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Narrow Door Cafe

No.67,Nanmen Road,Zhongxi District | F2, Tainan, Taiwan
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Ranked #82 of 2,007 restaurants in Tainan
Cuisines: Taiwanese
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40% Recommend
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English first
Tainan, Taiwan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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

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6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 .

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New York City, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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

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Cleveland, Ohio
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86 reviews 86 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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

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Tainan, Taiwan
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Ok, I do not have a picture of this place without my wife in it(so I'm leaving the picture out for now), but the entrance is really small. I'm not that fat and I have to walk side way to enter. Once you pass the entrance, the inside expands a bit. 3 meters in from the door, you'll see a... More

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Singapore, Singapore
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

After walking for hours, we chanced upon a lady who told us about this place. (Although we realised later, it was recommended in some guide books?) It was interesting that the door, the stairs leading to the cafe was so narrow. The decor was vintage style... Just enjoy the place. Food was average, typical tea and toast. (Because I seriously... More

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Toronto, Canada
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111 reviews 111 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

I'm old enough to know that when a guide book says a place is "atmospheric" that often means it doesn't have much else. And truly, that's the case with this puppy. The highlight is out on the street where the narrow entranceway causes intense giggles, much photography and high hopes. From there its all downhill. Well, not exactly. You climb... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

This place was really really cute. It is a great photo opportunity! The coffee was a little pricey in comparison to other places, but well worth it!!! :)

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Top Contributor
204 reviews 204 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2011

N22°59'22.77" E120°12'17.00" Enter through the tiny and tight passageway (38 cm wide) at 67 Nanmen Road and you might have an idea where the café’s choice of name comes from. Actually it comes from an André Gide novel. After two flights of stairs to the second floor, you have a choice to sit down in an open window room overlooking... More

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