Why is a Starbucks beautiful? On extremely sleep-deprived mornings, perhaps all that is needed to make any of the coffee shop’s locations gorgeous is the sight of an espresso machine and a breakfast sandwich.
And while this is undoubtedly true, certain of the brand’s retail locations deserve special attention for their aesthetics. These Starbucks locations, which are dispersed all over the world, provide more than simply a cup of coffee; they also provide an immersive architectural experience.
Any one of these 20 exquisite Starbucks locations, regardless of where you go, is likely to satisfy both coffee and design enthusiasts. Explore each stop’s details below.
Sabanilla, Costa Rica
The visitor center at Hacienda Alsacia in Sabanilla, Costa Rica, may have the best views of any Starbucks location in the world. Visitors may have a full seed-to-cup experience at the store, which looks out over a 600-acre coffee estate and opens out to the panoramic vistas of the Poás volcano.
The brand’s third roastery worldwide and its first in Europe was located in Milan. Although the exterior is unquestionably beautiful, the interior is also noteworthy: The interiors are defined by a traditional handcrafted Palladian-style marble mosaic floor.
Grand Turk, Turks, and Caicos
This lovely store in Grand Turk appears to be a building form of the company’s well-known pink drink. The hub’s pastel color, which debuted in 2019, was chosen to represent the island’s characteristic light façades.
This trendy Starbucks may be seen inside the company’s Dewata Coffee Sanctuary in Bali. The design, which covers 1,500 square feet, was motivated by Balinese Besek baskets.
You can accomplish two goals by going to this Starbucks in London. You may buy a cup of coffee and be inside the Battersea Power Station, one of AD’s 2023 Works of Wonder, in addition to being inside the city.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Bluewater Reserve)
The interiors of this Starbucks are purposefully provocative, as are many things in Dubai. Notably, this site serves as the company’s 1,000th Middle East and North Africa branch.
Ketchum, Idaho (USA)
In Ketchum, Idaho, this store seems like the ideal fusion of a log cabin and a rustic A-frame design from the national parks service. Of course, the Smoky Mountain views just add to the beauty of the coffee shop.
Savannah, Georgia (USA)
It makes natural that a Starbucks in Savannah honors this moniker given that it is situated in a region known as Forest City. The city’s cobblestoned streets are lined with hundreds of live oaks and Spanish moss-draped trees, which is why this gorgeous piece of art is hanging just over the coffee shop.
Malta didn’t get its first Starbucks until 2019, but when it did, the brand made sure to wow with the interior design. The design of the store, which features floor-to-ceiling wood marquetry & wood and marble finishes, was motivated by Valleta’s historical role as a commercial center.
The first store in Latin America to use recycled shipping containers was this one in Lima. In addition to a drive-through, the facility offers a walk-up pedestrian window, which is unusual among Starbucks.
New York City, New York (USA)
The Empire State Building is home to Starbucks’ newest Reserve location, which is 23,000 square feet large. The sleek interiors are bathed in rich jewel tones and intricate gilding as a nod to the building’s art deco past.
Although cafes are sometimes associated with urban settings, Chengdu’s Tianfu Riverfront Starbucks defies all expectations. This establishment consists of two independent buildings overlooking the Jinjiang River that have folding windows and sliding doors for ventilation.
Additionally, to attract customers, handcrafted and locally inspired decor was included in the room. The ability to develop human connections and link people with the environment is the ultimate goal of this architectural concept. That is design, indeed!
Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
A historic private property from the 1930s was restored and turned into a store by the Starbucks design team in collaboration with regional artists and designers. There is a tranquil back terrace at this site as well, perfect for anyone who enjoys relaxing while enjoying their coffee.
The Starbucks Roastery in Shanghai brought a “theatrical experience” to the major Chinese city in 2017 with enough panache to merit a spot on the Las Vegas strip.
Mumbai’s Starbucks has an exhibit of gothic arches. The branch’s interior has a sizable terrazzo bar that was handcrafted by regional artisans and draws design cues from the city’s architectural past. In addition, visitors will see a spectacular hanging sculpture by architect and artist Ankon Mitra that looks like a cloud.
Prado Norte, Mexico
an entrance-area fountain? Check. A stunning staircase? Do it again! Garden plants and elaborate murals guide you to a shop that is definitely swoon-worthy at this lovely location in Mexico City. It will almost be forgotten that you are in the Starbucks lobby and not at a posh event at a Spanish-style estate.
Han River, Seoul
The 300 sq m Starbucks Wave branch at the Seoul Wave Art Center, unquestionably one of the most beautiful Starbucks locations to visit, won over many customers with its innovative concept: a slick and contemporary café inside a cultural exhibition venue that floats on the Han River.
This coffee shop is well-liked by Seoul’s young crowd as a place to hang out casually and as a place to observe the views through glass windows. The entire structure will light up at night, resembling a cruise ship and reflecting the lit vistas of the river.
Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chayaten can stand alone as a tourist destination. It is housed inside a century-old Japanese townhouse or machiya. The noren curtains by the entrance and the tiled roof, which give the store a distinctively Japanese appearance, are visible from the street.
There are three tatami rooms inside where patrons can remove their shoes, sit on pillows made of Tango region silk fabric, and consume their coffee in the traditional Japanese way.
This Starbucks location can be found close to the Kiyomizu Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This undiscovered treasure captures the tranquil ambiance that Kyoto, the former imperial city of Japan, is renowned for, much like the tea shops that line Ninenzaka Street.
Even the most inventive Starbucks locations can fit in with their surroundings, as evidenced by this three-story coffee shop on Yangshuo West Street. This Starbucks location’s colorful front is reminiscent of the hip-and-gable roofs, supported by beams, and decorated with bright red lanterns of a Chinese garden pavilion.
The history of Yangshuo, which is a town with a history dating back more than 1,400 years, is more importantly acknowledged by this café.
The Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo steals the show more than any other location in Japan when it comes to design. In this immersive café, every step of the coffee, tea, drink, and pastry preparation process is artistically shown on each of the four floors.
Customers may watch the entire process of producing coffee here, from roasting the beans to bringing out the flavors in premium brews. Right now, we can easily envision ourselves humming while holding a comforting cup.