Starbucks coffee chain can be spotted on high streets around the world, thanks
to its recognisable green awnings and distinctive mermaid-inspired logo. But in
some markets, the coffee chain is taking its stores in a different direction.
With a new
emphasis on innovative and environmentally-friendly design, Starbucks outlets have
been appearing in unexpected locations, complete with unusual twists on the
typical interior and exterior. While most menu items remain the same, here are some
of the oddest spots where you can order a tall skinny half-caf with whip latte.
Inside a bank vault
In March 2012, Starbucks' first European concept
store opened within the renovated Amsterdamsche Bank in Amsterdam’s Rembrandt
Square. Clocking in as the largest Starbucks in Europe (430sqm), the space includes
a mural depicting the Dutch coffee trade, a wall made of recycled bike inner
tubes and the vault’s original exposed concrete walls and 1920s marble floors.
The store has
also been one of the first to test in-store baking, tweeting alerts when fresh croissants
and cookies come out of the oven.
On the ski slopes
Good luck getting a car to this drive thru-ready
Starbucks. Located mid-mountain (about 8,200ft above sea level) at northern
California’s Squaw Valley ski resort, this “ski-up”
store allows skiers and snowboarders to get their caffeine fix without taking
off their equipment. The store, only open for the winter ski season (usually
November through April), also offers indoor space for skiers who need to warm
up or grab a bite to refuel.
In an old shipping container
drive-thru and walk-up store in Tukwila, Washington, was built by recycling
and stacking the shipping containers the company uses to transport its coffee
across the world. The small 450sqft store was also the company’s first
LEED-certified store in the Seattle area.
On Mainstreet in Disneyland
Kingdom in Anaheim, California, will open its first
in-park Starbucks this autumn within the Market House on Mainstreet USA. The
interior is set to look like a turn-of-the-century general store, and baristas
will serve up usual Starbucks specialties along with Disney-themed pastries.