Yongkang Street is the origin of Taipei alley culture. Without doubt it is the cr egrave;me de la cr egrave;me in terms of gourmet cuisine. Originally earning fame for its traditional cuisine such as Din Tai Fung #39;s Taiwanese dumplings and the Shou-Lan Gourmet; the 20-plus year-old Hui-Liu Restaurant is representative of the new healthy-eating fashion that combines tea and vegetarian cuisine with a brilliant interior design and classical music in the background portraying a sense of style and leisure. Another favorite of scholars is the Yeh Tang Tea Culture Research Institute a place with an emphasis on traditional Taiwanese tea culture as well as the contemporary cafes and tea stores along the alleys of Yongkang Qingtian and Longquan. Each shop is run in the unique style of its owner who is always glad to chat and share with customers the beauty that is called ldquo;life rdquo;.