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Some Taipei Tea House Recommendations

Some Taipei Tea House Recommendations

We had a great time visiting some great Taipei tea houses during our May sourcing trip in Taiwan. In addition to some of the long-standing tea institutions we visit every time around, new mention-worthy places are popping up all over the city.  Here are four we visited on as many afternoons this time.
Tip for first-time visitors to Taipei: Google maps work great in Taipei in both English and Chinese, including excellent and accurate transit information. Facebook pages are great for messaging businesses if you don’t speak Mandarin. We’ve included links to both here.
Hermit Hut (三徑就荒)
Hermit Hut, near the Tobacco Cultural Park and Sun Yat Sen Memorial was the first tea house of our visit. Here you’ll find  great teas in a warm and meditative, minimalist-brutalist space. Hermit Hut provides water on a charcoal hearth at your table, a tea warming brazier, and excellent gongfu ware with neolithic flare. The tea selection is excellent and diverse, showcasing some of the finest examples of the Taiwanese tea-makers art. We spent several hours with some exceptional teas.
Seating here is intimate. There are a variety of longer tables for four to six friends, an intimate nook or two, and a long raised platform for floor seating at a long tea table great for groups of 8 or more.
Hermit Hut it is on our list of must-visit places when we go back again late Summer. The price tag is higher here, but the teas and the space are really worth a splurge on special friends.
Three hours, three teas, three people, two tea snacks. About 1700 NTD.
Stop By Tea House (串門子)
Well known, fun and tea-nerdy, this is my favorite place to go for great tea finds in the city. It’s on a quieter lane in the Yong Kang Road area.  We had an interesting wild arbor oolong and a beautiful hong shui while we were here.    Enjoy easy, elegant and reasonably priced DIY gongfu at your table,  or allow the staff to prepare a small pot for you.  The folks here are knowledgable and love their guests. Talk about a tea with the staff and they just might brew some on the spot to sample with you.  
The experiment space downstairs is a must see. Stop By Teahouse is a tea culture center and a cool place to spend a quiet afternoon, as we did on a warm rainy day.  
Two gongfu teas for two about 600 NTD.
Hui Liu Tea House (回留茶館)
Also in the Yong Kang Jie area.  Staff is knowledgable and the tea menu represents the mainland and Japan as well.  The space is a modern quiet retreat just steps off the busy pavement of Yong Kang Jie.  We shared an amazingly clear 20-year sheng here.  There are a variety of comfortable seating options for enjoying tea alone or with a friend or small group. 
Quite Pricey. Diverse tea menu worth a look. The tea snacks are exceptional vegan fare. 
Two people, two special teas, one tea snack for about 2000 NTD.
Open Door Tea  Room (開門茶堂)
Elegant, urbane place for afternoon tea.  Good selection showcasing exception and unique Taiwanese teas.  tea and coffee concoctions and tea snacks. 
Open door is in a lovely tree-lined neighborhood of bauhaus-design urban apartment blocks and gardens. The vibe here is quietly hip and family friendly.  
One cold-brew carafe of artisan tea, one gongfu tea.  Both to share.  About 500 NTD.