[Taipei, Taiwan] A café by the name of “Ruins”, used to be opened for only a couple of hours during the weekends (they extended their opening hours), no Instagram account, and hard to find.
I made our way there anyway.
There is an emergence of coffee roasters in more obscure areas in Taipei, such as Fujin Tree 353.
Ruins Coffee Roaster was recommended by a food instagrammer friend from Taiwan, as it apparently has quite a *secret* following.
Located south of Taipei, 小廢墟咖啡 is a 20 mins stroll from Muzha Station, located across a river from one of Taipei’s leading university, National Chengchi University.
Ruins Coffee Roaster is hidden behind a lamp post, along a stretch of almost ruined shophouses, and you may inadvertently walk pass without noticing its frontage.
Here it is.
Do not be put off by the distance.
It is one hell (or heaven) of a find in Taipei. I found it an opportunity to take a more relaxing and reflective holiday, taking a scenic walk down the river banks.
Upon reaching the café, you can perch yourself on a comfy seat, while looking at these masters brew their coffee.
Ruins terms themselves as a “Café Junkie X Leisure Café”.
Like most coffee roasters in Taipei, expect just coffee to be served with a wide range of Single Origin (all 11 of them) and Cold Brew. Lattes and hand drips are from TWD130 (SGD5.50) – TWD 200 (SGD9).
Good to know: They have rotating guests baristas, including famous names.
For non-caffeine hipsters, fret not, Ruins Coffee Roaster is also known to offers a selection of hard-to-find craft beers.
The café has recently found a resident baker to complement their brews.
The cakes go for around TWD130 (SGD5.50) a slice. The most popular dessert was the light and fluffy Strawberry Chiffon, though I also spotted an interest Maple Syrup Bacon Cupcake.
The interior and several pieces of furniture and decor are re-purposed from ruins, literally ”Let the ruins come to life”.
Have a cup of their in-house roasted aromatic coffee al fresco style at their backyard, take a flight of stair up to their loft overlooking the café, or rest at the front for some people-watching.
An additional travel tip: After the coffee, you can climb up the hill for this breath-taking view of Taipei 101.
Ruins Coffee Roaster 小廢墟咖啡
No. 242, Section 3, Muzha Rd, Wenshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 116
Tel: +886 2 2234 0024
Opening Hours: 1:00pm – 9:00pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Google Maps – Ruins Coffee Roaster 小廢墟咖啡
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