- Wistaria (紫藤廬)
Address: No. 1 South Xinsheng Rd. Lane 16, Da’an District, Taipei, Taiwan
Zi Teng Lu is not only a famous tea house, but also the first historic site approved in Taiwan. Zi Teng Lu was the residence of the high-ranked officials by 1945. It became the residence of Professor Zhou Dewei in 1950s. Professor Zhou was a well-known economist, had studied in Britain and Germany, and was a student of the Nobel Prize winner Friedrich August von Hayek. He liked to promote the discussion on Western and Chinese studies. As a result, his house became the gathering place for a lot of respectable scholars such as Yin Haiguang, Zhang Foquan in the 50s to freely discuss or argue with each other. In 1970s, Professor Zhou moved to the United States, and his son Zhou Yu became in charge of the house, which became the shelter for participants in the democratic movement. And Zhou Yu continued to invite artists, dancers and singers including Lin Lizhen, Bai Xianyong to the house.
In 1981, this house was renovated and turned into a tea house by Zhou Yu. Zhou believes in the spirit of nature, and he wants to get a deeper understanding of Chinese philosophy by practicing tea ceremony. He named the tea house after the three old purple vines growing on the house.
During the past thirty years, there have been various cultural activities and exchange programs held in this house. People are brought together by their shared interest in tea culture. And it also becomes a cultural landmark in Taipei, where people can spend their leisure time on tea tasting, talking about culture and art, and staying away from the noise of the city center for a while.
What’s on the menu?
All the teas are written in calligraphy on the menu.
Gaoshan Oolong Tea
Wuyi Oolong Tea
Gaoshan Baozhong Tea
Muzha Traditional Tieguanyin
Yellow Mountain Wild Green Tea
Asamu Black Tea
Combos (A meal set includes an entrée in season, side dish, soup, dessert, and rice):
Steamed Fish with Fried Tofu in Hot Sauce and Jasmine Tea
Braised Chicken with Potato and Green Pepper, Dressed with Oolong Tea
Crispy Duck Breast with Curcuma Flavor Couscous
Mixed Vegetables with Organic Chrysanthemum
* Available between 11:30am – 2pm and 5:30pm – 8pm
Green Bean Cakes
White Sesame Rolls
Date and Walnut Slices
- Cutty Sark Tea House 卡提撒克‧英國茶館
Address: 4th Floor, 49 Nanhai Rd. Zhongzheng district, Taipei, Taiwan
Cutty Sark Tea House is located in the National Museum of History, and was open to the public in the summer of 2012. It is a perfect place for you to take a break and taste some tea after visiting some exhibitions in the museum. The architecture of this tea house used to be in the traditional Chinese style. The interior design is mainly inspired by ancient Chinese palace decorations, where there are orchids decorating the corners, and a row of benches you can sit by the window. Today the major structure of the tea house is still the same, except the interior design has switched to a British style. Looking out from the window, you can see a huge lotus pond in the arboretum next to the museum. In summer, the pond will be filled with pink and white blooming lotus, just like what you often see in a Chinese color and ink painting. And there are different kinds of birds flying around, singing about the beauty of the nature.
This tea house provides tea and desserts. And the tea will be served in a delicate tea bowl. To take a seat by the window, it is the best afternoon tea place for you to enjoy the sunshine and breeze.
What’s on the menu? The menu is simple. And every kind of tea you order comes with a snack of your choice.
Chinese Zhengshanxiaozhong Tea
Chinese Qimen Tea
Dream of Hawaii
Assam Milk Tea
Earl Grey Milk Tea
Violet, Lavender and Rose Tea
Others: tart, scone, and sandwich
3 YaoYue Teahouse 邀月茶坊
Address: 6 Zhinan Rd. Lane 40, Wenshan District, Taipei, Taiwan
The Yaoyue Teahouse is located in the Maokong area, which used to be one of the biggest tea-producing area, and now has turned into a very popular places for tea tasting and sightseeing. There are many trails to the peak of the mountain where you can overlook the city of Taipei in the daytime, or enjoy the glamorous city lights at night. Maokong area is famous for its production of Tieguanyin in the past, and nowadays there are still many teahouses for tourists and local visitors.
Yaoyue teahouse has completed a successful transition from a tea from to a modern tea house since 1993. It continues its mission to promote tea culture and to invite more people to experience the joy of drinking tea. What’s more, it is developing some pastries to eat with tea, as well Chinese style dishes. And the tea house provides spacious outdoor dining area under big umbrellas, and opens 24 hours a day. As a result, you can come and immerse yourself in the serene environment surrounded by big trees, and enjoy the wonderful view of Taipei during the day or night while drinking a cup of tea. Many people such as students, tourists or locals love to drink tea and chat there. And it is also a perfect venue for all kinds of occasions, such as reunion dinner, birthday party, banquet, etc.
What’s on the menu?
Gaoshan Oolong Tea
Wenshan Baozhong Tea
Chrysanthemum Puer Tea
Steamed Creamy Custard Bun
Shaomai with Crab Roe
Red Bean Roasted Cake
Snow Tea Seafood Hot Pot
Rosemary Beef Hot Pot
Yaoyue Teahouse also provides different kinds of combos, and private home cuisines.