Taiwanese Tea Culture

Taiwanese tea culture is diverse, pervasive, and innovative. It’s less ritual, more casual. It’s an everyday thing.


Taiwanese tea culture mainly inherites from China — including tea arts, teahouses, and its social roles — and is also influenced by Japan, Southern Asia, and English tea cultures.

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Traditional Taiwanese teahouse

There is no specific type of traditional Taiwanese teahouses. It could be a wooden building for tea arts, ceremony, social gathering, and selling of teawares. It could be a restaurant serving tea and meals. It could be a living room in a tea-lover’s family for tea appreciation. It could be a cozy penthouse or pavilion for friends gathering. It could be a shelter in a park or under a tree for elder people to social and leisure purposes.

Urbanized Taiwanese teahouse

Teahouses, or beverage kiosks, are quite a common sight populating the streets throughout Taiwan. As a small roadside shop, the typical storefront simply consists of a sign (usually in the form of a glossy backlit box sign) and counter, with limited or no seating area. Often integrated into veranda-esque “qi-lou” buildings – a staple feature in Taiwan’s tightly packed urban areas, these tiny, take-out only beverage kiosks are usually squeezed among other stores lining a busy street.

Although tea drinking in Asia has its roots in traditional practices (involving specific procedures and regulations on teapots, brewing time etc.), modern day Taiwan’s tea drinking culture drops the ritualistic and formalities, having evolved into a habitual part of everyday lifestyle. The inexpensive grab-and-go drinks teahouses offer, in particular, are favored by Taiwanese people merely as casual refreshments. On a hot summer’s day the sight of a long queue of young students lining up in front of a teahouse for an icy beverage is hardly surprising, nor is it uncommon to see the signature plastic-sealed cup as an accompaniment to a hazy afternoon’s office work following a lunch break.

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Traditional Teahouse District

Traditional Teahouses

Art Teahouses

Modern teahouses: Tea + Restaurant

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Modern tea culture: Outdoor

Modern tea culture: Outdoor

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