With more than 32,000 stores in 79 countries across six continents, you might imagine all Starbucks are created equal; but stepping into any one of the coffee shops below will most certainly change your mind.
There are so many one-of-a-kind Starbucks that we can’t list them all; but here we share a few that are worth checking out if you happen to be passing by. Check out the slideshow at the end for a colorful look at these Starbucks locations around the world.
- Mexico City, Mexico – The Chapultepec Reforma Starbucks is located in Bosque de Chapultepec, which is the largest park in Latin America. This store brings the beautiful park inside with trees and other plants throughout the store.
- Los Angeles, California – This location is unique because it used to operate as the Gilmore gasoline service station. Located at the corner of Highland and Willoughby Avenue in Los Angeles, it shut down 20-years ago but has since been restored as a drive-thru keeping its 1950s nostalgia.
- Seattle, Washington – The Starbucks located at 1912 Pike Place has the appearance of the flagship store, which opened in 1971. After moving in 1976 to the Pike Place Market spot, this replica was designed using the same floors, fixtures, and counters as the original.
- Chicago, Illinois – This is a Starbucks Reserve Roastery—a shrine to coffee and one of many found all over the globe. It is also the largest Starbucks in the world with five floors, all featuring different menu options!
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Located in downtown Rio de Janeiro at Cinelândia Square, this one sits near the Cine Odeon theater. The design embraces local history and style by using original windows and doors, along with patterns and textures from 1920s Rio.
- Willemstad, Curaçao – Located at the Curacao Beach Resort, this Starbucks offers 360-degree views of the beach. Sign me up!
- Bogota, Colombia – this Starbucks location preserves the essence of northern Bogotá, inspired by the history of the Usaquén neighborhood. It was designed to be coszy and comfortable like you’re enjoying a coffee at home.
- Prague, Czech Republic – Located near the entrance to the Prague Castle, this Starbucks is known for a terrace that offers panoramic views of the city.
- Paris, France – Located in the heart of Paris on Boulevard des Capucines, this cafe does not lack in history nor elegance. Just around the corner from the Paris Opera House, Palais Garnier, the original building and courtyard date back to the 17th century!
- Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam – This concept store functions as a test kitchen for new products. It is located inside the former bank vault of the historic Amsterdamsce Bank in Rembrandt Square. Crafted from existing and sustainable building materials, this Starbucks is the largest in Europe.
- Casablanca, Morocco – Combining modernist design with French and Moroccan culture, the outside space is what makes this coffee shop different from most others. With canopy seating and European al fresco style arrangements, it provides an environment sure to encourage rest and relaxation.
- Kyoto, Japan – Built as part of a renovated 100-year-old traditional wooden Japanese townhouse, this Starbucks blends the coffee company’s experience with traditions of the Kyoto culture. Designed to feel like a traditional townhouse, visitors can see multiple Japanese gardens on the first floor and sit in one of three tatami rooms, complete with floor cushions. Just take off your shoes and enjoy!
- Chengdu, China – This store is located in Old Town, Chengdu, China. It is one of the few stores lacking modern decor. The gabled roof, wood-framed windows and wooden doors are all original and part of the neighborhood’s local history.
- Kuwait City, Kuwait – This is the first Reserve location in the Middle East so, just like the one in Chicago, it has extra-special amenities. It was built in The Avenues—an extremely fancy shopping mall—under a glass ceiling, so you can enjoy patio seating no matter the weather. The interior was inspired by the art nouveau movement of the early 20th century and also showcases the history of Arabic coffee.
- Hanoi, Vietnam – The Duy Tan store is a renovated former residence providing a “homey” feel inside the city. The store blends the original brickwork alongside modern chevron wood cladding to create this fun and eclectic vibe.
Recently, Starbucks has opened a subsection of stores they refer to as signing stores. “Dedicated to people united by sign language and Deaf culture,” they are not limited to American Sign Language, as these stores can be found all across the globe.
The first signing store opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2016. Building on their initial success, a second location opened in Penang 3 years later. Since that time, several more have opened, promoting global accessibility for the deaf community in cities like Washington DC, Tokyo, and Beijing.