Fong Da Coffee

Cafe in Ximending & Wanhua

One of Taipei's original coffee shops, Fong Da dates from 1956 and still uses some of the original equipment. Service is brusque – this is a taste of old Taipei after all, and coffees are strong, hot and bitter. It's a nice slice of history, very different from Taiwan's contemporary coffee-culture experience.

If Fong Da is full – which it often is – there's another old-style coffeehouse a few doors down.