Is it tea o’clock? As Taiwan produces some of the best tea in the world, every hour can be tea o’clock if you choose—but there’s nothing quite like afternoon tea. It’s the perfect time to take a break from sightseeing for an hour or two to sip on delicious tea and relax with friends.
Tea drinking can be traced back to ancient China nearly 5,000 years ago. Wondering who invented tea? As the legend goes, Emperor Shen Nung inadvertently created the drink when leaves from a tree blew into a pot of boiling water, producing a delicious aroma and prompting the emperor to take a sip of the brew. Today, drinking tea is still one of the best things to do in Taiwan for locals and travelers.
Hop on the Taipei to Tainan train to enjoy this long-standing tradition in the former capital city in Taiwan, a city that remains firmly rooted in traditional culture. Aside from being a historical gem, the southern city is also one of the best foodie destinations in Taiwan.
Keep the afternoon tea tradition alive in these seven amazing tea houses in Tainan, Taiwan.
One 2 Tea House
Sit down for a ceremonial tea tasting session in One 2 Tea House. With warm wooden décor, beautiful pottery, and friendly staff, the tea house is a place where anyone can feel at home.
In this elegant space in an ancient building, travelers not only get to sample some of the best oolong tea, but also learn more about tea culture and production in Taiwan. Take home an assortment of delicious brews and share the joys of afternoon tea with family and friends back home!
Address: No. 118, Zhongzheng Road, West Central District, Tainan City
Chun Shui Tang
If you prefer your tea cold with pearls, this is a great and affordable option. Chun Shui Tang is known for its claims of inventing bubble tea, which remains its specialty until today. However, it actually serves a decent selection of hot teas as well, plus other drinks and snacks. The original Chun Shui Tang store is in Taichung, but there are a few branches in Tainan as well.
- 5F, No.210 Qianfeng Road, Dong Dist. Yuanbai, Tainan
- 2F., No.360, Sec. 3, Zhonghua E. Rd., East Dist. Tainan Eslite, Tainan
Hanlin Tea House
Another restaurant franchise claiming to have invented bubble tea is Hanlin Tea House, which was originally located in Tainan and still based in the city. Now a fully functioning restaurant serving delectable Taiwanese cuisine, it also offers an impressive selection of local teas.
For travelers who want their tea as a post-lunch drink, Hanlin Tea House lets you enjoy your meal and brew in one fantastic place. There are several branches of Hanlin Tea House in Tainan.
- Tainan Chihmen City: No. 313, Section 2, Minzu Road, Tainan
- Tainan Cultural: No. 338, Chongming Road, Tainan
- Tainan Xinguang Ximen: 6F, No. 658, Section 1, Ximen Road, Tainan
- Tainan Xinguang Ximen Second Store: B2F, 658, Section 1, Ximen Road, Tainan (Xinguang Mitsukoshi)
- Tainan Xinguang Ethnic Store: B2F, No. 162 Zhongshan Road, Zhongxi District, Tainan (Xinguang Sanyue Zhongshan Store)
- Tainan Nanfang Shopping Center: B1F (Nanfang Shopping Center), No.366, Section 1, Zhonghua East Road, East District , Tainan
- Tainan Nanfang Shopping Center Second Store: B1F, No. 366, Section 1, Zhonghua East Road, East District , Tainan
- Tainan Science Park: No. 17 Nanke 3rd Road, Tainan Science Park
- Tainan Dayuanbai Success Store: B2F (Far East Department Store), 210 Qianfeng Road, Tainan
Kadoya Coffee & Sweets
As the name suggests, Kadoya Coffee & Sweets is a café and pastry shop rather than a formal tea house. Nevertheless, it’s a great spot to drop by for afternoon tea, especially if you enjoy sweets with your brew.
Address: No. 36號, Section 1, Shulin St, East District, Tainan
Daybreak 18 Teahouse
Inject Japanese flair into your afternoon tea at the quaint Daybreak 18 Teahouse. The Japanese-inspired décor and well-preserved exhibit set it delightfully apart from other tea rooms in Tainan and beyond.
Travelers get to choose from a wide range of tea options, including oolong, black, white, green, fruit, and herbal teas. Sample the food as well, from dim sum to delectable desserts.
Address: No. 30, Section 2, Minquan Road, West Central District, Tainan
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