Restaurant Wistaria Tea House, No. 1, Lane 16, Section 3, Xinsheng S Rd, Da’an District Taipei City, Taiwan 106 Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Wistaria Tea House is special ?
The Wisteria Tea House occupies a central position in the political culture of Taipei. During the 1950s, Prof. Chou Te-wei and a group of leading academics met here regularly to discuss, study and promote western liberalism in Taiwan. After the pro-democracy Kaohsiung Incident in 1979, Wisteria Tea House became a meeting place for political dissidents and avant-garde artists. The building was first turned into a tea house in 1981 by owner Chou Yu. Chou named it Wisteria Tea House after the old wisteria vines growing along the building eaves. In 1997, the tea house was designated as a city historic site.
What to explore at Wistaria Tea House?
Wistaria Tea House
Arguably the tea house in Taipei. The 1920s Japanese style building was not only the Governor-General of Taiwan’s residence during Japanese rule, but also featured in An Lee’s film Eat Drink Man Woman.
There are tables with chairs at the front, and tatami mats with pillows in the back. The menu is stocked with specialty Taiwanese teas that the owner personally selects, with pricing starting at NTD$220 a pot. The servers will give you a brief demonstration of how to brew tea.
Private rooms can be reserved for prices starting at NTD$2000, with tea and snacks included. The Flower Hall seats up to 45 people for a 3-hour rent fee of NTD$7500.
Teas vary by fermentation, terroir, and age, including a Pu’er tea from 1950. Water comes from the Wu Lai Mountain Spring, near Taipei.
How to get to Wistaria Tea House?
Public: MRT Station：From Gongguan Station (Exit 3), follow Roosevelt Rd. to Xinsheng S. Rd. and turn right (about 15 minutes).
Other: 1.Take the No. 15、18、52、74、109、207、211、235、237、253、254、278、280、284、311、290、295、505、642、643、662、663、668、671、672、675、676 or 907 bus to the Wenzhou St. intersection or Long-an Elementary School. 2.Parking is available under the Xinhai Rd. Bridge.
- Very nice traditional tea house!
- Peace and relaxation in a historic tea house
- Lovely historic building with really good food and tea
- Fun learning experience
- Noise level Small
- Budget Medium
- Alcohol YES
- Air condition YES
- Had kid menu NO
- Accept credit card YES
- Serve breakfast NO
- Serve halal NO
- Serve vegeterian YES
Wistaria Tea House, No. 1, Lane 16, Section 3, Xinsheng S Rd, Da’an District Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Tips for you
To find the right tea for you, it's wise to ask for the staff to give a recommendation. Because Wistaria has a uniquely vast range of teas on offer, it's recommended to order two kinds of tea to sample and savour. Oolong tea is a popular choice (in restaurants and teahouses alike) as Taiwan is famed for its oolong tea throughout the world.Drink
Had dinner recently in this place. I very much enjoyed the atmosphere. It was really relaxing. We booked to sit on tatami, but later moved to a table because the tatami area was too noisey. It might be good to come in the daytime. This way, you can enjoy the nice garden view. If you only have time in the evening, that's also fine. The inner design is nice, too. It was funny that we went to a tea house without drinking tea. Regarding the food, my brother had a dish with fish. It was delicious. They had dishes for vegetarians too as I remembered. All in all, it is a lovely place to visit, particularlly if you are into Asian culture.
Nice antik decoration, peaceful place, great teas, Gong Fu Cha advices and choice of main area or tatami more isolated rooms. The menu in English is full of knowledge and elegance.
wonderful tea house with a wide selection of tea (all with their own story) and snacks. a pot is around 300-400 NTD, refillable. friendly staff that speak English and teach you how to prepare the tea.
So far I've been to 3 tea houses in Taipei and each has had their own charms but the most serene is certainly the wistaria tea house (across the street from the southwest corner of da'an park). My favorite tea so far is the 1950's vintage puerh tea. It is currently 360NT per person, but is very worth it. The tea makes many, many servings and the process of serving the tea is a fun experience in itself. I like to sit in the back area where the tables are low to the ground and you sit on cushions. I spent close to 3 hours there the other day happily sipping tea and reading a book and the staff never rushed me. In fact, they brought out even more hot water so I could enjoy even more of my puerh tea! :)This tea house is great for soothing the soul. Enjoy. :)