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Narrow Door Cafe

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F2, No.67,Nanmen Road,Zhongxi District, Tainan, Taiwan
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10:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Mon - Wed 10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sun 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Seating

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    3 of 5 stars
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Unique Cafe in Tainan

I was visiting my friends in Tainan for a few days and they took me here. The atmosphere was interesting and a nice respite from the late summer heat. Enjoyed the drinks, but they were costly. The owner does speak English. Made ordering drinks easy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
Erik J
Kobe, Japan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well the venue is charming but the service is very slow, the prices are pretty high for Tainan and they have a weird and unnecessary minimum spend. They are trading on the name and venue alone I'm afraid. Take your photo outside and then walk on!

Thank markpilks
Kobe, Japan
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

I was visiting my friends in Tainan for a few days and they took me here. The atmosphere was interesting and a nice respite from the late summer heat. Enjoyed the drinks, but they were costly. The owner does speak English. Made ordering drinks easy.

Thank Erik J
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149 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

My hot kumquat tea was good, not better than in other shops, but definitely you don't go to this kind of places to find better-than-average food or drinks. The environment is cozy, welcoming, with beautiful view over the grounds of the Confucius Temple just beyond Nan-Men Road. Just relax and enjoy the feeling of the place, that's all about it,... More 

Thank Giulio1412
Manila, Philippines
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115 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

You cannot stay inside this cafe and just take pictures. You have to buy something for you to stay. Wi-fi signal is good. If you are in Tainan, might as well try this one of a kind cafe. Finding the exact address of this place is half the battle. Good luck

Thank mervinmer
Perth, Australia
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The main appeal of this cafe is the narrow alley you have to walk through to get to its' entrance. From there, you walk up a flight of slightly wider stairs to a spacious room with rustic decor. And that's where the appeal ends. The drinks were costly for Taiwanese standards and tasted pretty average. I had a coffee and... More 

Thank Jay T
Tainan, Taiwan
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The interior decoration is beautiful. However, a cafe's reputation stands and falls on the quality of its drinks, and that's where Narrow Door Cafe falls down. The tea is much more expensive than other places, and for that price, I would have expected something special. However, what we received was basically pretty insipid, with hardly any flavour. The cafe is... More 

1 Thank greenalien
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

If you're a tourist and want a nice picture of an interesting door and to sit in a nice looking cafe, come here it looks cool . That said, everything about the food and drink is average, with a high price tag .

Thank Matt P
New York City, New York
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

The decoration and atmosphere is amazing. I had Earl Grey tea and mini almond pound cake and they were delicious. The price is very reasonable. I was born in Tainan and have been living in New York City for 30 years. Narrow Door Cafe made me feel like Tainan is where I belong. Compared to the flashy, arrogant, highly priced... More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

The challenge is to get into the narrow passageway from the sidewalk. Where most stores have doors to enter, this place has a gap between two other stores. Just squeeze between the exterior walls of two stores, built about 15 inches apart. Once into the opening, you’ll have to skinny your way about 50 feet to the stairs. From there,... More 

Thank TravelWriterDB
Toronto, Canada
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102 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

This is a place to come and take a photo of the worlds narrowest door. Be careful or you will miss it! I ate here once and it was just ok.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: F2, No.67,Nanmen Road,Zhongxi District, Tainan, Taiwan
  • Location: Asia  >  Taiwan  >  Tainan
  • Phone Number: 06-2110508

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cafe


Open Hours
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
10:30 am - 8:30 pm
10:30 am - 8:30 pm
10:30 am - 8:30 pm
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
10:30 am - 9:30 pm

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