The Epitome of Instagram-worthy: Drunk Café

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After a meticulous search across the worldwide web, Wendy came up with this gorgeous location. My phone vibrated continuously as the pictures came in; it looked perfect!
“Wonderful! See you on Sunday!!” I typed back.

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Sunday night and I was the first to arrive. The café was gorgeous with its fairy lights hanging from the black ceiling like a thousand stars, throw pillows adorning every sofa and armchair. The feathered ceiling lamps were like something from an interior design magazine and the whole effect was completed with neon signs.

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I was rather surprised that the place seemed much smaller than in the pictures but it turned out that half the café was closed due to renovations…

The food is standard with prices that are quite affordable (NT$320 for the spaghetti, NT$200 for a glass of white wine) but I’m sure the majority of clients come back mainly for the decor and perhaps the cocktails on their lengthy and impressive list but I have yet to try those.

All in all, it is the perfect place to catch up with the girls over a drink and to take a few (or a couple) Instagram photos. Wink*
Sadly, I wouldn’t recommend Drunk Café for dinner as the tables are quite low which makes it impractical for eating but mainly because it really is more of a beverages and snacks establishment than a proper, full-on restaurant.

Regardless, it is definitely worth a visit.

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Drunk Café
Address: No. 9, Lane 116, Guangfu South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106
Telephone: 02 2731 8787

 

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Hidden Retreat In The Heart Of Paris

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Firstly, who would have ever thought that such a charming, exotic yet peaceful place could exist smack-bang in the middle of Paris?

And yet it does.

In the form of the Muslim Institute of the Great Mosque of Paris.

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This is definitely not your typical Haussmann building but a dazzling work of Moorish style architecture built by 450 North African craftsmen and artists. The intricacy of the mosaic that covers almost every wall is insane as well as the vibrancy of the colours!

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The Great Mosque is made up of:

  1. The Court of Honour
  2. The Great Patio
  3. The Prayer Room
  4. The Minbar
  5. Le Minaret
  6. The Library
  7. The Hall of Honour

The star of the show is, of course, the Court of Honour (the gardens) with luxurious fountains, pools and the gorgeous turquoise tiled floors give the impression of walking on water.

Entrance fee is at 3 euros per person and the mosque is open every day from 9:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00 except on Fridays and Muslim holidays. For futher information, feel free to consult their website!

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The cafe just next door is a lovely way to finish off the afternoon with a glass of hot mint tea at just 2 euros each! Please note that no alcohol is served at this establishment which doesn’t take away from the fun whatsoever! The terrace is aesthetically pleasing and calm yet “hidden” in a sense, giving the place an air of intimacy.

What did kill the good vibes a little was perhaps the waiter who was grumpy and not at all helpful but maybe we just caught him on an off day!

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Wengu Cafe

Tiny raindrops start falling from the heavens and get progressively larger with each step that I take towards the cafe. A few moments after being greeted and seated by the waiter, the skies open up completely to release a tremendous thunderstorm it had been holding in for days.

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I had walked past this cafe several times while wandering Dong Qu (the Eastern District or the East Side of Taipei; popular for its clubs, bars, cafes, restaurants and boutiques.) What personally attracted me to this cafe were the hammock chairs hanging from the ceiling. I’m sure it was the case for most passers-by! Several months after the first sighting, I was finally here for a coffee date with a girl friend. Wengu cafe is a cosy spot, also perfect for studying as the music is soft and not intrusive. You are allowed to sit for as long as you want which is somewhat of a rare phenomenon in Taipei since many cafes and restaurants tend to have a 1.5 hour time limit. The service is fast and friendly!

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Address: No. 16, Lane 160, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City

Food & Drinks: 9/10

Service: 9/10

Environment: 10/10

Pricing: 9/10

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OVERALL: 9.25/10

 

I ordered a coffee latte and my friend had a blueberry dream from their “Pot Plant” series. As I had recently gotten my wisdom teeth removed, I couldn’t opt for any of their cold drinks and only had the tiniest taste of the blueberry drink but it was delicious! The coffee latte was pleasing and the taste, smooth. 

My friend ordered banana chocolate waffles with cream and ice-cream. It looked absolutely divine but I only had a tid bit as well. From what I could tell, the waffles were soft and fluffy! She finished everything so that’s two thumbs up from her.

As for the french fries, we ordered some to nibble on. The sauce was so good that I had to ask the waiter what it was. Apparently, it was a homemade Caesar salad sauce that made ALL the difference!

N.B.: Wengu Cafe has a minimum charge of one drink per person. Their drinks average
around NTD130-NTD160.

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