07 December 2015

Teahouses in Shanghai

Just like coffee to the westerners, tea is an indispensable part of the daily life to Chinese people. Cafes mushrooms in recent years, however they can not stop Chinese people's love for teahouses. In Shanghai, there are now over 3,000 teahouses in operation, providing you with a wide range of choices to appreciate the charm of the fancy and brilliant Chinese tea culture.

The area around Shanghai Old Street gathers a lot of old and famous teahouses. You can have a try after visiting the nearby Old Town God Temple or the Yuyuan Garden.
Most teahouses in the city are decorated with an ancient Chinese style. They serve simple local food and snacks besides the excellent Chinese tea. The teahouse recommended below will be sure to enrich your leisurely stay in Shanghai.

 Recommended Teahouses in Shanghai:

 The Mid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse
Chinese name: 湖心亭 (hú xīn tíng)
Specialties: This is the oldest teahouse in Shanghai. It is a big pavilion in the middle of an artificial lake in the Yuyuan Garden of Shanghai. Being linked to the lakeshore by the Jiuqu Bridge, the Mid-Lake Pavilion was originally built in 1784 in the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). It has become a teahouse in 1855. The long history attracts many political leaders and celebrities from all over the world. Here you can have high-class tea and delicious snacks such as preserved plums and small glutinous rice dumplings. And you can enjoy the excellent music played by traditional Chinese musical instruments.
Address: No. 257, Yuyuan Road, Huangpu District
Operating Hours: 10:00 - 21:00
Average cost per person: CNY 60 - 100

 Gu Yuan
Chinese name: 故园 (gù yuán)
Specialties: Gu Yuan is decorated with an old-time style. The ancient archway, the stone carvings, the gold-plating paintings, and the delicate garden inside will all fascinate you when you enter the teahouse. The tea is authentic and the snacks are delicious. Pu'er Tea is highly recommended.
Address: No. 1315, Middle Fuxing Road, Xuhui District (near Fenyang Road)
Operating Hours: 10:00 - 24:00
Average cost per person: CNY 100 - 200

 De He Teahouse
Chinese name: 得和茶馆 (dé hé chá guǎn)
Specialties: The capacious De He Teahouse will make you feel relaxed and comfortable. Besides the tea you asked, it also provides a buffet dinner of various snacks and fruits.
Address: 2F, Luwan Gymnasium, No. 135, West Jianguo Road, Huangpu District (between South Shaanxi Road and Ruijin 2nd Road)
Operating Hours: 11:00 - 22:00
Average cost per person: CNY 70 - 100

 Yan Yu Jiang Nan
Chinese name: 烟雨江南茶艺酒吧 (yān yǔ jiāng nán chá yì jiǔ bā)
Specialties: The red lanterns, comfortable sofas and beds makes it an ideal tea house bar. A view out of the window will grasp you: the peaceful and clear lake brings the teahouse to a charming water town in south China. The various kinds of tea are recommended, including Pu'er Tea, Oolong Tea, and fruit tea.
Address: inside Quyang Park, No. 980, East Tiyuhui Road, Hongkou District (the intersection with North Zhongshan 2nd Road)
Operating Hours: 11:00 - 1:00 (the next day)
Average cost per person: CNY 50

 Chun Shui Tang
Chinese name: 春水堂 (chūn shuǐ táng)
Specialties: Chun Shui Tang is a famous teahouse and restaurant from Taiwan. It serves excellent Chinese tea and tasty food and snacks. The milk tea is also good.
Address: No. 1, Middle Huaihai Road, Huangpu District (near Liulin Road)
Operating Hours: 8:00 - 23:00 (to 24:00 on weekends)
Average cost per person: CNY 30 - 50

 
Tai He Teahouse

Chinese name: 泰和茶馆 (tài hé chá guǎn)
Specialties: With a minimum expense of a pot of tea, you can enjoy the various snacks for free. The beef, barbecued food, and fruits are tasty. In addition, there is sometimes performance of ancient Chinese zither.
Address: No. 569, Pudong Avenue, Pudong New Area (near Dongfang Road)
Operating Hours: 10:00 - 2:00 (the next day)
Minimum expense: CNY 68

 Rose House
Chinese name: 古典玫瑰园 (gǔ diǎn méi guī yuán)
Specialties: Rose House with an extremely delicate environment serves authentic British tea and desserts. The flowery wallpaper, the classical European furnishings, tea sets with rose patterns, and the gently music together make the Rose House be full of the atmosphere of the European royal court.
Super Brand Mall Branch: 1F, Super Brand Mall, No. 168, West Lujiazui Road, Pudong New Area
Operating Hours: 11:00 - 22:00
Average cost per person: CNY 80 - 100
Huaihai Branch: B2F, Pacific Department Store, No. 333, Middle Huaihai Road, Huangpu District
Operating Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Average cost per person: CNY 50

 Ya Qu Teahouse
Chinese name: 雅趣茶道 (yǎ qù chá dào)
Specialties: The quiet environment of Ya Qu Teahouse will make you feel easy. Various snacks and fruits are served with the tea. You can have a 20% discount if you buy the teahouse's card with a deposit of CNY 500.
Operating Hours: 11:30 - 2:00 (the next day)
Average cost per person: CNY 60 - 80
Lujiabang Branch: No. 693, Lujiabang Road, Huangpu District (near Kualong Road)
Dongfang Road Branch: No. 918, Dongfang Road, Pudong New Area (opposite the Holiday Inn)

 Yi He Teahouse
Chinese name: 颐和茶馆 (yí hé chá guǎn)
Specialties: Dainty fittings, delicate decorations, and authentic Chinese tea guarantee the popularity of this teahouse. With a minimum expense of a pot of tea, various snacks and fruits are provided free of charge. At night, you can also appreciate Pingtan, a local opera of Suzhou.
Address: No. 158, Huayuan Shiqiao Road, Pudong New Area (near Middle Yincheng Road)
Operating Hours: 10:00 - 2:00 (the next day)
Minimum expense: CNY 68

 Tun Run Tea House
Chinese name: 唐韵茶坊 (táng yùn chá fāng)
Specialties: It is a famous teahouse serves tea, dim sums, and fruits at reasonable prices.
Operating Hours: 10:00 - 2:00 (the next day)
Hengshan Road Branch: No. 199, Hengshan Road, Xuhui District (between Gao'an Road and Urumqi Road)
Average cost per person: CNY 60
Huangpu Branch: 3-4F, No. 479, East Nanjing Road, Huangpu District
Average cost per person: CNY 50
Minhang Branch: No. 986, Longming Road, Minhang District (the intersection with Gudai Road)
Average cost per person: CNY 40