A review of cafe Cafe Macho in Da’An 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. This is part of my Taipei Coffee Walk: NTU, Zhongzheng, Da’An Districts.

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A plump cappuccino  Photo by Athena Lam

Cafe Overview:

I dropped by Cafe Macho on an afternoon when the sky was brooding and sputtering during a walk around the university area. The lanes between National Taiwan University (NTU) and Shifan University (Shida) have an endless selection of lounges, cafes, tiny restaurants, small shops, and galleries. Some, like Picnic, have been around for over a decade while new ones come and go.

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Cafe Macho is just behind Guting Station — Photo by Athena Lam

Cafe Macho was one of those places that have stuck around as a haven for students, artists, and political renegades. I came here at the recommendation of another coffee friend.

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This independent cafe used to be closer to Shifan University — Photo by Athena Lam

Being in the NTU area, the cafe is like many of its competitors: set up to host students for hours. This means it’s perfect for remote work with individual plugs at the counter seats and under the group tables. Needless to say, Wi-Fi is also free. Though the cafe only opens at noon, if you drop by before 3pm, there should be no problem getting a seat.

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The cafe has plugs and Wi-Fi and is a student haven — Photo by Athena Lam

I ordered a cappuccino, as this was my second coffee of the day before I’ve even had lunch. The drink is alright and decent enough as a parking fee for a few hours. I’m not sure what beans they use, but coffee isn’t the only thing they serve. The cafe is more famous as a bar and night hang-out, with events like live performances.

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Cafe Macho’s Menu — Photo by Athena Lam

Their Story / What I like About Them:

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Barista-bartenders — Photo by Athena Lam

Some people may be more familiar with Cafe Macho’s predecessor, More Relax 多鬆咖啡啡, which was originally closer to Shifan University (Shida for short). It was one of those renegade hangouts that allowed smoking and hosted an animated bunch of patrons. Unfortunately, the local residents above weren’t as appreciative of the late-night energy More Relax and its neighbouring bars drew, so they were all eventually forced out.

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Retro-style furniture to go with the underground ambiance — Photo by Athena Lam

Cafe Macho was founded by one of the staff at More Relax to preserve the same artistic and student-friendly hub. You’ll find nostalgic manga collections on the small shelf, flyers at the patio entrance, and plenty of posters. The cafe is also proudly political with a small sign in support of same-sex marriage.

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The outside patio is covered with a clear skylight panel — Photo by Athena Lam

Good For:

  • Coffee: Espresso
  • Food: Restaurant mains, desserts
  • Cafe Space: Approx 20 people (including the outside patio)
  • Friends: Hangouts, manga reading
  • Workspace: Bar counter with plugs, 4-person group tables, work station counters, outside patio seats, and I think a downstairs
  • Remote Work: Wi-Fi available, plugs available
Address:  台北市中正區晉江街10號
No. 10, Jinjiang St, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Website:   Facebook page
Hours:  Daily 12:00-00:00

If you liked this post, check out the other cafes in my Taipei Coffee Walk: NTU, Zhongzheng and Da’an Districts!

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