Ariel Café 艾莉兒咖啡
I Recommend ☆☆☆☆
Taipei cafe offering: Coffee / Tea / Western Waffles / Quiche / Pastries / Croissants / Cake
Address & Phone:
2F., No. 1, Sec. 1, Chengde Rd., Datong Dist., Taipei City 103
Phone: (02) 2552-5269
Hours: 11am - 9:30pm Daily
Last Reviewed: 21 August 2016
On the second floor in Q Square you will find this gem of a cafe with a view of a winding staircase and the floors below. They have an elegant French decor with very unique cup chandeliers. There is a 90-minute dining limit if there are people waiting to dine. You have to order a drink to dine. This is the case at many Taipei cafes, and I think it's the stupidest rule. These places should just have a minimum charge instead. However, if you tell them you'd rather order at least two food items, given they cost enough, they usually don't make you buy a drink.
I tried the Strawberry Waffles, Banana Chocolate Waffles, Wild Mushroom Quiche, Salmon Spinach Quiche, Brazilian Coffee, Iced Cafe Latte, hot Cafe Latte, Coffee and Milk Mixer, and some of their desserts.
Their food is delicious. They make the best western waffles in Taipei that I've had so far because they make them properly: fluffy and slightly crispy. All the other waffles that I've had in Taipei were dry, thick, and almost hard enough to be used as a weapon. (Update: since this review, MiaCucina became my favorite Western waffle place, and Ariel Café is now tied with Cafe Lugo in 2nd place for my favorite Western waffle.) However, they do serve the toppings on the side like all the other places, so you still have to put it on top yourself. It's still a far cry from a mouth-watering American-Danish waffle, because the toppings are far less.
Both of the quiches I tried, Salmon Spinach and Wild Mushroom, were good, but the salmon spinach was better since it had more flavor. It was a tasty mix of ingredients in a top-notch crust encasing. The two desserts that I tried were a little on the expensive side. The chocolate covered cheesecake was quality, but the caramel dessert was just OK for the price and amount. They have a bigger selection of desserts at their patisserie in the food court on level B3 in Q Square.
The international black coffee they sell from around the world was good. This is a good place to go if you like your coffee black or just like to add some half and half in your black coffee. The coffee and milk mixer was just OK, not worth the price, given its quality. The Iced Cafe Latte and hot Cafe Latte were decent. The international black coffee is definitely the best thing to drink here. If you don't care for black coffee, it's better to come hungry and order more of their really good food instead of drinking the other average, expensive drinks.
Ariel Café is a great little cafe with excellent black coffee, waffles, quiche, decor, and view. Take a break from your Q Square shopping or talk about the film you just saw at Vieshow Cinemas (located on the top floor) over some coffee, waffles, or quiche.
Vegetarian options: Waffles, Mushroom Quiche, and Desserts.
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Ariel La Patisserie Chinese review (located on B3 of Q Square)
Ariel Café 艾莉兒咖啡 Chinese review
Q Square, 2F., No. 1, Sec. 1, Chéngdé Rd, Datong Dist., Taipei City 103
Phone: (02) 2552 5269
Hours: 11AM - 9:30PM
English & Chinese menu
Credit Cards Accepted
Average Waffle price: NT$160
Drink prices range from NT$140-200 (must order one per person, unfortunately)
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.
Ariel Cafe 艾莉兒咖啡
Take a visual tour of Q Square in Taipei, thanks to William Chen. Ariel Café can be seen for a couple of seconds 1:23 into the video.
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