// TAIPEI 台北 // ZHONG ZHENG 中正 // 

heritage bakery & cafe

an american style bakery that does taiwan justice

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.

the details

AddressNo. 73之2號, Section 1, Hankou St, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City
Hours10:30-20:00 every day 
Price$$ – drinks are ~120-180NT (~$4-6), cakes and pastries are ~150-250NT (~$5-9)
Aestheticfarmhouse industrial, in a hipster way

good to know

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)

Other things to note: 

  • They do offer free wifi, and have ample seating upstairs for working, and outlets too.
  • Their menu has English too, so it’s tourist and expat friendly.
  • They do enforce a 90 minute time limit on the weekends.

Last visited: October 2018

Last updated: July 2020

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