One of the things I enjoy most about living in this city is the mixed-use development. A seemingly quiet residential neighborhood yields tons of surprises once you start exploring its lanes. T. Loafer (閑隅) is located on the ground floor of a corner apartment building near Shida and tiny (only 5.5 pings), but hard to miss. The cafe’s exterior features more than 20 window frames salvaged from demolished buildings.
T. Loafer has already been featured in a lot of magazines and newspapers (including my article for the Taipei Times) and is a popular backdrop for photographers (who can rent the entire space by the hour). It is hard to get a seat (there are only 10) on weekends, but T. Loafer still has a soothing, intimate ambiance on weekdays, just as owner Hsu Cheng-wei (徐政瑋) intended.
Hsu works as a community developer and manages a Sindian-based studio called Watch!Touch (手樸隨想) that creates accessories out of textiles colored with plant-based dyes. He opened T. Loafer partly to give independent brands a platform for their wares, including handmade ceramics, jewelry, notebooks, houseplants in small concrete planters and prints.
My favorite things include the little “woodland spirits” (which double as essential oil diffusers) by Izy’s Home (家の形), which has an immaculate, all-white store around the corner from T. Loafer.