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Info added on March 23, 2020
Jiate is a breezy shop on a lane in Taipei’s busy East District withan entrance that remains open on warm days, attracting shoppers who want tocool off. The décor is pretty and chic, consisting of a blue, white, and goldcolor scheme. Order at the white marble-top counter and observe adepttea-makers hand-drip tea in stacked pots. There are only three small tablesinside, but there’s also a sizable wooden bench fringed with plants that’s perfectfor lounging on. Many customers also choose to order tea to go and then browse thenearby eyeglass shops and clothing boutiques, cold brew in hand.
Jiate is a rendering of the Taiwanese pronunciation of “eattea,” meaning of course “drink tea.” Despite its modern appearance, the ideafor the store was born out of nostalgia. Look for a small concrete bench withpatterned glass tiles next to the counter. Jiate’s logo emulates theflower-shaped patterned glass tiles that were common in homes, schools and sanheyuan-typebuildings (U-shaped courtyard homes) in Taiwan up until the ’80s. The English-spelling“Jiate” is printed several times within the flower-shaped space to create whatlooks like an intricate insignia stamped on a mooncake.
Some of the drinks have whimsy-sounding names, for instance, the Xiaoshihou. This means “as a child,” and the mixture ofblack tea and cassia seed transport Taiwanese back to their childhood byrecalling smells of black tea wafting in night markets. Another drink to try isthe Luyeredoolong tea, a warm honey-accented brew made with leaves from Taitung’s Luyearea that is hand-poured and brewed for five minutes, then sipped in littleteacups.
Then there are the immensely refreshing cold teas, such as the oolongtea made with tea leaf from the Bagua Plateau in central Taiwan. Also the sugarcanejuice with Alishan green tea, the sweetness of which derives from sugarcaneharvested in Nantou County’s Puli area. The sugar level and amount of ice foreach serving can be adjusted according to preference, and the cold drinks areserved in takeout cups with prints that look like old terrazzo tiles.For souvenirs, opt for a package of 10 teabags presentedin a simple white box with Jiate’s gold insignia, which is placed in a smallteal-and-gold bag.
Add: No. 37, Ln. 187, Sec. 1, Dunhua S. Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2741-9458
“Orchid PavilionCold Noodles” (蘭花亭涼麵)
Locatedunder Zhongzheng Bridge, opened way back in 1966, the signature dish here is theoriginal-flavor cold noodles. Other options include fried-bean paste, fruit, andXO (brandy) sauce variations. The owner, who loves dreaming up new flavors, usespineapple, cherry, honey peach, etc., adds konjac for extra taste and texture, andadds a special-sauce topping for a refreshing and delicious treat. The XO saucebrings a lightly spicy seafood flavor, savory and appetizing. The owner also speciallyadds a bit of mustard atop noodles, adding tasty zestiness to the sesame sauce.
Add: 87, Sec. 3, Chongqing S. Rd., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2365-4221
Locatedin close proximity to Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Hotel Poispois is a greatstarting point for an adventure in Taipei. The building’s unique red-and-silverfaçade is in line with its young and trendy interior décor, as every inch ofthe hotel offers something interesting to see. Even if you aren’t staying, thehotel’s first-floor restaurant Ch-Eat and Drink, is a cozy café perfect for a brunch stop. If you’rearriving at night, head up to the rooftop bar for drinks and take in the hotel’smagnificent view of the Xinyi District skyline until midnight.
Add: No. 168, Sec. 4, Civic Blvd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2771-1188
Website: www.hotelpoispois.com (Chinese)
Closet Bar & Restaurant (衣櫥餐酒館)
Closet Restaurant & Bar (衣櫥餐酒館)
Add: No. 15, Ln. 101, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2731-7919