ethan wrote:As to tea, the old street is lined w/ hustlers: "Buy 2 get one 1 free".Juifen Teahouse (142 Juifen Old Steet) might be a good place to drink some real tea. I did not because of their pricing system. One pays 100 NTD for hot water. (They have tables w/ sunken area to heat iron kettles). 37-gram packs of tea cost 600 - 1000 NTD. Customers can sit all day & refill the already large kettle as much as they like. Quality? I don't have a clue. The menu offered a 3-year old Oriental Beauty pu-erh from China for 1000 NTD.
You should have asked me, there is a bus that costs 75 NT only, time is around the same, no changes needed!
I have been to Jiufen Teahouse twice. All the teas I had there are pretty good, better than what I had at Wistaria. Pricing system is not cheap(if alone as you said, but then I usually only go there to bring visiting friends, for that it is ok every once in a long while. The view they have is very nice and the whole place’s decoration is tasteful as well. Much better than the other teahouses around there.
Food around there is more miss than hit. A few places off the beaten track have better food. Main street is mostly rubbish for tourists.
Gets more interesting if you wander off the main street and climb the back alleys. Annoying thing, it almost always rains up there…