Have you ever been sipping on your Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino and thought, "This would be so much better if I had to put in a lot more effort to get it"?
I present to you the step-by-step (and totally worth em') directions of how to get your classy ass up to the highest Starbucks in the world located in Taipei 101.
Taipei 101, the tallest building in Taiwan, is really is a thing of beauty, but most people don't realize that it is comprised mostly of office space all the way up to the 58th floor. Surely, these office workers can't be asked to go all the way down the elevator and waste precious time finding coffee on the ground, so for them there is a Starbucks on the 35th floor. They have a fancy censor card to get there. And for us normal folk, there is a phone number to get us there.
Call this number 1 day in advance to make your reservation for your very own 90-minute coffee slot. Don't forget to save the passcode they give you, as that's your golden ticket. They won't let you in without a reservation.
Don't worry, they speak English.
Unfortunately, there is no longer the option to access this Starbucks without a reservation. This is due to the swarms of mainland Chinese tour groups that descend on previously tranquil environments and devour them like ravenous cicadas. Have you ever seen a mainland Chinese tour group? If you have, you'd understand. Sad for them, but good for everyone else because this means that the limited amount of bookings per slot equals a good chance of snagging premium seats with a view.
You'll want to enter Taipei 101 through the office entrance - not the shopping or food court attachment. A friendly, well-dressed doorman might even welcome you with a, "Hey weird foreigner, this is an office building. Are you lost?"
You can go to the reception and they will point you in the direction of the queue if you don't spot it yourself.
The official line is actually just a cute little rope with information stating that each person is required to spend a $200NT minimum, which is easy to do.
The line will start filling up once it gets closer to your exact reservation time, so the key here is a good strategy. A barista will come down, check you in and bring you into the elevator. Remeber: the last one in line means the last one in the elevator....which means the first one out of the elevator to grab the best seats! Get those elbows ready.
The rest is just a normal Starbucks with an amazing view. A totally worth it view.
We had read previous to our coffee date that men should be wearing pants, as this is an office building with fancy business men, but the dude in front of us got through just fine in his salmon-pink summer shorts.
After all that fuss is over, it really is just a normal old Starbucks. Just a fun thing to do if you have time to kill, and a good way to justify spending $200NT on coffee.