[Taipei, Taiwan] Themed cafes in Taipei are so huge you feel like you are in a different world all together. Case in point: Modern Toilet, Jay Chou’s magic themed Déjà Vu, Hello Kitty Sweets Cafe, Brick Works (Lego) and Barbie Café.
It was a rainy afternoon which voided my original intention of having fishballs and ‘Ah gei’ at Danshui, and we somehow landed at Aranzi Café.
You couldn’t miss a bright turquoise-green shop with cartoon characters in a row of greyish looking shops and mini-marts.
Welcome to Aranzi Cafe 阿朗基咖啡, which originated from Osaka Japan. Two words: Cuteness overload.
You could see rows of adorable rabbit cakes lining the shelves, graphic characters of Silky, the Panda-Bug, Eyelash Bunny and fluffy clouds decorated on the walls, stationaries and gifts on sale at the corner, and of course young Taiwanese school girls taking every opportunity for a selfie with their food, or wefie. (Can we call this foofie?)
The characters are based on Aranzi Aronzo, designed by Japanese Kinuyo Saito and Yoko Yomura, with their catch phrase being “cute, strange, cool, silly, a little bit horrible, stupid and comfortable”. Yes, you somewhat feel a bit of everything like that.
Prices are relatively expensive though, cakes are about NT$180 (SGD$7.50), coffee NT$115 (SGD$4.80) and Sandwiches NT$150 (SGD$6.30).
The White Bunny Fruit Cake (NT$180) was a usual light cream chiffon cake with fresh fruit fillings, not bad tasting, but well nothing spectacular or memorable.
100% cuteness, 60% taste. I actually bought some of Aranzi Cafe’s stuff back and showed them to a few friends. “Can we open a cute cafe like this in Singapore? Can we?”
Aranzi Café 阿朗基咖啡
新北市淡水區中正路56號 No. 56, Zhong Zheng Rd., Danshui Dist., New Taipei City
Tel : 02-26281499
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 9:00pm (Closed Mon)