Find the world’s 20 unique Starbucks cafes
May 15 - 2023
Coffee Geography Magazine
Are you longing for a little adventure? Perhaps you’d like to sip a cappuccino on the terrace in Milan, or watch surfers catch the next wave in South Africa while enjoying the Starbucks Cold Brew. This summer, ten lucky Starbucks Rewards members will win the grand prize of this year’s Starbucks Summer Game – the Starbucks Adventure of a Lifetime – a five-night, all expenses paid trip for two to visit a city that hosts one of the most unique Starbucks stores in the world. Where are you booking your ticket?
Muizenberg Beach – Muizenberg, South Africa
On the shores of Cape Town is the beachside hamlet of Muizenberg, South Africa. Customers can enjoy the town’s laid back vibe from the Muizenberg store while watching the sunset over the beach through the store’s glazed façade, as well as the ocean-inspired Siren artwork and bar.
Carter Road – Mumbai, India
The Carter Road store in Mumbai, India – where all the seating is outdoors – offers an exquisite alfresco sipping environment. The café, located in the coastal suburb of Bandra, is surrounded by lush plants and palm trees. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the ocean breezes from the Arabian Sea and watch the world zip by on the nearby the seaside promenade.
Starbucks Dewata Coffee Experience – Bali, Indonesia
A one-of-a-kind experience in the Asia Pacific coffee-growing region, the Starbucks Dewata Coffee Experience in Bali, Indonesia offers an exploration into the world of Indonesian coffee. Right through the front door is a terrace filled with Arabica coffee trees, which then opens into interconnected spaces where visitors are invited to rake coffee beans or try coffee bean de-pulping and washing during harvest seasons. This immersive coffee sanctuary, which first opened its doors in 2019, features a new Coffee Experience Center where customers can learn about the art and science behind sourcing, roasting, and brewing coffee – bringing the coffee journey full circle from bean to cup.
Wadakura Fountain Park – Tokyo, Japan
In the Outer Gardens of Tokyo’s Imperial Palace lives the Wadakura Fountain Park store, which serves as a hub to test and scale new sustainability strategies. Here, what’s old is new – with repurposed materials that celebrate circularity from artwork created using recycled canvas and fishing nets to floor tiles made from coffee grounds.
Starbucks Reserve® Chao Phraya Riverfront – Bangkok, Thailand
The Starbucks Reserve® Chao Phraya Riverfront store, in Thailand’s capital of Bangkok, serves small-lot Starbucks Reserve coffees and Thailand’s own Muan Jai Blend. The store is the largest Starbucks in the country and celebrates Thai culture with a mezzanine ceiling that features beautifully crafted lanterns in a nod to the city’s Loy Krathong festival. The crowning jewel is the outdoor terrace, which offers panoramic views of Bangkok’s skyline and the bustling Chao Phraya River, also known as the “River of Kings.”
Central America and The Caribbean
Hacienda Alsacia - San Luis, Costa Rica
Located in San Luis, Sabanilla, Alajuela, off the slopes of the Poas volcano, this 240-hectare farm has become Starbucks global agronomy headquarters. Arabica beans were first introduced to Costa Rica in the 1700s, and today coffee is an important part of the country's economy. To help ensure the future of coffee, the mission of Hacienda Alsacia is clear: Create best practices to make growing coffee more profitable for small-scale farms; develop the next generation of disease-resistant, high-quality coffee; and share information and resources freely with farmers around the world. Tickets to experience the Hacienda Alsacia Visitor Center include a 90-minute guided tour, coffee tastings, parking and a take-away bandana.
Blue Mall Punta Cana – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The first Starbucks location in Punta Cana, located at the Blue Mall Punta Cana, pays tribute to the “Jewel of the Caribbean” by combining high-quality arabica coffee and a comfortable atmosphere inspired by local culture with the convenience of Starbucks drive-thru service. The store features murals painted by local artist, Ivanna Candelier, telling the story of Starbucks bond with the Dominican land, the local people, and the magic of the coffee bean.
Grand Turks Cruise Terminal - Turks & Caicos
The Grand Turks Cruise Terminal store keeps the authentic Caribbean feel with its pink exterior and light interior palette, creating a tropical theme. The back of the store features a mural, hand-painted by artist Maria Camila Bernal Toro of Remedios Art, showing the Siren — a Starbucks icon — with her double-tail bent underwater. The artist recreated the Siren to evoke the same tranquility and pleasure so many travelers in the past were rumored to search for among the Sea.
Boulevard des Capucines – Paris, France
In the heart of Paris lies the Boulevard des Capucines store, which has undergone extensive design work to restore some of the building’s historic features. The original building and courtyard date back to the 17th century, and two decades later it became an iconic department store selling fabrics and textiles. Perfectly located near the beautiful Opéra Garnier in the centre of Paris, it boasts one of the most enviable locations in Paris, and first opened its doors as a Starbucks store in June 2006.
Starbucks Reserve® Roastery – Milan, Italy
In Milan, one of the global capitals of fashion and design, close to the famous Duomo di Milano cathedral is the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery in Milan. Here, one can immerse in the world of coffee, watch Master Roasters roast the small-batch coffees Starbucks Reserve® is known for, and choose some beans from the scoop bar for the trip home. Cap off the visit with a cappuccino at a café table in a bronze bird cage out on the terrace or an Aperol Spritz at the marble-topped Arriviamo Bar.
Piazza Montecitorio – Rome, Italy
The first Starbucks location in Rome, this lively store overlooks Piazza Montecitorio,, the historic and political heart of the ‘Eternal City’. Designed with travertine marble and tuff, typical of traditional Roman Buildings, the store features chromatic tones mirror those used in Piazza Montecitorio, in addition to dynamic artwork and a coffee bar inviting customers to take a seat and experience Rome’s deep-rooted coffee culture.
Valletta Waterfront – Valletta, Malta
The Maltese capital of Valletta is known for its colorful doors, which for centuries stood as beacons for sea traders crisscrossing the Mediterranean. Behind a lime green one lives the Valletta Waterfront store in Floriana, the first Starbucks location in the island-state of Malta. The store was designed to reflect Valletta’s heritage as a trading hub with wood, marble and dark, sophisticated finishes that contrast with the lighter stone façade of the city’s iconic waterfront.
Tower Place – London, U.K.
In London, the Tower Place store has been carefully designed to champion handcrafted coffee and celebrate coffee craft culture, complete with a dedicated space for the innovative Reserve Bar where customers can experience the first Black Eagle coffee machine in the U.K. The state-of-the-art machine provides customers with advanced customization options, such as adjusting the bean ratio, brewing time and water temperature – all operated by highly skilled baristas.
Starbucks Reserve® Bluewaters Island – Dubai, UAE
On the shores of the Persian Gulf in the United Arab Emirates is the Starbucks Reserve® Bluewaters Island in Dubai, which has the distinction of being the 1,000th Starbucks store in the Middle East and North Africa region. The location, which features an eye-catching interior and spectacular outdoor seating, welcomes visitors catching a ride on the nearby Ain Dubai observation wheel.
Rosemary Square - West Palm Beach, Florida
In Florida’s West Palm Beach is the Starbucks at Rosemary Square. This store offers a bright, airy palette, and sweeping light fixtures overhead to the nuanced coral details on the outdoor columns by the patio. A mural of the Starbucks Siren is front and center, providing customers with a luxurious escape.
Starbucks Reserve® Roastery – Chicago, Illinois
The largest Starbucks in the world can be found on the famed Michigan Avenue – The Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Chicago. Here, burlap bags of green (unroasted) Starbucks Reserve beans are roasted and then piped to coffee bars located on each level where they are crafted into beverages. Standing as the centerpiece of the roastery is a 56-foot steel cask (the company’s tallest), a sculptural blend of form and function, where coffee beans go to rest and de-gas after being roasted. The design celebrates coffee as an agricultural product, inspired by misty green hills of coffee trees with rays of sun that radiate outward. The Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Chicago is sure to exceed expectations in many ways — including the delicious, eye-catching and Instagram-worthy beverages crafted and served throughout the building’s five floors.
Starbucks Reserve® Empire State Building – New York City, New York
It’s the “World’s Most Famous Building” and has been an indelible part of New York’s skyline for nearly a century. Perhaps there’s nothing that says New York more than the Empire State Building. From the bustling sidewalk of Fifth Avenue, the Starbucks Reserve® Empire State Building® store looks like it has been there since the beginning. It doesn’t have that familiar green Siren logo, but an Art Deco façade with the words “Starbucks Reserve” crafted in vintage aluminum lettering. The 23,000 square feet one-of-a-kind coffee destination that spans three floors pays homage to the heritage of the Empire State Building and Starbucks history in New York.
Starbucks Reserve® Roastery - Seattle, Washington
In December 2014, Starbucks opened its first-ever Starbucks Reserve® Roastery in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Located just nine blocks from the original Pike Place Store, the Seattle Roastery is an immersive expression of passion for coffee and invites customers to experience coffee from bean to cup. It is the fulfillment of a decade-long dream — a homage to Starbucks relentless pursuit of coffee innovation that creates the most immersive, sensory demonstration of how Starbucks sources, roasts and crafts the finest coffee from around the world.
La Lucila – Buenos Aires, Argentina
What people first notice about the La Lucila store in bustling Buenos Aires is the impressive exterior artwork that portrays two iconic Argentinian birds ─ the Cortarramas and the Gorrión ─ flying over a coffee plantation. Argentina’s national flower, the coral tree, is also represented in the mural painted by Fio Silva. What’s also wonderful about the streetside art is that it can still be enjoyed by customers ordering their favorite beverages on the go. La Lucila store is the first Drive-Thru available in Argentina, meeting the needs of the Porteños, the people who inhabit the bustling city of Buenos Aires.
Santos Dumont – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Santos Dumont store is located inside Rio’s airport of the same name. Unlike other airport stores that blend in with the architecture and style of the buildings they’re found in, this particular Starbucks store stands out due to its minimalistic and beautiful design. The artwork on the windows pays homage to the anniversary siren, while the bar’s woodwork is inspired by Ipanema’s iconic sidewalks. The warm colors of the walls and finishes evoke Rio’s stunning sunsets and sunrises, and the terrazzo flooring is reminiscent of the city’s beaches.