TOP FIVE BEST COFFEESHOPS ON XIAO LIUQIU ISLAND

 

Liuqiu now has a good range of options for getting a well-brewed cup of coffee in friendly and comfortable settings.

coffee machine at coral cafe

TOP FIVE BEST COFFEESHOPS ON LIUQIU…

 

There was a time not too long ago when getting a great cup of coffee on Xiao Liuqiu was a bit of a challenge. In the last few years a number of great coffeeshop options have come along, each with their own unique character and beverage options for the coffee connoisseur to explore.

One thing to add before we proceed. Please consider the fragile nature of the environment and your impact on it. Please bring your own reusable cup, where possible, when you visit these coffeeshops.

Here is my list of the five best coffee shops on Xiao Liuqiu island, in no particular order!

 

CORAL CAFE (灰窯人文咖啡)

No. 10號, Minzu Rd, Liuqiu Township, Pingtung County, 929

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I must put Coral Cafe first mainly out of respect for the fact that it was the first ‘nice’ coffeeshop on the island. I first came more than 5 years ago and it’s been here since before that so it’s definitely the ‘original’.

Located very close to the main port and Vase Rock snorkelling area, Coral Cafe is perfect for those waiting for the boat, or just arriving and needing a place to sit down and recharge.

The rather quirky owner is friendly enough and makes a half-decent coffee from a proper espresso machine. He uses Italian Illy coffee which is not often found around here. I have fond memories of Illy from my European days and it’s fine for a good espresso. Coral is also the only place on the island, as far as I know, where you can get a ‘proper’ soy latte.

Coral Cafe is spacious, with plenty of comfortable sofas and chairs, nice artwork and decorations and a lovely little outdoor space where you can enjoy southern Taiwan’s fine year-round sun and look out upon a sleepy little fisherman’s harbour.

As with all the options here, the coffee is on the more expensive end of the scale, averaging 100 – 150 TWD (3-5 USD).

There is WIFI and air conditioning here too. Opens at 11:30am. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Donny is the founder of Taiwan’s first English language freediving centre, Freedive Taiwan, and host of the
Freedive Cafe Podcast.

He has lived in Taiwan for 8 years, much of that time on Xiao Liuqiu Island.

 

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SEASIDE CAFE (西晒咖啡)

929, Pingtung County, Liuqiu Township, 觀光港路30號

 

seaside cafe

 

Seaside Cafe probably has the best coffee on the island. Owner Jason roasts his own beans and will make your coffee just the way you like it from a real espresso machine. Jason also speaks perfectly fluent English so getting your coffee just right will be no problem!

Seaside is very small, but much better now they built the outside decking which expands the seating options a lot. Seaside doesn’t have WIFI but does have air conditioning, which you will really appreciate in Taiwan’s sweltering summer.

They also have a selection of homemade cakes and deserts each day, so be sure to ask them what’s on the menu if you have a sweet tooth! Jason also sells his beans, if you’d like some great coffee to take home with you. Jason’s partner Rene also sells 海龜燒 (sea turtle pancakes), from a stall outside the cafe. These are very popular among the Taiwanese.

NOTE: They do not contain sea turtles, they are just shaped like sea turtles!

There are three more things that I must add about Jason and Seaside. First, he is also a great yoga teacher and teaches a class here at Freedive Taiwan. He can also arrange something customised for you depending on your schedule and needs.

Secondly, he is an AMAZING masseur who specialises in deep tissue massage. I am a regular customer and I can’t tell you enough how beneficial and therapeutic I find his skills, you really must check this out if you need some TLC!

Third, Jason and Rene also run a small hostel, too. So you can find out more about that when you visit them for coffee.

Coffee is in the usual 100 – 150TWD range.

Opens 11:00am, closed on Monday.

Jason on Instagram for Yoga and Massage

LIXIA HOSTEL & CAFE (立夏旅宿)

929, Pingtung County, Liuqiu Township, Benyu Rd, 189號小琉球

 

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Lixia is the new kid on the block, opening early in 2021. It is not only a cafe with great coffee from a real espresso machine, but also an absolutely beautiful hostel.

Lixia is run by Sofi, often assisted by her mother. Sofi is a local islander who speaks great English and I’m sure she’ll help you with any questions you have about coffee, or what to do with your time on the island. They have an extensive range of single origin coffee beans roasted here in Taiwan. You can even buy these special beans in the coffeeshop.

Lixia has a very beautiful interior with a unique style, very much influenced by the Malaysian and Indonesian aesthetic. It feels very ‘tropical’. It is spacious and comfortable and has great high-speed internet.

The hostel upstairs has some of the nicest beds I’ve ever seen in a hostel. The beds are about 800 TWD per night and it’s worth paying the little bit extra for the comfort and privacy you get. 

Coffee is in the usual 100 – 150TWD range.

Opens at 9:00am, closed on Wednesday.

Lixia on Instagram

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COFFEE ‘N FINS (潛水咖啡)

No. 7-7號, Minquan Rd, Liuqiu Township, Pingtung County, 929

 

coffee 'n fins

 

Coffee and Fins is an intimate little spot where the diving-crazy owners focus on pour-over and drip coffees, if that’s your thing. For those of us who need a bit more of a bite to their coffee they can make you a nice French Press, too.

There’s not a huge amount of space inside but there is a nice outside area where you can plant yourself for a while. This is a friendly and interesting place to check out for a coffee while you’re here. Very colourful and unique for Xiao Liuiqiu.

Opens at 10:00am

Coffee ‘N Fins on Instagram

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coffee 'n fins

MANBAN (慢板咖啡)

No. 112-2號, Benyu Rd, Liuqiu Township, Pingtung County, 929

 

manban

 

Manban is the most ‘local’ of the options here, and the oldest spot on the list. It’s really just a store front with a couple of tables outside but it does have a few things going for it. It’s been around a long time, too, so we should give it a shout out for that.

First of all, it has a real espresso machine, but the quality of the coffee is way more … average, let’s say, than you will get in the other places. However, the price is right, at only 75 TWD (2.70 USD) for a caffe latte. They are still using the absolutely ridiculous polystyrene cups for their take-aways, so please ask for their sit-in cups, or even better, and this applies to all the coffeeshops, bring your own cup.

But the best thing about Manban is that it’s the only coffeeshop on this list that opens (in my opinion, of course) at a reasonable time for a coffeeshop! Manban is open at 7:30am, which means it’s a great option for getting your caffeine hit after you wake up. 

Manban also has large selection of other beverages.

Opens at 7:30am, most affordable option on the list.

manban
manban

HONOROUBLE MENTION – FREEDIVE TAIWAN

No. 826-9, 相埔段, Liuqiu Township, Pingtung County, 929

 

manban

 

I would also like to add that if you like moka pot coffee, and like it thick and strong and black, like the Devil’s semen, then we will brew you a mean coffee!

We have a selection of international coffees at the shop and there’s lots of space to sit and chill while taking a break from the sun.

You are welcome to use the WIFI, bathroom and shower facilities and reset before moving on to the next spot!

Your very own Moka Pot for 100 TWD!

Freedive Taiwan on Instagram

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CONCLUSION

 

So that’s the list of my favourite coffee spots on Xiao Liuqiu island.

There are a few other coffee options on the island but they didn’t make the list, either because the coffee or ambience isn’t personally pleasing to me, or the opening hours are not convenient .. or even logical. But everyone to their own!

Let me know what you think about the list and what your favourite coffee stops are on the island, perhaps you’ve discovered a hidden gem?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Donny is the founder of Taiwan’s first English language freediving centre, Freedive Taiwan, and host of the
Freedive Cafe Podcast.

He has lived in Taiwan for 8 years, much of that time on Xiao Liuqiu Island.

 

FREEDIVING COURSES AT FREEDIVE TAIWAN

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