Cath’s Cafe is as cute as a button in every detail. When the cafe first opened in Taipei, it was always crowded; mostly with moms and young children. I think it’s because it’s such a good space to take photos of your child, especially while they are using Cath Kidston’s very adorable kid sized cutlery and plates. I couldn’t agree more, and actually want several myself! (Oops to clarify, the plates and cutlery, not the kids…)
The lampshades hanging in the front window are my favorite feature of the cafe. It’s lovely to see them lit up in the evening. Or just before sunset.
I love the format of the menu~ especially the colorful illustrations found on each page. Sigh. I wish I could draw like that!
My dear friend Laura and I decided to stop in for a quick early dinner. We kept things simple and ordered a panini and a sandwich. They both arrived on adorable Cath Kidston plates.
Unfortunately, the sandwiches were not especially memorable. The fried fish fillet on mine was limp, and there was too much tartar sauce. The bread was toasted, but cold, and thickly buttered, which made the entire sandwich greasy and heavy. However, the fries (or chips) were just as they should be, crispy on the outside and velvety on the inside. The best part was that they were bite sized, so we could pick them up daintily with a fork. 😀
Disappointing savories aside, Cath’s Cafe is cheerful place to be when the rain feels like it will never stop, as it tends to feel this time of year in Taiwan. Grab a few girlfriends who are also fans of her prints and kitchenware, and it’s the perfect place for an afternoon chat. The tables are actually the perfect size for conversation. Not too small, so you aren’t sitting nose-to-nose, and not to big, so you don’t have to shout at each other to be heard.
The walls showcase vintage posters (which I wish they sold in their stores!) and their collection of plates, teacups and saucers.
I’ve observed that after a few month’s past Cath’s Cafe’s grand opening, the crowds have decreased (the place was practically empty on Sunday late afternoon). The service was not as friendly or helpful as during our first visit. Maybe they are having some growing pains, and adjusting to Taipei’s cafe culture. Nevertheless, I think I would still come back and enjoy the pretty environment, and maybe try just their afternoon tea items.
Information: Cath Kidston Flagship Store (Cath’s Cafe)| Zhongshan North Road, Section 2, Alley 20, No. 10-1|Phone: 02-2100-3013| 台北市中山北路二段20巷10-1號