[Taipei] Yong Kang Street in Taipei is known for its many charming cafes from YABOO Café, Elephant Machine, and Xiao Mijiu.
However, you can also make a short walk of about 10 minutes to get to Powder Workshop Café, which is also worth a visit.
Located close to East Gate Market and Dongmen Station, Powder Workshop Café is a comfortable place, a quiet café with a laid-back atmosphere.
It is also an ideal spot for people who are looking to get some work done, as it has plenty of power outlets and offers free Wi-Fi.
One side of this café in Taipei is reserved for the kitchen bar that features large coffee machines, while the other side is the guest area where you can unwind with a tasty cup of coffee or some comforting brunch food.
The interior can be best described as modern with a light wooden texture and simple Nordic arrangement. Its ceiling-to-floor windows offers plenty of natural light during the day
In case you wish to see how fresh coffee is prepared, you can sit on one of the bar stools. There are also several wooden tables with chairs available.
On its lean menu, expect to find brunch food such as Smoked Ham and Cheese Toast (TWD310), Cod Roe Baguette (TWD320), Smoked Chicken Baguette (TWD320), Egg Salad and Peanut Butter Sandwich (TWD330) and Smoked Ham with Mustard Sandwich (TWD340).
That is about SGD13.80 to SGD15.20 (USD10 to USD11).
What I was really there for was its Milo Mountain (TWD170, SGD7.58), which has made its round on Instagram.
They described it as a “Traditional Malaysian drink” added with their own twist of malt sugar, created to look like a little mountain suitable for summer.
This drink is certainly not cheap, considering that a cup of Milo back home comes at a fraction of the price.
But to be honest, there was a new interpretation and the powdered milo, smooth milo and layer of chocolate coating outside worked well.
I wished it was a bigger cup though, so that it would not feel that ‘heaty’.
Other popular drinks include Matcha Latte (TWD180) and Yuzu Honey Matcha (TWD190).
While “brown sugar” drinks have only started to gain traction in other parts of Asia, Taipei has been offering such drinks since years ago.
You can also find Brown Sugar Cream Americano (TWD160), Brown Sugar Coffee Latte (TWD160), and Brown Sugar Cream Tea (TWD170) offered here.
Pair with one of their signature cakes, such as the fragrant and light Tie Guan Yin Cheese Cake (TWD150), Banana Cake (TWD130) and Lemon Tart (TWD130).
Compared to some of the other more touristy food places across at Yong Kang Street, you may find some peace and quite time here, a great way to unwind or catch up with some reading.
Powder Workshop Café
No. 25, Lane 86, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 (Near Dongmen Station Train Station)
Tel: +886 2 2343 5853
Opening Hours: 8am – 7pm (Mon, Wed – Fri), 10am – 7pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Tues
Google Maps – Powder Workshop Café
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