A hidden urban oasis built in the style of a traditional Japanese teahouse, 2條通一號店 is a must-visit for all cafe lovers.
This cafe came highly recommended on the internet, and it is easy to understand why. Literally steps away from Zhongshan North Road, one of the largest and busiest roads in Taipei, the place may look a little out of place at first glance, with its two-story wooden facade wreathed in greenery. But in my opinion, this only adds to the intriguing and delightful quality of the cafe. (In fact, this Zhongshan district is historically known among locals for being the site of numerous Japanese hotels and eateries.)
Drawing closer, one can spot a charming sign perched outside on the porch, its shape calling to mind a Japanese table lamp. Behind is a small patio with a set of table and chairs, and a chalkboard stands beside the wooden and glass pane doors, announcing the live music performances that take place every Friday night, in addition to menu specials.
The interior of the cafe exudes a minimalist yet homey elegance by virtue of its unique dark wooden theme. One side of the cafe is covered in layered wooden panels that frame black-and-white photos put on display at regular intervals beneath lights radiating the same warm, natural yellow tones as the hanging lanterns that reflect against the wooden floorboards and ceiling beams to softly illuminate the space.
Towards the back of the cafe is an open area lit by sunlight filtering in from a skylight, a pleasantly surprising discovery, though a touch consistent with the nature concept pervading the space.
The second floor is currently being used as a business office, and hence is not open to public seating. That being said, feel free to climb up the steps and take a look around! Just make sure to ask the staff for permission first.
The cafe offers a wide assortment of coffee and non-coffee beverages, as well as many food and dessert items. The staff are attentive and polite, and although the place is a favorite spot for friends to get together for an afternoon tea and may become slightly crowded during the early to late afternoon, don’t feel afraid to bring your books and laptops; you will see many fellow loners there also taking advantage of the quiet setting, and you definitely don’t have to worry about getting the stink eye from anyone working there.
Come enjoy unique atmosphere, perfect for a study date (or a study break), and/or an afternoon tea!
- Unique, nature-oriented Japanese-style building
- A wide range of desserts, foods and beverages (albeit a little on the pricey side)
- Great for afternoon tea or work/study
- Fairly quiet ambience
- Wifi – Yes
- Outlets – Free
- English menu
Address: No. 1, Lane 33, Section 1, Zhongshan North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
Hours: 12pm – 9pm