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[TAIPEI] Smith & Hsu

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Smith & Hsu

Address*: No.33, Section 5, Zhong Xiao East Road, Taipei 台北市忠孝東路五段33號
Tel: (02) 2747 4857
Hours: 10:00am~10:30pm
Price: [Tea] 180~690 NTD, [Afternoon Tea Sets] 235~1120 NTD, [Salads & Sandwiches] 160~220 NTD

There’s not much to complain about Smith & Hsu other than the fact that it’s almost always packed. Though the original aim of the tea shop is to create a space where one could enjoy tea in a comfortable and relaxed environment, Smith & Hsu is so popular that you can barely get a peace of mind. Irregardless, this place serves soothing tea and delicious scones, so why not give it a try?

*Multiple locations, check website for more info.




Upon seated, you will be presented with a myriad of tea samples on a tray. It’s an amusing and somewhat overwhelming experience as you open bottles after bottles, smelling blends after blends with intriguing names like “Pearls of the River Nile“, “Exquisite with Raspberry“, and “Rose of the Orient“. Can’t decide what to pick? Don’t worry, it’s part of the fun.

Tea samples

Charming names

Tea leaves

Once you eventually settle your fickle mind, the blend will come in a cute little tea pot, perfectly steeped.

Tea, the colors!


There are also a few cheaper options to choose from for those who just want a “cup” instead of a “pot”:

Osmanthus Dong Ding Ooling 桂花凍頂烏龍蜜茶 130 NTD

Kir Royal Fruit Tea 皇家基爾水果冰茶 130~160 NTD

Smith & Hsu has the reputation of having the best scones in town. If memory serves correctly (I tried the scones almost 2 years ago), these buttery delights, accompanied by Devonshire cream and jam, were indeed very satisfying with crispy crusts and moist centers. There’s also an English Afternoon tea set (1120 NTD) which includes the additional cakes, cookies, finger sandwiches, but the general consensus is that these are rather forgettable.

When in the mood for something more substantial, choose from their selection of sandwiches and salads. Though I’ve personally never tried this, I heard the Sandwich with Smoked Chicken, Mango, and Cream Cheese is quite delicious.

Tuna salad

Grilled chicken salad

If you don’t mind the crowd, Smith & Hsu is a safe go-to place for tea, scones, or a light meal. Just make sure you call ahead and reserve a table.

Tea tea tea

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Written by sugarednspiced

April 17th, 2011 at 9:19 am

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  1. I like how they aren’t pretentious and health freaks by leaving on the best part of a chicken, the skin. That would be one great salad.


    18 Apr 11 at 8:46 AM

  2. Yesss the skin is the must. Try this next time you are nearby!


    18 Apr 11 at 8:50 PM

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