Unbeknownst to me as I began my love affair with xiao long bao at Din Tai Fung in Taipei, there are multiple locations of this fabulous, famous culinary establishment around the city.
Above is a queue forming outside Din Tai Fung at the original Taipei location in the Da'an District, No. 194, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Taipei City, 106. This is a tiny queue compared to others we have seen. Both times we have visited this location, we came at 9:45 am to be there for the 10 am opening and haven't had to wait in line.
Here (above) is an outpost of Din Tai Fung in the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi's A4 Store / Buildingmall food court! << Taipei Hsinyi Place>> How wonderful to see the chefs at work. Being able too see these xiao long bao masters as they create reminds me of my time at Paradise Dynasty. Plus, you can order take away.
Viking Bear and I've also seen the Din Tai Fung restaurant at Taipei 101 on the B1 level // main entry point straight across from MRT Taipei 101 exit 4 (photos below). When we first arrived there wasn't too big of a line but after spending some time in Taipei 101 and getting ready to exit, there was a huge crowd forming!
Getting out of the metro station and more than ready to visit the Taipei 101 building
Here is the outdoor signage of Din Tai Fung when you come out from the metro. Enter Taipei 101 to get to the restaurant entrance. However, you can view the chefs at work and dining room from the glass windows outside.