The cafe is located on a bustling street in downtown Tainan, and is adorned with a small sign in the front. When you enter, you are greeted by a hostess who will ask if you have a reservation. I did not, however, I was walking in on a weekday as a solo party after lunch time. The interior is homey, with many warm colors invoking memories of fall. The hostess will show you to your seat where you will have a chance to explore their expansive menu of both sweet and savory foods (the menu is both in English and Traditional Chinese). Once you've decided it's time for them to get to work! You are able to watch them make your food. The process is difficult and hard to master, but the workers at Autumn are diligent. It does take a little time for them to make the pancakes so if you're in a rush be mindful of that.
Depending on the type of pancakes you choose you may have different toppings and sides. I chose the Fruit Seasons Limited option, which was a mango garnish with a sweet cream on top paired with what I believe was some sort of dairy dessert. This is a feast for the eyes and the stomach. The mango was sweet and almost candy-like, while the pancakes were pillowy and were lightly sweetened so as to not overwhelm the palate. Once I was done taking the obligatory photos I probably finished the dish in under 10 minutes.
The food itself is great, the cost is a little pricey for Taiwan, with the entire bill costing around 400 NTD or $13 USD, the cost breakdown being 240 NTD ($6) for the pancakes and 120 NTD ($3) for the black currant blueberry drink.
Overall, if you're looking for a delicious dessert restaurant in Tainan this is it! If you are interested in making a reservation, you can visit their and enjoying some delicious pancakes you can visit their facebook, here.
In the oldest city in Taiwan sits a small two room Japanese Style Inn off the beaten path in an alley. However, looks can be deceiving. The staff of the hotel were some of the kindest people I've met to date, they allowed me to stay in the room after I cancelled by mistake because I had already paid and then offered a second night at a discounted rate of 1,000 NTD which is around $33 USD. One night at the hotel is around 2,500 NTD (~$70). When I arrived at their separate check in office, I was pleasantly surprised as to their customer service. The front desk attendant not only called a taxi for me to the rooms, but also provided me with money to cover the taxi fare. He then showed me to my room where he explained (In English!) what I needed to know. Their customer service went above and beyond for me despite the issues I caused. The first night I was there an earthquake hit around 20 miles south. Immediately, hotel staff contacted me to make sure I was okay.
This hotel features only two hotel rooms, one for four people and another for two people. I had the option of either, but chose the two person room. Not only are you provided with the room, you are also given a yukata that you can try on (I did and could not get it right). The room had four sets of slippers provided, two for the bathroom and two for the main living area. The room features beautiful wood paneled walls in the bathroom with Japanese soaking tub. Between the bathroom and the rest of the area there is a full size zen garden complete with rake and rocks. In the main room there are two areas, an entryway and a living space. The entryway and living space can be divided by wooden pocket doors that help provide privacy. In the entryway, the hotel provides the following items for your use bottled water, water purifier, electric kettle, traditional tea pot with cups, and tea. However, they ask that you do not bring in outside food or drinks to their hotel as it brings in unwanted bugs and there is no food storage. In the main living area they provide a dehumidifier, oil diffuser, sitting table, television, and two fluffy Japanese style floor mattresses that you can set up yourself in any configuration (I chose to stack them because I wanted to be higher off of the ground).
The hotel is centrally located, a few blocks from major attractions such as the Taiwanese Museum of Literature, Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia), Blueprint Park, Autumn Cafe (home of awesome souffle pancakes), Hayashi Department store, and Tainan old street. A short motorbike, taxi, or bus ride away are several of Tainan's famous night markets, home of glorious gluttony. Despite it's location, the hotel is very private and quiet.
If you're looking for somewhere to stay in Taiwan that is affordable and swanky with awesome customer service, this is the place for you, I cannot recommend them highly enough!