Taipei Minimal Cafe 極簡咖啡 & Taiwan Diary

15207983_365998583754429_75452040_n.jpgMy first time going to a cat cafe meant a lot of cat patting, staring at cats, drinking tea, taking pictures and talking. We arrived there at 2:00pm and stayed until 5:00pm. During that time, most of the cats were fast asleep and minding their own business. There is free wifi at the cat cafe, and you can order food and drinks. The cats are able to be patted, but are not allowed to be carried. Also, make sure to switch off your flash photography function on your camera. I enjoyed the experience and there were always many customers coming and going.

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The cafe was clean and the cats had many scratching poles, sleeping areas and cat furniture. Sometimes a cat might come and sit beside you and maybe even on your sweater if they feel like it. Other times they will fall fast asleep beside you. There was a particular cat (I think it was the grey one) that could be very talkative when it wanted to. Otherwise, the cats are pretty quiet and well behaved. Did you know cats sleep around 16 hours a day? I used to have 3 cats, and they used to be extremely awake during the night and go out hunting, but sleep under the trees during the day.

The cafe is open from 12pm to 11pm everyday. The address is: No. 42, Lane 2, Taishun Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106 (台北市泰順街2巷42號) and the contact phone is: 02 2362 9734. It may take roughly a 10 minute walk from Guting Station, if you are traveling on the MRT. The location is on a narrow road, and might be difficult to drive in with a car, but it’s convenient for biking. We just parked our bikes outside the store. The cats are pretty photogenic and don’t mind having pictures taken.

There were seats outdoors which are great for a sunny day, however we went on a rainy day. It was very warm and cosy indoors, especially during the colder months. We ordered a rose tea and sandwiches. I believe the food price is higher than usual, but partly because you are paying for the experience as well. The cat above sat on the seat during the 3 hours we were there. I’m convinced it’s his favourite seat! There was also some cute resting areas for the cats.

There were little cupboard holes that I think might be for the cats to sleep in. However, they looked very comfortable sleeping beside the customers or on the chairs. The ginger cat was very sleepy and sweet. I nicknamed him Garfield because he is a little chubby. There were lots of little cat statues decorating the store and some lovely Cat art work on the wall.

The customer service was great and the waitress who served our table was lovely and very helpful. We didn’t wait long for the food, and it was very efficient and friendly. The rose tea and sandwiches were delicious. The only thing I want to note is that one cannot expect the food to be amazing for the price. It’s a great cafe for socialising, studying, patting cats and having a relaxing experience.

Every customer will need to order a drink or a meal. This might be because it’s easy for a group of people to take a whole table, and when they experience busy periods, there is no money earned if customers buy a small amount but stay for a few hours. The atmosphere is very relaxed and you will see anyone from workers on their laptop, friends doing their homework together, people on a date or a group chatting away.

I was glad to have a positive first experience at a cat cafe, as it was something I have been meaning to do for quite a while. The two cats above were so affectionate with one another, and cuddled and cleaned one another very sweetly. The white cat was not shy to stand up for me as soon as it saw my camera. The vibe is easy going, relaxed and there are around a dozen cats that I saw. They are well fed and the cafe was not smelly from my experience. I mention this, as I’ve read a few reviews that have mentioned a strong odour, however I didn’t smell any. Overall, I recommend it for any cat lovers or anyone who wants a nice experience. You might feel the time fly by.

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Photography by Katie Kuo

9 thoughts on “Taipei Minimal Cafe 極簡咖啡 & Taiwan Diary

  1. AAAAAHHH I’m dying. Did you know that I’m going back to Taipei for the first time since 2008 (in less than a month!!)?! I’m so going there!! And I’m also planning to visit some bookstores too! This is so exciting! :D

    1. That’s so exciting! Wow that’s nearly 10 years, have an amazing time :) If I stayed a bit longer we could meet one another, perhaps some other time. You’re going to have a great time :)

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