There are 25,000 Starbucks shops across the globe, and while each one might be counted on for solid Wi-Fi and a reliable cup of coffee, it turns out some are a tad more special. The international coffee company just released a roundup of 13 one-of-a-kind locations, from Chicago to Curacao, that truly embody the spirit of their locale.
In Hong Kong’s Pacific Place Mall, the Starbucks features a modern kinetic sculpture, dramatically suspended from the ceiling and moving slowly to imitate coffee flowing into a cup. Art takes center stage on the Las Vegas Strip, too, where the stylishly outfitted coffee shop in The Cosmopolitan hotel and casino wins big with a public art installation from French artist and photographer Georges Rousse — the vivid work takes on a different appearance depending on where you are in the room.
Situated on the colorful Caribbean island of Curacao, the Starbucks in Willemstad is beachfront. Sip an iced coffee from its elevated perch with a 360 degree view of the ocean and shore. On the West Coast of the U.S., find a Starbucks in Los Angeles with a sprawling, celestial mural of zodiac creatures, a nod to the nearby Griffith Observatory.
60 miles from Mexico City, the city center of Puebla is a World Heritage Site. The shop in Puebla Centro highlights its city’s rich history with a mosaic made from local artisan-made ceramic tiles, and other works of local Otomi and Puebla art.
Two Starbucks in Chicago made the list — 333 North Michigan Avenue is renowned for its Art Deco architecture, and the tiny coffee shop inside reflects that iconic design with sleek rolled steel bar and gold rectangle details, while the other is based in a UNIQLO. From the top floor of the clothing store, visitors can take a coffee break surrounded by floor to ceiling windows for an unobstructed view of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
The rest of the list includes unique outposts in Savannah, Georgia, Guangzhou, China, Kyoto, Japan, Long Beach, California, and London.
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