Burgers, Waffles, and Beer at North Italy Ratting Coffee

North Italy Ratting Coffee

Tucked away on a quiet side street in Zhongzheng District, a 10-minute walk from Xiaonanmen Station, is a cafe to satisfy your cravings.

North Italy Ratting Coffee (北義極品咖啡館) is an open space full of kitschy antiques that no one wants anymore, like a rotary phone and TV from the 1970s, which gives the cafe an artsy atmosphere. It’s a friendly cafe to chat with friends or bring a date; there’s even some outdoor seats to enjoy the cooler evenings.

Matcha waffles with red bean
Matcha waffles with red bean

It’s a comfortable cafe to enjoy an afternoon coffee or tea or even dinner and dessert. Their English and Chinese menu offers a variety of burgers, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and waffles at reasonable prices. Almost everything on the menu is under NT$300, and most meals are close to NT$200. Waffles are all under NT$120-160.

Bacon and salmon pasta with a cream sauce
Bacon and salmon pasta with a cream sauce

If you want to sit around and enjoy a beer, North Italy Ratting Coffee offers eight beers on draught and a wide variety in bottles. Only some of the bottles are in the fridge and you have to ask for prices–they can range from NT$110 to $500+. The selection changes, so you can return to see what beers are new. They usually have a large selection of Mikkeller beers, though they sold out of the Beer Geek series, as well as some local craft beer like Sambar Brewing out of Hsinchu.

Only a portion of the beer selection at North Italy Ratting Coffee
Only a portion of the beer selection at North Italy Ratting Coffee

If you’re just stopping in for a beer, there’s a NT$50 charge. You can, however, get beer for takeout, which is better if the bottle you want isn’t already in the fridge.

If you need help choosing a beer, the friendly staff will suggest a few for you–you just have to tell them the type of beer your in the mood for.

Address: No. 20, Lane 75, Section 2, Zhonghua Rd. (map)
Phone: (02)2311-7318
Open: 8:00-23:00 (kitchen closes at 22:00)

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