Pica Pica is the kind of place you don’t plan to go to when you’re on a holiday. It’s more like the type of place you stumble upon as you wander the streets of Taipei’s Da’an district, home to university students and the down-to-earth type of cool that just seem to have.
Pica Pica is exactly the type of place an undergrad would go to. It’s a place to sit and do some work, maybe hang out with friends and chat a bit over some (really good) coffee. The low ceiling and warm lighting make the place feel cozy. When it’s cold, this is the perfect place to go and hideaway with a cup of coffee in hand.
I really like how the ambiance of the place helps to get people closer. Besides the bar counter, they’ve got tables set aside for small groups of friends to bond over coffee.
The menu is full of pastries and breads that go along with the coffee. Unlike Picnic, its sister cafe also located in Taipei, Pica Pica is a place you go for treats like cinnamon rolls and toast with organic jam.
The Caramel Cinnamon Roll is their most popular item on the menu, and it’s hard to ignore. It’s served warm, so the creamy sweetness you get on your first bite into this soft roll is accentuated with the fragrance of cinnamon. It’s the kind of comfort food that goes perfectly with coffee on a rainy day.
The toast I had also deserves a special mention. It comes with fresh butter, and an organic strawberry jam that was made in-house! We rarely get such wholesome food in Singapore, so this was a real treat for me.
Speaking of coffee, I’ll have to be honest and say that both the Cappuccino and Espresso here were nothing to shout about. It’s serviceable, but that’s all you need when you’re chowing down on a fresh cinnamon roll in a cozy environment. Special mention for the level of cuteness their coffee cups possess!
Great for a Lazy Taipei Afternoon
Pica Pica is a great place for a quiet Taipei afternoon, and you can even follow that up with a walk through Shida Night Market, an exciting youth fashion and food hub just 10 minutes walk from the cafe. I walked from Pica Pica, through the Night Market, and ended up at the famous Yong Kang Beef Noodle Shop. How was dinner? Well, you’ll find out soon enough!
Address: No. 74, Lane 269, Section 3, Roosevelt Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
- Monday – Sunday: 1pm – 10.30pm