I know what you’re thinking. You’re halfway around the world in Taipei, a city full of things to eat. Why should you go to an American-style bakery? Well, let me tell you, Heritage is a local favorite for a reason. The bakery was opened by a woman who lived in the Bay Area for some time, long enough to crave American baked goods and use it as inspiration to bring a little western flair to the Taipei bakery scene.
The space itself captures the history, the heritage, if you will, of the building, which has been in the family since 1951. The exposed original brick walls are complemented with industrial details that make it feel deliberately western cool (I mean, even the typography of the logo feels very familiar to hipster cafés on the west coast), yet somehow seamless with the bones of the building. The food parallels the space, taking a combination of imported ingredients and using it as a base to highlight seasonal local flavors, applying American and European techniques to create beautiful pastries that respect tradition while doing a damn good marriage of modern culinary fusions.
Go here for: a leisurely coffee break, or to pick up some treats to go
Order this: guava cake (or anything featuring seasonal Taiwanese fruit), cinnamon roll for those really missing American baked goods
Amount of time to spend: perfect for spending a couple hours catching up with a friend or catching up with work, also great for grabbing goodies to go
When to come: weekdays are generally more chill, but any time is a good time for coffee and cake
Getting here: it’s a short 5-7 min walk from both Taipei Main Station (red, blue – use exit Z10) and Ximen Station (blue, green – use exit 5)
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Last visited: October 2018
Last updated: July 2020