10 Of The Most Beautiful Starbucks Stores In Taiwan You Have To Visit

[Article extracted from City543, by Adrienne Lim]

Translated to Chinese by Teresa Lee.

With the rapid commercialization of society, coffee nowadays is closely associated with the modern working life—fast paced, high-stress living, constant need of energy replenishment and the like, and Starbucks—with its practically identical stores—is a large part of this age. We drink Starbucks because it’s Starbucks and not to enjoy a coffee over a good book or a good view. We grab a quick coffee on the way to work without sitting down in a beautifully designed space and pondering some of life’s deepest questions. Luckily, it’s not all bad, as these 10 Starbucks stores in Taiwan break from the tradition and offer you the option to slow down and truly appreciate the art of coffee.

隨著社會越來越商業化,現在的咖啡已經與現代人的工作生活緊密結合——快速的步調與高壓 的生活、總是需要補充的能量缺口、還有星巴克(以及它每間幾乎一模一樣的分店),已經成為這個世代的一大部分了。人們喝星巴克咖啡,就只因為它是星巴克, 而不是為了享受一杯咖啡配上一本好書、或一幅美景。我們總是在去上班的路上匆匆外帶一杯咖啡,而不選擇在精心設計的空間中好好坐下來,深思一些人生大道 理。幸好,並不完全那麼糟的——台灣的這10家星巴克門市有著不同凡響的設計,提供你放鬆慢活、並享受咖啡藝術的好選擇。

Taipei 101 35th Floor Store (台北101 35樓 門市)

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Located on the 35th floor of Taiwan’s most iconic building, this Starbucks store housed in the Taipei 101 offers customers the best view in Taipei. It is also one of the few stores that require booking in advance so check in a day early to ensure a seat in one of the highest Starbucks stores in the country. Although it is known that the shop is located on the 35th floor of the building, actually finding it is a different story. The store is strategically hidden, and the Starbucks staff personally come down to the ground floor to escort customers up.

位於台北標的建築台北101三十五樓 的星巴克門市,提供了全台北最棒的景觀。這也是少數需要提早預約的門市,所以請在前一天預訂,給自己在全台灣最高的星巴克門市留一張座位。雖然餐廳號稱座 落在35樓,但實際上卻發現並非如此——這層樓可是被巧妙的隱藏了,而門市店員則會親自下樓帶領貴賓們上樓進店。

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Taipei, Bao’an Store (台北 保安門市)

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Blending modern and historic architecture, the Starbucks store in Dadaocheng‘s Bao’an street is a unique work of art. The store inhabits the first three floors of a beautiful European-style red-brick building that was originally part of the a mansion built in 1926 by a wealthy owner of a canned pineapple company. Inside, the sun-drenched second floor is extremely elegant, preserving the historic staircase and hanging lights, with the Starbucks logo etched on the large window pane framed by Greek ionic columns. Likewise, the third floor of the shop feels like an old-fashioned library, with a long row of arched wooden windows. From a distance, the modern high rise atop the mansion matches any other skyscraper in the city. Up close, the building’s baroque and historic design is displayed as a tasteful remembrance of the past.

台北大稻埕保安路上的保安門市,結合了現代與古早建築,可是一座獨一無二的建築藝術。這 個門市其實是一棟建於1926年、一座鳳梨罐頭工廠富有老闆的歐式紅磚別墅的第一層到第三層樓。門市內部,陽光滿溢的二樓非常優雅,保留了古老的階梯和吊 燈,星巴克的標誌蝕刻在愛奧尼雅式圓柱為框的玻璃窗上;同樣的風格也出現在三樓,這裏猶如充滿歷史的圖書室,映著整排木製拱形窗。從遠處看,在這棟別墅上 頭矗立的大樓與任何城市裡的大廈都十分搭調;細看,這棟建築巴洛克式、又充滿歷史的設計,則展現了一種優雅的城市回憶。

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Neihu, Minquan Store (內湖 民權門市)

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The once predominantly residential district of Neihu has now become a modern high-density urban area with a large number of the working class and celebrities passing through on a daily basis. Keeping up with the trends, the Starbucks on Minquan is Taiwan’s first “green”-themed cafe also with a LEED certification from the U.S. Building Council. Made mainly of wood with high ceilings, the store is lit by LED lights and the sunlight through the large windows. Adding to the shop’s eco-friendly factor, the store also employs an airflow control system inside and a rainwater collection system outside. The patio includes a plant wall and other greenery, and there is also bicycle parking to encourage environmentally-friendly practices.

曾經是重要住宅區的內湖,現在已經成了高密度的都市區域,也是上班族與明星藝人美是必經之地。順應著時勢,星巴克民權門市是台灣得到美國綠建築協會LEED認證的第 一個「綠」咖啡店。門市主要由木頭打造,有著挑高的天花板;明亮的環境則來自LED燈與來自店裡大片窗戶的暖陽。讓這家店更加環保的,還有它的空氣對流控 制系統、和外部的雨水收集系統。門市的陽台則包含一堵綠化牆面及其他綠色植物,此外更有腳踏車停車區來鼓勵實踐環保生活。

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Neihu, Chenggong Store (內湖 成功門市)

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Also located in Neihu, the Chenggong store was once the only Starbucks store that offered meals. Although meals have not been sold for several months, there has been no official announcement that they have been taken off the menu. The shop’s exterior design falls away from the typical “Starbucks look” of ceiling high windows and glass doors. Instead, large, wooden double doors, brick walls and windows darkened by net curtains create a more mysterious vibe. The interior design follows the darker theme and consists of metal, brick and wood. The arrangement of cool metal juxtaposing rustic brick and wood is balanced and classy—combining the rural and urban look into one.

同樣也位於內湖的成功門市,可曾經是唯一一家提供餐點的星巴克呢。 雖然已經有幾個月沒有販售餐點,但官方也從未正式宣佈要停售。這家門市的外觀有別於一般「星巴克風」落地窗搭玻璃門的外裝,而是以兩扇巨大的木門、磚牆、 和裝有窗簾的微光窗戶,製造神秘的氛圍。內部的裝潢同樣採用較暗的主題設計,搭上金屬、磚塊、和木頭等元素。酷炫的金屬元素與陳舊的磚塊與木頭非常平衡而 富有品味,將鄉村與都市融為一體。

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Taipei, Yuanhuan Store (台北 圓環門市)

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This store is located on the curved corner of Nanjing West road, close to Zhongshan MRT station and Ningxia night market. One of the highlights of the store sits on the mezzanine second floor—a glass panel painted with a replica of the Yuanhuan area in its heyday with unique Starbucks designs and words hidden in the details, backlit with the light drenching through the ceiling windows. Darker, textured wood, leather seats, metal piping from which lights dangle and the silver floor give off a distinctively urban, sophisticated vibe.

台北圓環門市位於南京西路轉角,接近中山捷運站和寧夏夜市附近。門市的其中一個特色,就 是二樓的夾層樓面:那是一片玻璃板,以星巴克獨特的設計、及隱藏在細節之間的文字,透著天窗淌下的陽光,描摹出圓環地區全盛時期的記憶。深色木紋或皮製的 座椅、攢動於從光影之間的金屬管線、以及銀色的地板,展現一種獨特優雅的都會風情。

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Tainan, Zhongzheng Store (台南 永康中正門市)

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As a celebration for Starbucks’ 16th anniversary, the Zhongzheng store in Tainan opened as the first drive thru Starbucks in Taiwan. Ordering a coffee is now quick, easy and fun, thanks to electronic menus, cute graffiti of famous locations in Tainan on the walls of the building, as well as Starbucks’ star-shaped lane markings. The interior of the store continues with the hipster additions of the word “STARBUCKS” painted on a cork wall à la the Hollywood sign. Starbucks products and merchandise are displayed on a traditional wooden ox cart—a detail that accentuates the unique flavor of rural Tainan.


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Taichung, Zhongqin Store (台中 中清門市)

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Billed as one of the largest Starbucks in the Asia-Pacific region, the Zhongqin store is the fourth Starbucks in Taiwan that offers a drive thru. The spacious store occupies approximately 800-ping, seats 285 customers and offers a parking lot with fifty spaces. The building is centered around an outdoor garden that customers are free to enjoy. The store’s outside is very simple, and its interior theme continues with the minimalistic and retro tradition, with grey, black and wood serving as the main palette.


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Danshui, Fisherman’s Wharf Store (淡水 漁人碼頭門市)

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Located in one of Taiwan’s most romantic locations, the Starbucks in Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the most beautiful. The store is part of the Furong Hotel, which was designed to resemble a cruise ship. With a blue and white, almost Mediterranean exterior, paired with the beautiful scenery of the sun and sea, it is one of the best date spots and should definitely be on the list of Starbucks stores to visit. In the late afternoon or early evening, secure yourself a window seat just in time to enjoy the sunset illuminating Lovers’ Bridge, the harbor and the sea.

位於台灣最浪漫景點之一的星巴克漁人碼頭門市,也一樣名列最美的門市名單。門市是福容飯 店的一部分,並設計為郵輪的造型。有著白藍相間的地中海風情,搭配美麗的陽光與海景,漁人碼頭門市絕對是約會的好選擇、更是絕對應該造訪的門市之一。傍晚 之際,為自己找一處靠窗的座位,欣賞餘輝中的情人橋、碼頭、和海洋吧。

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Kaohsiung, Minglun Store (高雄 明倫門市)

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If the mermaid logo on the street is not enough, the quirky architecture of the Starbucks Minglun store will surely catch your eye. The store is designed with half the building slanted upwards to lead to the second floor. Outdoor seats are available for customers in the open space underneath the second floor, and those who choose to sit inside have floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the view of Kaohsiung’s beautiful Aozihdi Park. Rather than retro photos or minimalist art, the interior of the store is dotted with colorful paintings, possibly to match the culture of the artsy area.


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Kaohsiung, Sizihwan Store (高雄 西子灣門市)

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Starbucks’ Fisherman’s Wharf is not the only one to offer a great view of the ocean to go along with your midday coffee. Furnished mainly with wooden tables, the Sizihwan store is decorated with red velvet seats and oil lamp lights that look like they were taken straight off the Titanic. The spacious and sunny walkways outside are a great change of scene from the usual crowded bustling streets of Taipei. After touring Sizihwan’s artistic locations, this Starbucks store is a great and relaxing last stop to enjoy a view of the sunset and the skyline of Kaohsiung.

台北的漁人碼頭門市可不是唯一一個能讓你享受咖啡配海景的選擇——高雄的西子灣門市有著 木桌、紅色天鵝絨座椅、以及油燈等設計,猶如身處鐵達尼號。寬敞而明亮的外圍走道,跟台北常見的車水馬龍可有天壤之別。在逛完西子灣藝術區後,這間令人放 鬆的星巴克門市將是你享受夕陽與高雄景觀的美好句點。

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