There has been an increasing number of hipster coffee shops in Taiwan in recent years, with various specialty cafes popping up in every corner of the island.
If you are a coffee lover, you can’t miss the “Yamato Cafe” located in Pingtung County, the most southern part of Taiwan.
The coffee shop is one of the must-visit places with its greenery dotted on the historical facade.
Sitting next to an ancient Japanese railway station, Zhutian, the cafe was once a rice mill. It was named “Yamato” — the old name of Zhutian township in the Japanese language.
To breathe new life into the 80-year-old building, “Studio APL,” a local interior design company, successfully transformed the old open-air barn into a lush, fashionable coffee shop that welcomes thousands of tourists every year.
The coffee shop is featured on the website of the international design magazine “designboom,” giving global exposure to this one-of-a-kind design.
Then, you must be wondering how did the team do the transformation?
The exterior of the cafe is based on the old warehouse’s walls which make it not very obvious when you pass by. When you push open the door carved with the number 1942 and enter, however, you will see the counter and baking kitchen with plants basking in the sun.