Lonely Planet Writer

From beachfront to spectacular city view, see the one-of-a-kind Starbucks around the world


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 a dramatic kinetic sculpture hangs from the ceiling.
In Hong Kong a dramatic kinetic sculpture hangs from the ceiling. Image by courtesy Starbucks

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.

The Las Vegas strip store features a geometric installation by French artist Georges Rousse.
The Las Vegas strip store features a geometric installation by French artist Georges Rousse. Image by courtesy Starbucks

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.

The store at Griffith Park LA features a large mural of the cosmos in honor of the nearby Griffith Observatory.
The store at Griffith Park LA features a large mural of the cosmos in honor of the nearby Griffith Observatory. Image by courtesy Starbucks

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.

The top floor of UNIQLO in Chicago boasts a cafe and walls of glass for a spectacular view of the Magnificent Mile.
The top floor of UNIQLO in Chicago boasts a cafe and walls of glass for a spectacular view of the Magnificent Mile. Image by courtesy Starbucks

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.

Chicago's North Michigan Ave. skyscraper is a landmark for its Art Deco architecture.
Chicago’s North Michigan Ave. skyscraper is a landmark for its Art Deco architecture. Image by courtesy Starbucks

The rest of the list includes unique outposts in Savannah, Georgia, Guangzhou, China, Kyoto, Japan, Long Beach, California, and London.

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