a pretty patisserie hidden in plain sight

Despite its prime location right off the touristy Yong Kang Street, Orchard is easy to miss. The minimal and modern grey storefront blends in with its surroundings, save for the glint of the metallic signage and the soft warm light coming through. While most flock to the shaved ice shops to fulfill sweet cravings, the real gem for dessert is at Orchard. The bakery specializes in refined cakes and cookies and jams tailored for the Taiwanese palate. Not to sweet, delicate flavors of teas and fruits and sesame and chocolate neatly packaged up into enticing forms. Their financiers and tea cakes (by the slice) are individually packaged for snacking. Cookies are in portable and giftable containers, and their tarts and cakes are ready for a close up.

It’s an unexpected kind of bakery, namely in that bread and pastries are nowhere to be found. Rather, the French patisserie traditions are given a vaguely Taiwanese Japanese makeover in form and flavor. Whether you’re here for an “afternoon tea” after beef noodle soup, or looking to grab a little treat for sharing (you know you can’t show up empty handed), Orchard is the place to be.

the details

Address No. 10, Lane 31, Yongkang Street, Da’an District, Taipei City
Website https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Dessert-Shop/Orchard-Taipei-110201580359190/
Instagram @orchardtaipei
Hours 13:00-21:00 every day
Price $$ – individually packaged cakes and cookies are 30-40NT (~$1), fresh cakes and tarts from the refrigerated case are 150-200NT ($5-6), drinks are 80-100NT (~$3)
Aesthetic minimal, contemporary

good to know

Go here for: desserts and giftable treats

Order this: pretty much anything from their patisserie and cake selection (varies seasonally, but if they have the Ceylon Tea Chocolate get that), also their sablés (might I suggest the cappuccino flavored ones?) and nuts tart (if you like macadamia nuts, get that). If you’re looking to gift, they have packaged cookies, small seasonal jams, and even a pretty variety box of miniature cookies.

Amount of time to spend: 10-15 minutes to grab things to go, unless you plan to eat there

When to come: afternoon, mostly because later in the evening their cake selection becomes limited

Getting here: Take the red or yellow line to Dongmen station and use exit 5, follow the crowd into Yong Kang street and the bakery is at the far end of the small park.

Other things to note: 

  • If you dine in, they serve complimentary tea with the desserts. There is a minimum order of 110 NT per person. 
  • If you order a cake, you get 20NT off your drink. They have coffee and tea.

Last visited: August 2021

Last updated: August 2021

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