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Cafe Megane 眼鏡咖啡
Add: No. 6, Lane 52, Siwei road, Taipei
Hours: 10am~8pm (closed on the last Wednesday of each month)
Price: 200~400 NTD/person
Visited: Dec 2016
I had already blogged about Cafe Megane years ago. This low-key Japanese-style coffee shop, hidden inside one of the small lanes of Siwei Road, has always been one of my favorites in Taipei. Revisiting it years later, it was comforting to find it mostly unchanged. The interior is warm with dark wood and yellow lighting, doesn’t fit more than 20 even when fully packed, and there are indeed glasses everywhere (“megane” means glasses in Japanese). The coffee here is perfect, the onigiri delicious, and I heard the matcha waffles are amazing as well. If you are fortunate enough to be living in or visiting Taipei, do find a quiet time to enjoy a cup of coffee here.
其實早在 2011 年剛開始寫部落格不久時，就介紹過眼鏡咖啡了。這家隱藏在台北四維路某個巷子裡的日系咖啡店，低調而有個性，一直是我很喜歡的地方。好幾年後再訪，安心的發現裏面一點也沒變。內部的裝潢是溫暖的原木和黃色燈光，店裡坐滿了也只能容納十幾個人，小小的店內到處都可以看到眼鏡的出沒。這裏的咖啡完美，飯團好吃，聽說抹茶松餅也做得極好。如果你很幸運的住在台北或去旅遊的話，絕對要挑個人少的時候來享受一杯安靜的咖啡。
Add: 2-14-1 Kamimeguro, Meguro, Tokyo / 東京都 目黒区 上目黒 2-14-1
Price: coffee around 500 yen
Visited: Oct 2016
This time in Tokyo, I visited Nakameguro for the first time. This neighborhood might seem a bit too quiet for those looking for the typical hustle and bustle of Tokyo, but if you, like I, enjoy wandering along small alleyways to discover the everyday life of the locals, you might really like this residential area.
And my reason for visiting Nakameguro was Onibus, a coffee shop and roaster sandwiched between a small park and train tracks. Its founder Sakao Atsushi, an architect-turned-barista, has been attracting coffee lovers from all over the world since he opened his first shop in Okusawa a few years ago, and he named the shop “Onibus” (which means public bus in Portuguese) for exactly this reason – to connect people via coffee.
會來到中目黑，是爲了 Onibus 這家咖啡店。老板坂尾篤史不僅在東京咖啡界是個名人，也紅到了國外 － 我到訪的當天就有從世界各地來喝咖啡的人，包括幾個從加州來的咖啡師。店名 Onibus 在葡萄牙語中是公車的意思，代表著坂尾先生想通過咖啡將人和人聯系起來的概念。
The shop offers espresso-based coffee brewed on a La Marzocco Linea PB, as well as drip coffee done with Hario V60s. For drip coffee, four choices of coffee beans are available: Ethiopia, Kenya, Colombia, and Guatemala. I went with the first.
店裡提供義式咖啡和手沖，義式用 La Marzocco Linea PB 做，手沖則是用Hario V60s。我點了手沖，在下面四種豆子中選了 Ethiopia。
Add: No. 61 Wudaoying Hutong, Beijing
Price: coffee 26 RMB+
Visited: Sep 2016
Another cafe worth recommending in Beijing is Metal Hands. Just opened this July, this little coffee shop is settled in the busy Wudaoying Hutong, not far from Barista Coffee Roasters. Mr. Ding, the owner of the cafe, has apparently been in the China coffee scene for over 10 years, and is one of the first to dedicate his time to latte art (though he wasn’t in the shop on the day of my visit).
Metal Hands is not big. The elongated space includes a bar on the right, some seats on the left, and an inner corner with skylight. Concrete walls, wooden furniture, and fresh flowers for decoration. It’s not spacious by any means, but quite comfortable nonetheless.
Metal Hands 的店面不大，狹長的空間右邊是咖啡吧台，左邊是一排靠牆的位子，最裡面有頂著天窗、陽光充足的雙人卡座。乾淨的水泥牆、木色調桌椅、還有點綴的鮮花 － 絕對說不上寬敞，卻倒也舒適。
Elephant Grounds (Wanchai)
Add: 8 Wing Fung St. Wan Chai
Tel: +852 2778 2700
Price: [coffee] 30-68 HKD
Visited: Aug 2016
Occupying this much coveted corner location on Wing Fung Street is Elephant Grounds, a coffee roaster local to Hong Kong. The open store front and warm wooden tones are immediately welcoming, and the interior is equally pleasant with handcrafted furniture by Start from Zero and a custom-made moss wall installation by local plant artist Quest Terrarium. Coffee, anyone?
某天在上環 gough street 逛街時，發現了藏在買手店 Woaw Store 背後 Elephant Grounds。同行的朋友告訴我這家咖啡很不錯，而且冰淇淋三明治非常有名。當天沒時間坐下來，不過幾天後又在灣仔遇見了它。
There is even a bowl of water for pets at the front, how thoughtful.
Add: 24-25,G/F.,Lee Tung St ,Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2601 3323
Hours: [weekday] 8am-8pm [weekend] 9am-9pm
Price: [coffee] 40~60 HKD [sweets] 18+ HKD
Visited: Aug 2016
Omotesando Koffee started out as a pop-up shop in Tokyo’s Omotesando district, situated in a tiny, traditional Japanese home. It became famed for its espressos and cube-shaped designs – logo, work station, and even pastries are cube-shaped – that it eventually stayed for 5 years, until the building became too old to sustain the shop. Cafe owner Eiichi Kunimoto then moved it to Toranomon Koffee in Tokyo’s Toranomon Hills, before he expanded to a second Omotesando Koffee in Hong Kong.
香港的第一杯咖啡，在Omotesando Koffee。這家咖啡館的本店設立于東京表參道，據說本來只是家快閃店，沒想到大受歡迎，一開就是5年。本店因爲建築老舊的原因歇業後，主理人國友榮一開了姐妹店 Toranomon Koffee，以及香港灣仔的這家分店。
The charming surroundings of an old Japanese residential building cannot be replicated in Hong Kong’s Lee Tung Avenue, but just about everything else has been carried over, including Omotesando Koffee’s signature cube design as you can see below.
Omotesando Koffee最明顯的特點就是 “盒子” 主題的設計，從標志、店裝、到甜點，全部都是方塊狀。國友榮一的解釋是：“日本傳統茶道中，泡茶及品嚐的過程都會在一個簡潔場所進行，衝咖啡亦如是，Omotesando Koffee 所提倡的「盒子」概念令我們專注於咖啡。”
Beans are sourced from the same roaster in Tokyo, and Japanese staff members have been stationed in Hong Kong to ensure the same quality of coffee is served. Omotesando features two house blends, one is a mix of Ethiopian, Brazilian and Indonesian beans with a balanced flavor, and the second is a fruitier blend of Guatemalan and Panama beans.
Omotesando Koffee一部份日本店員常駐香港，提供與東京本店一致的味道，選用咖啡豆也是與日本同樣由小川咖啡室烘焙而成。 根據店員的說法，這裏主打兩款house blend，第一款選用埃塞俄比亞、巴西以及印尼的咖啡豆，味道較平衡；第二款則選用危地馬拉及巴拿馬的咖啡豆，味道較鮮明，果香味比較重。
% Arabica Kyoto
Add: (Higashiyama) 87-5 Hoshinocho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
(Arashiyama)3-47 Sagatenryuji Susukinobanacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Price: 350 yen+/coffee
Visited on: Aug 2016
In September 2014, a coffee shop named “% Arabica” opened right near the beautiful Yasaka Pagoda in Kyoto, inside an old Japanese house of over 50 years old. The facade is low-key, but the stylish vibe oozing out from large window panes immediately attracts the passerby.
2014年9月，在古色古香的京都八坂塔旁一棟50多年的日式房子裏，開了一家名叫 “% Arabica” 的咖啡館。外觀低調，然而透過大片玻璃窗滲透出來讓人無法忽視的時髦感，輕而易舉地將路人都吸引了過去。
The entrance of the shop is a concrete replicate of the cobblestone pattern of Yasaka Street, which makes it seem like the outside pavement continues right into the shop, creating an illusion of a side street off the alleyway.
The space is elongated, with a bar on the left, coffee bean storage on the right, and a roasting area deep inside. The transparent cellar displays coffee beans meticulously selected from all over the world, and conveniently, by installing the storage required to maintain temperature and humidity for the best quality coffee beans, it was also provided the necessary support for this old house. A perfect combination of the old and new.
This Slayer espresso machine, customized especially for % Arabica, is just too beautiful. I want to learn how to make coffee just so I can use this machine. Tell me you don’t feel the same.
Add: Huashan Road (please contact below wechat for details)
Hours: reservation only
Price: hand drip coffee 50-65 RMB
Visited: May 2016
The other day at Moon Coffee I casually asked their barista A-Tang where he goes for coffee in Shanghai. After some thoughts, he told me about this “coffee bar inside an apartment building”, and without quite explaining what it is, he gave me the barista contact. Always curious about these hidden places, I made a reservation right away for a visit.
The space is located on the 2nd floor of an apartment building on Huashan Road, and only upon entering did I find out its name – “Cafe 385”. It’s a charming place with soft natural light, antique-looking furniture, and chairs that fit just right.
這個空間位于華山路上一間老公寓的二樓，直到進門後我才知道它叫做 Cafe 385。起居室裏陽光柔和、空氣安靜、家具擺飾看起來熟悉、椅子也正好合身。咖啡吧後面站的就是這裏的主人 Andrew，大家都叫他小安。
Behind the coffee bar is Andrew from Taiwan, who is still very fresh to Shanghai. Before this coffee venture, he was working in Sony Taiwan doing photography tutorials and sales training for DSLRs. As for coffee, he started drinking it at the age of 17, and since then has met quite a few coffee experts and afficionados. He came to China for the first time last March to attend a coffee expo, fell in love with the Former French Concession area, and decided to stay for a while.
小安，30來歲的台灣人，做咖啡師之前其實是個攝影師，在台灣 Sony 工作了好一段時間，主要負責單眼相機和一些其他産品的銷售訓練和攝影教學。十七歲開始喝咖啡以來陸陸續續地結識不少咖啡人與咖啡愛好者，去年三月來上海參加咖啡展會時愛上了舊法租界，決定在這裏待上一陣子。
Add: 215 Fumin Road, near Julu Road
Tel: 5466 6021
Price: [coffee] 20-65 RMB [pastry] 8-42 RMB
Visited: Mar 2016
Brought to you by the owner of Flask (and designed by the same Italian designer Alberto Caiola), Fumi Coffee is a most stylish addition to Shanghai’s booming cafe scene. The eye-catcher of this space is no doubt the wall of Bialetti Moka light fixtures, but everything else – including the black waves hovering up on the ceiling, the sleek metallic tables, stools, counter, and the front window that folds up completely on warm days – has me (and the rest of Shanghai, it seems) falling head over heels.
Another cafe?! 嗯，上海的咖啡店一間接著一間開，不過富民路上這個新成員Fumi Coffee，閃亮的讓你不得不注意它。整個空間的設計 － 包括牆上大大小小的 Bialetti 摩卡壺、天花板的巨型黑浪、銀色鏡面桌椅和工作台、還有可以完全往上收起的大片玻璃 － 都令人驚豔。偷偷告訴你，Fumi Coffee 和陝西南路上的 Flask 是同一位老板，設計師也延用了之前打造 Flask 的意大利事務所 Alberto Caiola。做出來的效果，極酷炫。
Boom Boom Bagels
Add: 39 Anfu Lu, near Changshu Lu
Tel: 150 2140 8818
Price: [coffee] 24-48 RMB [bagels] 12-65 RMB
Visited: Feb 2016
Add: 415 Shanxi Bei Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu
Tel: 135 6475 5689
Price: [coffee] 24-48 RMB [bagels] 12-65 RMB
Visited: Feb 2016
Upon returning to Shanghai, I was delighted to discover a few new (well, new for me) spots for bagels. The first I tried was Boom Boom Bagels on Anfu Road, with its an attractive purple shopfront and a pretty industrial-grey interior. Only after chatting with the waitstaff did I find out that it’s actually by the same owner of the famed Sumerian Cafe on North Shanxi Road. Aha.
在巴黎三年後回到上海，驚喜的發現這裏居然多了不少吃貝果的好去處。我第一家去試的，是安福路上的Boom Boom Bagels。被亮眼的紫色門面吸進去後，發現室內的簡潔工業風格也很漂亮，看得出是花了心思設計的。和店員聊過才知道它原來和陝西北路上的咖啡名店Sumerian Cafe是同一個老板。哎呀，原來如此。
Add: 1728 West Nanjing Road, near Huashan Road / 南京西路1728号，近华山路
Price: [coffee] 30 RMB+
Visited: Oct 2015
AUNN, short for “all you need now”, is an ultra spacious cafe recently-opened on West Nanjing Road, just off the busy intersection where Jing’an Temple is located. It’s run by an ex-Seesaw Cafe and, in addition to good coffee, features sleek 3D-printed RvR Chairs, Melting Pot Tables made from recycled materials, and Fresnel Lights built using transparent plastic of old CD, all from Dirk vander Kooij. Not too bad at all.