Field Trip: Waiting out the storm at Labu Cafe

One of my standby favorite cafes in Taipei is Labu Cafe. (Labu the phonetic pronunciation for the Japanese word “love.”) It’s a place where I really feel comfortable either going on my own and getting some reading or work done, or taking a friend for a leisurely chat and cup of coffee.  My most recent visit was during an afternoon torrential rainstorm.  (Side note: we are in the middle of typhoon season and the weather goes from blazing hot sun, to overcast and pouring down sheets of rain in the matter of minutes).


I ordered a Croque Madame, which to me is fancy grilled cheese~ it’s a toasted ham and cheese sandwich topped with a perfect sunny side up egg.  At Labu, it’s served with a generous portion of salad and a thoughtful side of French fries (since nothing is worse than having to choose between both).


And of course, I had to have coffee. I ordered their regular latte, which arrives on a wooden tray with cute wooden animal knickknacks.  The coffee itself is strong and hearty, and gave me the energy to brave the typhoon.




Information: Labu Cafe |Address: No. 7, Alley 2, Lane 161, Section 2, Xinyi Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100 |Phone:02 2351 621 | MRT Station: Dongmen

(This was not a sponsored post. I paid for all items with my own money, and all experiences and opinions expressed are my own)


Field Trip: Sitting in a tree at Cafe Trouvé ~ 找到咖啡館

最近發覺了:”找到咖啡館”  環境蠻舒適的~空間很大 而且就在台大校園的角落。 窗外有綠油油的樹, 還有台大的網球場。 我本來是要來這邊工作的~但很快就被網球場的 view 分心了。

Lately, I’ve been seriously absentminded. It takes me forever to form a coherent train of thoughts.  My friend Peggy says, it’s actually one way your brain gets a chance for a rest.  If I can recommend one place to do a little day dreaming, it’s here at Cafe Trouvé


Cafe Trouvé has spacious outdoors seating that looks out onto the trees surrounding NTU’s campus.  There is only a small window of opportunity to sit outside in Taiwan…and it’s right about now. Otherwise it’s a bit too cold and and damp in the winter, and completely too hot and humid in the summer. (and you would be carried away by the mosquitos)


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Field Trip: Savour Cafe

Information:  Xin Yi Road, Section 4, Number 115-2 | 台北市信義路四段115-2號 Tel: (02) 2701 2498| Hours: 11:30am-10pm

Recently, I stumbled upon this lovely cafe amidst the busy streets of Taipei. It’s located on a busy street corner, and it’s easy to miss because there is only a tiny discreet sign on the side of the building and on the front door.


Savour Cafe is the size and shape of a shoebox, but I think that just adds to the coziness factor. The full length windows let in a lot of natural light, and the interior decor is simple, yet full of interesting details.

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Field Trip: Dami Cafe (來水木喝咖啡)


Dami Coffee

It’s always hard to find your new “favorite” coffee shop when you have moved to a new neighborhood.  Two years ago, I found Dami Cafe about a week after I moved into town, and started my new job.  The owner, Dami, was the first person I had a conversation with, outside of work.  He was also new to the area, and had just opened up shop a few weeks earlier.  I remember I ordered a latte on my first visit.  Why do I remember it so vividly? Well, two reasons really. One, because I always drink lattes.  Two, because I left without paying for it.  Halfway through the latte, I was called back into work for a meeting.  During the meeting, it dawned on me that I had left the cafe without paying my bill.  I spent the rest of the meeting on edge, thinking about my criminal behavior.  When the meeting was (finally) over, I walked back to Dami’s. The second I walked into the shop, he started laughing.  He said “I knew you would be back!”     And he was right. This cafe became one of my favorite places to drink coffee, my mobile office, and my extended living room.


兩年前是第一次來到水木咖啡   到現在印象都還很深刻。第一, 是我來到新竹喝到最好喝的 Latte,  第二, 是我人生第一次喝了霸王咖啡。 我還記得那一天 我剛好在學校的書店 在買文具的過程 聞到很香的咖啡味。 我 “followed my nose”  找到了水木咖啡。 老闆跟我一樣, 剛來新竹  店也剛開始營業。 聊著 聊著 突然接到辦公室的電話, 要我回去開會。 我就匆匆忙忙的離開了。 開會中, 才發覺我既然 忘。了。付。錢!!!  天啊。   後來回咖啡店的時候, 老闆笑著說, 我知道你會回來的” 我好奇的問他 “你怎麼知道?” 他回我說 “有緣分就會回來”

For the past two years, Dami’s cafe has been located inside National Tsing Hua University’s campus bookstore.  When you walk towards the building from the front campus gates, you can see the lights twinkling inside from a distance, welcoming you from afar.


The cafe is small and cozy, and most of the activity happens around the coffee bar.   This is where everyone hangs out to talk to Dami about coffee, and life, in general.


All the beans are roasted daily,  in-house by Dami.


Dami roasting coffee beansThe beans arrive in huge burlap sacks, and Dami picks them over three times, to ensure that only the best beans are selected to be roasted.


Green coffee beans —–> Roasted coffee beans

This meticulous attention to detail results in some pretty amazing coffee. (I know, true coffee connoisseurs drink their coffee without milk, but I can’t do it. Call me an impostor, if you will).

dami iced cappucino

Iced Cappuccino


In addition to serving up a variety of coffees, teas and juices, Dami also serves homemade vegetarian dumplings made by his mother.  His mother selects all the ingredients for her dumplings with the greatest of care.


Dami’s mother’s homemade vegetarian dumplings

Each dumping is filled to bursting with six different kinds of chopped vegetables and is lightly flavored with fresh ginger and sesame oil. 誰說咖啡跟餃子不配? 其實吃完老闆媽媽親手包的味道清爽,又有營養的素餃子, 再喝一杯濃郁的咖啡 會讓你整天都很滿足的感覺。


You might be wondering, what are are dumplings doing  on a cafe menu? But as soon as you are absorbed into the atmosphere of this cafe, you will realize that there is nothing that goes better with this coffee.  Both dumplings and coffee are created with quiet determination, with only the best, freshest and healthiest ingredients.  With each bite and sip, you will realize that both Dami and his mother consider their customer not as an anonymous person, but as a friend of their family.

我平常生活是忙碌的, 總是有一堆做不完,“應該” 要做的事情。可是每次來到水木喝咖啡會讓我暫時把生活的步調放慢,享受當下的 moments.  Dami 每次看我慌慌張張, 急急忙忙的, 都會說 ”慢慢來最快“  我一直覺得這句話很有道理。 按步就班   一步一步的,是最踏實, 有效率的方式。


At the time of posting, Dami’s Cafe has closed down, because he is going abroad to follow his dreams of learning more about coffee.  Do not despair, he will be back in Taiwan after a year, filled with new ideas and recipes to share.   老闆最近要出國經修 追求夢想 一年以後會回台灣繼續的跟大家分享好喝的咖啡!