A-Mei Tea House 阿妹茶樓
Besides the "small eats" (小吃), popular in Jioufen are the tea houses
If you're thinking this is where you'd get a cup of cheap boba tea, look elsewhere~
One time my friend Daniel from the state came to Taiwan's MaoKong (貓空), another place well known for tea houses. Daniel later told me he was quite frustrated walking all around MaoKong for hours not finding one tea house that would sell him a cup of ice cold milk tea to go!!!
There are many tea houses along Shuchi Road, most of them similar to this one we visited, A-Mei Tea House
(btw, A-mei tea house is not related to the Taiwanese pop star with the same name!)
Tea houses like this are not cheap. A-Mei Tea House for example has a minimum of NT$200/person expense requirement. This small pot of honey sweet osmanthus tea is NT$200, so is Chris' veggie noodle soup.
Why the whooping price? Tea houses are popular hang out places among Taiwanese, they usually have a relaxing setting and a great view. This is where friends would meet up, order a pot of hot tea, and enjoy hours of chit chatting. Unlike a resturant, where you might felt compelled to leave as soon as you're done with the meal, you can normally stay in a tea house for as long as you want.
A-Mei Tea House opens 24 hours a day. For those staying in Jioufen overnight at a bed and breakfast (民宿) , rumor has it that it's got a great night view of the Taiwan's north coast~