Looking for the perfect escape with the best coffee spot? From a vibrant store within touching distance of a historic cathedral to Starbucks first all-female run store in the Middle East, here are the most unique stores to visit in EMEA this summer that offer the ultimate wanderlust for coffee lovers.
In the south of the Iberian Peninsula, you will find the city of Cordoba – known for its unique Moorish architecture. Starbucks opened its second store in Cordoba, located in front of the Mezquita Cathedral – one of Spain’s major historic monuments and tourist attractions, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The interior of the store is reminiscent of the traditional architecture of the city. You will also find a beautiful wall mural of the iconic Starbucks Siren, created by a local graffiti artist called Sake Leneka.
Bloemfontein, South Africa
Mimosa Mall in Bloemfontein is now home to the first store in the capital state region of South Africa, the nation’s seventh-largest city. Visitors to the landmark store in Bloem (as it is more affectionately known by locals) can expect comfort and efficiency as they discover the Starbucks warm welcome and connect with green apron partners (employees). The new store’s design and third place serves as a home away from home, including exotic woods, warm whites, and fresh greenery.
Coast Road, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Located in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom, this is the first-ever all-female-operated Starbucks Drive-Thru store in Saudi Arabia. The trailblazing women behind the store are true coffee experts, ready to hand-craft your perfect beverage on the go. This store forms part of Starbucks KSA’s ongoing commitment to creating more work opportunities for Saudi women in line with the Kingdom’s 2030 vision.
Taking another spin of the globe you’ll reach the first Starbucks store in Tyrol in the city centre of Innsbruck, west of Austria. An iconic and beautiful store, it sits in the centre of town, close to the “Golden Roof”, a famous gold balcony from the 1500s considered the landmark of Innsbruck.
Now heading towards the Mediterranean, Erbusco in the beautiful northern Lombardia region is home to the first-ever Drive-Thru in Italy. Here you will find a sustainable-friendly store that sources 100% of its energy from certified renewable sources and it also embraces Italian culture in both the design and food offering.
Home to Renaissance art and architecture, sticking with Italy, head to this stunning store located within a shopping mall on the outskirts of Florence, the first Starbucks to open in picturesque Tuscany. Make sure you stop by for an espresso or treat yourself to a Frappuccino blended beverage.
Narmanli Han, Turkey
Next to Istiklal Avenue in the heart of Istanbul and you’ll find this unique store complete from floor to ceiling with historic architecture and innovative finishes. To complete the bespoke Starbucks Experience, the store serves a range of traditional Turkish coffee alongside our handcrafted iconic Starbucks beverages – all made with the world’s highest quality of Arabica.
Prague Castle, Czech Republic
Live out your own fairytale romance at one of the largest ancient castles in the world. You can step back in time at Prague Castle while enjoying a handcrafted Starbucks beverage overlooking the beautiful panorama of the city, which some say offers the best views of Prague.
Boulevard des Capucines, Paris, France
Located near the beautiful Opéra Garnier in the heart of Paris, the Starbucks along the Boulevard des Capucines is housed in a structure that dates back more than three centuries. You’ll be mesmerised by the dramatic 19th-century ceiling murals and admire the elegant chandeliers while sipping a handcrafted beverage in one of the most enviable locations in Paris.
Bluewaters Reserve Store, Dubai, UAE
Situated at the heart of Dubai’s newest island, Bluewaters Reserve Bar marks Starbucks 1000th store in the Middle East. It sits within the bustling entertainment hub at the base of Ain Dubai, the world’s largest observation wheel. You can enjoy a Starbucks beverage and admire the hues of blue and green design that draws inspiration from the meeting of the land and sea, the rich tones of the Persian Gulf and our very own Siren.