After our sinful but yet satisfying brunch at 一樂燒鵝 Yat Lok Restaurant, we decided to have coffee nearby before continuing our food trail.
This was Coco Espresso’s 4th branch in Hong Kong, opened in 2015. They started their first Coco in 2007 at Queen’s Road Central and expanded since in Hong Kong island with its cozy industrial-look interior and nice coffee.
It was quite packed, and we decided to just stand and share a skinny latte (HK$35) by the long counter table. Thankfully, a couple of stools became available while we waited for our drink.
It was a smooth and moderately strong cup of coffee with a slightly acidic undertone.
Note: Water and WiFi were available for free.
- Location: 中環士丹利街50號信誠廣場地下D舖 Shop D, G/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley street, Central (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Island Line Central Station 港島綫中環站 (Take Exit D2 and walk 5 mins)
- Website: cocobarista.com (Facebook)
- Hrs: 8am – 7pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 7pm (Sat-Sun)
This was really a hole-in-the-wall shop, with only 1 table and 1 chair. But it certainly did not hinder its popularity though, for there was a streaming flow of people doing take-aways early in the morning at 8am.
We decided to try the Cofftea (HKD 35), which was a combination of latte and chai tea (a Western take on 鴛鴦 Yin-Yang). The coffee overpowered the chai, and so it was a tad too strong for me, but hubby enjoyed it very much.
To complete our breakfast, we also had a Blueberry Muffin (HKD 22) which was pretty moist and delicious, though a bit too sweet for us.
We have been reading quite good reviews about Word Cafe, a Muslim-owned cafe, and especially it’s rainbow bagel, so we decided to check it out while strolling from our last makan place.
It was quite easy to miss this place because of the on-going Thomson-East Coast Line MRT Springleaf Station site construction.
The exterior looked like a red container building, and the interior was decorated with wooden boxes, paintings of crates, and the tables had pipes for legs. We liked the industrial vibe here!
It was Sunday and we felt like having brunch closer to nature. Decided to check out Verdure which is next to Springleaf Park 🙂
There were plenty of outdoor seatings (pets allowed), but we opted for the smaller indoor space because it was so hot today!
At just before 10am, with only 2 other customers, we were disappointed to know that 2 of the 3 chef’s recommendations for weekend brunch was not available.
We decided to just share a Big Breakfast ($16.90 nett). For drinks, we ordered Latte ($4.90) and a hot Honey Apple Cider Vinegar ($4.90).
We were just roaming around the area and wanted to take a break. 我親愛的, 咖啡廳 OA, My Dear Cafe had pretty good online reviews and so we decided to check it out 🙂
We really liked the cosy environment, and spent quite a bit of time nursing our Iced My Dear 特調冰咖啡 Italian Coffee (NT$150) and 威士忌紅茶 Whiskey Black Tea (NT$140).
Despite the assurance that there was very little alcohol content, I could really taste the whiskey, haha! It was quite interesting, but I got a little giddy towards the end (I’m definitely a non-drinker!).
The iced coffee was not bad, but it was sweet, which hubby did not expect, because we had incorrectly assumed that sugar/syrup would be served separately by the side.
- Location: 台北市萬華區西寧南路54號2樓, No.54, 2/F Xining South Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MRT: Ximen Station 捷運西門站 (Take Exit 6)
- Website: www.facebook.com/oamydearcafe
- Hrs: 12pm – 12am
Established since 1956, this was one of the first coffee places in Taipei and was very popular.
In fact, the queue was so long when we walked past the first time and we ended up at 南美咖啡 Nanmay Coffee next door instead.
Hence, we decided to come try our luck again. When we arrived around 6.30pm, the place was quite quiet, and one of the staff was roasting the coffee beans using a rather antique-looking machine, and it was oh-so-fragrant!
With close to 30 coffee options, we opted for 蜂大水滴冰咖啡 Fong Da Iced Coffee (NT$85) and hot 法式巧克力 French Chocolate (NT$100). We also saw many traditional pastries (NT$12 each) and could not help but order the 花生糕 Peanut Cake and 绿豆糕 Mung Bean Cake.
After a relatively disappointing breakfast, we decided to go for coffee to soothe our souls.
米朗琪咖啡館 Melange Cafe was one of the cafes that we did not manage to check out during our previous trip, and it appeared that they actually have 2 cafes in the same lane. We went to the main outlet, but were led to the second one instead, as the main outlet was full.
We were led to the basement, where we were the only customers at this early hour.
- Black Coffee (NT$130): Normal coffee according to hubby.
- 馬可波羅 Marco Polo-Boite (NT$170+): I almost choked at the price, but I guess Mariage Frères must be a very famous premium brand of tea to cost so much. This was a black flavoured tea that had a very lovely fragrance.
- 馬丘比丘 Machu Picchu (NT$110): A lemon-ey cake, we liked the refreshing citrus flavour
Note: There is an additional 10% service charge for dine-in.
- Location: 台北市中山區中山北路二段16巷23號, No. 23, Lane 16, Section 2, Zhongshan North Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MRT: Zhongshan Station 捷運中山站 (Exit 4)
- Website: www.facebook.com/MelangeCafe
- Hrs: 7:30am – 10pm (Mon-Thu), 9:30am – 11pm (Fri-Sun)
We were on our way to Paya Lebar MRT when we spotted this little cafe near the bus stop.
The coffee looks promising, and indeed, the Flat White ($4.20) was strong and smooth! The Matcha Latte ($5.50) could do with a bit more matcha flavour though. For some reason, it felt like drinking warmed milk despite the promising colour.
This was nonetheless, a nice little stop for us before continuing the journey.
In fact, we came here again for a pit stop a few weeks later, this time having a Latte ($4.20) and Hot Chocolate ($4.50). Today’s latte was fragrant, strong and bitter, but just a tad too hot. The hot chocolate was a soothing milky blend that was not overly sweet.
Do check out the wall on how you can order your drinks 🙂
- Location: 60 Paya Lebar Road, Paya Lebar Square #01-71 S(409051)
- Website: blocsinc.com
- Hrs: 8:30am – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 9:30am – 10pm (Sat-Sun)
It was time to check out this new little cafe!
This was our third attempt to come here because we kept missing the opening hours, haha.
This place had a minimalist feel to it; its layout allowed for a table in the front, and 2 high tables at the end of the shop, with some standing space in the middle. More of a takeaway cafe, but we also enjoyed sitting at the high tables, and watch the world go by.
- The Miso Cheese Tart ($4.50 nett) here was excellent. We never knew miso and cheese could go so well together!
- The Paprika, Bacon, Mushroom Quiche (P.B.M.Q, $4.50) was served warmed, and it was nice! There was a little heat from the paprika, and the overall texture was quite lovely.
- The Latte ($4) was more acidic and less milky, but the strength was just nice for hubby.
- The Hot Chocolate ($4) was rich without being overly sweet or too heavy; I liked it 🙂