1. This minimalist building made of recycled shipping containers in Taiwan
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has stacked 29 recycled shipping containers to make a Starbucks coffee shop alongside a shopping center in Hualien, Taiwan. The multi-story structure has full-height windows and skylights set into white-painted containers to create a 320-square-meter cafe. Containers stacked four high at right angles to each other, the soon-to-open Hualien Bay Mall, with glazed mezzanine levels connecting the interior spaces. The instantly-recognizable round green icon with the Starbucks two-tailed mermaid is fixed to one side of the top-most container.
2. This shop with a decorative ceiling inside a mall in Dubai
Monumental arches, ornate tilework, and a chandelier hanging from a domed ceiling give this jewel among Starbucks branches an elegant flair. As you casually sip your coffee, it’s hard not to be gobsmacked by the mosaics of blue and yellow around you. You can find this outlet at Dubai’s Ibn Battuta Mall, a large shopping center with over 270 stores and 50 restaurants to explore.
3. This Spanish-style house in Prado Norte, Mexico
A fountain near the entrance with a gorgeous staircase. At this exquisite outpost in Mexico City, garden plants and intricate murals lead you toward a storefront that is absolutely swoon-worthy. You will almost forget that this is the entryway of a Starbucks, not an exclusive party at a Spanish-style villa.
4. This down-to-earth store that was once a bank vault in Amsterdam
Starbucks is to open its first European concept store in a disused Amsterdam bank vault. Starbucks, together with local designers, filled this space with Dutch oak furnishings and recycled materials, all the while preserving the original concrete walls and 1920s marble floors. Now, it has all the ambiance of your neighborhood coffee shop, staging cultural events from live music performances to poetry readings.
5. This rose gold sanctuary for all things coffee and tea in Tokyo
Out of all the stores in Japan, the Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo is the ultimate show-stealer when it comes to design. Every detail involved in preparing coffee, tea, cocktails, and pastries is showcased in an artful way throughout the four floors of this immersive café. Here, customers can witness the full spectacle of the craft of coffee-making, from roasting the coffee beans to bringing out the flavors in top-quality brews. Apart from that eye-catching feature of this Starbucks store is the 17-meter cask, whose copper cherry blossoms pay tribute to the picturesque trees in the Nakameguro neighborhood.
6. This pretty-in-pink paradise in Turks and Caicos
Starbucks outlet embraces the breezy, laid-back, and tropical mood of the Turks and Caicos Islands, which are known for their stunning beaches and coral reefs. Inside, the coffee shop features a siren mural that was painted by the Colombian artist Maria Camila Bernal Toro. With a pastel pink exterior that calls to mind shades of cotton candy, this location is also an ideal spot to see the sunset.
7. This Starbucks branch inside a botanical garden in Tokyo
This Starbucks outlet has become a popular destination for visitors to the Yomiuriland amusement park in Tokyo. As visitors sip their coffee and take in the sights, the greenhouse serves as a tranquil oasis, transporting them to a world of natural beauty and serenity. An explosion of color that will make you feel like you have entered a floral wonderland, rather than a Starbucks. To top it all off, this botanical-themed café also has an 8m-long aquarium with tropical fish from Okinawa a surprising feature that makes this Starbucks location a standout among other stores around the world.