The Truth Coffee House (South Africa)
The Truth Coffee House bill themselves as a steampunk coffee house, for those not in the know ‘steampunk’ is a style of science fiction where steam power has regained mainstream use. This may seem a little odd, but the use of large brass, steam powered, coffee equipment in this shop definatley gives this place a unique feel. The brewing equipment is tall and imposing and ultimately very striking and stylish (it also makes a great brew).
The Murinsel ‘Floating Coffee Shop’ (Austria)
An artificial floating island in the middle of the Mur River in Graz, Austria is actually a coffee shop. Built to try and recapture the importance of the river during the city’s stint as European capital of culture in 2003 this coffee shop is unique and stylish, and is even more striking when lit up in a dazzling blue at night.
The Roasting Plant (USA)
This coffee shop based in New York is immediately striking with its tall towers of grind on demand coffee beans. The shops ethos is to limit the time between grinding and brewing so you can get the freshest cup possible. A former Starbucks employee set up the shop, spending 5 years developing the cutting edge technology pictured above.
The D’espresso Coffee Shop (USA)
Based in NYC the D’espresso Coffee Shop is certainly visually interesting, even if it does make you feel a bit dizzy initially. This coffee shop is small but very unique with its strategically placed tiles to mimic a library. This design will make any coffee or book lover feel like they have just stepped into wonderland, even if it is all a bit topsy-turvy.
Daniel Milchtein’s ‘Mobile Coffee Shop’
When you think of a mobile coffee shop you don’t necessarily think high class or upmarket. However, Daniel Milchtein’s ‘mobile coffee shop’ has put this notion to bed with its sleek design and high quality coffee service. Featuring a stylish bar area and a handful of quality espresso makers, this shop is quality, sleek, and ultimately practical (definitely a traffic stopper).
One Shot Coffee (USA)
With an interior like an rustic living room this coffee shop certainly gives off a warm and cozy feeling, It’s large bookshelves it almost seems like an elaborate study room in a mansion. The coffee menu is not all that vast but there is no doubting the charm and warmth of this coffee shop (especially if it’s cold and wet outside).
Chillout Cafe (Dubai)
Chillout Cafe describe themselves as an ice lounge, and they serve you coffee at sub zero temperatures. Yes you’ll have to wrap up warm, but is there anything better than a nice hot brew when its a bit on the cold side. Another thing, all the tables and chairs are 100% carved ice, and the place is decorated in fancy ice sculptures.
Neko Cafe (Japan)
Neko Cafe, literally translating to Cat Cafe, is a cafe with, as you’ve guessed, many feline friends loitering about. Cat Cafe’s actually originated in Taiwan, but soon became popular in Japan. The cafe’s are in existence due to the problem of keeping pets in some cramped apartments, and cat lovers come here for their coffee and to see the many friendly cats wandering around the cafe.
Starbucks is a familiar site across high streets all over the world, and you may think that they are all the same, and you’d mostly be right. However, in Japan it seems as though they enjoy doing things slightly differently with this interesting interior design. It features and almost thatched ceiling featuring long intertwining wooden beams, supposed to represent their very own coffee stirrers. Quite a cool design, if not a little crazy.
Kickstand Coffee (USA)
A mobile coffee shop with a difference, Kickstand Coffee travel around New York City providing quality coffee entirely powered by push bikes! The guys set up shop wherever they please, grind the beans themselves , and have so far been met with rave reviews.