Located in the Taiwanese capital, the Wisteria teahouse (or Wistaria) is an enchanting place. When you arrive you will notice the vines on the front of the building, a beautiful garden at the entrance of the building and inside, Japanese carps in the pond – all decorations of Japanese influence. If you come for tea, several rooms will be available to you. You can choose to sit either at the tables or on the tatami. Next, we will bring you a burner and a glass kettle full of water – pure water from the Wu Lai Mountain! You can enjoy a green tea, Oolong or Pu-erh (all Chinese and Taiwanese teas) and a light lunch or a delicious treat. A small shop adjacent to the tasting room also offers a few choices of teas to brew at home and instruments of traditional teas, such as little teapots, cups, etc.
It was in 1981 that the owner Chou Yu opened the doors of the Wisteria Tea House in a historic building and he runs the place according to the rules of Chinese art. The experience will leave you feeling impressed with tranquility, and your taste buds with delicious flavors.
Address: 1 Lane 16, Xinsheng Rd, Sec 3, Taipei, Taiwan
Lock Cha Tea House
Enthusiasts of Pu-erh, this destination is in the heart of Hong Kong. Owned by Wing Chi, a well-known collector in the world of tea and ceramics in Hong Kong, the Lock Cha Tea House has been open since 1991 and holds a selection of popular Pu-erh, as well as white, green and oolong teas, all carefully selected directly from the producers. Therefore, Mr. Wing Chi made a name for himself even prior to the opening of China in the early 20th century. Elegant yet understated, the atmosphere is calm and clear quality! Ladies, gentlemen, collectors and fans, if you have the means, the Recelle room, a little further in the back of the store, contains Pu-erh that is 50 to 70 years old.
For food lovers, they also serve delicious dim sum!
Address: 290B Upper G / F Queen’s Road, Central / Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
House of Three Teas
To enter the House of Three Teas, just like how you enter the biggest jewelry stores, you have to ring a bell that opens the door. Dressed in Chinese fashion, the staff then invite you to visit the establishment, which offers more than 1,000 different teas. Opened in 1995 by Master Yu Hui Tseng, one of the greatest experts in the world of tea, this tea house embodies Asia in the West: the antique wooden furniture, calligraphy on the walls, the library and tea pots, and most importantly, the quiet and cozy atmosphere. To enjoy a good tea will take a minimum of one hour of your time; that’s when the journey of the senses really begins.
In terms of Chinese tea, it’s certain that no tea house in the West can claim to rival that of Master Tseng: for the quality and reputation of its Grand Cru, but also for its cellar of tea, which contains more than 500 vintage, aging Pu-erh teas. The oldest tea dates back to 1890!
Address: 1, Rue St Médard – 75005 Paris, near the Place Monge metro in the 5th district
Fortnum & Mason
When considering English tea, here is a tea room in its proper form. For more than 300 years, this tea house has worked on the importation and resale of tea from Asia. Three hundred years is admirable, however, when you consider the fact that tea was introduced in England in the mid-17th century, it’s all the more impressive! In the land of afternoon tea, the Fortnum and Mason Jubilee Tea Salon welcomes you with all the decorum and English pleasure. Of course sandwiches, scones and other pastries are also included!
Address: 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER, England