World's Coolest Starbucks (Slideshow)
June 10, 2014
From England to Egypt, these are the coolest places to get a mocha frappuccino around the world
Covent Garden — London
Like London itself, this Starbucks is cozy, yet posh. The outside of the store features an ornate stone façade with beautifully intricate gold detailing. The inside is decorated with playbills and memorabilia from the nearby London Coliseum.
Fuzhou — China
The beautiful wooden exterior of this location blends right in to the landscape of Fuzhou, one of China’s most beautiful ancient cities, but the inside is completely modern and features minimalist architecture and trendy graffiti art.
Hiranandani Business Park Starbucks — Mumbai
Talk about branding! When Starbucks opened its fourth Indian location in Powai, they did so in a flash of green light. The outside of this Starbucks features the company’s signature green in a neon light show that projects the siren logo right onto the front of the building.
The “Original,” Seattle
Okay, so the first Starbucks shut its doors and moved to Seattle’s Pike Place Market in 1974, but it’s remained there ever since. This location has a cool retro vibe and latte enthusiasts can still buy mugs with the company’s original logo.
Swiss Passenger Train
Jump aboard the Geneva-St. Gallen line and you can enjoy a Belgian Waffle or a cup of tom kha with your macchiato. Switzerland now has two separate Starbucks operating on its railway lines, and along with coffee, each spot also boasts gourmet food offerings. C’est chic.
Yeşilköy — Turkey
From the outside, this location looks like a big, beautiful house in an affluent neighborhood — and that’s because it is. Nestled in a wealthy Istanbul neighborhood, this spacious, high-ceilinged Starbucks serves kahve — a fine Turkish coffee — and has luxurious views of the Sea of Marmara from its wide balcony.
Ketchum — Idaho
You’ll find this rustic Starbucks inside an old church just a stone’s throw from popular ski spot Sun Valley. Designers utilized natural stone and wood to give the location an outdoorsy, ski lodge feel.
Canal Street — New Orleans
This location attempts to take visitors back in time by adopting the feel of a turn-of-the-century apothecary store. The company also employed local sculptor David Borgerding to create amazing chandeliers from repurposed horns and wrought-iron gates.
Boulevard des Capucines — Paris
Marie Antoinette would feel right at home eating cake beneath multiple crystal chandeliers and gilded ceilings in what just might be the most beautiful Starbucks in the most beautiful city in the world.
Sharm El Sheikh — Egypt
The domed exterior of this Starbucks gives this decidedly American corporation an old-world makeover. Inside, however, you can still grab a familiar strawberry Frappuccino before you walk the banks of the nearby Red Sea.