where you can find addresses, opening times, and latest information.

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TASTE BY SENSE 30

Love this bike-themed cafe [affiliated with nearby custom bike shop SENSE 30]; rustic-vintage decor. A great dinner date spot as well – pasta, sandwiches and drinks available. Personally a big fan of their sweet potato fries and smoothies.

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VEGG OUT !

Aside from the endearing too-large space between the name and the exclamation point (don’t you hate when that happens when you’re switching back and forth writing Chinese and English?), VEGG OUT ! is one of the many outposts catering to the cold-pressed juice trend that exploded across Taipei this past year. At this point, a smoothie in a mason jar is the norm rather than the exception, but still a cute spot for a healthy version of 下午茶.

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BLOSSOMING JUICE 花甜果室

Another juice bar that’s been making the social media rounds. This one has no funnily-spaced exclamation mark, but it does have very pretty juices. [This juice trend, though. Wonder how long it’ll stick around.]

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GOODMAN ROASTER

Back to coffee again – particularly, coffee sourced from the Alisan region of Taiwan. The Japanese proprietor, fascinated with the unique properties of Alisan coffee, started Alisan Project; which has since evolved from coffee beans [sold at many specialty stores around the city] to a line of coffee-related products – and into a brick-and-mortar cafe.

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MODERN MODE & MODERN MODE CAFE 

Located amidst the lovably run-down alleys of the city’s aging Datong district, this Euro-inspired specialty store and cafe oozes vintage charm. In addition to antique furniture and wares, the boutique also offers a selection from independent Asian designers. The adjoining cafe is equally charming. A place you want to set aside an entire afternoon – and more than a few Instagram posts, if you’re a social media addict – for.

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TEN TEN DEN DEN

Gorgeous cakes and desserts abound at this bakery. Selections vary daily, so make sure to check their drool-worthy Facebook page [post after post of beautifully photographed desserts] to check what’s available.

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DAWN SURF CAFE

Love having quick lunches at this cozy, ramshackle little spot right in the shadow of 101. Come for a warming curry – or their weird drink coffee-and-soda [which I was informed is very popular in Japan] – as a respite from the gleaming department-store cafes and restos that typify eating in the Xinyi District.

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CURRY & COFFEE By FUJIN TREE

As part of my role as virtuous blogger, I am compelled to inform you that, regardless how exciting the combo may sound, neither the curry or the coffee at CURRY&COFFEE are very good. It’s a tiny shop in Minsheng Community just around the corner from the flagship Fujin cafe: Fujin Tree 353 – which recommend much more.

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For more recommendations on gorgeous, highly-Instagrammable Taipei cafes, click here. 

All photos via WISDOM

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