[Taipei] Fly back to the past by visiting Fong Da Coffee 蜂大咖啡, one of Taiwan’s original café established in 1956.
You can find this shop in the Ximending area, near the The Red House. It combines a cosy coffee shop, a roastery and a retail store.
You’re bound to find at least 12 different blends available for dine-in (espresso style or syphon) or brewing at home. The Blue Mountain No. 1 is recommended.
Fong Da is renowned for boldly introducing iced coffee to Taipei. Try their version of this famous drink called the FD Iced Coffee (NT85, SGD3.80) prepared from a special iced coffee maker.
This meter-tall apparatus is made up of 3 glass chambers where ice melts and drips onto ground coffee.
Not exactly the fastest machine – it only makes 4 cups every 6 hours. So be prepared to wait.
Inside you’ll spot more vintage coffee equipment – roasters, grinders, brewers, which they choose to use up to now.
Aside from the seats by the bar, they have an inner deck which offers you more space.
You may need to share tables or squeeze with others in the limited area, almost like Hong Kong cha chaan teng style.
This is a coffee-focused place, and food is limited to Ham & Egg Sandwich (NT120), Toast (NT40), or Ham with Egg (NT50).
If you need a bite, get their American Breakfast Set (NT100, SGD4.50) available 8am – 11am, which comprise of toast, butter, jam, fried eggs and ham.
Just a caution though: it comes with a basic, light-bodied black coffee NOT their famous iced coffee.
I won’t say there was anything fantastic about the breakfast, just basic items. But it was quick.
People really come here for the nostalgic old-school charm and coffee beans.
Fong Da Coffee 蜂大咖啡
No. 42, Chengdu Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Tel: +886 2 2331 6110
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – Fong Da Coffee 蜂大咖啡
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