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65 Sensational Cafe Concepts

These Java Houses are The Perfect Place For a Hot Cup of Joe

— December 31, 2011 — Lifestyle
Sensational cafe concepts have been behind the world's most dynamic and design-savy coffee houses. These wonderfully-designed spaces are not only meant to be communal and interactive, but also serve as relaxing getaways for coffee lovers everywhere.

These internationally renowned spaces are not only known for their signature brew of coffee, but also for their distinctive design. From storage container pop-up coffee shops to soaring treehouse cafes, these cozy conversation spots are neighborhood favorites that stand out against the uniformity of neighbouring big franchise coffee houses.

One-of-a-kind coffee house concepts including pet store cafes, cycling coffee shops and even fashion shop cafe hybrids are putting emphasis on individuals' desire for unique, small-run businesses that have presence and character. Coffee lovers are always looking for the city's best kept secret and these personality-enriched spaces are undeniable hotspots.
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Board Game Cafes
Board Game Cafes
Snakes and Lattes Blends Coffee With Chutes and Ladders
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64
Subway Cafes
Subway Cafes
Subway Tries Espresso & Paninis
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63
Newspaper-Branded Coffee Shops
Newspaper-Branded Coffee Shops
Winnipeg Free Press Cafe Invites Interaction With Publication
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62
Presidential Cafes
Presidential Cafes
The Patriotic Obama Deli Opens its Doors in Brooklyn, NY
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61
Beach Cafe Made of Iron Sheets
Beach Cafe Made of Iron Sheets
Graffiti-Proof East Beach Cafe
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60
American Maid Cafes
American Maid Cafes
Role Play at Royal/T Cafe in LA
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59
Wi-Fi Coffee Shop Ads
Wi-Fi Coffee Shop Ads
The 'BuyAnotherCupYouCheapskate' Network is Always Free
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58
Celebrity Vegan Cafes
Celebrity Vegan Cafes
Heather Mills to Open Animal Free Bistro
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57
Karma-Inspired Coffee Houses
Karma-Inspired Coffee Houses
The Optimism Cafe Serves up Free Cups of Joe and Hope
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56
Lakeview-Looking Cafes
Lakeview-Looking Cafes
Steinbacher Thierrichter Adds Modern Chic to an Historical Town Hall
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55
Pet Store Cafes
Pet Store Cafes
The Felis Ristorante and Cat Lounge Lets You Drink Tea and Cuddle Pets
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54
Comfort Food Coffeehouses
Comfort Food Coffeehouses
IHOP Cafe Hops On the High-End Java Bandwagon
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53
Reptile Cafes
Reptile Cafes
Yokohama Subtropical Tea is Staffed by Cold-Blooded Creatures
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52
Road-Kill Cafes
Road-Kill Cafes
Hillbilly Tea Offers Up Meals That are Au Naturel
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51
Caffeinated Cross-Branding
Caffeinated Cross-Branding
At KISS Coffeehouse, Rock 'n' Roll All Night and Drink Coffee Every Day
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50
Micro Theater Coffee Houses
Micro Theater Coffee Houses
The Mini Ecru Cafe Creates Actors Out of Its Patrons
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49
Time-Traveling Coffee Shops
Time-Traveling Coffee Shops
The TARDIS Cafe is Inspired by the Show 'Doctor Who'
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48
Clothes-Cleaning Cafes
Clothes-Cleaning Cafes
Copenhagen's Laundromat Cafe Lets You Do Laundry While Sipping Lattes
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47
Gas Station Coffee Shops
Gas Station Coffee Shops
Say Sayonara to Stale and Watered-Down Truck-Stop Java
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46
Amazing Treehouse Cafes
Amazing Treehouse Cafes
The Naha Harbor Diner Is Perched Atop A Giant Imitation Banyan Tree
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45
Pop Culture-Inspired Cafes
Pop Culture-Inspired Cafes
The Wormhole Coffee Shop Goes ‘Back to the Future' in Style
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44
Bunny-Petting Cafes
Bunny-Petting Cafes
Grab a Coffee and Pet a Rabbit at Japan's Usagi-to-Cafe
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43
Digitally Exclusive Coffee Shops
Digitally Exclusive Coffee Shops
The Starbucks Digital Network Enhances Customer Service
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42
Luxurious Couture Cafes
Luxurious Couture Cafes
Top Fashion Designer Marc Jacobs to Open Coffee Shop
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41
Coffee Shop Kitten Rentals
Coffee Shop Kitten Rentals
Tokyo's Cat Cafe Calico
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40
Bright Therapeutic Cafes
Bright Therapeutic Cafes
The Iglo Light Cafe Provides a Healthy Haven During Dark Times
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39
Sloping Rooftop Cafes
Sloping Rooftop Cafes
Cafe la Miell is One Slippery Coffee Spot
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38
Traffic Jam Cafes
Traffic Jam Cafes
‘Cahoona Coffee' Is Germany's First Coffee Drive-Through
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37
Bliss-Inducing Cafes
Bliss-Inducing Cafes
'Van Gogh is Bipolar' Restaurant Serves Up Happy Hormones
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36
DIY Sewing Cafes
DIY Sewing Cafes
The Sweat Shop in Paris Features Per Hour Sewing Stations
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35
Food Inspired Architecture
Food Inspired Architecture
Cafe Shaped Like Toast
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34
Redesigned Corporate Cafes
Redesigned Corporate Cafes
'Coffee and Tea' is Starbucks' Latest Attempt at Not Looking Lame
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33
Cycling Coffee Shops
Cycling Coffee Shops
Charrie's Cafe Gives On-the-Go Beverages New Meaning
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32
Laundromat Cafes
Laundromat Cafes
'Wash & Coffee' Offers a Chic Chore Experience
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31
Paperless Cafe Newsstands
Paperless Cafe Newsstands
The Box Coffee Shop in Croatia Replaces Newspapers With iPads
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30
Bike-Powered Java Shops
Bike-Powered Java Shops
The Mobile Kickstand Coffee Bar Hits New York Streets
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29
Crafty Cafes
Crafty Cafes
Bangkok's Big Knit Cafe Lets You Knit a Sweater on Your Coffee Break
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28
Hidden Coffee Shops
Hidden Coffee Shops
Hong Kong's Indy Coffee Houses Take Cover With Big Chains Moving In
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27
Cardboard Cafes
Cardboard Cafes
B3 Designers at London Design Festival
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26
Rebranded Coffee Shops
Rebranded Coffee Shops
The Starbucks Concept Store Has Fresh New Look
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25
Seaside Angletecture
Seaside Angletecture
Unique, Revitalized Waterfront Café Design Lures Diners
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24
Wooden Crate Cafes
Wooden Crate Cafes
Muzeum Sztuki Cafe Adds Comfort to Your Daily Cafe Trips
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23
Dynamic Geometry Coffee Shops
Dynamic Geometry Coffee Shops
Arthouse Cafe by Joey Ho Applies 3D Triangle Accents
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22
Faux Indie Espresso Bars
Faux Indie Espresso Bars
Starbucks 15th Avenue E Coffee and Tea Shops May Even Serve Wine
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21
Perforated Java Joints
Perforated Java Joints
The LOFF Meltino Bar & Lounge Uses Coffee as Its Conceptual Inspiration
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20
Mystery Meal Cafes
Mystery Meal Cafes
Japan's Ogori Cafe is a Surprise Every Time
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19
Cozy Concrete Cafes
Cozy Concrete Cafes
Smith&hsu Teahouse by Carsten Jorgensen Merges Industrial & Natural Components
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18
Topsy Turvy Cafes
Topsy Turvy Cafes
The D'espresso Coffee Shop Looks Like a Library Flipped on its Side
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17
Coffeehouses on Wheels
Coffeehouses on Wheels
Daniel Milchtein's Stunning 'Mobile Coffee Shop' Will Stop Traffic
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16
Colorfully Layered Cafes
Colorfully Layered Cafes
The Mocha Mojo Coffeehouse Looks Like a Playful LEGO Land
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15
Glass Courtyard Cafes
Glass Courtyard Cafes
Dan Graham's Cafe Bravo in Berlin Mixes Past & Present
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14
Opulent Eating
Opulent Eating
Luxury Fashion Brand Opens Gucci Cafe in Tokyo
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13
Vibrant Pop-Up Cafes
Vibrant Pop-Up Cafes
The ING Express Mobile Coffee Bar is an Eye-Catching Modular Establishment
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12
Fashion Shop Cafe Hybrids
Fashion Shop Cafe Hybrids
'Property Of...' Store is Both a Cool Hangout and Retail Establishment
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11
Playscape Cafes
Playscape Cafes
New York City's Moomah is an Art & Food Oasis for Kids
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10
Chalkboard Cafes
Chalkboard Cafes
Felix Lobelius Creates Handwritten 'Kaffe' Coffee Shop Design
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9
Child-Centric Eateries
Child-Centric Eateries
Kids Cafe Piccolo, Seoul Designed Specifically for Children
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8
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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7
Hooters-Style Coffee
Hooters-Style Coffee
The Grand View Topless Coffee Shop Opens in Maine
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6
Bikini Baristas
Bikini Baristas
Cafe Di Vang 2 in Vietnam Serves Coffee With a Side of Skin
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5
Industrial Box Coffee Shops
Industrial Box Coffee Shops
Starbucks Shipping Container Location Opens in Washington
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4
Eclectic Coffee Shop Redesigns
Eclectic Coffee Shop Redesigns
Cielito Querido Cafe Branding Embraces Idiosyncrasy
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3
Coffee Shop Offices
Coffee Shop Offices
Urban Station Will Provide an Ultra Comfortable Working Environment
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2
Shipping Container Houses (Follow Up)
Shipping Container Houses (Follow Up)
The Illy House Blooms in 90 Seconds
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1
Shipping Container Cafes
Shipping Container Cafes
Montreal Muvbox Restaurant Serves Lobster & Pizza
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