Archive | June, 2014

Houtong 217 Cafe 217咖啡

23 Jun

DSCN1866 Houtong 217 Cafe 217咖啡

Address: 新北市瑞芳區光復里柴竂路217號

Hours: 10:30-19:00, closed Tuesdays 週二公休

Minimum cost per person 每人最低消費: NT$50

 

 

 

 

This cat cafe is appropriately located in Houtong Cat Village. It wasn’t in either of the books, but I thought a cat village just had to have a cat cafe. I found the sign above and followed it and a couple others like it up some stairs and around a path to the cafe. They had three kittens in a cage as well as at least three adult cats. It was hard to tell because they had the door open and other cats could wander in and out.

猴硐貓村一定有貓咖啡. 這間不是在書裡, 我在猴硐就看到上面的牌子. 需要爬樓梯在看到一個牌子, 然後就到了. 他們有三隻小貓, 還有大概三隻大貓. 有點難說因為路邊的貓也可以進去.

DSCN1879 DSCN1881

DSCN1883 DSCN1882

The menu has all the typical cafe items at low prices, with coffee and tea starting at just NT$50. I had a citrus tea for NT$80 and it came in this cute cup菜單有飲料簡餐都很便宜. 有美式咖啡, 紅茶 NT$50. 我和金柑檸檬茶NT$80. 他們的杯子很可愛:

DSCN1877They had lots of other cute cat decorations and also sold other cat-themed items including postcards and jewelry. 他們還有很多可愛的裝飾還有賣貓主題東西.

DSCN1874 DSCN1871

DSCN1870 DSCN1872

Houtong Cat Village 猴硐貓村

12 Jun

DSCN1841  Houtong Cat Village 猴硐貓村

Location: About an hour by train from Taipei Main Station to Houtong Station 從台北車站到猴硐站大概一個小時

 

 

 

 

 

 

This isn’t a cat cafe; it’s a whole village devoted to cats. Once a coal mining town, Houtong is now a tourist attraction, a sanctuary for dozens of stray cats. As soon as the train pulls in, you’ll know you’ve arrived in cat town. 猴硐貓村是一個貓主題村. 他們保護一百多隻流浪貓, 每天很多觀光客來看貓. 你到火車站, 你會知道這裡是貓的天堂.

DSCN1780 DSCN1781

DSCN1785 DSCN1787

Here’s the train station bathroom 這是火車站的廁所:

DSCN1792 DSCN1794

DSCN1796

From the station to the village, there’s a covered bridge designed as a place where the cats can take shelter.

DSCN1799 DSCN1800

DSCN1802 DSCN1803

Cats are everywhere, and even if they don’t have real homes, they get enough food and have places to go when it rains. 在猴硐什麼都地方都有貓. 下遇的時候流浪貓有地方可以去.

DSCN1807 DSCN1805

DSCN1813 DSCN1815

DSCN1818 DSCN1859

There are lots of little shops selling cat-themed products, and most of the shopkeepers have adopted at least one cat. 有好多小店賣貓主題東西. 老闆都有貓.

DSCN1829 DSCN1831

DSCN1823 DSCN1836

There’s also the Empress Gallery, a gallery of cat artwork that’s related to Anhe 65. They also sell the same cat wine and beer. They didn’t allow pictures of the artwork, but did allow pictures of the gallery cats. 還有Empress Gallery, 一個畫廊,跟安和65有同一個老闆. 不可以拍畫廊但是可以拍他們的貓.

DSCN1884 DSCN1885

And of course, the town also has a cat cafe, which I’ll be writing a separate post about soon. 猴硐還有一間貓咖啡, 我還要寫.

Al Dente Cucina

10 Jun

DSCN1731  Al Dente Cucina

Address: 台北市忠孝東路四段559巷34號

Hours: 11:30-14:30, 17:30-21:30

Minimum cost per person 每人最低消費: NT$100

 

 

 

I was leaving the Songyan Eslite and wandering around just to see if there were any cat cafes around when I saw this place! Unfortunately, it was 4:00pm and it’s only open for lunch and dinner. Still, since I don’t go to this area very often, I decided to wait. And while waiting, I discovered Together & Forever, a great cat cafe. This restaurant turned out to be not so great, however. Look at this sign:我離開松菸誠品去逛一下看有沒有貓咖啡館, 我看到這間! 但是那時候是下午4點,還沒開.因為我很少來這附近我決定要等. 我在等的時候找到就是幸福, 一個很棒的貓咖啡館. 但是這間餐廳不是很好. 看下面的牌子:

DSCN1730Combined with the main sign, and also that their business card says they have cats, it seems reasonable to assume that there would be at least one cat here. But the waitress looked at me like I was crazy when I asked about the cat. She just said there wasn’t a cat there. So I asked if there ever was and how often and when it might be there. She looked a little annoyed, but asked someone else, who said it was there earlier but not now. He also didn’t seem very friendly or willing to volunteer any more information. Still, I decided to stay since there were at least some cat decorations to take pictures of. 看這兩個牌子會不會想一定會有貓? 我沒有看到. 我問店員, 她瞪我好像她覺得我很奇怪. 她貓不在. 所一我問貓什麼時候在?  是現在都沒有貓或是只是今天牠沒來? 她看起來有點不開心但是她問別人. 她也不太想跟我講話, 但是他說那天下午貓在, 但是今天牠不要回來. 我還是留下來因為牠們還有一些貓主題裝飾.

DSCN1768 DSCN1770

I ordered a pepperoni pizza (NT$170), which was ok. 我點儀式臘腸比薩 (NT$170), 還好.

DSCN1765 DSCN1774

The bathroom smelled very strongly of cat pee, though there was no litterbox in there. Maybe the cat had just peed all over the place and that’s why  no one wanted to talk about it. Anyway, I wouldn’t recommend this place. 廁所有很重貓尿的味道. 我想有可能貓剛剛亂尿尿, 所以沒有人想講貓的事. 不知道, 但是我不會推薦這家.

Together and Forever 就是幸福 (Now Closed 已停業)

9 Jun

DSCN1779  Together and Forever 就是幸福

Address: 忠孝東路四段553巷6弄8-1號

Hours: 12:00-~20:00/21:00

Minimum cost per person 每人最低消費: NT$50

 

Since work has been slow lately, I decided to just wander the alleys of Taipei trying to find new cat cafes, and I was lucky enough to find two! I’m writing about the best one first. At first glance, this cafe doesn’t look like much. It doesn’t have a trendy design or cute decorations. But it has four beautiful cats; good, cheap food and coffee; and the owner is very friendly. 最近我的工作比較少, 所以我去逛臺北的小巷子找有沒有新的貓咖啡館. 今天找到兩間! 我現寫最好的. 這家看起來沒有什麼特別, 沒有特別設計, 沒有可愛的裝飾. 但是有四隻很漂亮的貓! 咖啡食物好吃好喝又便宜. 還有老闆很友善.

DSCN1732 DSCN1734

The two cats above are Together and Forever, the father and mother cats. 上面兩隻叫Together和Forever, 牠們是爸爸媽媽貓. 下面是牠們的孩子, Porsche and Bicycle.

Below are their kittens, Porsche and Bicycle (the owner helped get them to pose like that):

DSCN1739The menu has the usual cafe items for about half the price of most cat cafes. I had cheesecake, which was so delicious I forgot to take a picture of it (NT$60), and an Americano (NT$50). 菜單有平常飲料甜點間餐, 多很便宜. 我吃起司蛋糕 (NT$60), 這麼好吃我忘記拍照, 喝美式咖啡. Here are more pictures of the cats:

DSCN1747 DSCN1750

DSCN1752 DSCN1756

DSCN1742It also has wi-fi and is a nice, quiet environment for reading or studying. 他們有wi-fi, 環境很適合念書.

Anhe 65 安和65

4 Jun

 DSCN1589 Anhe 65 安和65

Address: 臺北市安和路一段65號 (near Xinyi Anhe MRT)

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 週二-週日 11:00-21:00

Minimum cost per person 每人最低 : Espresso 儀式咖啡 NT$100, or you can look around the shop and gallery for free 也可以免費進入逛商品.

 

 

 

 

 

This is another cafe I found out about from this blog. This is a cat-themed shop, gallery and cafe that has one cat. It has adorable cat paintings and decorations all around. 我找到這家咖啡館在這個部落格. 這是一個貓主題商店,畫廊和咖啡館, 有一隻貓. 他們有很多可愛的裝飾.

DSCN1598 DSCN1599

DSCN1597 DSCN1608

Here’s the cat. She especially likes being petted on the head. 店員說貓特別喜歡人摸頭.

DSCN1602 DSCN1603

DSCN1600

And it’s not just a cafe; they also sell cat-themed alcohol, to drink there or in gift sets. 他們還有賣酒品.

DSCN1607 DSCN1596

DSCN1606 DSCN1605

I ordered a Neko beer (NT$180) and a jalapeno, sausage and cheese panini (NT$260). The beer is a wheat beer, brewed in Taiwan but much better than most Taiwan beers. 我點一瓶”貓啤酒”(NT$180)和一個墨西哥辣椒,香腸, 起司三明治(NT$260).

DSCN1604

DSCN1609DSCN1612I would recommend this place to anyone and definitely plan to come back. 我很推薦這家咖啡館, 我一定要常回來.