On June 30, coffee lovers in Kyoto will be graced with a special new Starbucks shop. Unlike the chain’s other locations that have popped up in the city over the last few years, however, this new addition will offer its treats with a tatami twist.
Inspired by traditional Japanese design, the new shop pairs the quick convenience of a Starbucks coffee with the tranquility of a tea room. At the entrance, guests are welcomed by a green noren banner bearing the Starbucks logo. On the first floor is the counter, which radiates a calming glow reminiscent of a paper lantern. This zen atmosphere is further accentuated by a collection of beautiful gardens, complete with tsukubai, or purifying washbasins. This aesthetic continues onto the second floor, where customers are invited to remove their shoes, relax on the tatami reed floors, and enjoy their beverages.
Housed in a historic building on Ninensaka, a street in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Kyoto’s Higashiyama district, this new shop is the perfect place to grab a drink without losing the ambiance. Plus, after a busy day exploring Kyoto, what could be better than a calm and convenient coffee break?