Ah, Starbucks. The place we love to go to spend too much money on coffee and desert drinks. But what a treat it is. If you are a Starbucks lover you may want to check out the list below for some of the most unique and coolest stores around. I mean, Starbucks is about more than just getting our java fix and free Wi-Fi right? It's about relaxation and giving ourselves an extravagant treat that makes our day a little more exciting. And with more than 23,000 stores in about 64 countries, you are able to get this fix just about anywhere you travel.
1. Fuzhou, China
This ancient southern Chinese city takes pride in its distinct dialect and unique cuisine – and their Starbucks store is no exception. It is designed to echo the classic ambiance of the Master of the Nets Garden in Suzhou. It is air conditioned and luxuriously furnished, while respecting regional art forms.
2. Tukwila, Washington
This store is known as the “reclamation drive-thru” because it is environmentally friendly. It is made of four rescued and up cycled steel shipping containers that were used by the company to transport its coffee across the globe and only offers drive-thru and walk-up service. The store was designed along LEED green building standards.
3. Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
This one-of-a-kind store recognizes the store's proximity to the Dazaifu Tenmangu shine. Completed in 2008, this store offers customers a “fluid, cave-like space” warmed by about 2,000 wooden sticks that are woven along the structure's walls. The sticks stretch 4.4 km, or 2.735 miles.
4. Shanghai, China
The plaza near the 400-year-old Yu Yuan Garden and Shanghai Bazaar is the perfect location for a Starbucks store. But to help it fit in with the architecture, the store is camouflaged to incorporate into the look of the area's buildings.
This Starbucks store here is housed inside a former bank in Amsterdam. When being built, Starbucks was faced with the problem of how to fill the 1,400 square foot bank vault to give it a warm and cozy feeling. But local artists were able to use indigenous materials, including re-purposed Dutch oak and aged blue and white Delftware tiles to help the store get that “local” look. They also created a unique ceiling using 1,876 stained and hand cut wood blocks.
6. California, USA
This Starbucks is located at the Squaw Valley ski resort in Northern California, nearly 8,200 feet above sea level. The store offers skiers and snowboarders the chance to enjoy their coffees without ever having to take off their equipment. It's like a drive-thru on skis.
This area is known for its over-the-top architectural buildings, and the Starbucks here is no exception. Located in the Ibn Battuta Mall Persia Court, the store has a beautiful replica of the Shah Mosque of Esfahan beneath an amazingly decorated domed Persian Style ceiling that is lit by lamps and lights.
8. Florida, USA
Nothing like visiting the happiest place on earth while enjoying the happiest drink on earth! That's right – Starbucks at Disney World. The store is located inside the Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom Park. The store is designed to look like a turn-of-the-century general store but serves the usual Starbucks specialities, along with some Disney-themed pastries.
9. Berlin, Germany
How about enjoying your favourite cup of java while taking in a piece of history? In Berlin you can do that, now that the wall has collapsed and the tanks and guns are a thing of the past. This stores is located on the exact location of the Berlin Wall.
10. Geneva, Switzerland
Switzerland's rail service – SBB - has actually converted restaurant coaches into Starbuck cafes. It's coffee on wheels! The coffee house train operates at the Geneva-St. Gallen line. The lower deck has the take-away store and the table-service cafe is located on the upper level.