I love Taipei’s fabric district, especially Yong-Le Market. It’s where I search for fabrics and ribbons for a lot of my projects. The selection is vast, but there is so much condensed into one area that sometimes you just need a quiet spot for a break. I found a gem of a teahouse upstairs from the bustling market area, called ASW Tea House, and it’s a perfect place to rest your mind (and feet!).
ASW Tea House feels like a library. The walls are painted a dark green and there is soft, ambient lighting.
My cousin and cousin in-law were in Taiwan for the Chinese New Year holidays a few weeks ago. Since they spend most of their time overseas, I wanted to take them somewhere special for afternoon tea. The first place that popped into my mind was Cha Cha Thé, a gorgeous modern-day tea house with lovely decor and teas.
I arrived a few minutes early, and had a chance to really soak in the decor and atmosphere. The luxuriously spacious interior consists of mostly subdued earth tones, combined with soft music, the atmosphere was serene and tranquil. You could easily spend pleasant swathes of time here, either in quiet conversation, or just reading on your own.
One of the focal points of this room was that there was an entire wall constructed out of bricks of tea. It didn’t smell as fragrant as I imagined it would (yes! I took a quick sniff when I thought no one was looking… Good thing the wall wasn’t made out of chocolate bricks or I would have been seriously tempted to take a bite).
I have to mention that the staff at Cha Cha Thé are super nice. They seated me right away, even though I was early and my party at not yet arrived. She also poured me a full glass of water and waited I was sitting comfortably in my chair before placing the menu in front of me. The menu was also beautifully presented~ with a pretty cover and heavy card stock pages and clearly written in both English and Chinese. There is a selection of teas listed on the menu are: Pekoe Green Tea, Shihchao Jinshuan, Lightly Roasted Oolong, Beipu Oriental Beauty, Dream of Fruit, Roast Tieguanyin, Darjeeling Black Tea, and the option for iced tea is Exquisite Alishan Oolong.