Starbucks in Taiwan: 17 Most Beautiful Stores You Have to Visit

Starbucks in Taiwan: 17 Most Beautiful Stores You Have to Visit

From a store built from shipping containers, to the highest Starbucks in the entire world!

Allow me to begin with an iconic quote from my aunt, who always seems to say this no matter where we are in the world: “Can we go to Starbucks?”

For some travellers, visiting their favourite restaurant/cafe/fast food chain in a foreign city is a must. Others might deem it basic, but if you’d think about it, there truly is something interesting about exploring a particular country’s take on a big-name global franchise. Take the Starbucks in Taiwan, for instance — something that many a caffeine lover can and would vouch for. Apart from the local menu offerings, there are a handful of branches that are the stuff of Instagram-worthy dreams! 

Sure, this country might be more famous for its milk tea scene, but that doesn’t mean that Starbucks — of all brands — can’t hold its ground. (And surely, you’ll need something more caffeine-heavy as you explore this crowd fave destination.) So, without further ado, here are the most amazing Starbucks stores all over Taiwan; from a coastal outlet made out of shipping containers, to the highest one in the entire world. 

All the coolest Starbucks in Taipei

1. This avantgarde glasshouse in Tamsui

As you arrive at Starbucks Tamsui Cloud Gate, you might think for a second that you’ve been transported to a luxe farm stay. At the front, you’ll find a wooden boardwalk beside a tiny lily pond along with an elegant statue. Upon stepping inside, you’ll be greeted by nature-inspired interiors that make you feel like you’re in a futuristic greenhouse. 

Wondering why the storefront sculpture is designed as such? Well, that’s because this Starbucks store is a stone’s throw away from the Cloud Gate Dance Theater.

Take it from us — spending a morning or afternoon here feels as easy as Sunday mornings; what with its floor-to-ceiling windows that let in the sunshine, paired with its lush surroundings. With a cuppa in hand, enjoy the temporary respite from the hustle and bustle of Tamsui district

Address: No. 32-1, Lane 6, Section 1, Zhongzheng Road, Tamsui District, New Taipei City

2. This three-storey retro mansion on Bao An Street

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If you like visiting historic houses, then you’ll definitely love Starbucks Bao An Datong. It’s literally inside a red-brick Baroque mansion, making its facade an easy standout amidst the other grey buildings in Dadaocheng district

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Then, once you step inside, it’s as if you’ve travelled back in time. The interiors feature high ceilings decorated with tiered chandeliers, arched windows offering views of the historic neighbourhood, and Art Deco elements that are equal parts sophisticated and cosy. 

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Quick history lesson: this mansion used to belong to Yejintu, one of the wealthiest merchants in Dadaocheng during his time. Fortunately, his home was well preserved by the government before eventually becoming one of the must-visit Starbucks in Taipei. 

Address: No. 11, Baoan Street, Datong District, Taipei City

3. This historic corner residence in Wanhua

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Another fine example of adaptive reuse (i.e., repurposing old buildings with contemporary concepts) is the Starbucks Bangka-Xiyuan branch. Just like the previous one, this one is also housed in a historic site: the Wanhua Lin Mansion from the 1930s. 

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Both interiors and exteriors have been kept intact over the decades. From the massive pillars to the window panes and stairways, this Starbucks in Taipei is reminiscent of tea houses from a bygone era. In fact, the wallpapers you’d see now are very much inspired by the Lin family’s original ones! 

Address: No. 24, Lane 306, Section 1, Xiyuan Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City

4. This rustic über-spacious building in Ximending

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If you walk just a few blocks away, you’ll spot the Starbucks Hanzhong store located in the ever-lively Ximending Youth Shopping District. Oh, and did you know that this is also the very first Starbucks in Taiwan that was renovated in an old building?  

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At first glance, it might seem like your run-of-the-mill Starbucks. But once inside, you’ll find that it’s actually quite spacious! Built in 1982, the building was originally a study centre, then converted into different types of restaurants, before eventually being the coffee house it is today. 

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Since it’s right by one of the entrances to Ximending, it’s a great place to stop by before your shopping galore! Alternatively, you can also drop by once you’re done and in need of caffeine to recharge. 

Address: 1st Floor, No. 51, Hanzhong Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City

5. This sleek contemporary stone house in Shilin

From outside, the Starbucks Tianmu store might seem a bit intimidating, what with its wrought iron gates and architecture that balances old-school and modern-chic. As the name suggests, it’s located in the Tianmu part of Shilin District, which is well known as the enclave of Taipei’s expats. 

If the weather permits, we recommend enjoying your drink al fresco. There are wooden benches scattered around the garden, with tall trees providing enough shade and a sense of serenity. Speaking of drinks, this is also one of the select Starbucks in Taiwan that offer nitrogen cold brew and coffee craft beer! 

Address: No. 1, Alley 18, Lane 38, Tianyu Street, Shilin District, Taipei City

6. This ‘secret’ branch in Taipei 101

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While there are actually several Starbucks Taipei 101 locations, the one on the 35th floor is definitely the most interesting! For starters, it’s the only Starbucks store in the world that requires you to make a reservation and spend a minimum of NT$250 (~S$11.89) per person. But if you’d ask us, it’s worth it for the amazing panoramic views of the city! (And a tad cheaper than the entrance fee to the Taipei 101 Observatory…)

Still on the fence about visiting this specific Starbucks Taipei 101 store? Well, what if we told you that this happens to be the highest Starbucks in the world? Sure, it’s only the 35th out of 100 floors, but being able to enjoy the view while sipping on your coffee (or matcha!) sure sounds relaxing. 

Note: This Starbucks in Taiwan has a dress code, so make sure not to wear shorts or slippers when you come here. You’ll also have to reserve at least a day in advance! 

Address: No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City

7. This cosy cottage in Yangmingshan National Park

While there’s hardly ever a bad time or place to enjoy your Starbucks drink, there’s something extra special about having it in a rustic setting up in the mountains. Imagine sitting by the fireplace with a warm cup in hand and a scenic natural landscape outside. And at the Starbucks Grass Mountain outlet, you can do exactly that! 

This one gets its name from the old moniker of Yangmingshan National Park that is Caoshan, or ‘grass mountain’ in Mandarin. It’s also just a short drive north from downtown Taipei. The best time to visit would be from mid-February to mid-March, where you can witness the surrounding cherry blossoms in full bloom! 

Address: No. 5, Guotai Street, Shilin District, Taipei City

Also read: Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Taiwan

8. This third wave coffee museum in Da’an

Ever been to a café that also doubles as a ‘coffee theatre’ of sorts? Such is the concept behind the Starbucks Reserve Longmen store. There, you can get the full speciality coffee; from watching beverages being handcrafted at the 360-degree central bar, to going through the four uniquely themed sections dedicated to a type of coffee concept. Oh, and did we mention that there’s an ample amount of spacious tables? 

You can also learn more about the regions where the beans originated, thanks to the Coffee Producing Area Theme Wall. Spanning 14 metres long, it’s essentially a coffee belt map that uses colours and textures of more than 10 natural trees! It was created by local wood veneer artist, Li Shen. 

Address: No. 134, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City

9. This old-fashioned ceramic-centric building on Yingge Old Street

Doesn’t this Starbucks in Taipei’s Yingge district remind you of Spirited Away? So hey, if you don’t have time to go all the way to Jiufen, then this is the next-best thing for all you Ghibli fans! Just imagine that there are red lanterns festooning the balconies.

Starbucks Yuying Yingge is all about showcasing the area’s local craftsmanship. Upon close look, you’ll notice that this repurposed old building incorporates local materials to its design. This includes ceramics, circle terracotta, kiln pottery, and terrazzo tiles, and more. Aside from that, the store also showcases works by local ceramic artists! 

Address: 67 Yuying Street, Yingge District, New Taipei City

Also read: 10 Destinations in Asia That Inspired (Or Were Inspired by) Studio Ghibli Movies

More amazing Starbucks in Taiwan

10. This majestic building with Greek columns in Taoyuan

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From afar, Starbucks Chenggong Taoyuan looks like a grand, centuries-old structure that probably houses a museum. That is, until you see the all too familiar logo as you walk closer! It’s one of those buildings that are hard to miss, thanks to its Greek Revival and Baroque elements highlighted by ornate details. 

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Come for the architecture that’ll make you feel like you’re in Europe, stay for the delish drinks and pastries. On that note, you might want to don your best travel OOTD for when you take a photo by the entrance. (Your Instagram feed will thank you!) 

Address: No.2 & No.2-1, Section 1, Chenggong Road, Taoyuan City

11. This fascinating ‘sipping cargo’ in Hualien Bay

The Starbucks Weilan store is made out of 29 recycled shipping containers that are stacked upon one another and painted in fun, vibrant hues. And we bet this is something you don’t see every day — or every trip, for that matter. It also happens to be the first of its kind in the entire Asia Pacific!

It’s located in Hualien Bay Mall and clearly a study in minimalism and artistic storytelling. Each container has its own unique interior decor, while their outer walls feature a unique code that records the story of their past voyages all over the world! 

The renowned Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma, designed these in a way that retains their original appearances. Furthermore, the bold and bright art on the walls derive inspiration from the culture of Hualien county’s Ami tribe — pretty cool, isn’t it? And finally, it also has a drive-thru for those who’d like to have their coffee on the go while having a quick look at this geometric masterpiece!

Address: No. 505, Section 1, Nanbin Road, Ji’an Township, Hualien County

12. This chic modernist house on Matsu Island

Look at these photos of Starbucks Matsu and what do you see? An interesting cross between a mid-century California abode and an immaculately white Santorini villa. Also, notice how it’s shaped like a ship, which is clearly a nod to the fishing-centric heritage of Matsu Island

Situated beside Fuao Port in the town of Nangan, it offers a charming view of the bay and all the vessels floating around the harbour. Oh, and a fun fact: it’s the northernmost Starbucks in Taiwan!

Address: No. 143-1, 8 Neighborhood Fuwo Village, Nangan Township, Lianjiang County

13. This stunning European-style clock tower in Taichung

The city of Taichung is a popular day tour pick from Taipei, given that it’s only two hours away from the capital. Should you opt to visit, make sure to add Lihpao Outlet Mall to your itinerary — though, not necessarily for shopping. There, you’ll find a 17-metre-tall, octagonal clock tower that is actually a Starbucks store! Doesn’t it remind you of similar structures in old European villages? 

Not to be outdone, the interiors of Starbucks Lihpao Clock Tower are just as gorgeous — albeit a contrast to the old-world charm of its facade. 

Featuring brightly coloured décor, high ceilings, and tall windows in every corner, it’s every bit elegant and trendy. It’s almost like you’re dining in a fancy European bistro minus the exorbitant prices, thank goodness!

Address: No. 181, Section 2, Yuemei East Road, Houli District, Taichung City

14. This ocean-themed coffee bar in Kaohsiung

Another lavishly designed store would be this one at Dream Mall, down in Kaohsiung. BTW, this mall is the largest one in Taiwan! So, naturally, its respective Starbucks outlet is just as impressive. Don’t you think it looks more like a cocktail bar at a swanky hotel — rather than a mid-range café at a bustling mall?

The Starbucks Kaohsiung Dream Mall store is also the first to incorporate oceanic elements for its interiors. Essentially, it echoes both Kaohsiung’s moniker as the ‘Harbour Capital,’ and the brand’s origin in Seattle — another famous port city. 

Address: Main Entrance, 1st Floor, No. 789, Zhonghua 5th Road, Kaohsiung City

15. This quaint modern hut in Chiayi

Situated next to a busy road, Starbucks Chiayi Minxiong is a popular stopover for locals and tourists in this rural town. Add in the distinctly pointed roof and sleek wood and black motif, and it’s hard to miss even when you’re in a rush! 

We especially like how the architecture perfectly strikes a balance between unique and unassuming. Think of it as a contemporary take on the grassho style that the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go in Japan are famous for! Then, upon stepping inside, you’ll see that its ceilings are reminiscent of a double-row pipe organ in a church, complementing the room acoustics. 

Address: No. 235, Section 1, Jianguo Road, Minxiong Township, Chiayi County

16. This nostalgic stop at the former Xinfeng train station

Fun fact: Starbucks Hsinchu Xinfeng is the first-ever store that was rebuilt from an old railway station! It even managed to keep the original appearance and atmosphere of Xinfeng Railway Station. Essentially, it invites travellers to pause and simply live in the moment — even for just a while. 

This Starbucks in Taiwan is one of those rare places where you can go trainspotting while enjoying a cup of coffee. You can either opt for the alfresco area facing the railway, or take a seat beside the windows. There are even railings right outside, which will surely make you feel like you’re in an actual train! 

Address: 202 Xinxing Road, Xinfeng Township, Hsinchu County

Also read: In the Middle of Nowhere: This Japanese Train Station Reminds Passengers to Pause

17. This former fire brigade and police station in Huwei

Here’s another Starbucks in Taiwan located in what used to be a station…except this time, it served as a fire-slash-police station during the years after World War II! And before that, this building was Huwei Contract Office, the administrative centre of prefectures and counties during the Japanese era. Yes, it has certainly been through a lot.

Back in the day, it was the tallest landmark in the town of Huwei. Now, a portion of this four-storey structure houses the Starbucks Huwei store. Aside from a good view of nearby historic sights, you’ll also find old sliding poles used by firefighters! Dare to test your skills and take a quick slide? Address: No. 491, Section 1, Linsen Road, Huwei Town, Yunlin County

Also read: 10 Beautiful Starbucks Branches for Coffee Lovers Across the Globe

So, which Starbucks in Taiwan are you visiting on your next trip? Not gonna lie — this list just makes us even more excited to travel again! 

Looking for more lovely Starbucks branches in Asia? We’ve also got some recommendations for another destination that many of us can’t wait to visit again: South Korea! Until then, we’ll be sipping coffee leisurely and comfortably at home… or perhaps the nearest café in our neighbourhood. 

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Marcy Miniano
Marcy Miniano

A fast-talking caffeine-dependent wordsmith, Marcy has never been one to shy away from sharing a good story or two. If she’s not in a quiet coffee shop somewhere, she enjoys spending afternoons in a museum or art gallery — whether it’s around Metro Manila or a foreign city she’s visiting. She wishes to retire in a winter village someday, so she can fulfil her lifelong dream of wearing turtlenecks all year round and owning a pet penguin.


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