I accidentally stumbled across Hatake Mame Hico Taipei while searching for it’s sister cafe, Cafe Mame Hico Shibuya which is actually located just around the corner.
While Cafe Mame Hico Shibuya is very much a cafe heavily influenced by Western aesthetics, Hatake Mame Hico Taipei on the other hand is inspired by both Japanese and Chinese cultures with a little quirky modern twist.
The entire space is very warm and intimate and made all the more intriguing due to the design choice of hanging completely naked light bulbs from the ceiling which create an almost magical atmosphere.
Be careful though as some of these bulbs hang at head level and could also easily become a distraction for any children present.
There is a huge selection of Japanese and Chinese dishes on offer as well as a good selection of coffees, teas and alcoholic beverages.
The entire menu is in fairly advanced Japanese though so be prepared to put your language skills to the test or bring a Japanese speaking friend with you.
The prices vary greatly depending on how adventurous you feel with desserts falling within the 1000 yen range and full meals starting at around 1200 yen.
Train Line: Yamanote, Ginza, Fukutoshin, Denentoshin and Hanzomon Lines.
Features: 100% no smoking
Menu Language: Japanese
Hours: 11:30am – 11pm
Address: 〒150-0042 東京都渋谷区宇田川町38-1 小林ビル３Ｆ
3F Kobayashi Building, 38-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0042
Phone Number: 03-3780-0045
Website: www.mamehico.com (Japanese)
Map: View on GoogleMaps
Directions: Take the famous Hachiko Exit from Shibuya Station and cross the Shibuya Crossing to the Starbucks / Tsutaya building. Walk up the road so that Starbucks and Tsutaya are on your left. When you get to the first traffic lights, turn left. You should now be on a busy road called Inokashira Dori. Walk down this road for a minute until it forks. Walk up the right side road and then turn down the third street on your left (you should see a Lawson convenience store). Hatake Mame Hico Taipei is on the third floor of a building at the end of this short street. Look for the red Chinese lanterns.