10 Stunning Starbucks Stores to See Around the World
Even if Starbucks is your daily lifeline, you probably don't make it a mandatory stop when you're traveling abroad. It's generally a good rule to avoid any stores that you can get back home, but 10 Starbucks locations around the world are worth adding to your itinerary, guilt-free. From Thailand to France, the locations ahead offer more than just a good cup of coffee; they offer a unique experience, as well. And some of them you wouldn't even recognize without seeing the storefront. Consider this the ultimate travel bucket list for Starbucks fans. See the stunning stores!
The newly opened Kyoto Ninei-zaka Yasaka Chayaten is the world’s first traditional Japanese-style Starbucks. Located within a two-story, century-old Japanese townhouse, the 3,000 square-foot store blends traditional Kyoto culture with the more familiar Starbucks experience. The building maintains its original design, with gardens in the front, back, and center featuring stone water basins, moss, and trees. Three tatami rooms can be found on the second floor, where customers can take their shoes off, relax, and enjoy their coffee.
Located in the heart of Barcelona, the Carrer de Pelai Starbucks is only steps away from Plaza de Catalunya and features both industrial and natural materials in its design. Some of it stems from 19th-century architecture, while the more modern elements are highlighted by a dramatic light installation. The store's industrial concrete panels also illustrate every step of the coffee-making process.
Vaudreuil, Québec, Canada
Located on the south shore of Two Mountains Lake in Vaudreuil, this Canadian location is inspired by the region's love of water. The Cité des Jeunes (or "Town of the Young") store showcases nautical details, the Starbucks Siren logo, and the history of coffee.
London, United Kingdom
The Great Portland Street Starbucks can be found in London's West End. Much of the building's original architecture was incorporated into the design, including its dark panels, restored hardwood floors, and various seating options for the locals.
Although recently refurbished, the Boulevard des Capucines Starbucks still maintains the building's rich history. This stunning store is located in the center of Paris near the Opéra Garnier and is the definition of elegance. The 19th-century ceiling murals and motifs were all restored to their original state.
Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya, Thailand
The Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya Starbucks features a glass wall-art installation composed of locally sourced bamboo baskets painted with latte art. The building's floor-to-ceiling height also allows for a tall wood soffit that serves as the store's centerpiece.
The Milla de Oro store is located in the prime coffee-growing region of the valley of the Andes Mountains. It features a vertical "green wall" of local vegetation, stacks of burlap coffee sacks above the bar, local artwork, and a hand-stitched cement column wrapped in leather. The store's sliding glass doors also give the store an indoor-outdoor feel.
The Starbucks at 2912 Collins is located in the heart of Miami Beach, within walking distance of the ocean. This store features a mural of the Starbucks Siren and a moss-made art installation that celebrates the origins of coffee.
New York, New York
The location's luxe design and bold palette starkly contrast the all-white interior of the World Trade Center Oculus, where this Starbucks store is found. Its simple layout and rich details are both welcoming and sleek, giving customers the best of both worlds.
San Luis, Mexico
Customers are greeted by coffee beans across concrete walls in the El Dorado store. Thanks to the glazed storefront, natural light is able to flood into the building, highlighting the materials and filling the space with warmth.