5 Best Starbucks Stores in the World
What is the most popular coffee shop known for its too-expensive products? Starbucks. Certainly, Starbucks has been a mainstream coffee outlet internationally, while others had used them as a status symbol. Do you have that one friend who takes a selfie with the logo of Starbucks next to his/her smiling face? Yes, I know. We all have that one friend. Those Instagram-worthy shots, wooden tables, perfect ambiance: it’s definitely one of the most quiet places in town where you can read your new book, study your lesson or meet a friend. Because, not everyone can afford hanging out in Starbucks. This is for the people who are Starbucks fans!
Have you heard of “One Venti Caramel Java Chip, Double Blend with Non-Fat Milk”? That is actually an example of an order in Starbucks by a frequent customer. Well, it doesn’t have to be that complicated, though. Though, you can check this article: “The Most Obnoxious Starbucks Drink Orders.”
Please, don’t think that all stores are the same. Today, we’ll be showing you the 5 Best Starbucks Stores in the World!
1. Former Bank, Now Laboratory
What used to be Amsterdamsche Bank turned into a Starbucks store to preserve the city’s architecture and make the place still accessible by frequent visitors. Concept designer director Liz Muller had actually said, “My vision was to bring the space to life by celebrating local history and tradition while looking to the future by giving it a sense of theater and discovery.” Stained wooden and hand-cut blocks on the ceiling helped it blend to Amsterdam‘s architecture.
2. Nestled in a Tree
The Starbucks store which gives the impression of being nestled in a tree is located in Fukuoka, Japan. If you happen to be there and recall the thousands of wooden sticks woven in the whole store, then that’s definitely the Starbucks we are referring to. According to its designer: “The project aimed to make a structure that harmonizes with such townscape, using a unique system of weaving thin woods.”
3. Shipping Containers
There are millions of ways on how to use shipping containers, and turning it into a Starbucks store is one of them. In Tukwila, Washington, four shipping containers were actually planned and designed by Starbucks architects. This has been built to promote green buildings (not literally green), which reduce energy use and operational costs. It might not be as fascinating as it sounds, but go ahead and see for yourself.
4. On The Go
This has been one of the most unique and clever ideas of Starbucks. Switzerland had nailed it. If you had never been to Switzerland, then you don’t know what it feels like to have a dose of coffee while a train is running. Yes, you heard me right. In 2013, Starbucks had launched this idea on a running line of train from Geneva Airport to St. Gallen in Switzerland.
Want more ingenious inventions? Check out the “Starboxer,” which is Starbucks on a Navy warship.
5. In 2018, in New York
Let’s talk about the future. Of course, New York won’t back down and because of that, they got the Top 1 spot in this article. What more if they open in 2018. See: this is actually a chance for others to outrun them, since the Starbucks store is still in plan. However, they sure got the attention of the coffee lovers. The said 2018 project has a 20,000-square-foot space located on the first floor of an office building at 9th avenue, New York. They already pictured it as a “coffee as theater.” Imagine mustachioed baristas and roasters in aprons: something all of us should be looking forward to in 2018.
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