Taipei | Wistaria Tea House (紫藤廬)

It doesn’t happen often, but once in a while I visit a place that is truly enchanting.

Wistaria Tea House would be one of those places. 

The political and cultural history behind Wistaria is intriguing (and reason enough to make the trip). Read here to learn more about it. And then you must visit!

I arrived right as they opened on a Tuesday morning. Through the gates, past the garden, the koi pond, and into the tea room. For the first hour I had the entire place to myself. 

Ready to take a look at the menu?

Wistaria’s water (the most important ingredient in making tea) comes from the Wu Lai Mountain Spring…

…it’s poured into the glass kettle, heated by a kerosene boiler.

The tea menu is straight out of dreams…pu’erhs and oolongs and all the teas I crave. 

I selected a high mountain jin xuan (金萱), also known as the “real” milk oolong. We can do a whole post on this particular tea soon.

This preparation technique is gongfu cha. It translates to making tea with effort. You must work for it.

And that makes it all the more pleasurable.  

The steady rhythm, the patient process, is therapeutic and calming…

…you could even call it luxurious. 

I got seven steeps from the oolong, the liquor so golden and creamy. Ahhh. Drives me crazy. Intoxicating! When can we do this again?

First stop on my next trip back to Taipei ^_^ 

  • Albert Hwa
    September 18, 2013

    Wow I remember the Wisteria House was one of my first tea house experience growing up! Like you said, the history of this place is really something.

    • Kathy YL Chan
      September 20, 2013

      Hi Albert – Indeed! Such a magical spot, can’t wait to return ^_^

  • Rachel
    September 18, 2013

    Wonderful blog post, I love your photographs. Rachel

    • Kathy YL Chan
      September 20, 2013

      Hi Rachel – thanks so much for the kind words ^_^

  • Alice Engelman
    October 7, 2014

    This place sounds delightful. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. Friends and I will be in Taiwan in January but have very limited time in Taipei so sadly, we probably won’t get here. Maybe on another visit!

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