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Taipei Travel | Things to Do Near Taipei 101: Starbucks, Observatory, Night Markets and More

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Taipei 101 is one of the most important landmark in Taipei. Whether you are interested in history, the arts, night markets, or purely just into shopping, Taipei has you all covered. There’s just so much things to do in Taipei, you might not even know where to start. Well, don’t worry cause this article is your ultimate guide to your Taipei Travel. In this article, I’ll introduce how to go to Taipei 101, what to do in Taipei 101 and things to do near Taipei 101. You might be surprised to find out there’s even the highest altitude Starbucks in Taipei 101. Besides, I’ll recommend some night markets near Taipei 101 so you can enjoy some street foods after whole day of sightseeing.

Taipei 101

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Taipei 101 is the tallest building in the Xinyi District. It’s also the 6th tallest building in Asia and the 9th tallest in the world. There are plenty of things to do in Taipei 101, including shopping, observatory, and dining. With multiple brands in Taipei 101 mall, you get to spend half a day for shopping. Not only can you find fancy and luxurious stores, but you can also find some souvenir stores selling local sweets and tea. As for dining, you should definitely visit the famous Din Tai Fun for XiaoLongBao.

How to go to Taipei 101:

Taipei MRT

-Take Red Line (Tamsui-Xinyi Line) to [ R03 ] TAIPEI 101 / World Trade Center station, Exit 4.
-Take Blue Line (Bannan Line) to [ BL18 ] TAIPEI City Hall station, Exit No.2 and then take about 10 minutes walk.

Taipei 101 Opening Hours:

Sunday through Thursday | 11:00-21:30
Friday, Saturday, and days prior to national holidays | 11:00-22:00

Taipei 101 Observatory

Taipei 101 Observatory
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If you are a fan of photography, the 360-degree stunning view of Taipei City from Taipei 101 observatory should definitely be on your must-go list. Plus, you get to ride the fastest elevator and take a look at the largest wind damper in the world.

Xinyi Shopping District

Xingyi Shopping District
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Xinyi shopping district is home to the famous Taipei 101, ATT4fun, the flagship Eslite bookstore, Neo19, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Xinyi Place, Breeze Songgao as well as other entertainment, shopping, and dining complexes.

Starbucks Taipei 101

Starbucks Taipei 101 holds the title of the tallest Starbucks in the world. Located on the 35th floor of Taipei 101, an advance reservation and a minimum spend are required to visit. Customers visiting Starbucks 101 should make reservations at least one day before by phone. An advance reservation is required since the place is not accessible to the public. Besides, this Starbucks also requires a minimum spend of NT$250 per person for 90 minutes. However, it is still worth a visit as you can enjoy the magnificent view from the most iconic building in Taipei.

Opening Hours:

Mon. – Fri. | 7:30 – 18:30 Sat. – Sun. | 9:00 – 18:00


+886 2 8101 0701


35F., No.7, Sec. 5, Xinyi Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 110, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Mountain Elephant –Xiangshan

Mountain Elephant-Xiangshan
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Mountain Elephant is a great place for you to escape the chaos of Taipei. It offers a spectacular view of Taipei both day and night. After a solid 15 to 20 minutes of stair climbing, you get to see the panoramic view of Taipei city. PersonalIy, I would recommend tourists to visit at night to avoid the humidity and heat. Elephant Mountain is accessible through Taipei MRT. Get out from Xiangshan MRT Station Exit 2 and with approximately 10 minuted of walk you’ll arrive at the hiking trail’s entrance.

Xinyi Public Assembly Hall

Xinyi Public Assembly Hall
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Xinyi Public Assembly Hall, also known as Four-four South Village, provides travelers with an important glimpse of the Xinyi District’s past. The buildings were originally homes where Taiwanese veterans and their families lived. Due to land development and reconstruction, all residents move out in 1999 and this place was destined for demolition. However, the former residents and members of cultural associations provoked a preservation movement for the village and this gave birth to the Four-four South Village. If you are interested in handicrafts and some locally-made art, this is the perfect place to visit. Xinyi Public Assembly Hall is only within walking distance from Taipei 101.

Opening Hours:

Tue. – Sun. | 9:00 – 16:00; closed on Mondays and public holidays


No.50, Songqin Street, Xinyi Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

Songshan Cultural and Creative Park

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This park was initially a tobacco factory under the Japanese government in 1937. Today, it has transformed into a creative hub of Taipei. Exhibitions, galleries, bookstores, and Cafés, you can find a lot of artsy stuff and stores around here. Come and immerse yourself in art and culture!

Opening Hours:

Mon. through Sun. | 9:00 – 18:00


No.133, Guangfu South Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City 11072, Taiwan

Sun-Yat-Sen Memorial Hall

National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
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National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall was built in 1972. The memorial hall was built to commemorate the founder of Republic of China, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. It takes about 15 minutes walking there from Taipei 101. The best time to visit is during the changing of the guards every hour.


No.505, Section 4, Ren’ai Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, 110

Night Market Near Taipei 101 – Linjiang St (Tonghua) Night Market

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Night market is the best way to learn more about Taiwanese food culture. With hundreds of stalls selling local street foods all night, you get to try out foods like ”Ice and hot rice ball”, ”Pan-fried bun”, ”Squid potage soup”, ”Pig Blood Cake”, ”Deep-fried potato ball”, ”Gua Bao”, ”Grass jelly” and ”Stinky tofu”! After you watching the sunset view from Taipei 101 observatory, you can walk to Linjiang St Night Market for dinner.

Opening Hours:

Mon. through Sun. | 18:00 – 02:00


Linjiang St., Da’an Dist., Taipei City 106, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

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