If you have a sweet tooth and endless love for desserts, welcome to Taiwan — the country responsible for snow ice (aka shaved ice), the mother of all iced desserts, before bingsu took over Singapore by storm. Taipei is a vibrant city that accommodates both aspiring cafe owners and cafe lovers alike with no lack of cafes popping up in every corner. KKday picked out the 5 best dessert cafes that will complete your travel experience in Taiwan, whether you’re seeking a dessert to satisfy your craving, update your Instagram with insta-worthy desserts or simply looking for a place to chill with your travel buddies.
1. BW General Store
At first glance, BW General Store seemed like nothing rave-worthy with its plain and simple desserts. However, upon exploring further, we were pleasantly surprised to find the cafe selling quirky items like one of a kind handmade gifts, vintage tools for your everyday life or even Japanese albums handpicked by the owner.
The absence of exaggerated designs or furniture in this eccentric cafe provides its patrons with a sense of serenity in the hustle and bustle of city life in Taipei.
In line with its peculiar theme, there are some days when customers are allowed to dine in but on other days, you can only do takeaways. Be sure to check out BW General Store‘s Facebook page to prevent ruining your itinerary with a wasted trip.
Address: No. 35, Lane 194, Songjiang Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City
2. Flügel Studio: Delicious desserts with a great diversity
Flügel Studio is the “to-go” cafe for many dessert lovers and it’s easy to understand why once you’ve been there.
From pies to chiffon cakes, there’s a diverse range of desserts served at this cafe, but here’s the catch: whether a dessert is a hit or miss with your tastebuds, it’s virtually impossible to purchase the same dessert again because Flügel Studio has a new menu everyday! The menus are posted on their Facebook page daily to keep their fans in suspense.
Opening Hours: 1pm — 7pm
Address: No. 3, Lane 34, Section 1, Xinhai Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City
3. La Vie Friande
The owner of La Vie Friande uses her living room as dining area for its customers every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1pm — 3:30pm. Bookings have to be done beforehand and slots are opened every last Sunday of the month.
Although the concept of exclusive private-dining is still foreign in most Asia countries, La Vie Friande is evidently becoming increasingly popular with dining slots being completely wiped out within minutes.
Each dining session consists of six people and if you’re lucky enough to grab a slot, each dessert set costs NT500 (~SGD$22), consisting of three different desserts and tea. With no specific menu, your tastebuds are in for a surprise every visit you make to La Vie Friande.
The hospitable host and cosy environment allow diners to relax and feel right at home, making it perfect for Taiwanese after a long day of work or for homesick tourists. You can check out their Facebook or website for more information.
Address: No. 22, Huanhe Rd, Xindian District, New Taipei City
4. Wood White House
Wood White House rose in popularity shortly after its opening. Although they serve beverages and savoury items like quiche, Wood White House is mainly known for its variety of sweet pies that comes in an interesting mixture of flavours, winning the hearts of many diners.
The lemon matcha pie — one of Wood White House‘s most popular pies — is sour with a tinge of sweetness from its white chocolate decorations and has an underlying green tea taste, filling your mouth with an explosion of flavours.
If their pies aren’t enough reasons to visit Wood White House, you’ll be glad to know that they have free wifi and charging sockets provided with no service fee! (Now you know where to charge your phones after a day of playing Pokemon Go.)
You can check out their Facebook for more information.
Monday – Thursdays: 12:00pm — 9:00pm
Fridays & Saturdays: 12:00pm — 10:00pm
Address: No. 8, Lane 226, Song Jiang Rd., Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taipei City 104
5. CHANTEZ Pâtisserie
Previously known as Project 25, the owner of this cafe took their dessert dreams to the next level after rebranding themselves as CHANTEZ Pâtisserie. In the past, there were limited seats as the cafe got more popular, and the snaking long queues have forced latecomers to get takeaways instead, even if they had wished to dine in.
After the renovation, CHANTEZ Pâtisserie is now more spacious and is capable of hosting more diners. They have also added new items into their menu after their reopening, attracting both returning and new customers.
Check out their Facebook for more information.
Address: No. 31, Section 3, Jinan Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City,
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