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Good Eye Taipei’s recommendations for tea houses to check out in Taipei.
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From Oolong tea to green tea and black tea, Taiwanese tea delights the palates of locals and foreigners alike.
Taipei is known for its production and export of tea, especially in the Dadaocheng area where a few hundred-year-old tea shops still remain. And tea leaves are still a popular gift or souvenir.
In the past few years, new brands of tea have also been rejuvenating the tea culture among the younger generation with either packaging or tea-drinking experiences different from traditional shops.
Tea houses are worth visiting any time of the year, and "Good Eye Taipei,” a new bilingual Taipei city guide, shares six of the best tea houses in the city.
Lin Hua Tai Tea Company
No. 193, Section 2, Chongqing N Rd, Taipei City
Experience the authentic Dadaocheng method of selling tea.
A hundred-year-old tea shop that still uses a traditional charcoal roasting oven and delicate processing equipment.
Each batch of their single-sourced, serial-number-labeled tea is unique and limited.
No. 174, Section 1, Zhonghua Rd, Taipei City
An ancient Japanese style Nishi Hongan-ji Temple transformed into a space for tea-appreciation.
1F, No. 39, Lane 16, Taishun St, Taipei City
A serene and leisurely spot hidden in the bustling Shida Night Market.
Wistaria Tea House
No. 1, Lane 16, Section 3, Xinsheng S Rd, Taipei City
This was once a gathering place for political dissidents. Now visitors come and sip tea under the wisteria while watching time, people and culture pass by.
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Editor: Edward White