One afternoon we went to this tiny little cafe near the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall MRT station called ‘San Kwai Tang’ (三槐堂). It’s tucked away in an alley on Roosevelt Road, so inconspicuous that you’d never notice it unless you knew it was one of the most popular places for coffee and cheese cake in all of Taipei.
The cafe itself is neatly decorated with only a few tables for guests. There is a cool bar with jars and jars of cookies, walls adorned with clippings and chic decorations and artworks.
For afternoon tea we ordered their famous cheesecake (NT$70), an assortment of cookies (NT$50) and a tea or two (their coffees are very popular but we’ll have to try them another time).
The cheesecakes are freshly made on premises and very eater-friendly — creamy but not too creamy, a little sweet, a little sour, and the base is a perfect biscuit. The blueberry jam on top is a wonderful complement.
The four cookies we got (in a set) were also excellent — crispy and flavoursome without being too sweet. No wonder people often come in to order them by the dozens.
In all, a very satisfying and enjoyable afternoon tea. I’d definitely recommend it to those in search of a good cheese cake or gourmet coffee. Check it out if you are in the area or need to rest your legs after a long walk around Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.
San Kwai Tang (三槐堂)
Phone: (02) 2321 3429
Address: No. 2, Lane 72, Section 1, Roosevelt Road, Taipei
Nearest MRT Station: Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (Exit 2 — just walk straight along Roosevelt Road and it’s one of the small lanes on the right about 5 minutes away)
Opening Hours: 12pm-10pm