Why do humans find water so calming? So many of us want to live by a river, a lake, or the ocean.
At Topo Café, you find yourself literally surrounded by water. Fish swim through cracks in the floor, while light bulbs filled with water dangle above like rain drops frozen in time. Smooth jazz plays in the background.
Be careful though, because I’ve already seen two people step into the water. Thankfully, they didn’t kill any fish.
Teas, including Mate and “Chocolate Mint Truffle,” come at NTD$160/pot. I also recommend the roast beef sandwich with gruyere, lettuce, and lemon thyme honey mustard for NTD$220. The coffee here isn’t bad, but I don’t expect it to win any awards.
Topo Café is located near Tianmu Square, which has been an encave for expats for decades. This is where the Americans congregated, back when the American navy was stationed in Taipei. To get here, take the MRT to Shipai Station, then take the 紅19 bus to Tianmu Square.
Address: No. 7, Lane 38, Section 7, Zhōngshān North Rd, Shilin District
Tel: 02 2876 9337
Hours: Weekdays from 8:00 to 18:00 & Weekends from 9:00 to 21:00; Closed Mondays