I immediately noticed all the cafes in Taipei. They're everywhere and that warms a man's heart. There's nothing better than lazing in a cafe, drinking coffee, surfing the net, flipping through magazines, wasting time. It's the template for my retirement. I don't think I could live in a city where it isn't possible. NY excels at it, Paris fails - not enough free wifi. Singapore is coming along - though they need more free wifi. Taipei, it turns out, does pretty well, Cafe Ole being a good example. We went a few times, surrounded by hip Taipei-ers (Taipanese?) and enjoyed it to the fullest.
Don't be scared off by the cutesie napkins, they serve a grown-up coffee, rich and hearty. They also have a nice jazz soundtrack and plenty of cool people magazines to flip through. The wifi is strong and everyone there either had an iPad or something similar. Some of the younger set had books open and were doing homework.
Dodo got her coffee iced, though I'm not sure why - it was fall-like in Taipei with temperatures in the high 50s.
If you're in Taipei, looking for a chilled place to sip coffee and surf, you won't be disappointed.
No. 15號, Alley 1, Lane 123, Section 5, NánJīng East Road