I Recommend ☆☆☆☆
Taipei cafe offering: Espresso Based Coffee / Drip Coffee / Iced Blended Coffee / Smoothies / Ice Cream Waffles / Savory Waffles / Ice Cream / Waffle Sundaes / Salad / Snacks / Tea
No. 219, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City 106
Phone: (02) 7716-3937
Hours: Sun - Thu: 8am - 11pm, Fri & Sat: 8am - 11:30pm
Last Reviewed: 1 February 2017
Cafe Lugo is a Korean cafe that has some of the best Western-style waffles in Taipei (Mia Cucina is the only other place I know). Their waffles are normal, not rock-hard Taiwanese waffles, and they come with enough toppings to cover the whole waffle, ensuring that every bite is satisfying. Their smoothies are also a main reason to visit Lugo; they're thick enough and flavorful without being too sweet. After their name, "Cafe Lugo," their logo reads: "Cake & Waffles." As I've stated, the waffles are delicious, but the cakes are the basic cakes that one can find at coffee shops and cafes throughout Taipei that are insourced by outside companies that make average cakes -- no need to buy them.
Their coffee, which is the main item of Cafe Lugo, like most cafes, isn't great like at Wilbeck or Cama, but it's acceptable. I'm a coffee connoisseur, so I'm a little picky about my coffee, but I realize there is some room for preference when it comes to coffee. I found Cafe Lugo's coffee to be overpriced for what it was, but since their decor, seating areas, and atmosphere are all great, you could say you're paying extra for the space, and it's an expensive rented space at that, being that it's situated downtown on Zhongxiao East Road (忠孝東路). The only detraction about the atmosphere is the bad Korean music -- in my opinion -- that is played a bit too loud. The location near Zhongxiao Dunhua MRT Station (忠孝敦化站) exit #2 has the biggest and best seating area of all their locations. It's often filled with chatting patrons due to its prime downtown location and nice two-floored seating areas. The Taipei 101 location is very small, and I've never been to the Hsinchu location (but there is a link to Penny's House's review of that location in the map section below).
They have some other menu items like panini, burgers, salad, and snacks. Since it's a Korean cafe, I was surprised that their burgers were good. [UPDATE: They don't have burgers and sandwiches anymore] They were definitely Koreanized, but in a satisfying way. I'm not saying their burgers are fabulous or worth venturing to Cafe Lugo solely for, I'm just saying that if you find yourself there or in the area, you may find them satisfying, or even more so depending on your tastes. I found that the seasoned, non-sweet mayonnaise they used as a sauce on both their chicken and beef burgers was delicious. However, some people, especially Taiwanese, may find their burgers completely delicious; this is one of those things that boils down to preference. I know their will be some Americans that would complain about their burgers because they can get uptight about how it's suppose to be done, but the culinary-adventurous Americans will most likely enjoy them -- it will depend a lot on their preference of burger sauce. You can read more about each burger in the picture section below after clicking on each individual picture, as always.
Vegetarian options: Waffles & Ice Cream Waffles (NT$180-240), Waffle Sundaes (NT$180), Smoothies (NT$115-130), Banana Panino (NT$110), and Coffee of course (NT$75-145)
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At the time of thise update (9/27/2017), this Cafe Lugo location in Hsinchu is the only location left in Taiwan.
SOGO Big City, 3F., No. 229, Zhongyang Rd., East Dist., Hsinchu City 300
Phone: (03) 620-0117
Hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 9:30pm
Fri & Sat: 11am - 10pm
Chinese & English Menu
No Stupid 10% Service Charge
Credit Cards Accepted
Reservations Not Accepted
Penny's House's Hsinchu Cafe Lugo review
Click on the link below for their Google Map page for the street view and/or other visitor's photos. Afterwards, you can click the dedicated back button on Google Maps to view the destination on a full-screened Google Map for directions.
LOOKin takes you through some of the decor of Cafe Lugo's Zhongxiao Dunhua location and introduces the best menu items.
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