Eddie’s cafe is tucked away in the unlikeliest of places. Where the old Cheng Gong market used to stand before it moved to the new location, Eddie’s can be found where that old produce market once stood. My mother used to take me shopping with her and on Saturday evenings I attended art classes on that street, but I was never allowed to venture beyond those perimeters.
Twenty years later the promise of coffee and tiramisu baited me back to what was once forbidden territory as a child, and now I always return to this newfound favorite.
Three or four years ago as I was taking my friend to Eddie’s for the first time when she pinned me with a suspicious look. “You’re lost, aren’t you?” she accused, “really, a coffee shop here?” But moments later, a bite of tiramisu in our mouths and a steaming coffee on the side, she proclaimed that it was good that she followed me down this alley.
Some people have said that Eddie (the owner and namesake of the café) is a bit of a grump, but from my many visits, I can assure you that that is simply not true. It’s simply that Eddie adopts a very do-it-yourself style of service—he welcomes you into the café and tells you to pick any table you like. From there on, it is all up to you. Grab some pen and paper from the counter, and start checking out the various types of coffee on offer. You won’t miss it; the jars of coffee beans are lined up on the counter like little glass soldiers. When you have decided on a favorite, jot it down on your bit of paper and hand it over to Eddie. If you want something to accompany your coffee, make sure to also write that down alongside your coffee order—the dessert menu is written in colorful marker on the huge blackboard at the coffee counter.
Now that the hard work is done, all that is left to do is sit back and relax. Eddie will bring you your coffee (in a cute little retro mug) and your dessert. I cannot think of a more relaxing way to spend an afternoon.
Address: No 25, Huasi Street, Ren Ai District, Keelung City
Phone number: 0989-840-785
Opening hours: 1 pm to 9pm, closed on Wednesdays