Picture taken from the former coffee shop near the top floor of Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Building, it was a great free view of the city looking north. The freeway running left to right is Civic Blvd (wrongly called Civil Blvd in latest Lonely Planet guide-book).
Taipei Main Station roof is the large brown building in lower right corner. On the other side of the freeway, the empty lot is where the Q-Building and bus station have since been constructed.
The area to the left with low building’s is the old river suburb of Da Dao Cheng which is now seeing plenty of new high rise office buildings as the city expands.
One of the three or four bridges that cross the Taipei or Tamshui river is creeping into the picture on the upper left corner.
There is still a coffee shop at Shin Kong, on a lower floor, with a reasonable view looking north. Coffee is NT$150 per cup which is about double that charged at the ‘85′ (brand) coffee shops or just a bit more than at Starbucks.
Personally I think coffee sold at McDonald’s is better than Starbucks and probably less than half the price. At Starbucks you might see a few of the foreign language teachers using WiFi.