5 Specialty Coffee Spots in Taipei For Every Coffee Lover

Taipei, the vibrant capital of Taiwan, is a city that never fails to surprise. From its towering skyscrapers to its bustling night markets, there’s always something new to discover. While Taiwan has a prestigious reputation for tea, we noticed there is a thriving specialty coffee scene in Taipei.

Here’s your insider’s guide to the best specialty cafes in Taipei, each with its unique charm. They are definitely some of Taipei’s best-kept secrets.

Simple Kaffa – Award-winning Coffee


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Tucked away in an unassuming hotel lobby, Simple Kaffa (flagship) is a must-visit for any coffee lover. This café is the brainchild of Berg Wu, the 2016 World Barista Champion. Wu’s attention to detail and passion for coffee are evident in every cup. Try the signature tea coffee latte as you soak in the quiet elegance of the cafe.

Simple Kaffa has three outlets across Taipei. If you’re visiting Taipei 101, you’ll find them located on 88th floor.


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Simple Kaffa 101
Address: 110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Section 5, Xinyi Rd, 7號88樓
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 8pm

Fika Fika Café – Scandinavian Flair in Taipei


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Fika Fika Café brings a touch of Scandinavian design to Taipei. “Fika” is a Swedish term for a coffee break, and this café lives up to its name with a relaxed atmosphere perfect for a light breakfast. Don’t miss their award-winning Nordic-style light roast coffee. During lunchtime, the place can be crowded. The best time to enjoy the atmosphere of the cafe is in the morning. Power outlets are not available so we do not recommend long work sessions here.

Address: No. 33號, Yitong St, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 9pm, except for Mondays which opens at 1030am

Coffee Underwater – Dark Blue Hipster Vibe

At first glance, you might think it’s a nordic-style cafe with its white facade. But once you step inside, you’ll understand why they named it coffee underwater. Coffee connoisseur will be in for a treat at this unassuming, underwater themed specialty cafe. Coffee Underwater is not your average coffee spot, it’s a hidden gem where one-of-a-kind blends come alive, curated for adventurous palates.


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It’s the kind of cafe that is perfect to read a book or cherish some much-needed solo respite away from the hustle and bustle of the city. And what set them apart is that they have an extraordinary selection of medium roast coffee beans, rarely found in any other café in the city.

Address: No. 4號, Lane 106, Longjiang Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
Opening hours: Monday to Friday (930am to 7pm), Saturday and Sundays (12pm to 7pm)

Rufous Coffee – A Nod to the Classics

Stepping into Rufous Coffee is like stepping back in time. With its vintage decor and cosy atmosphere, it’s a charming spot to enjoy a classic espresso. The owner, a seasoned barista, is always ready with a story or two about his travels around the world in search of the perfect coffee bean.


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There are two outlets in Taipei namely Rufous Coffee and Rufous Coffee Roasters 2.

Rufous Coffee 
Address: No. 339號, Section 2, Fuxing S Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Opening hours: Daily from 12pm to 8pm (Closed on Thursday)

Fu Coffee – Retro, Mid-Century Cafe


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Nestled within the historic charms of Taipei’s Dihua Street, Fu Coffee emerges as a gem of nostalgia. This petite café, with its mid-century décor, offers an intimate setting for roughly ten guests, extending to fourteen with its outdoor seating. While the venue may be compact, the experience is not confined, as Fu Coffee provides take-away service as well—evident from the bustling queue of patrons eager for their expertly crafted brew.

The café’s atmosphere is a tribute to the bygone elegance of the city, making it an essential stop for any coffee-loving traveller seeking to drink in the culture and history of Taiwan’s enchanting capital. Not sure what to order? Their barista will suggest various coffee bean roasts tailored to your taste buds.

Fu Coffee
Address: 103, Taiwan, Taipei City, Datong District, Section 1, Dihua St, 328 號一樓
Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (12pm to 6pm) Closed on every Wednesday and Thursday.

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