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Different health ordinances and cultural standards for public hygiene allow for animals in Taiwanese cafes. I’ve run into enough cafe dogs (and cats!) for a series of Taipei cafe pet sightings. I’ll roll them out as time permits.

20130923 Cafe dog is watching you.

Meet the two cafe dogs at 4 a.m. Cafe. Oreo is black and white.

20130923 Oreo

And Yang Meimei 羊妹妹, or Miss Lamb, is the one with ticking.

20130923 Miss Lamb 羊妹妹

Their black heads don’t make them very easy to photograph, especially at night, which is when they usually seem to make the rounds (or maybe that’s just me).

20130914 Oreo and Miss Lamb want what you're having

They’re especially responsive to the rustle of food wrappers.

4 a.m. Cafe is named such because of its unusual hours. It’s open seven days a week from 2 p.m. until… yup. Caffeinated bedtime!

Night owls who can’t drift their way to slumberland on a raft of espresso can partake of tea, or Belgian and local bottled beers instead. They’re not cheap, but it’s not a terrible option when bars are not your scene, everything else is closed, and you want something to ease the thought of going home to an empty apartment.

They also feed and shelter (outside) a very affectionate stray kitty who has been TNR’ed and allowed to linger.


I only wish the dogs were more affectionate or as curious about me as I am about them. Maybe that’s just because I haven’t ordered any food yet. House-made raw chocolate, cookies, pretzels, nuts, and simple dishes like pizza, lasagna, and sausages are on the menu. They don’t seem uptight about people bringing in outside snacks, but it’d be cool to order from them. They work long hours, after all. Might as well make it worth their while.

4 a.m. Cafe
Guangfu South Road Lane 308 No. 38 光復南路308巷38號 [map]
Daan District, Taipei City 大安區,台北市

Nearest MRT: Sun Yatsen Memorial Hall Station 國父記念館
Nearest Bus Stop: Ren’ai Yanji Street Intersection 仁愛延吉街口

Hours: Open seven days a week, 2 p.m. ~ 4 a.m.
Wireless: Yes, free
Electrical outlets: Plenty, with extension cords
Smoking area: Outside
Atmosphere: Good music, laid-back atmosphere, hard plastic seats and somewhat dingy surfaces, sort of like a college cafeteria instead of home, but friendly enough