Guide to Starbucks on Taipei 101’s 35th Floor

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Did you know that the 35th floor and Taipei 101 has a secret Starbucks?

It does; moreover, it’s the highest Starbucks on Earth.

However, how do you visit the Starbucks on the 35th floor? 

Summary:

To visit the secret Starbucks in Taipei 101, you must make a reservation by calling. Afterward, once it’s time for your reservation, you will need to go to Taipei 101 and wait in the lobby to take the elevator up to the 35th floor Starbucks. 

Throughout this guide, I will give you basic information on visiting the 35th floor Starbucks in Taipei 101. Some things I’ll cover include a list of rules, how to get to Taipei 101, and how to make your reservation.

Overview of Taipei 101’s 35th Floor Starbucks

Taipei 101 35th floor Starbucks basic information:

  • Hours
    • Monday–Friday: 7:30 A.M.–8:00 P.M.
    • Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 A.M.–7:30 P.M.
  • 35th floor Starbucks phone number: +886-2-8101-0701

Starbucks 101 List of Rules

When visiting this unique Starbucks, you will need to keep the following rules in mind. 

Dress code: apparently, the dress code in 35th floor Starbucks is smart casual. That means you can’t wear flip-flops or shorts.

However, I just wore a T-shirt and jeans when I went there, and nobody said anything.

Duration of stay: you can only stay at the secret Starbucks for 90 minutes max.

Minimum spend: you don’t need to pay a fee to enter the 35th floor Starbucks. However, you will need to spend at least $250 NTD ($8) per person. Fortunately, with how Starbucks prices its drinks and food, you won’t have a problem meeting that threshold. 

Also, the prices in this Starbucks aren’t any different from other Starbucks drought Taiwan.

How To Get to Taipei 101 Starbucks #

35th floor Starbucks in Taipei 101 address:

Taipei MRT

To reach Taipei 101 VIA, the Taipei Metro, you have a couple of options. First, you can take the Taipei MRT Red Line to the Taipei 101 World Trade Center Station and leave VIA Exit 4.

Or, you can take the Taipei Metro Blue Line to Taipei City Hall Station, leave through Exit 2, then make your way toward Taipei 101.

City Bus

If you want to get to Taipei 101 by bus—the most affordable transportation—you will want to arrive at the following steps:

  • 101 International Shopping Center Station: bus numbers BL5, 537, 28, 797, 32, or the Taipei Sightseeing Double Decker Bus
  • Taipei 101 MRT Station: bus numbers 28, 281, 537, 915, BR6, G1, BR21, BR18, or 647

Taxi or Uber

If you don’t want to get on the busy MRT or city bus, you can always call a taxi or use get an Uber.

When taking a taxi, show it to the driver. From there, the driver will take you to Taipei 101. They likely may not speak Mandarin, but you won’t have to worry because they probably won’t say anything.

5 Steps To Visiting Starbucks in Taipei 101

There isn’t too much that goes into booking a visit to the secret Starbucks in Taipei 101.

Just call ahead of time, make a reservation, and when the day comes, go to Taipei 101 and wait for an elevator ride that’ll take you to Starbucks. 

  1. 1. Call To Make a Reservation but Don’t Panic

    You will want to call the following number one day in advance between 5 P.M. and 6:30 P.M. to make a reservation: +886-2-8101-0701.

    However, if you want window seats, I recommend calling a week ahead of time. That way, you have a higher chance of being the first person in line; therefore, leading you to get inside the Starbucks first and giving you a chance to snag a window seat.

    When calling, the staff will first respond to you in Mandarin. However, if you speak English, they will likely start speaking English. Otherwise, they will find someone who can better assist you. 

    During your phone call, you will set up a time to go to the Taipei 101 Starbucks. Afterward, the person on the phone will give you the reservation number you will use when ordering your food and get on the elevator to get to the 35th floor.

    Ensure you record the reservation number on your phone or a piece of paper.

    The last reservation slot is 90 minutes before Starbucks closes—6:30 P.M. on weekdays and 5 P.M. on weekends.

    Also, it’s in your best interest not to call on the weekends; otherwise, it may take you forever to get ahold of someone.

  2. Get to Taipei 101 Before Your Reservation Time

    When the time comes, ensure that you arrive at the Taipei 101 lobby at least 10 minutes early.

  3. Enter the Business Lobby in Taipei 101

    Once you arrive, you will likely see a line of people and a sign stating that they are in line for Starbucks. Prepare your reservation number and prepare to show it to the Starbucks staff.

  4. Ride an Elevator and Enjoy Your Drink

    Whenever the Starbucks staff is ready, they will lead the line into an elevator that will take everyone to the 35th floor Starbucks. From there, it’s a free-for-all to find a seat and afterward what are your drinks or food.

You will need your reservation number in hand when ordering.

Is Visiting the 35th Floor Starbucks in Taipei 101 Worth It? #

In my opinion, the visit wasn’t worth it.

Here’s some context. I went there a few years back (before COVID) for my birthday at night. Because it was dark and the insides of the Starbucks’ windows were reflective, making it difficult to see the outside.

Moreover, everyone rushes to the window seats first. Thus, I had to wait a while before sitting on a barstool overlooking Taipei. Despite my experience, I still recommend visiting the “secret” Starbucks in Taipei 101.

It doesn’t cost much, and it’s a unique experience you won’t find anywhere else on Earth.

Also, you may want to try going during the day. Perhaps you’ll encounter fewer people, and the view will be better.

Frequently Asked Questions About Taipei 101 Starbucks

I’ve aggregated all of the most important questions on the internet to help you better prepare for this unique experience. 

Where Are the Best Seats?

The best seats on the 35th floor of Taipei 101 are by the window. If you can’t snag a window seat, you can wait for someone who’s sitting by the window to leave.

How Crowded Does It Get?

The secret Starbucks in Taipei 101 can get crowded during the night time and on weekends. Therefore, I recommend booking a reservation for a weekday morning at least a week ahead of time. 

Does the Staff Speak English?

From my experience, the staff at the Starbucks on the 35th floor and Taipei 101 speak some English.

However, I have heard of many people only encountering staff that speaks Mandarin. So, just in case, you may want to bring a friend who speaks Mandarin or prepare your Google Translate app.

How Fast Is Taipei 101’s Elevator?

Taipei 101’s elevator goes around 37 mph (60.6 km) or 55.22 feet (16.83 meters) per second. So while riding this elevator, you may feel your ears pop a bit.

Ready to Visit the Highest Starbucks in the World?

While you can get a better view of Taipei by exploring the observatory or the top floor, the Starbucks on Taipei 101 35th floor is still a unique experience and doesn’t cost much. Moreover, you don’t need to do much to book your visit.

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