2007 smith&hsu First Tea House

2007 smith&hsu First Tea House

smith&hsu First Tea House

Did you know that the very first smith&hsu tea shop was born in 2007? That's right, we've been steeping our way into the hearts of tea lovers for over a decade now!

The Beginning: smith&hsu's First Teahouse

In the heart of Taipei, nestled at Zhongxiao East Road, stands the birthplace of smith&hsu—a modern teahouse where East meets West, tradition meets innovation, and every cup of tea tells a story. Opened on May 19, 2007, this flagship store marks the realization of a dream to create a contemporary tea sanctuary offering the finest teas from around the world.

A Lifelong Love Affair with Tea

The journey to smith&hsu began long before its doors first opened. Founder James Hsu's fascination with tea started in childhood, captivated by its aromas and flavors. His professional career designing for international tea and coffee brands deepened this love, transforming it into a lifelong passion. But the true inception of smith&hsu occurred during an unplanned visit to a quaint teahouse on Neal Street in London’s Covent Garden. The enchanting mix of exotic tea scents and English teaware sparked an idea—an idea that would blend the best of Western and Asian tea cultures.

Beyond Tea: A Vision for Modern Tea Culture

smith&hsu isn’t just about tea; it embodies a broader vision. The teahouse seeks to liberate tea from its ancient confines, presenting it in a way that resonates with contemporary lifestyles. It aims to reconnect people, especially the younger generation, with the authentic pleasures of high-quality tea and a mindful approach to health and wellness.

Teaware: The Perfect Complement

A fresh tea culture demands innovative teaware that enhances the tea-drinking experience. Drawing on extensive experience with top designers and master craftsmen, smith&hsu offers teaware that is both essential and elegant. Each piece is carefully selected to complement different types of tea, reflecting a passion for the rich, five-thousand-year-old Asian traditions. Simplicity and timeless design are the core values that define smith&hsu’s teaware.

A Sensory Journey

At smith&hsu, every visit is designed to stimulate all your senses. Expert tea masters at the bar guide you through a diverse selection of teas, including black, green, herbal, oolong, fruit, and blended varieties. Whether you choose to dine in or take away, enjoy breakfast, lunch, or indulge in our renowned afternoon tea with traditional handmade English scones, Devonshire clotted cream, and a selection of jams. This culinary delight promises a memorable experience, balancing the finest teas from the East and West, and offering a harmonious blend of health and flavor.

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