Photos of the coolest Starbucks around the world

11:28 AM, May 28, 2013   |    comments
  • Starbucks at the Ibn Battuta Mall (Dubai, United Arab Emirates): Talk about a mall Starbucks outlet unlike any other. Located inside Dubai's extravagantly decorated Ibn Battuta Mall -- allegedly the world's largest themed shopping mall -- this Starbucks location benefits from some pretty stunning surrounding design. Namely, a gorgeous blue-and-yellow, mosaic-tiled domed ceiling and a showpiece of a chandelier. Wikimedia Commons/Joi Ito
  • Kobe, Japan: It's not just the trademark green-and-white exterior that everyone loves at this Kobe, Japan, location. What you may not know is that the building was originally built by Americans in 1907, and was damaged in the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake. The owner then sold the building to the city of Kobe, where it was stripped, the materials preserved, and built in its present location. Wikimedia/IWAI
  • Ski-In/Ski-Out Starbucks (Squaw Valley, Calif.): When it opened last February, the Squaw Valley location earned the distinction of being the world's first ski-in/ski-out Starbucks. Located at a staggering elevation of 8,000 feet, it's essentially the skier's answer to a drive-through Starbucks. Hank deVre, Squaw Valley
  • Fukuoka Starbucks (Fukuoka, Japan): Designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates, the store is located on the street leading to the Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine, which apparently influenced the firm's approach to the project. The designers wanted to have the store fit in seamlessly with the setting, and so the interior features some 2,000 light wood blocks interwoven throughout the length of the store. Kuma
  • Allure of the Seas Starbucks (Royal Caribbean International): It may more or less look like the kind of garden variety Starbucks outlet you'd find at your local mall, but this shop has the benefit of a slightly more unique location: onboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. The 5,400-passenger ship debuted in October of 2010, and features everything from a zip line and surfing simulators to an open-air, tree-lined "Central Park." Jouni Saaristo, Starbucks
  • Starbucks "The Bank" (Amsterdam): Located in a former bank, the 4,500-square-foot subterranean concept store is apparently a "glimpse into Starbucks' vision of the future." And with everything from floating communal seating and local design touches (think Delft tiles, bike-inspired decor) to an on-site bakery and something called the "Slow Coffee Theatre," the future definitely looks different. Flickr/Sunday003
  • Breckenridge Starbucks (Breckenridge, Colo.): There's no high-concept architectural design or special eco-friendly elements incorporated – it's just a cute little yellow cottage of a coffee shop, and if there wasn't a sign, you might not even realize it was a Starbucks from the outside. Yelp/Nicole W.
  • Shipping Container Starbucks (Tukila, Wash.): There's no arguing that this Tukila, Wash., Starbucks stands out -- and for all the right reasons. Made using four reclaimed shipping containers, the design is as eco-friendly as it is innovative and, quite frankly, just plain cool-looking. Tom Ackerman, Starbucks
  • Starbucks Xintiandi (Shanghai, China): In the heart of Xintiandi, a popular tourist district in Shanghai, are several mainstream commercial stores -- including a Starbucks in a traditional Shikumen building. One of two Starbucks in the area, this one sits in the promenade and the heart of the shopping district. Flickr/Brad , Ying
  • Xi'an Starbucks (Xi'an, China): Looking like some sort of futuristic battleship, this Starbucks in Xi'an, China (apparently the city's first when it opened in 2007), has quite a unique exterior. The sharp angles and symmetric wood paneling make for quite the stand-out-in-the-crowd design. Mikel Ward
  • Starbucks Porto Chino (Bangkok, Thailand): We love a good Starbucks drive-through, and this may just rival the urban container Starbucks drive-throughs in the U.S. The first drive-through Starbucks in Thailand (and the first Starbucks in Asia to receive a gold LEED certification for its environmentally friendly practices), the Porto Chino drive-through takes a modernist approach to the traditional Starbucks store. Flickr/ipIngp0n
  • "Starboxer," USS Boxer (California): Cruise ship Starbucks are so yesterday. Introducing the newest floating Starbucks aboard the USS Boxer, a navy warship, called the "Starboxer." Flickr/US Official Navy Imagery
  • Starbucks Cineleisure Orchard (Singapore): This gorgeous Starbucks is located in a mall -- would you believe it? The newly opened Starbucks location has all of the decor you'd expect from a Starbucks and we can't get enough of it. Bonus? It's open 24 hours a day. Courtesy of Starbucks Singapore
  • Starbucks Flagship (New Delhi, India): The first Starbucks to open in New Delhi had massive lines for two days straight, said numerous media outlets – and we can see why. Riffing off Indian tea culture (no doubt in part with Starbucks' partnership with Tata teas), the flagship location has locally made furniture and decor and serves traditional Indian foods, like the Lal Arachi Mirch turnover, next to the classic Starbucks foods. Flickr/Suneet's
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So when we find uniquely designed Starbucks stores from Singapore to Amsterdam, we get excited for the unusual. With innovative design, unique architecture that fits within the city's landscape and unusual concepts, these are the Starbucks worth visiting.

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