Eddie’s cafe is tucked away in the unlikeliest of places. For those of you who lived in Keelung long enough to remember where the old Cheng Gong market was before it moved, Eddie’s is right by where that old produce market once stood. My mother used to took 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.
20 years later the promise of coffee and tiramisu baited me back to what was once forbidden territory, and I haven’t looked back.
Three or four years ago as I was taking my friend to Eddie’s for the first time, she pinned me with a suspicious look. “You’re lost, aren’t you?” she accused, “really, a coffee shop here?” But moments later, a forkful of tiramisu in mouth and a steaming coffee on the side, she chirpily proclaimed that it was good that she took my word that yes, we are going the right way and no, we are not turning back because it would have been a crying shame to have missed out on this.
Rumours are 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 sniffing 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 favourite, 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 colourful 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 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