A review of independent coffee roaster, Woolloomooloo (Fujin Branch) in Songshan District, Taipei. Notes are by an amateur coffee enthusiast and shoestring digital nomad. Descriptions are equal parts coffee and remote-work suitability. Most photos are shot with a second-hand Fujifilm X100.
Woolloomooloo shares a leafy street with a handful of upscale restaurants and lounges about 10-minutes walk from Songshan Airport in Taipei’s city centre.
The entrance is perched above a small flight of stairs camoflaged as a small gallery, office, or even residence. One has to look for white letters discretely printed on the glass doors.
Inside, it seems as if the entire neighbourhood has been crammed into a lounge studio. A large circular table faces the entrance and is flanked by a row of coffee tables and long-table. Bar benches have been set in between to maximize space as well as divide the room. I went during a weekday, but more than half the seats were taken.
The restaurant is family and dog-friendly. Though it doesn’t have plugs, visitors can ask for the Wi-fi password and hang around to work or read.
It was my second drink in just over an hour, so I ordered a piccolo latte. The drink milk was smooth and the espresso had more of a fruity / acidic profile. It was no hardship to finish.
The coffee menu is one sheet. The caffe lattes come as piccolo (mini), meno (slightly less milk), standard, and maggiore (slightly more milk). From what I recall, the drinks are served with a single-shot. I’d love to know from other visitors whether the lattes, cappuccinos and flat whites are all as distinct as they seem on the menu!
Their Story / What I like About Them:
While the setup is a bit too lively for me to work, I enjoyed the relaxed chatter all around me during lunch. The patrons gave off a great vibe and I didn’t feel out of place as the only individual there checking out the bookshelf magazines and checking messages. The staff made conversation with both newcomers with questions as well as frequent visitors who swooped in with familiar greetings.
From what I’ve heard, the place was founded by Jimmy Yang (楊啟鉉) is the Taiwanese-Australian architect who lived in Melbourne before returning to Taipei. The name Woolloomooloo is a nod to Australia, where this cafe sources its beans (Toby’s Estate). The coffee and the food is a sweet taste of home for people from abroad.
- Coffee: Espresso
- Food: Restaurant mains, desserts
- Cafe Space: Approx 20 people
- Friends: Hangouts, meal
- Workspace: Large round table, long-table, bar counter, 2-person tables
- Remote Work: Wi-Fi available, no plugs
No. 95, Fujin Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Check out other nearby cafes at my Songshan Coffee Walk post (map included)!