For all things traditional and hole-in-the-wall, I follow my girl @taipeieats: but for the latest updates on cafe culture and new trends such a cold-pressed juices and soft-serve, I follow Leslie at @taipeifoodie, who I interviewed before for a magazine project. Leslie works in advertising after moving back to Taipei from the US, and in between her long work weeks, she manages to eat her way all around the city, and document it in great style. And since I’m usually too tired (or hungover) to drag my ass out of bed in the mornings to even make it to brunch, I rely on @taipeifoodie as a definitive resource on all the best and newest brunch places in Taipei. Here we go:
A. Cafe de Riz (11:00am – 7:00pm, Closed Mondays)
Cafe de Riz began as a chirashi spot in 東區 (my review of it here) – but their other location has the same clean aesthetic, but more of a traditional cafe menu. Lemon cake, lemon jello & hojicha cream brûlée for a sweet brunch.
B. Stoppage Time (11:00am – 11:00pm, every day)
Stoppage Time is another cafe in the student-filled alleys surrounding Taipei’s university district: one of the more tasteful ones – and serves up some of the better food in the area – think Aussie-inspired light food.
C. LocoFood 樂口福 (6:00am – 2:00pm)
A unique spin on the breakfast stalls that dot the city, serving up creations like tater dot dan bing. What is this madness? They open super early for all you barbarians who wake up before noon on a weekend.
D. All Day Roasting Company (10:00am – 11:00pm)
Every time someone mentions this place, this Youtube clip immediately starts playing in my head. Is it just me? In any case, this place has very little Kanye and a ton of great-looking brunch food, like this fusion sandwich made with traditional Taiwanese shao bing (flatbread).
A bit hesitant to share this one as it’s kind of a secret favorite of mine – but also would like to point out that this is where @taipeifoodie and I met in person for the first time. We waited forever for our food and there’s a very limited selection (mostly sandwiches), but the interiors are so stunning (in a courtyard house barely visible on a quiet street) that it was tolerable. Could spend all day here.
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