10 Beautiful Starbucks Branches for Coffee Lovers Across the Globe

10 Beautiful Starbucks Branches for Coffee Lovers Across the Globe

You won’t believe how amazing they look!

Not all Starbucks branches are created equal. Some never go beyond the perfunctory shades of walnut and green. Others take bolder strides when it comes to design and sustainability, rethinking the spaces in which we drink our coffee. 

These are the shining examples of creativity that have elevated the brand to new heights, where the drinks take centre stage and the interiors put on a show. 

1. This minimalist building made of recycled shipping containers in Taiwan

Calling this building “unique” would be quite an understatement! For this ambitious geometric structure, the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma drew inspiration from the sprawling appearance of coffee trees. What followed was a drive-through location made from 29 recycled shipping containers, stacked over each other with playful splashes of colour. 

Address: Hui-Lan Bay, Zhongshan Road, Hualien City, Hualien County, 970 Taiwan 

Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 9am to 9pm; Friday to Saturday, 9am to 10pm

Also read: 15 Must-Visit Local Cafes in Taipei to Feed Your Cafe-Hopping Addiction

2. This shop with a decorative ceiling inside a mall in Dubai

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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 undulating around you. You can find this outlet at Dubai’s Ibn Battuta Mall, a large shopping centre with over 270 stores and 50 restaurants to explore. 

Address: Tunisia Court, Ibn Battuta Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, 5th Interchange, Jebel Ali Village, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 10am to 10pm; Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 12am 

3. This dreamy Starbucks branch on a stone terrace in Prague Castle

Most Starbucks branches have little to offer customers in terms of scenery, as you’re mostly surrounded by people looking down at their laptops, books, or phones. In other words, there’s not much to inspire your creativity. 

But high up on the hill where Prague Castle stands, this cosy Starbucks branch enjoys a view like no other. Even more, it has an outdoor patio and a stone terrace, where you can enjoy a spectacular outlook of the Old Town, from red rooftops of nearby houses to gothic spires. Sitting in a historic castle, cradling a morning cup — it’s every coffeeholic’s dream come true! 

Address: Prague Castle, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic

Hours: Sunday to Friday, 9am to 7pm; Saturdays, 9am to 8pm 

4. This Spanish-style house around Prado Norte in Mexico

Fountain near the entrance? Check. Gorgeous staircase? Double check! At this exquisite outpost in Mexico, garden plants and intricate murals lead you towards a storefront that is absolutely swoon-worthy. You’ll almost forget that this is the entryway of a Starbucks, not an exclusive party at a villa. Cafe-hopping can’t get any better than this! 

Address: Prado Norte No. 324, Lomas de Chapultepec, 11000 Mexico City, Mexico

Hours: Monday to Friday, 6am t0 10pm; Saturday to Sunday, 8am to 9pm 

5. This 17th-century building with breathtaking decor in Paris

Set inside a restored 17th-century building near the Opéra Garnier, this Starbucks branch exudes an old-world glamour that feels right at home in the City of Light. Twinkling chandeliers, brass balustrades, ceiling frescoes, and bespoke furniture make this an inviting retreat for an afternoon. Truly, it looks more like a grand ballroom than any coffee house or patisserie we’ve ever seen! Can we please live here? 

Address: 3 Boulevard des Capucines, 75002 Paris, France

Hours: Monday to Friday, 6.30am to 10.30pm; Saturdays, 7am to 11pm; Sundays, 7am to 10.30pm 

Also read: Paris Itinerary for One Day: Attractions, Food & Shopping

6. This down-to-earth store that was once a bank vault in Amsterdam

This European concept store is worth a visit, if only to see how a former bank vault was transformed into a beautiful gathering spot in the middle of Amsterdam. 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 ambience of your neighborhood coffeehouse, staging cultural events from live music performances to poetry readings. 

Address: The Bank Rembrandtplein, Utrechtsestraat 9, 1017 CV Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 7am to 11pm; Friday to Saturday, 7am to 12am 

7. This rose gold sanctuary for all things coffee and tea in Tokyo

Among the diverse Starbucks branches in Japan, this Reserve Roastery in Tokyo is the ultimate show-stealer. Every little detail involved in making coffee, tea, cocktails, and pastries is showcased in an artful way throughout the four floors of this immersive cafe. 

Additionally, customers can witness the full spectacle of the craft of coffee-making, from freshly roasted beans to top-quality brews. We can already picture ourselves humming with a soothing cup in our hands! 

Another eye-catching design feature is the 17-metre cask, whose copper cherry blossoms pay tribute to the picturesque trees in the Nakameguro neighbourhood. 

Address: 2 Chome-19-23 Aobadai, Meguro City, Tokyo 153-0042, Japan

Hours: Monday to Sunday, 7am to 11pm 

8. This Starbucks branch housed in a wooden temple in Yangshuo

This three-storey coffee stop in Xijie demonstrates how even the most creative Starbucks branches know how to blend in with their surroundings. Here, a vibrant facade echoes the traditional architecture of a Chinese garden pavilion: hip-and-gable roofs, supported by beams and festooned with bright red lanterns. More importantly, this cafe is a nod to the history of Yangshuo — a town that happens to be more than 1,400 years old! 

Address: West Street Walking Street, Yangshuo County 541900, China

Hours: Monday to Sunday, 7am to 11.30pm 

9. This former gas station that starred in Hollywood movies

Before it became the polished and sleek vintage outpost that you see above, Gilmore Gas Station was a fuel service stop that appeared in movies such as L.A. Story and 48 Hours. But after the 1990s, it fell into ruin and needed major structural overhauls. And so, Starbucks gave the station a second life as a drive-through coffee shop. Today, this former service station still helps customers refuel, albeit in a much different way. 

Address: 859 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, United States

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 4.30am to 10.30pm; Fridays, 4.30am to 11pm; Saturdays, 5am to 11pm; Sundays, 5am to 10.30pm 

Also read: From San Francisco to Los Angeles: The Ultimate Road Trip for that Californian State of Mind

10. This upscale roastery with an ice cream station in Milan

Italians are a tough crowd to crack. After all, their country is the birthplace of espresso, and they have enough cafes to dazzle visitors for days. So when the first Reserve Roastery arrived in Milan, Starbucks had to create a coffee-loving haunt that even the most discerning connoisseurs would adore. 

Located in the Palazzo della Poste in Piazza Cordusio, this cafe is fitted with Tuscan marble and top-of-the-line machinery. It also happens to be the first-ever Starbucks to have an affogato station, where guests can enjoy hand-crafted ice cream with their coffee. Honestly, they had us at ice cream!

Address: Piazza Cordusio 3, Milan, MI 21023

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 7am to 11pm; Sundays, 7am to 10pm 

Also read: 15 Countries With a Coffee Culture Worth Travelling For 

All of these Starbucks branches show how far the brand has travelled from its humble beginnings in Seattle. When we’re thirsty and trudging along foreign streets, seeing that twin-tailed siren logo can be comforting: We already know exactly what we are going to order. 

And no matter where we are in the world, coffee is always a good idea.

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Tiffany Conde
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Tiffany is a writer based in Manila. When she was younger, she knew she wanted to write stories or go on adventures—now, she's learning to do both. She enjoys being swept up in books that spark her curiosity for new places, both real and imaginary. While travelling, she finds herself going off the beaten track quite often, but it's probably because she gets lost easily.

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