There are an incredible number of things Taiwan does right and well. Cafes, my friends, Taiwan does incredibly well. You'll find one in nearly every and any neighborhood you meander into and they will most likely impress you. But this one, Ancre Cafe, will remain a special favorite of mine for many years to come.
What I ask of cafes has changed over the years. During high school, I was just happy to get out of the house and find places where gobs of our friends could conquer tables. During college, well, two words really: wifi + outlets. And then we come to cafes in LA: so where are your beans from? Do you guys validate parking? Omg free parking?! Gotta check in on foursquare! Just saw Diane Keaton, sweet! Omg my 8 dollar coffee makes me want to cry! Whoa, everyone's got a macbook here. Whoa, everyone's working on a script here. #lacafes
Ancre Cafe, this is my love letter to you, you two floors of sun drenched perfection. Your unbeatable location in the Danshui harbor, smiled head to toe at our curious faces; I knew then we would be friends forever. I've yet to meet the mother and daughters who share you with the world (next time!) but thank you for slowing time down. Thank you for letting us listen in on your most coveted soundtrack, the one where the ocean laps warmly at your door.
Our friend Vincent told us the family that runs Ancre are some of the most content people he's ever met. They love being open, seeing new faces and serving food, drinks to whoever comes through their doors. This was the sort of place that sat me down and asked, "Are you happy today? Right now? If this is where you sat and looked out of every morning, would you say your life was well?" My answer, an uninhibited yes. I'd be lying if I didn't say I dream of opening a cafe someday.
Man, that sunset.
Huge thanks to Vincent for pointing us to this gem. You are, in our books, the official Curator of all things visionary in Taiwan.
Pics by: yours truly & @mybrotherray
Ancre Cafe: No. 233, Zhōngzhèng Rd, Danshui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 251