Caffe Libero + Red on Tree La Pâtisserie
Add: 1, Lane 243, Jinhua Street, Taipei /台北市金華街243巷1號
Tel: (02) 2356 7129
Hours: [Mon-Sat] 12pm~12am [Sun] 12pm~6pm
Price: [drinks] 60~280 NTD [desserts] 80~220 NTD
Visited on: 2012-06
Caffe Libero is another one of the many stylish cafes that are tucked away in the Yongkang Street neighborhood. The shop, renovated from a 40-year-old mansion, oozes a sense of nostalgia with its original Taiwan zelkova flooring, marble walls, engraved wood door, and vintage furnishing. What it offers: specialty drinks like Longan Latte, and lovely pastries from Red On Tree La Pâtisserie. A good place to linger.
There’s also a lounge in the back that serves a variety of Japanese and Scottish whiskeys.
The menu features a number of original drinks, such as this Longan Latte 龍眼拿鐵 (220 NTD). The sprinkle of dried osmanthus flower was a nice touch.
Plum Wine Ice Coffee 梅酒冰咖啡 (250 NTD), a rather interesting combination that I’ve never tried before. Note the plum at the bottom of the glass.
Libero Ice Tea 小自在冰茶 (220 NTD), a refreshing mix of ginger ale and ice tea.
Ice Coffee (180 NTD).
The dessert space within Caffe Libero that used to be Le Petit Patissier is now occupied by Red on Tree La Pâtisserie 在欉紅. Red on Tree is originally a jam specialty shop, but they now also offer a small but pleasing selection of pastries and desserts.
I sampled a few sweets that afternoon, starting with Millefeuille Passion-Caramel 焦糖百香果千層酥 (180 NTD). The puff pastry was buttery and flaky, making a lovely crunching sound as I sliced it into smaller pieces. The crème pâtissière was also nicely done, though the passion fruit flavor wasn’t as strong as I had imagined.
Followed that with a Tarte Chocolat-Goyave 香蜜芭樂巧克力塔 (160 NTD), a rich chocolate tart complemented with a subtle but evident hint of guava flavor.
Lastly, a Tarte Citron 台南檸檬塔 (140 NTD) that utilized both lemons and limes to create a most satisfactory mix of flavors.
Caffe Libero + Red on Tree La Pâtisserie…Worth a visit? I think so.