When the tiny alleys of Ximending (has anyone else ever wondered why the entire name of the place is a word) could no longer provide us with a shelter from the cold, we made our way to this adorable cafe that Selina has recommended, to rest our soggy feet and overworked brollies.
Somebody Cafe, not to be mistaken with Someday Cafe (my version), is located on the second floor of Tattoo Street. It is well hidden but if you let your strange curiosity lead you, it is definitely hard to miss the flight of stairs with strange doodles paving your way to a playground of light and shadows.
It is easy to forget that you are sitting in the tackiest part in town, while listening to the raindrops tap to a cheerful rhythm, and you subconsciously do a little dance with your fingers. This place is just perfect for a cup of warm coffee, you would even close an eye on the cafe serving (microwaved) frozen waffles and then head back to the streets to fill your belly.
The cafe also houses a boutique at a tiny corner, where goods designed by 26 creative (design studio) are being sold so that visitors can bring home a piece of the experience to share. What I love most about their artwork is the boldness of the lines, how a playful personality can be built upon these intricate layers. The style is simple, yet versatile at the same time. The quirky expressions make you feel like you have wandered into a strange land, one that you would explore in child-like demeanor.
This place is definitely unique, and uplifting like the cafe slogan.
Somebody Cafe / 台北市萬華區西寧南路131號2、3樓 (02)2311-2371
"You'll be somebody someday, even if you're nobody right now."