ueshima coffee house

a versatile japanese cafe with free wifi and great hours

Ueshima Coffee brings Japanese coffee tradition to Taipei. The all-day shop opens earlier than most cafes in the city, and serves up strong brews with simple breakfast and lunch sets (ie: a coffee drink of choice and sandwich). Ueshima lives up to its Japanese origin with the simple yet well-crafted offerings. It feels practical, but also thoughtful.

The free wifi, ample seating and lack of time limit makes it a popular spot for meetings and gatherings. The casual, counter serve format efficiently serves the endless stream of coffee drinkers and café dwellers in an accessible way while being less of a frenzy than a Starbucks or Mr. Brown. The coffee is strong, the pastries are not-too-sweet, the sandwiches are decidedly catered to the local palate. In other words, perfect for Taipei.

There are only a few scattered locations around the city, some tucked within other entities. Perhaps the most convenient one is the one that is also the hardest to provide directions to, tucked away in a corner of Taipei Main Station. A perfect stop when you get into the city, or to kill some time before a train out of the city.

the details

AddressNo. 199, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei
No. 49 Floor B1, Zhongxiao West Road Section 1, Zhongzheng District, Taipei
No. 200, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei
No. 32, Section 3, Bade Road, Songshan District, Taipei
Hours7am – 10 or 10:30p depending on location and weekday vs weekend
Price$$ – coffee drinks range from 100 – 180NT ($3-6), and sets are ~120 – 200NT ($4-7)
Aestheticwarm, wood, not overly designed modern Japanese cafe

good to know

Go here for: a morning coffee and breakfast, a business meeting, a solo work session 

Order this: iced coffee (a really strong brew served in copper so it’s extra cold) 

Amount of time to spend: 1-2 hours, sometimes it gets a little too crowded

When to come: mornings are popular but also nice because most cafes in the city aren’t yet open 

Getting here: all of the Taipei locations are easily accessible by MRT (including one inside the Taipei Main Station complex)

Other things to note: 

  • They are a part of the broader UCC umbrella brand and have various locations around Japan too, with similar menus
  • There’s also a location in Banqiao.

Last visited: October 2019

Last updated: September 2020

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