Surrounded by mountains and ocean, Taitung is a place with a lively blend of different ethnicities, deep-rooted traditions, and multicultural heritage. All of the cuisines of Taitung, including local restaurants with 50-60-year history, western cuisine brought from new immigrants, and creative fusion food, all build up an unforgettable and terrific memory for people who were born and raised here.
Taitung is a beautiful place with deep blue seas and lush green mountains. Enjoy all of Taitung’s beauty by enjoying a nice coffee and a cake in the afternoon and marvel the stunning scenery. Take a moment to get some snacks and enjoy a typical Taiwanese afternoon tea.
Wow’s Bangcha Bakery
This small joint is located in TTStyle (indigenous cultural and creative industry hall), which is next to Tiehua Music Village in Taitung. The interior of this cafe is full of lively and vivid colors, and was created by four young designers using Taitung driftwood, artistic hand-painted styles, and warm colors to enhance what is essentially a shipping container. Every corner is a surprise! You can find your most comfortable position in this small world, and be lazy all day. These ideas are also displayed in their meals, using fresh ingredients from the land. They insisting on handmade goods, trying new things, and challenging your impression of food! What a great way to flip your imagination of cooking.Have you ever eaten an upright cake? What is the taste of a cup of black coffee with a bunch of marshmallows? When you feel that life is missing, you may wish to come and take a look. Be sure you bring your passion and illusions about life!(IGPhoto by @eatingning)
One may be attracted by the white building standing upon the field from afar. Feng Caffé has simple interior design and merchandise. The caffé contains no elegant decoration, while uses white as its main color tone. The outdoor seats face a golden rice paddy and ranges of misty mountains. Locals walk by leisurely from time to time. These tantalizing sceneries is highly attractive to visitors. The decent caramel aroma of expresso and its smooth aftertaste may linger in one’s mouth. One might taste them while visiting Chishang. For those looking for accommodation, one may also choose Fomestay. Stay here for several nights and breathe in natural scent is a good choice as well.(IG-photo [email protected])
Black Kid Café
Located by Provincial Highway No.11 from Taitung City to Zhiben, the ordinary-looking café is unordinary.We are brewing the new life for numerous black kids. Every young man used to be marginalized in the society can acquire the working technique and attitude to make their own living. “Black Coffee” also shines because of these young men. From the external wall of the construction made of the unique Yakisugi technique to the fragrant pour over coffee, every element is the outcome of these kids’ hard work. The standing building comes from zero and is made brick by brick because these black kids know they can also have the chance to realize their dream. The pour over coffee service at the table enables the customers not only to enjoy the freshly made coffee but also to feel these kids’ professional attitude toward their work. Their eyes glow with confidence. This is where the most important spirit of Black Coffee lies in.(IG-Photo by @ly_lin7)
The simple small house extended the affection to Grandmother through the aroma of coffee. The old-style wooden roof and lighting from sky window add unique charm to the house. The owner of the house has never compromised the coffee quality they offer, and they deal with the whole process on their own from bean selection, roasting to brewing. Each coffee bean has its unique flavor that it would like to express and each cup of coffee also has the feature that it would like to present! As long as it is served, it is not only a cup of coffee but an attitude towards coffee. It provides therapy to those who are attracted by the aroma of coffee, and it is the sense of happiness that cures you from the tip of tongue to your soul, just like the warm image of Grandmother in the deep memory. (IGPhoton by @yiyi0321)
MuMu Coffee Shop
This little shop, which is hidden in an alley on Gengsheng Road, mainly sells home roasted coffee beans. The simple and elegant color tones distribute a sense of serenity and ease. Tourists passing by are always attracted by the aroma of home roasted coffee. The shop has insisted on baking coffee beans manually since opening. The owner is obsessed with coffee roasting because different areas of origin and handling methods will result in different flavors, and new flavors can appear unexpectedly. Dessert is another important character at MuMu. Coffee and dessert complement each other and create a harmonious balance. One cup of coffee and a piece of delicious dessert can glamorize a simple afternoon.(IGPhoto by @theonlysocial & @daphneklee)
Dining Book Café Bookstore
It is named as a bookstore, but it is also a café and a baking laboratory; sometimes it holds non-scheduled parties, receptions, and arts activities. There might be infinite possibilities in this space. It is like kneaded dough in the baking laboratory waiting for fermentation; after being put into the oven, it expands slowly into unique fairness. Walking into Dining Book Café Bookstore in the carefree afternoon to sip a cup of coffee, eat some cakes, randomly pick up a book from the wall full of books, and find a corner that you like, you will be able to hide in the little space with yourself. The smell of freshly baked bread that is occasionally blown out in the air will draw you back to the reality. Ack! That is another afternoon gone! If you feel hungry, order another delicious dish. It will never be too much to spend the whole afternoon in the lovely space. (IGPhoton by @nemobuca)
If you want to get rid of the annoying life full of small things temporarily, give yourself the time for a cup of coffee and put yourself in the place where the sky meets the sea – Changbin in Taitung to enjoy the tranquility and quietness here, completely bathe your mind and body in Changbin which has mild wind and bright sunshine, and carefully taste the coffee prepared elaborately by Giant Boy for each visitor travelling for a long distance. The aroma of coffee from the café 70 kilometers away from both Hualien and Taitung city centers asserts itself as being hand-picked and home-brewed. You can feel the realization of coffee from the owner with each sip of coffee. If you like coffee and want a temporary escape, the beautiful landscape in Changbin and the coffee in Giant Boy will be the best reasons for you to leave everything behind. (IGPhoton by @bigsmallbelly)
Wabisa Bean Studio
You have a lot more choices other than hot air balloons when visiting Luyeh in Taitung. You can enjoy the leisure and carefree atmosphere and pace in Luyeh Township by walking into the bright and simple space while ordering a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. Wabisa Bean is named after Japanese aesthetics – the thought of imperfection “Wabi-sabi”, which means removing the excessive splendid and sparking decoration and only focusing on the essence of things. Therefore, Wabisa Bean brings the essence of coffee into Luyeh in Taitung with such kind of spirit and focuses on the original flavors of coffee and food ingredients. Through coffee and cakes, one can express feelings of carefree and leisure in life. Who says the only thing you can see here in Luyeh Township is hot air balloons? Isn’t it a leisure to just sit in the café and watch people bustling about on the other side of the window? (IGPhoton by @wabisa_bean_studio )
Hidden next to the railway at the old Taitung Train Station, you will easily miss this secluded place that is surrounded by flowers and trees if you lose your concentration when walking along the long old railway. You will be attracted by the easy and leisure atmosphere unconsciously created with the quiet indoor space, the design of well above the bar, and the natural light. If you are a fan of coffee, you must try the owner’s superb coffee-making skill. If you are a lover of sweets, it is definitely your dream land here; each piece of cake shows the best ingredients used and the taste of each cake is presented to a proper extent. Do not panic if you feel that an afternoon is not sufficient for you to spend time here. Cheela Cottage opens its business until 12 o’clock midnight, and you can spend the whole evening here. (IGPhoton by @gugu.clothes)
Take a short break from your busy work life – make an appointment for a breath of fresh air and explore the depths of Dulan. MJcafe moved to the alley at Dulan Sugar Factory and is both a meetup hub and a guide for tasting coffee. Featuring coffee beans from all over the world, you can get a sense of world flavors and appreciate the slow living atmosphere of Dulan. Packed full of good times, you can’t help yourself but wanting to stay here. Upon returning to work, the memories will linger of tasting the sweet and sour lemon tower, hand poured coffee or perhaps just your heart yearning to return to Dulan. (IGPhoton by @huiting_luo)
Love Me Cake
Each bite is like a warm greeting from Taitung. From Chishang to Ruisui, Guanshan to Chenggong, enjoy the food with the best characteristics in the Huadong Valley and take a grand tour of the local specialty in Taitung. Like a feast starting with the outer peel, the rice flour is made with exquisite Chishang rice. The filling continues to provide a journey of surprising tastes. Representing the special rice from the Chishang fields is the black rice and mochi. In Ruisui Township, handmade custard is made with honey black tea. In Guanshan Township, there is the Cuban-style stewed pork and cheese. Chenggong Township allows you to taste the flavor of a white swordfish sauce. Even if you don’t have time to visit every place in Taitung, you’ll still be able to eat to your heart’s content. (IGPhoton by @_foodlifestyle_)
Wandering in Chishang
No. 99 of 60-year-old house in Chishang comes into the sight of Ta-Pai like Mr. Right. The concept of “Wandering” is the gene of this space. It forms the varying appearance composed by fate made people encountered. It is a place for wandering and traveling during the holidays in Chishang; a place for wandering in the town to seek coffee beans; a space for wandering that attracts freelancers. In Chishang, the close relationship of people and food becomes the practical towards life, which is shared in the mulberry milk, implemented in handmade jelly panna cotta made by I-Chen and hand brew coffee and even recorded in “Wandering in Chishang”, which exists due to the desire of Ta-Pai. “Wandering” is a starting point. After enjoying the coffee and snacks, follow your steps on the map of Chishang, explore local life and make the initial step to step out a rustic good life. (IGPhoton by @pm_am_rely)
Chishang No. 9 Coffee
Passing through the shady path and stepping in the coffee shop with industrial style, the rich fragrance of coffee runs through your nose, along with the fragrance of baked bread, both are truly appetizing. The coffee here is all carefully brewed by “Steampunk” for the purpose of making the customers enjoying the elaborate self-baked coffee beans with rich layers. Order a single origin coffee, “Blue Diamond of Costa Rica”, take a sip of the iced coffee, feel the round and smooth texture and then taste the hot coffee, experience the combination of the blue diamond spreading the fragrance of sour fruits in your mouth and the sourdough fermented bread with nut and panna cotta made by the wife of the shopkeeper herself. Enjoy the manor style exclusive to Chishang leisurely.(IGPhoton by @hoo_kaka_18)
In the Alley – Desert and Coffee Shop #slowfoodfestival
Like a lost traveler finally finding a place to stay, the warmth of the place is like that of the unique mountain peppercorn. The family opened this simple coffee shop on a small street lane. It feels like a family kitchen, without even a store, the simple furnished establishment makes you feel like you’ve returned home. The desserts are handmade by the couple and include delicacies such as tiramisu, pork rolls, and pourover coffee. With kindhearted and hospitable owners accompanied by their children playing and writing homework nearby, the intimate environment and delicious food are the most distinguishing features of this store. You will be left with a lasting memory of the gentle deserts. (IGPhoton by @ava1029ava) (The store is currently undergoing renovations and is not open to business.)
Travel Food Travel Time #slowfoodfestival
This colorful rice specialty is often brought to each well-organized market and it came to our Slow Food Festival this time! The young proprietor personally crafts postcards, snacks, dried lemons, and other famous specialties. It’s like taking a sweet and delicate trip. The thick scent of fruit wafting out, paired with the slightest scent of millet wine, expresses its relaxing form. The current flavors include Pacific Blue, Summer Lemon, Millet Orange Drunk, and Honey Cranberry. The photos of the products are so vivid that it’s as if you can smell their rich aroma. At the Slow Food Festival, their products were particularly favored and enjoyed by the women attendees. (IGPhoton by @chunr920___)
Cheer Cafe #slowfoodfestival
A fragrant aroma drifts upon wind currents permeating throughout Taitung City. Everyone refers to the business proprietor as Miss Zhen, and you’ll see her riding her bike around town peddling her goods to crowds of people. Gently and meticulously brewing each cup of coffee, she simply hopes that people will see the beauty of coffee. Occasionally the menu will be altered with variations of dark roast and light roasts preferred by women. So get out of the quiet and elegant coffee shops and come taste the fragrance of life. (IGPhoton by @kgwangfshs)
Jiaoluo – ”The Corner”, also known as Bais, is the owners name in her Yami(Tao) mother tongue. Perhaps because of her name, she keeps the corners of her heart safe. The coffeeshop is only open during the summer time and has been able to preserve the best summertime coffee flavor throughout Lanyu. Bais is located in one of the tribal villages and not very easy to find. Reflecting the style of Lanyu, everything is very comfortable and laid back. Coffee, teas, various kinds of deserts and salty foods are all quite standard owing to the owner having worked in Taiwan previously. The extraordinary lattes here particularly attract people. It’s like a cleansing for the soul.(IGPhoton by @geminiyct)
The gray walls of this industrial style coffeeshop are especially suitable for taking picture and making memories. Packed with modern hipster elements, the combination of aboriginal-styled cuisine, retro chandeliers and interior-framed walls make for an extremely distinct and special combination. It retains a very classic Paiwan style. A rice and millet porridge accompanies wild vegetables, pumpkin, and salted fish. A natural and delicious taste that is very refreshing. The meaning of Kirutu is written on a blue wall. The step by step serving brings each delicacy to life. It’s a real afternoon pleasure that will definitely be an experience to remember.(IGPhoton by @varanuvan_m0921)
32Lin Specialty Coffee
With a decor remiss of stone tables and gray tones, the coffee fragrance permeating throughout the thatched hut fills the heart with a sense of relaxation. It’s like a piece of pure land. Aboriginal characteristics resonate from the coffee shop where wooden flooring complements handmade artwork from community elders. Particular attention is paid to the the brewing of the coffee. The results are truly authentic coffee flavors ranging from sweet, sour and floral. Natural light fills the coffee shop where daylight creates a beautifully balanced ambience. (IGPhoton by @ironaboo)
Muggle’s Small Day
Muggle’s Small Day is hidden in family homes. This store is gentle and enthusiastic like a greeting to you. The design of the store has big white tile flooring, simple milky paint painted, wooden rectangular table and porcelain tray with cyan-blue pattern and the space is very relaxing and comfortable. The signature dishes of the store are light meal and Italian style cuisine such as salads, cheese cake, seasonal quiche and especially creamy risotto which has hot creamy scent that seems ready to come out matched with soft and tender chicken. The cream sauce risotto with rich smell has always been the hottest hit.(IGPhoton by @taitungdaily)
Café Over There
On the side of Luye, the café over there is over there. Just as the straightforwardness of the name, life may be always to look for a zone of our own, Café Over There also creates a special area for coffee. We may hear the craftsman’s persistence, dreams, life and humor, which creates a dialogue between the guests coming and going. People are connected by coffee, and more dialogue is produced by dialogue. The scent overflows the whole space, the warm hospitality is added by every sip and every smile at Café Over There. It carries the memory of many people. So, travelers, have some more coffee at Café Over There!
A bean, a scent in memory, a pot of good coffee. What you drink in Mese Coffee is a pure kind of sharing. This store resembles the owner’s slow-pace style and persistence. He insists that good coffee needs people to have the impulse of sharing with other people. Different beans, different baking, and the smell is also diverse. Although many memories are recalled from the barista, the only thing that will never change is the warmth of the grandmother’s house. In this fully-fledged coffee feast, their wild coffee is a unique single origin of Taiwanese beans that is worth a try!
4.5 km coffee
With regard to the imagination of Chishang , perhaps many signs can be found in 4.5 km coffee. The store is quite casual, but it embodies a natural combination of freedom and adrift style. Many different objects are put together in this cozy space, such as the driftwood, stones, and even a whole piece of wood are used as dishes. Everything is disorderly, the rocking chairs, cushions, and bamboo chairs. It seems that the chaos is the closest to the peaceful atmosphere of the heart. The whole store is like a storyteller, as in perhaps it represents people. It is contradictory and plentiful. The store’s signature coffee uses two types of local coffee beans in its combination. Tea, toast and even rice wine can be enjoyed in this beautiful, yet conflicting coffee shop.
The Saturday Night
Starting from a stall, The Saturday Night gradually introduced its unique taste of wild vegetables and mushroom pie into each diner’s mouth. With a crispy crust and rich stuffing, the mushrooms and wild vegetables show a refreshing taste of a natural breeze. After starting the small store, there were more creative Taiwanese dishes, including parsley dumplings and pumpkin soup. These have become part of the bucket list of diners who love local specialties. The rented space is currently located at the old sugar factory. They offer a variety of Italian pastas with six bright flavors. Combined with a bookstore, afternoon tea, and exhibition space, this spot is more lively and refined than ever!
Community Cafe is like a luxury mansion in the coffee shop world. The extensive space and soft light make it a great place to relax. Local people in Taitung have also become addicted. The gray walls and high ceilings harmonize the atmosphere into a comfortable and calm atmosphere. In addition to the store’s unique pour over Single Origin classics, such as Geisha (Panama La Esmeralda), Colombia South Huila Elias, Kenya AA, etc. The exquisite coffee scent has a very high artistic level. Moreover, new products such as matcha heavy cheese, cloud tiramisu, and fresh strawberry chocolate Boston are occasionally introduced from time to time in the store. In addition to the rich visual enjoyment, the taste is even more amazing for every customer.
0981 is a warm-colored coffee shop. The menu consists of light meals, coffee, and desserts, but the portions are surprisingly full of satiety. There is a board on the wall that introduces the Single Origin coffee, such as Elida Manor, which is produced in Panama. The taste is thick, and it has a refreshing flavor like tropical fruits! There are a variety of choices for light meals, including Chinese, Italian, and some desserts. A popular delight in the shop is the mochi muffin. The soft and sweet mochi is placed on a thick muffin. This is the dessert that everyone will love. If you like to have some coffee, but also want to get full, you ought to definitely come here!
This store, Yirga TT, embodies a story about a Hong Kong couple falling in love with Taitung. It is warm and delightful. Meals are based on Hong Kong-style dim sum, which has rich flavor stuffings and delicious crusts. For example, the blueberry yogurt tower. The cream inside gives the blueberry and yogurt a sweet and sour taste. The layer of sweet, sour, and strong tastes will touch your heart. What’s more, the classic Hong Kong-style milk tea (coffee milk tea) and Hong Kong-style toast are also very popular. In addition, the boss is very easy to talk to. Created by him, the delicate desserts are perfectly baked like the flavor of a dream. You can totally feel the persistence of the food, real ingredients and the delicious flavor of Hong Kong-style dim sum!
Bistro Tea Cake
The main interior design of the store is designed with comfort and refinement, complete with an atmosphere which embodies leisure and relaxation. The emphasis on exquisite dining is now focused on the beauty of the meals. The original taste of the food and the layering of different ingredients together, stacked against the taste buds, provide a wonderful sensation for guests enjoying delicious food. The menu is updated from season to season. In addition to light meals, it is highly recommended to try their French dessert in the shop. The sweetness of the ingredients in each dessert is just right. It is sweet but not greasy, and the seasonal fruit makes it richer. Feel the in-store care!
Ann Be Loved
“Ann Be Loved”: the sound of it makes people feel the atmosphere of love. The owner, Xiao-An, and her two dogs are more than happy to have created a sweet dessert shop. Xiao-An fell in love with Taitung’s beauty. She turned her dream into a reality in this place. In addition to crispy pastries, Xiao-An, a foreigner, has added other local specialties and ingredients, such as Chihshang rice balls. The perfect combination of tastes captures the hearts of the local people, such as crispy floss, soy milk and soy sauce nori. Here, local special flavors are present. You can enjoy the special ingredients, and how the different flavors collide against your taste buds.
Located on Hanzhong Street on the outskirts of downtown Taitung City, Neighbor Café exists and is run by a young couple. It resembles a quiet garden, giving guests a relaxing experience. The space is simple and spacious. At first sight, you will see a cat-themed relaxed design, as if they are running around you. The brunch and bread in the store emphasizes on the use of handmade, homemade dough. The dough is produced with 18 hours of fermentation. In addition to the brunch, the afternoon tea is also produced with great effort. The red oolong, Danish royal tea and full-strength hand-brewed coffee of can all be enjoyed with handmade biscuits. The desserts, such as black sesame cake, waffles with seasonal fruit, and their specialty waffles are all popular with customers. Every day’s desserts are all different, just like a small afternoon surprise!
Chu Chu Studio
Chu Chu Studio was originally an official residence of the Showa Period. It embodies ancient, Japanese-style architecture. Later, the idle living space was extended to reproduce its historical cultural value. This century-old Japanese-style house is filled with the aroma of coffee and books. The store’s furnishings are quite simple and natural, and is a perfect location for a relaxing afternoon. You can enjoy drinks made from roselle, small farmers’ coffee and snacks, as well as ornamental flowers on display. Perhaps, if you are a lucky, a cat might come and rub itself all over you to welcome you! In addition to inheriting the traditional natural culture of Taitung, Chu Chu Studio aims to provide a new generation of artists and scholars in a place of artistic creation and cultural exchange.
This spacious, unique industrial style coffee shop dressed with just the perfect amount of greens and succulent plants around. The sunlight shines through the window that creates a relaxed and light-hearted atmosphere. Coffeeloft mainly provides Italian coffee, drip bag coffee, Mate tea and a variety of flavored cheesecakes. The coffee shop’s specialty is the Cappuccino, which boasts an intensive and natural aroma and a layer of crisp foam. They also served season-limited cheese cake and salads mixed with local vegetables and fruits, served with sweet and sour dressing. Last but not least, free wifi and sockets are available for use to customers.
Come to Ivan Patisserie to experience an authentic European afternoon tea environment. This French pastries shop offers TWG tea, handmade bread, cookies, and a wide variety of desserts. Their most popular dessert, the macaroon, is beautiful crafted, moderate sweet, slightly crispy on the outside, and fluffy in the middle. Their soft and moist madeleine is also very delicious.
SRT Taitung is a popular and trendy dessert shop in Chulu. They use a special cold grinding technique to add the aroma of honey-scented black tea into cake, raw chocolate, and soft serve ice cream. They also provide yummy dessert that uses locally grown ingredients, such as roselle, sugar apple, and pineapple.