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85 Contemporary Cafes

From Video Game Cafes to Social Coffee Houses

— April 1, 2014 — Art & Design
Coffee houses are branching out to become much more avant garde, and appeal to a wider demographic. In order to do this, business owners are taking risk and experimenting with everything from video game cafes to pet-centric java stops.

In Japan, one shop in particular pays tribute to the Final Fantasy franchise, with various characters and logos used from the video game. Also in Japan, the Rabbit Cafe exists for anyone wanting to go in and get some cuddles from these cute critters. It seems like no matter what your preference, you'll be able to find coffee houses that suit a wide range of needs.

While traditional coffee houses are still going strong, perhaps these developments signal potential changes within the industry.
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Social Firm Community Cafes
Social Firm Community Cafes
Frogmeadow Reinvents the Labor Market in the United Kingdom
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83
Remote Tablet-Only Cafes
Remote Tablet-Only Cafes
The Google-Sponsored Tablet Cafe in Dakar Improves Internet Access
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82
Cozy Companion Coffee Shops
Cozy Companion Coffee Shops
Find Comfort in a Stranger's Arms at the Cuddle Cafe
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81
Anti-Allegiance Coffee Programs
Anti-Allegiance Coffee Programs
The DC Disloyalty Card Encourages Venturing Outside of Starbucks
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80
Virtual Charity Cafes
Virtual Charity Cafes
The Christchurch Cafe is an Ingenious Way to Aid Earthquake Victims
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79
Mission-Based Cafes
Mission-Based Cafes
Overflow Coffee Bar Fosters a Community Get-Together Environment
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78
Women-Only Napping Cafes
Women-Only Napping Cafes
Japan's Qusca Sleeping Cafe Lets You Sleep and Snack
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77
Community-Building Cafes
Community-Building Cafes
Sisters Of The Road Provides Good Food and Hospitality To The Homeless
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76
Sit-Down Cereal Cafes
Sit-Down Cereal Cafes
Cereality
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75
Charitable Caffeine Movements
Charitable Caffeine Movements
Pay It Forward by Purchasing a Suspended Coffee in Certain Cafes
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74
Bicycle-Encouraging Cafes
Bicycle-Encouraging Cafes
The Le Repas Bistro Rewards Cyclists by Offering a Free Meal
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73
Board Game Cafes
Board Game Cafes
Snakes and Lattes Blends Coffee With Chutes and Ladders
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72
Subway Cafes
Subway Cafes
Subway Tries Espresso & Paninis
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71
Presidential Cafes
Presidential Cafes
The Patriotic Obama Deli Opens its Doors in Brooklyn, NY
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70
American Maid Cafes
American Maid Cafes
Role Play at Royal/T Cafe in LA
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69
Celebrity Vegan Cafes
Celebrity Vegan Cafes
Heather Mills to Open Animal Free Bistro
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68
Karma-Inspired Coffee Houses
Karma-Inspired Coffee Houses
The Optimism Cafe Serves up Free Cups of Joe and Hope
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67
Bunny-Snuggling Cafes
Bunny-Snuggling Cafes
This Japanese Rabbit Cafe Lets You Curl Up with a Coffee and Cute Bunnies
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66
Lakeview-Looking Cafes
Lakeview-Looking Cafes
Steinbacher Thierrichter Adds Modern Chic to an Historical Town Hall
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65
Monochromatic Checkered Cafes
Monochromatic Checkered Cafes
The Parisian Craft Cafe Promotes Community
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64
Social Coffee Houses
Social Coffee Houses
Caffe Streets in Chicago Takes Its Coffee and Relationships Seriously
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63
Color-Burst Confection Cafes
Color-Burst Confection Cafes
The Fritzy's a Frozen Yogurt and Bulk Candy Shop is Boldly Vibrant
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62
Comfortably Relaxing Cat Cafes
Comfortably Relaxing Cat Cafes
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is Europe's First Cat Cafe
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61
Charming For-Good Cafes
Charming For-Good Cafes
The Peace Coffee Shop is in Minneapolis’ Wonderland Park
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60
Pet Store Cafes
Pet Store Cafes
The Felis Ristorante and Cat Lounge Lets You Drink Tea and Cuddle Pets
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59
Video Game Cafes
Video Game Cafes
The Artnia Cafe is Based on Final Fantasy
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58
Caged Communal Cafes
Caged Communal Cafes
The Scarpetta Dining Pavilion Is Chic And Elegant
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57
Mock Coffee Chain Cafes
Mock Coffee Chain Cafes
'Dumb Starbucks' is a Mysterious Cafe That's Spoofing Starbucks
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56
Cozy Recycled Door Cafes
Cozy Recycled Door Cafes
Architect Anne Sophie Poirier Designs a Comfy Eco-Friendly Space
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55
Reptile Cafes
Reptile Cafes
Yokohama Subtropical Tea is Staffed by Cold-Blooded Creatures
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54
Canopied Ceiling Cafes
Canopied Ceiling Cafes
The Play Pot Restaurant is Inspired by Street Venders
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53
Fake-Headed Cosplay Cafes
Fake-Headed Cosplay Cafes
Kigurumi Cafe Has Waitresses Don Life-Size Fake Heads to Tie Up the Look
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52
Geography Teacher Cafes
Geography Teacher Cafes
Mister Close by Russell and George Boasts Personal Touches
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51
Entirely Bamboo-Built Cafes
Entirely Bamboo-Built Cafes
The Kontum Indochine Cafe is Traditionally Sustainable with Bamboos
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50
Nordic Korean Cafes
Nordic Korean Cafes
This Eclectic Cafe in South Korea Exudes a Colorful Personality
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49
Contemporary Treed Cafes
Contemporary Treed Cafes
The Foresty Cafe Ki Welcomes You to an Enchanted Artificial Arboretum
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48
Fashion Boutique Cafes
Fashion Boutique Cafes
The Roberto Cavalli Caffe is an Extension of its Boutique in Saint-Tropez
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47
Bowling-Inspired Bar Cafes
Bowling-Inspired Bar Cafes
The Nicky’s Food & Drinks Eatery Embraces the Popular Pastime
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46
Modern Cave Cafes
Modern Cave Cafes
The Tea Mountain Tea Shop was Designed by A1 Architects
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45
Minimalist Curvilinear Cafes
Minimalist Curvilinear Cafes
Nana’s Green Tea by Kamitopen Design Embodies Tranquility
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44
Chic Cannabis Cafes
Chic Cannabis Cafes
The Hi/Lo by Workshop of Wonders Allows Visitors to Escape
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43
Clothes-Cleaning Cafes
Clothes-Cleaning Cafes
Copenhagen's Laundromat Cafe Lets You Do Laundry While Sipping Lattes
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42
Profit-Sharing Cafes
Profit-Sharing Cafes
Kinfolk is an Australian Social Business with Four Development Projects
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41
Amazing Treehouse Cafes
Amazing Treehouse Cafes
The Naha Harbor Diner Is Perched Atop A Giant Imitation Banyan Tree
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40
Pop Culture-Inspired Cafes
Pop Culture-Inspired Cafes
The Wormhole Coffee Shop Goes ‘Back to the Future' in Style
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39
Bunny-Petting Cafes
Bunny-Petting Cafes
Grab a Coffee and Pet a Rabbit at Japan's Usagi-to-Cafe
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38
Library-Resembling Cafes
Library-Resembling Cafes
The Starbucks Espresso Journey by Nendo is a Pop-Up Marvel
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37
Generosity Cafes
Generosity Cafes
KereKere Coffee Kiosk in Melbourne Lets Customers Pick a Cause
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36
Luxurious Couture Cafes
Luxurious Couture Cafes
Top Fashion Designer Marc Jacobs to Open Coffee Shop
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35
Shape-Shifting Coffee Shops
Shape-Shifting Coffee Shops
The Cadogan Cafe's Exterior Transforms Based on Weather
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34
Kid-Friendly Cafes
Kid-Friendly Cafes
The Phill Restaurant by Nuca Studio Features a Whimsical Concept
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33
Bright Therapeutic Cafes
Bright Therapeutic Cafes
The Iglo Light Cafe Provides a Healthy Haven During Dark Times
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32
Sloping Rooftop Cafes
Sloping Rooftop Cafes
Cafe la Miell is One Slippery Coffee Spot
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31
Bliss-Inducing Cafes
Bliss-Inducing Cafes
'Van Gogh is Bipolar' Restaurant Serves Up Happy Hormones
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30
DIY Sewing Cafes
DIY Sewing Cafes
The Sweat Shop in Paris Features Per Hour Sewing Stations
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29
Redesigned Corporate Cafes
Redesigned Corporate Cafes
'Coffee and Tea' is Starbucks' Latest Attempt at Not Looking Lame
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28
Laundromat Cafes
Laundromat Cafes
'Wash & Coffee' Offers a Chic Chore Experience
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27
Fashion Magazine-Branded Cafes
Fashion Magazine-Branded Cafes
The Vogue Cafe is a New Addition to the Dubai Mall
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26
Hidden Coffee Shops
Hidden Coffee Shops
Hong Kong's Indy Coffee Houses Take Cover With Big Chains Moving In
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25
Cardboard Cafes
Cardboard Cafes
B3 Designers at London Design Festival
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24
Dumpster-Made Cafes
Dumpster-Made Cafes
The FOUNDation Project Uses Trash Containers as a Base for Coffee Shops
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23
Contemporary Fashion Cafes
Contemporary Fashion Cafes
The Maison Kitsune Tokyo Store is an Intergrated Model
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22
Efficient Chromatic Cafes
Efficient Chromatic Cafes
The ‘Cafe Craft’ by Pool Appeals to Writing Professionals
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21
Wooden Crate Cafes
Wooden Crate Cafes
Muzeum Sztuki Cafe Adds Comfort to Your Daily Cafe Trips
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20
LEED-Certified Coffee Huts
LEED-Certified Coffee Huts
The Starbucks Colorado is Smaller & More Portable for World Domination
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19
Mystery Meal Cafes
Mystery Meal Cafes
Japan's Ogori Cafe is a Surprise Every Time
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18
Boutique Cafe Hybrids
Boutique Cafe Hybrids
Citizenry in Toronto is Redefining the World of Cafes
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17
Rickety Modern Cafes
Rickety Modern Cafes
The Noorderparkbar is an Odds and Ends Building
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16
Scattered Stick Cafes
Scattered Stick Cafes
The Starbucks Tokyo by Kengo Kuma Features A Bold and Dynamic Design
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15
Homey Eclectic Cafes
Homey Eclectic Cafes
The New Neighborhood Tangent Café is All About Comfort Branding
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14
Steampunk Contraption Cafes
Steampunk Contraption Cafes
Have a Cup of Java at the Cape Town Coffee Shop Called 'Truth'
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13
Cozy Concrete Cafes
Cozy Concrete Cafes
Smith&hsu Teahouse by Carsten Jorgensen Merges Industrial & Natural Components
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12
Topsy Turvy Cafes
Topsy Turvy Cafes
The D'espresso Coffee Shop Looks Like a Library Flipped on its Side
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11
Colorfully Layered Cafes
Colorfully Layered Cafes
The Mocha Mojo Coffeehouse Looks Like a Playful LEGO Land
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10
Glass Courtyard Cafes
Glass Courtyard Cafes
Dan Graham's Cafe Bravo in Berlin Mixes Past & Present
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9
Building Block Cafes
Building Block Cafes
The Starbucks Amsterdam Rembrandtplein is Dynamically Designed
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8
Vibrant Pop-Up Cafes
Vibrant Pop-Up Cafes
The ING Express Mobile Coffee Bar is an Eye-Catching Modular Establishment
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7
Playscape Cafes
Playscape Cafes
New York City's Moomah is an Art & Food Oasis for Kids
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6
Upscale Fast Food Cafes
Upscale Fast Food Cafes
This Fast Food Restaurant Design Encourages Lounging
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5
Chalkboard Cafes
Chalkboard Cafes
Felix Lobelius Creates Handwritten 'Kaffe' Coffee Shop Design
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4
Creativity-Charged Cafes
Creativity-Charged Cafes
BASE camp by Nest One is a Cutting-Edge Workspace
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3
Industrial Box Coffee Shops
Industrial Box Coffee Shops
Starbucks Shipping Container Location Opens in Washington
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2
Convertible Cargo Cafes
Convertible Cargo Cafes
Zucker&Betton LunchBox is a Pop-Up Restaurant for All Seasons and Spaces
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1
Shipping Container Cafes
Shipping Container Cafes
Montreal Muvbox Restaurant Serves Lobster & Pizza
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