Along with its night markets, Taiwan is also becoming increasingly known for its cat cafes. As most of you probably already know, a cat cafe is an establishment where paying the slightly inflated price of a cup of tea or slice of cake will get you the opportunity to play (read: grant you an audience) with cats.
One of my favorite and regular haunts in Taipei is Minimal Cafe, a cozy cat cafe tucked away in a quiet residential street, just an alley away from Shida night market. Its primary draws are its pleasantly subdued atmosphere and, of course, its numerous resident cats.
The interior of the cafe is roomy yet cozy and dimly lit, with the space more or less partitioned into two sections, front and back. Both seating areas contain both chairs/tables, as well as low-sitting two-person couches.
Cats lounge around lazily on the tables, chairs and countertops, and in the back of the building is a catnap room where the furry employees can escape the human crowds and do what they do best–sleep. You’re free to tiptoe inside and peek at their dozing cat faces, but please be considerate as you do. (Tip: When awake, many of the cats enjoy sitting out front, where they can look out the big windows.)
Due to the proximity of the cafe to Shida University, the clientele consists primarily of college students, either quietly tapping away at their laptops or conversing with friends upon a backdrop of music playing on low volume.
The menu contains a long list of coffee beverages as well as a variety of teas, juices and other drinks (my personal favorite being the ice cream milk tea), plus some standard light lunch items, such as sandwiches and quesadillas, and desserts.
So if you’re in need of a place to study or work, or just want a chance to play with kitties, Minimal Cafe might just be the place you’re looking for 🙂
- Relaxing atmosphere with several cat companions
- Great for a study/work break
- Delicious ice cream milk tea
- Free wifi – Yes
- Outlets – Yes
極簡咖啡館 Minimal Cafe
Address: No. 42, Lane 2, Taishun Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106
Hours: 12pm – 11pm