Starbucks Just Opened Its First Store EVER in Italy, and It's More Gorgeous Than We Imagined
The Starbucks experience we know today was inspired by the coffee culture in Milan, Italy, so it's hard to believe there's never been a single location in Italy. That all changes on Sept. 6 when the Starbucks Reserve Roastery opens in Milan, and it might be Starbucks's most extravagant store yet. Located inside the historic Poste building in Piazza Cordusio, a square in central Milan, this location is Starbucks's third Reserve Roastery behind Seattle and Shanghai.
The beautiful coffee shop is 25,000 square feet and boasts marble countertops, Italy-inspired architecture, multiple coffee bars, an actual bar with alcohol, an affogato station, and much more. If you stop by for a pour-over coffee, you just might linger for hours.
Although locals in Italy were understandably hesitant to welcome the global chain when the plans were first announced in 2016 (after all, Italy is the birthplace of espresso), Starbucks's former CEO Howard Schultz assures people that Starbucks doesn't want to step on any toes. "We are not coming here to teach Italians how to make coffee, we're coming here with humility and respect, to show what we've learned," he said last year. "This store will be the culmination of a great dream of mine." And it's a dream for any Starbucks-lover, too.
See every detail of the first Starbucks in Italy ahead, and you'll be tempted to visit it during your next trip.