MRT Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station (台北101 / 世貿站)

[This post will be updated if new information about places around the station comes available. 🙂 ]

Xinyi District

The Xinyi Commercial District, local mecca for fashion chic, is one of Taipei’s liveliest areas. Beside the forest of tall, ultra-modern buildings is an enclave of old residences transformed into a cultural-creative hub, backed by green hills with trails bringing superb views. The many styles and ways to play is Xinyi’s greatest charm!

Taipei 101

With a height of 508 meters, Taipei 101 was at one time the world’s tallest building. After buying tickets on the 5th floor for the Taipei 101 Observatory, ride the super-fast elevators to reach the 89F indoor viewing area in just 37 seconds. Enjoy grand Taipei overlooks and view the world’s largest and heaviest tuned mass damper. On the 91F outside observation platform see the tower’s soaring spire up close and take in even more exalted vistas. Go even higher, to the 101th floor, by signing up for the SKYLINE 460 experience.

With a height of 508 meters, Taipei 101 was at one time the world’s tallest building. After buying tickets on the fifth floor for the Taipei 101 Observatory, ride the super-fast elevators to reach the 89F indoor viewing area in just 37 seconds. Enjoy grand Taipei overlooks and view the world’s largest and heaviest tuned mass damper. On the 91F outside observation platform see the tower’s soaring spire up close and take in even more exalted vistas. Each year, the Taipei 101 Run Up marathon attracts the world’s top vertical-race athletes.

On the lower floors of the tower is the Taipei 101 Mall which has hundreds of brand boutiques and a large food court. As Taiwan’s most iconic international landmark, this skyscraper’s mall features trendy premium goods from all around the world and many specialty restaurants. At the end of the year come watch the brilliant Taipei 101 New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show, which draws huge crowds every New Year’s Eve!

Taipei 101
View from the Taipei 101 Observatory

Add: No. 7, Sec. 5, Xinyi Rd., Taipei City
(台北市信義路5段7號)
Tel: (02) 8101-7777

LOVE Taipei

Beside Taipei 101 are numerous large-scale installation artworks. Perhaps most eye-catching is the LOVE sculpture in the plaza in front of the tower, created by American pop-art master Robert Indiana. It is an urban-art landmark in Taipei. Another is the Infinite Life sculpture, made with retired Taipei 101 steel elevator cable, a group-photo favorite.

LOVE Taipei sign

Jimmy Moon Bus

Located diagonally opposite Taipei 101, the Moon Bus is a large-scale installation artwork based on illustrator Jimmy Liao’s picture book When the Moon Forgot.A real bus is used as creative space in whimsically depicting the book’s world, with a teddy bear driver and a little boy holding the moon. Gaze at the stars through the skylight, and enter an infinity-reflection mirrored tree trunk “interior.”

Jimmy Moon Bus
Inside the bus

Ding Xian 101 Restaurant (頂鮮101)

The highest Taiwanese seafood restaurant in the world, Ding Xian 101 serves dishes that combine the essence of Japanese and European cuisine with Taiwanese-style seafood. The resplendent and romantic décor creates a romantic and high-class ambience.

Ding Xian 101 Restaurant

Add: 86F, No. 7, Sec. 5, Xinyi Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City
(台北市信義區信義路五段七號86樓) (inside Taipei 101)
Website: www.dingxian101.com

Shin Yeh Dining
(欣葉食藝軒)

Chosen for its 2019 OAD Top 100+ Asian Restaurants list by Opinionated About Dining, Westernization of Taiwanese cuisine is the draw here, with local ingredients prepared with traditional techniques in unique set meals. The “Taipei Taipei Set Meal” cleverly makes each dish a metaphor for a sightseeing icon, letting diners explore Taipei via the palate while savoring the city landscape via the restaurant’s lofty views.

Dining with a view
Fine cuisine

Add: 85F-1, No. 7, Sec. 5, Xinyi Rd., Taipei City (inside Taipei 101)
(台北市信義路5 段7 號85 樓之1 ( 台北101 ))
Tel: (02) 8101-0185

Starbucks on 35F of Taipei 101
(星巴克101 35F 門市)

Linger over a fine cup of coffee and quality meal while overlooking Taipei’s busy streets from 35 floors up. While most Starbucks outlets are down on the street level, this one is high up the Taipei 101 tower, making it a special pilgrimage destination for coffee lovers (reservation one day in advance required).

Enjoying a coffee and the view from the 35th floor

Add: 35F-1, No. 7, Sec. 5, Xinyi Rd., Taipei City (inside Taipei 101)
(台北市信義路5 段7 號35 樓之1 ( 台北101 )
Tel: (02) 8101- 0701

CÉ LA VI Taipei

This elite-grade restaurant/lounge operation, has branches in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur. The interior has a charmingly elegant, stylish ambience, and the large windows provide 360-degree views, with up-close looks of Taipei 101 and the bustling streets in the district. It is well known for its inventive cocktails and gourmet cuisine, with such novelties as Taiwan high-mountain tea and kaoliang liquor used as cocktail bases.

Add: 48F, No. 17, Songzhi Rd., Taipei City (inside Breeze Nan Shan)
(台北市松智路17 號48 樓( 微風南山))
Tel: 0909-956-000

Smith & Wollensky Taipei

In the Hollywood movie The Devil Wears Prada the main character, Miranda, loves the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse. This is the chain’s first Asia outlet, offering great food and views from high up Taipei 101. The main culinary draw is the dry-aged steak, with all beef from the same ranch sources that supply its sister branches, ensuring consistency of flavor. Taiwanese specialty dishes are also prepared, such as steak cooked with Kavalan whisky.

Dining with Taipei 101 in full view

Add: 47F, No. 17, Songzhi Rd., Taipei City (inside Breeze Nan Shan)
(台北市松智路17 號47 樓( 微風南山))
Tel: (02) 2345-5647

44 South Village – Good Cho’s (四四南村–好丘)

Close to Taipei 101, the life and culture of old-time military dependents’ community is on display here. Enjoy Taiwan-themed souvenirs and foods at Good Cho’s restaurant. The Simple Market, held Sundays, showcases hand-crafted creative goods and snack treats. A flea market staged every second and forth Saturday each month is a visitors’ favorite place for treasure-hunting.

Good Cho’s bagel breakfast

Add: No. 54, Songqin St., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City
(台北市信義區松勤街54號)  
Website: www.goodchos.com.tw

HOTEL IN THE AREA
Pacific Business Hotel
(太平洋商旅)
Add: 11F, No. 495, Guangfu S. Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City
(台北市信義區光復南路495號11樓)
Tel: (02) 8780-2000
Website: www.businesscenter.com.tw

Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC)
(台北世貿中心)

Encompassing large exhibition halls, the International Trade Building, Taipei International Convention Center, and Grand Hyatt Hotel, the TWTC provides international professionals with convenient, comprehensive services. Many renowned annual fairs, such as the Taipei International Travel Fair and Computex Taipei, are staged here.

Add: No. 5, Sec. 5, Xinyi Rd., Taipei City
(台北市信義區信義路五段5號)
Tel: (02) 2725-5200
Website: www.twtc.com.tw

Keelung Road/Xinyi Road Intersection

The pedestrian overpass here provides a perfect angle, with Taipei 101, the Taipei World Trade Center, and neighboring high-rises fitting in one frame. The lights of streaming traffic add to the beauty at night.

Taipei 101 seen from Keelung Road/Xinyi Road Intersection

Xiao Kai Yue Southern Village Snack Food Restaurant
(小凱悅南村小吃店)

This restaurant has been in business for more than 40 years. The signature dish is fried noodles, featuring solid, chewy handmade noodles. With savory shredded pork and veggies added, it’s a simple yet delicious meal. The specially-made side dishes are also renowned. Beyond the must-order Taiwanese-style luwei, try the refreshing chilled cucumber topped with garlic and sesame sauces. The “mother’s flavor” stir-fry are also popular.

Handmade noodles with shredded pork and other dishes

Add: No. 14, Ln. 178, Zhuangjing Rd., Taipei City
(台北市莊敬路178 巷14 號)
Tel: (02) 8789-3628 (Closed on Sunday)

Do It True (Bib Gourmand Selection)
(都一處)

In operation for more than 70 years, food on offer here includes authentic dishes from northern China, prepared with the technique used in the Qing Dynasty royal kitchen. Must-tries include deep-fried pork croquettes, made with fresh pork-leg cuts, grouper fillet with distiller’s-grain sauce, dalian (large potstickers), jiangrou shaobing (pork with flatbread), and charcoal-baked scallion pancakes, crispy outside and tender inside.

Large potstickers

Add: No. 506, Sec. 4, Ren’ai Rd., Taipei City
(台北市仁愛路4 段506 號)
Tel: (02) 2720-6417

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