Taipei Speak Easy: The Yuppy Bookstore

The Yuppy Bookstore aka 雅痞Art Reading Cafe (雅痞書店)




The Yuppy Bookstore aka 雅痞Art Reading Cafe (雅痞書店) Review

1/5 Food Rating
4/5 Ambiance
3/5 Value
3/5 Experience
1/5 Service

3/5 Stewed beef came out in a baking dish but was only warm, not hot food. With lots of sauce, rice, omelet and beef with a piece of garlic toast on the side (very lightly toasted). The sauce made the rice very soggy and you definitely needed a spoon to eat it. The flavor of the sauce was very light and pleasant, but if this dish was hot it would have been good. Also of the sauce was separated to prevent a soggy meal.

We ordered 2 dishes, the first dish came out after 30 minutes, the second dish fried fish risotto came out after an hour.

2/5 Fried fish risotto: the fried fish part was okay. The quality was from the prebreaded frozen fish that you could get at Costco. The risotto was like rice and sauce. They didn’t merge into a tasty risotto.

Making my dinner date feel like 2 individual dinners since one dinner was completed before the other one was ready.

2/5 Dessert: Rose lychee jelly and brown sugar cake. Both were, edible but not tasty.

5/5 Music: We went on jazz night and the music was fantastic. It’s a fairly large restaurant and the sound came through perfectly.

Quality: The Yuppy Bookstore aka 雅痞Art Reading Cafe (雅痞書店)

Making Reservations For The Yuppy Bookstore
Triple confirmation reservation

Make one reservation online
Then confirm by calling or chatting with their line account
Then 1-2 days before the reservation they will confirm again.

Reservations are absolutely required. We made a reservation 5 days in advance and were lucky enough to have the worst table in the place. It was actually a side table you’d have at home to place a lamp. Not an actual dining table.

Grabbing a table for 2 is ideal because all the seats by the window are all set for 2 people.

The Yuppy Bookstore holds rotating events of live music, book reviews and movie reviews. Even though bookstore is in the name, they don’t sell actual books. It’s more of a fancy speakeasy with very affordable prices.

Service: The Yuppy Bookstore aka 雅痞Art Reading Cafe (雅痞書店)

1/5 Service: we couldn’t get much attention from the servers but maybe it’s cause they put us in the far corner.

Value: The Yuppy Bookstore aka 雅痞Art Reading Cafe (雅痞書店)

3/5 Value: I’d expect a place like this to cost more than it did. Most meals were around NT$200 and you could add on 2 items to make a set meal for NT$80 (soup, salad, drink or dessert)…but that’s cause the food sucks.

Minimum charge NT$250.
$320 fee if there’s a performance happening. Confirm this during your reservation.

The Yuppy Bookstore aka 雅痞Art Reading Cafe (雅痞書店) Menu And Additional Photos

Overall Impression of The Yuppy Bookstore aka 雅痞Art Reading Cafe (雅痞書店)

The Yuppy Bookstore is not a place in Taiwan to eat since the food is the same quality that you could get at a movie theater (burn!). But with that said, it’s a great place to hang out for the ambiance, listen to music and have a drink.

Personally, I had a bad experience here because of the food, service and restroom. There are 2 restrooms: one restroom is designed for multiple women and another unisex bathroom meant for 1 person. I waited in line for 20 minutes and there was someone taking a massive poop in there. I don’t know if they got injured, but it was frustrating to wait. I ended up leaving the building and going to a convenience store nearby. Many of the men also waiting in line were very frustrated.

The Yuppy Bookstore aka 雅痞Art Reading Cafe (雅痞書店) Location and Hours

Rating Guide


It’s food, but you’re not going to enjoy it


Didn’t meet minimum meal expectations


Satisfying and an adequate meal.


So good you’ll eat here again!


You will remember this meal for the rest of your life!

Pricing Guide


NT$1-100 (US$0-$3.23)


NT$100-300 (US$3.23-9.68)


NT$300-700 (US$9-22)


NT$700+ (US$22.60+)


Not required or expected. Some restaurants may have a 10% service charge.

Each rating TAIWANEATER rating is comprised of Quality, Service and Value (in order of the rating’s most important points).

QUALITY: The [Quality] is based on how good the food tastes and the presentation.

SERVICE: The [Service] is based on the dining experience. This includes the ambiance of the restaurant and how the interactions with the staff.

VALUE: The [Value] is based on both the Quality and Service in relation to the price. Ratings for food with a low price are a little more generous than food with a high price.

Money In Taiwan

Tax Is Included In The Price

All displayed prices in Taiwan are the actual price. Tax is already included and for large purchases, tourists visiting Taiwan can get a 5% Taiwan VAT refund at the airport Tax Refund counter. Some shops offer this service too, but they will require your passport.

Taiwan Is Cash Only (For Most Small Shops)

The primary payment method for all transactions in Taiwan is cash. It’s very rare for small shops to take anything other than cash. It’s more common to see places accept the Taipei Metro Card as payment rather a credit card.

Supermarkets and convenience stores in Taiwan (7-Eleven, Family Mart) do not accept credit cards (at least not American credit cards). You can only make purchases by cash or by using your pre-loaded funds on your EasyCard.

Using Credit Cards in Taiwan

If you want to use your credit card in Taiwan, make sure to check if a restaurant in Taiwan accepts credit card in advance. When a place does accept credit card, it will typically be Visa or Mastercard. It’s extremely rare for a place to accept Discover and American Express.UberEats, HonestBee, Deliveroo and FoodPanda are Taipei Food Delivery Services where you can order food directly to your airbnb or hotel using a credit card.

Exchanging Money in Taiwan

You can exchange money at the airport or any bank in Taiwan. The rates vary from bank to bank and it can be a hassle to get a good rate. For additional information, check out my Exchanging Money In Taiwan Guide.


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