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.
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 🙂
Our final supper for the day was at San Churro Chocolateria, which as the name suggested, is a place for chocolate and churros. On a Monday night, it was very crowded! The Melburnians (or perhaps the Australians in general) really like chocolate stuff.
Before the start of our day-trip to Philip Island, we needed to have some good breakfast!
Top Paddock has been the darling of breakfast places since it’s opening (Zomato, TripAdvisor, Yelp etc.), and so here we were!
We took Tram 75 from Flinders Street to East Richmond Station (Stop 11) and decided to take an easy stroll along the straight road past 4 tram stops to this place.
Having arrived around 7.50am, we were a bit early, but they had a section opened up for customers to wait. Strangely they open an hour later at 8am on weekends than on weekdays when they open at 7am.
Located in a little alley, we decided to have our coffee break here, after searching through Google ratings!
Truth be told, we had wanted to go Brother Baba Budan (higher rating, haha) but it was very crowded and didn’t looked like it’s a place for sit-downs. So we wandered along and suddenly caught sight of the MP signboard when we peered into the little alley..
And so we had, clockwise from top left:
- Matcha Latte (A$5): This was a very smooth cup of matcha latte, not overly sweet, and it had an ending tone of slightly bitter matcha flavour. We liked it!
- Hot Chocolate (A$4): A rich and sweeter chocolate drink compared to what we had at Waves Port Campbell.
- Flat White (A$4): Smooth and milky, not bad at all.
- Mocha (A$4.50): A stronger cup of coffee. My first sip of mocha, so not very sure if it was good or not.
- Blueberry Muffin (A$4.8): We gathered that bagels were definitely more popular than muffins, for our blueberry muffin became a blueberry bagel when served! Haha, maybe we should not have clarified and sticked with the bagel, for the muffin was super sweet! The blueberries were very juicy though.
This was a rather large cafe with nice wall art, and it was not crowded during the afternoon that we were here, so we could chill here till we felt fully recharged!
- Location: 8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia (Google Map)
- Website: www.facebook.com/manchesterpress
- Directions: Take the (free) tram to Burke Street Mall and walk along Little Burke Street before turning left into the small Rankins Lane.
- Hrs: 7am – 5pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 5pm (Sat-Sun)
What a hot day it was!!!
After trekking to 2 different locations before managing to find some food souvenirs, we went to Coffee on the Table opposite Ghee Hiang to hide from the sun.
Our last cafe in Penang does 3D latte art (additional RM3) for their coffee and chocolate drinks, both hot and cold (additional RM1).
We got ourselves a Iced Cafe Latte (RM14.90+ 10% service charge) and Iced Hazelnut Chocolate (RM16.90+). Pretty pricey 😮 But we were feeling too cui to go anywhere else.
The coffee was way better than the chocolate. The hazelnut chocolate had a strange cloying artificial sweetness, and very little chocolate taste to it. At least the coffee tasted like what it was supposed to, haha.
The free WiFi here was kinda spotty for a while, but was ok for the rest of our chillax session.
But we were most impressed with their 3D latte art which they could do it in iced drinks as well, something we have not been able to find in Singapore!
It has been a while since we last came here, and hubby was very pleased that the Latte ($5.50 for large) was still as good as ever; the number one coffee for him!
I tried the Hot Chocolate (also $5.50 for large) and rather enjoyed the thick and slightly bitter taste.
Unfortunately, the Earl Grey Tea Cake ($6) tasted like any ordinary cake, and we could not make out any tea flavour 😦
Oh well, but at least it tasted quite good with the caramel sauce.
- Location: 4 Jalan Gelenggang S(578188)
- Website: www.yahava.sg
- Hrs: 9am – 6pm
Woohoo! Found this cafe as we were on our way back to Oxford Street, and we were glad that we came in!
The Cafe Latte (£2.60) was very good! The acidity taste seemed to swirl around within the mouth when I took a sip, very lovely!
The Hot Chocolate (£2.60) was really chocolatey and delicious too, so it was very good for such a windy day 🙂
- Location: 19 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QN, United Kingdom
- Website: http://www.nudeespresso.com/
- Hrs: 7:30am – 5pm (Mon-Fri)
- Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
You could never tell a cafe is in here!
We were at this area for a book launch (very proud of Ms V’s daddy :D) and decided to all pop by for drinks and desserts.
What a crowded place on a Saturday afternoon!! Completely packed and slightly chaotic within the air-conditioned area, we had to make do with outdoor seats on a sunny afternoon…
Enjoyed the music, but it was a very noisy place with people shouting at one another over the music. Not suitable for chilling on weekends perhaps? While we find the place quite interesting, it was really too noisy for our liking, and the fans at the outdoor seating area were simply insufficient.
Categories: Coffee/Tea Break, East
Tags: alfresco, brownie, cake, chocolate, coffee, Jalan Besar, latte, lemon coconut cake, lemonade, muffin cup