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50 Contemporary Cafes

From Chalkboard Java Houses to DIY Sewing Coffee Shops

— November 12, 2012 — Art & Design
Whether offering DIY sewing classes, housing a daycare or giving back to the less fortunate, these contemporary cafes are the opposite of your run-of-the-mill franchise.

While many of us are accustomed to a traditional Starbucks shop's aesthetic, one is left in awe when introduced to these modern design masterpieces. From Starbucks Tokyo's scattered stick interior to its Amsterdam counterpart's building block facade, these java houses are both memorable and inspiring.

Ranging from a design marvel, a cat-lover's paradise or even a charitable venue, these contemporary cafes make drinking everyone's favorite morning beverage more fun and meaningful. From chic Cannabis cafe's to time-travelling coffee shops, the cool coffeehouses fuse age-old tradition with modern design concepts and social responsibilities.
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Board Game Cafes
Board Game Cafes
Snakes and Lattes Blends Coffee With Chutes and Ladders
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48
Cyber Cafe Coaches
Cyber Cafe Coaches
The Google Internet Bus Connects Rural Indians to the Rest of the World
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47
Newspaper-Branded Coffee Shops
Newspaper-Branded Coffee Shops
Winnipeg Free Press Cafe Invites Interaction With Publication
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46
Nonprofit Coffee Shops
Nonprofit Coffee Shops
Strawberry Line Cafe Employs Adults with Learning Disabilities
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45
Chic Cafe Bus Stops
Chic Cafe Bus Stops
The 'Station Diderot' is the European Bus System of the Future
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44
Pet Store Cafes
Pet Store Cafes
The Felis Ristorante and Cat Lounge Lets You Drink Tea and Cuddle Pets
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43
Caged Communal Cafes
Caged Communal Cafes
The Scarpetta Dining Pavilion Is Chic And Elegant
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42
Canopied Ceiling Cafes
Canopied Ceiling Cafes
The Play Pot Restaurant is Inspired by Street Venders
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41
Day Care Coffee Shops
Day Care Coffee Shops
Daisies Cafe is for People with Mental Illness & Learning Disabilities
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40
Road-Kill Cafes
Road-Kill Cafes
Hillbilly Tea Offers Up Meals That are Au Naturel
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39
Rotated Interior Coffee Houses
Rotated Interior Coffee Houses
D'espresso Sideways Library Cafe is a New Spin on Coffee Shop Decor
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38
Time-Traveling Coffee Shops
Time-Traveling Coffee Shops
The TARDIS Cafe is Inspired by the Show 'Doctor Who'
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37
Chic Cannabis Cafes
Chic Cannabis Cafes
The Hi/Lo by Workshop of Wonders Allows Visitors to Escape
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36
Profit-Sharing Cafes
Profit-Sharing Cafes
Kinfolk is an Australian Social Business with Four Development Projects
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35
Charitable Coffee Shops
Charitable Coffee Shops
The Movement Cafe is an Artsy Space That Hosts Local Performers
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34
Pop Culture-Inspired Cafes
Pop Culture-Inspired Cafes
The Wormhole Coffee Shop Goes ‘Back to the Future' in Style
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33
Minimalist Curvilinear Cafes
Minimalist Curvilinear Cafes
Nana’s Green Tea by Kamitopen Design Embodies Tranquility
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32
Library-Resembling Cafes
Library-Resembling Cafes
The Starbucks Espresso Journey by Nendo is a Pop-Up Marvel
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31
Luxurious Coffee Pubs
Luxurious Coffee Pubs
Posh Cafe Provides You With a Glamorous Afternoon Tea Experience
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30
Sloping Rooftop Cafes
Sloping Rooftop Cafes
Cafe la Miell is One Slippery Coffee Spot
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29
Traffic Jam Cafes
Traffic Jam Cafes
‘Cahoona Coffee' Is Germany's First Coffee Drive-Through
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28
Twisting Cork Coffee Shops
Twisting Cork Coffee Shops
The Dark Design Group Summer Cafe is Temporary and Budget-Proofed
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27
DIY Sewing Cafes
DIY Sewing Cafes
The Sweat Shop in Paris Features Per Hour Sewing Stations
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26
Redesigned Corporate Cafes
Redesigned Corporate Cafes
'Coffee and Tea' is Starbucks' Latest Attempt at Not Looking Lame
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25
Interactive Cafe Storefronts
Interactive Cafe Storefronts
My Starbucks Rewards Program Rewards Frequent Customers
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24
Crafty Cafes
Crafty Cafes
Bangkok's Big Knit Cafe Lets You Knit a Sweater on Your Coffee Break
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23
Rebranded Coffee Shops
Rebranded Coffee Shops
The Starbucks Concept Store Has Fresh New Look
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22
Crafty Sustainable Cafe Accents
Crafty Sustainable Cafe Accents
Artisan Coffee by Liquidesign Features Eco-Friendly Decor
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21
Dumpster-Made Cafes
Dumpster-Made Cafes
The FOUNDation Project Uses Trash Containers as a Base for Coffee Shops
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20
Efficient Chromatic Cafes
Efficient Chromatic Cafes
The ‘Cafe Craft’ by Pool Appeals to Writing Professionals
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19
Wooden Crate Cafes
Wooden Crate Cafes
Muzeum Sztuki Cafe Adds Comfort to Your Daily Cafe Trips
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18
LEED-Certified Coffee Huts
LEED-Certified Coffee Huts
The Starbucks Colorado is Smaller & More Portable for World Domination
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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
Dynamic Geometry Coffee Shops
Dynamic Geometry Coffee Shops
Arthouse Cafe by Joey Ho Applies 3D Triangle Accents
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14
Cozy Concrete Cafes
Cozy Concrete Cafes
Smith&hsu Teahouse by Carsten Jorgensen Merges Industrial & Natural Components
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13
Topsy Turvy Cafes
Topsy Turvy Cafes
The D'espresso Coffee Shop Looks Like a Library Flipped on its Side
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12
Colorfully Layered Cafes
Colorfully Layered Cafes
The Mocha Mojo Coffeehouse Looks Like a Playful LEGO Land
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11
Glass Courtyard Cafes
Glass Courtyard Cafes
Dan Graham's Cafe Bravo in Berlin Mixes Past & Present
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10
Building Block Cafes
Building Block Cafes
The Starbucks Amsterdam Rembrandtplein is Dynamically Designed
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9
Fashion Shop Cafe Hybrids
Fashion Shop Cafe Hybrids
'Property Of...' Store is Both a Cool Hangout and Retail Establishment
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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
Chalkboard Cafes
Chalkboard Cafes
Felix Lobelius Creates Handwritten 'Kaffe' Coffee Shop Design
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5
Pop-Up Portable Coffee Shops
Pop-Up Portable Coffee Shops
The Nescafe Nomadic Cafe Center Gives You Your Caffeine Kick Anywhere
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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
Coffee Shop Offices
Coffee Shop Offices
Urban Station Will Provide an Ultra Comfortable Working Environment
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1
Shipping Container Cafes
Shipping Container Cafes
Montreal Muvbox Restaurant Serves Lobster & Pizza
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