// TAIPEI 台北 // DA AN 大安 // 

cafe de riz

a cozy rice-forward cafe concept

Update: Cafe de Riz is now closed.

Cafe de Riz is a serene little nook hidden in the alleys of Da An that specializes in rice. Usually, rice is never the star of the show, but here, everything is built around highlighting and appreciating the quality of locally-grown and Japanese rice. Here, they treat beautifully packaged rice blends as a coffee roaster would treat beautifully packaged coffee blends.

The concept is part restaurant, part retail. They have a few seats for dining in, and they also sell rice and other merchandise both in-store and online. It’s set up like a café, with set meals and a la carte options for both rice-based foods as well as coffee and tea drinks. It caters to a certain clientele, a certain aesthetic, and everything is beautifully presented. The onigiri are served on bamboo leaves, and drinks come on wooden coasters. You can purchase gift sets of a package of rice and a nice canvas tote.

We like cafes, we like rice. This place is perfection. It’s simple food that stays true to its roots, but elevated in a beautiful way. They’re committed to quality and always featuring seasonal ingredients to curate the best of local flavors to each plate, whether that’s rice based mains or delightfully petite dessert.

the details

AddressNo. 34號, Lane 78, Section 1, Anhe Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City
Hours09:00 – 20:30 every day
Price$$ – sets start at 180NT (~$6) for vegetarian onigiri and sides, and 330NT (~$11) for that plus a meat main, coffee is 120-180NT ~$4-6
Aestheticsimple life, homey warm minimalist… just like rice

good to know

Go here for: a peaceful breakfast, or a beautiful low key afternoon tea

Order this: the onigiri set, which changes seasonally, but is always guaranteed to be as photogenic as it is delicious; or if you’re here for breakfast, the breakfast onigiri set (~200NT or $6 including coffee)

Amount of time to spend: maybe an hour or two for a leisurely meal

When to come: mornings tend to be less busy, especially on weekdays

Getting here: the closest station is Xinyi Anhe (red line), use exit 1

Other things to note: 

  • They are always posting seasonal and limited edition rice-based specials on their Instagram (ie: holiday bites like mini zongzi for the dragon boat festival and tangyuan for the lantern festival).
  • They also are great for pretty little bentos to go, a little more Japanese-y than the traditional Taiwanese bentos.
  • There is a minimum order of 1 drink per person for dining in.

Last visited: April 2019

Last updated: August 2020

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