Starbucks is probably one of our favourite hangout places to chill over a cuppa coffee with our friends, or when we are looking for a study or work corner. It’s 2nd to home or office, maybe not for you, but it is definitely for us. So here are the coolest Starbucks we found around the world that might be worth checking out when travelling is back to normal.
1. Train cafe that moves - Zurich, Switzerland
Starbucks Coffee Company and SBB launched the first official voyage running from Geneva Airport to St. Gallen in Switzerland in 2013, which was also one of the smallest espresso bars and stores. We know how Starbucks is always looking for unique ways and places to connect with their customers, this really brought out an on-the-go experience especially for travellers, where they can relax and enjoy their journey with a cuppa.
2. A westernised oriental - Chengdu, China
We never imagined how a westernised Starbucks shopfront will look like in China, so this pretty much got our attention when we first saw it. The traditional courtyard building is preserved here to encapsulate the Chengdu style.
3. Midnight in Paris, France
When it comes to elegance and exquisiteness, you know you cannot outdo the French. This Starbucks in Paris is the epitome of the French style. From the moment you stepped in, it is as though you have entered the Palace of Versailles, with the intricate 19th century ceiling murals and motifs fully restored. The welcoming sight of chandeliers with the aroma of coffee will make for a good afternoon date in Paris.
4. Get spooked in Savannah, Georgia (US)
Savannah, known as the “Forest City”, with its cobblestone streets lined by hundreds of live oaks and Spanish moss-draped trees made for wandering people and spirits who roam this notoriously haunted city. The eccentricity and spooky-look of this Starbucks will literally transport you to the heart of the city, with moss-draped tree branches hanging down from the ceiling and dark art installations.
5. Go big and grand in Dubai
The high ceiling dome covered with Persian tiles and accented with brightly-lit chandeliers will make the first welcoming sight the moment you step into it. This Starbucks calls the world’s largest theme mall, Ibn Battuta Mall, home, and it’s probably the grandest Starbucks we have seen.
6. Total zenness in Kyoto, Japan
With so many Starbucks outlets in Japan, this one right here in Kyoto Ninei-zaka Yasaka Chayate is one that stood out from the usual Starbucks. This outlet is set inside a two-storey, 100-year-old townhouse. The moment you pass under the noren curtains, zen is what you will get from the surrounding space. There are even tatami mat seating for you to hangout and chill with your friends over a cuppa coffee.
7. The humble abode in Ubud, Bali
100% Balinese style. Here, you don’t really get the typical flashy signs and modernised glass buildings. The residents in Ubud are adamant in keeping to their natural, traditional, slow pace of life, and this applies to businesses that are in Ubud. So, when you are here the next time, do not be taken aback by the laid-back look with wood carvings that forms the entirety of this Starbucks front.
8. Starbucks in Hollywood, Los Angeles
This drive-thru Starbucks was formerly a gas station in the 1930s on the corner of Highland and Willoughby in Los Angeles. The view is quite a spectacle when it glows at night with its striking lighting and “electric feel”, when you are seeing it from the outside, it is as though you are transported into one of those Hollywood movie scenes.