Fri, Mar 22, 2002 - Page 9 News List

Snoopin' around in the dog house

By Max Woodworth  /  STAFF REPORTER

Goods Coffee is the type of place where fights break out every other minute because visitors are constantly expressing their unbridled desire in an untoward manner and sticking their nose where it doesn't belong. That's to be expected, though, since dogs are brash and uncivilized. Luckily, the humans at the shop are far better behaved.

Rica Chang(張瑞芬)opened Goods two years ago and on a whim decided to turn the spot into a meeting place for dogs and their owners. Through word-of-mouth the small cafe has caught on and on any given day, but especially weekends, the shop becomes a loud and lively playground for canines.

The best part about Goods is that the dogs provide endless entertainment while you enjoy the cafe's excellent coffee or tea. The old dogs are harassed by the puppies, the little dogs try to take on the big dogs in fights and the newcomers shiver pathetically in the corner under their masters' chairs.

The cafe serves a range of coffee drinks in the NT$120 to NT$150 range and an excellent espresso with vanilla ice cream for NT$160. Tea drinkers can choose from a variety of herbal and flower teas at prices similar to the coffees. Simple sandwiches are served at lunch.

Goods is located at 1F, 52, Alley 233, Tunhwa S. Rd., Sec. 1, Taipei (台北市敦化南路1段233巷52號樓). Customers are reminded to watch where they step and to remember that dogs can sense fear in humans.

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