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52 Unique Coffee Shops

From Hidden Indie Coffee Houses to Laundromat Cafes

— April 15, 2011 — Lifestyle
Sick of your neighborhood coffee chain? As this selection of unique coffee shops from around the world shows, there's more you can do to add pep to your coffee than adding a new syrup or crazy milk alternative. While some of these innovations could be enjoyed in just about any city, others are so niche tha you'd need a substantially sized city to draw a crowd.

Among the unique coffee shops, you'll find in the list: a vampire cafe, a DIY sewing cafe, push-button pop-up coffee shops, a light therapy cafe in Sweden that helps ward off depression and exhaustion in the long winters, traffic jam cafes, a cardboard cafe, coffee shops where you can rent a kitten, coffee shops for dogs and a pay-what-you-want coffee shop.
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Virtual Charity Cafes
Virtual Charity Cafes
The Christchurch Cafe is an Ingenious Way to Aid Earthquake Victims
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The Seva Cafe
The Seva Cafe
No Bill Here - Pay Only What You Wish
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Presidential Cafes
Presidential Cafes
The Patriotic Obama Deli Opens its Doors in Brooklyn, NY
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Beach Cafe Made of Iron Sheets
Beach Cafe Made of Iron Sheets
Graffiti-Proof East Beach Cafe
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Crowdsourced Coffee Prices
Crowdsourced Coffee Prices
Java Street Cafe Lets Customers Pay What They Think is Fair
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Celebrity Vegan Cafes
Celebrity Vegan Cafes
Heather Mills to Open Animal Free Bistro
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Hip Cape Town Hangouts
Hip Cape Town Hangouts
Afro Cool at Afro Coffee
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Pet Store Cafes
Pet Store Cafes
The Felis Ristorante and Cat Lounge Lets You Drink Tea and Cuddle Pets
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44
Microsoft Eateries
Microsoft Eateries
Windows Cafe Opens in Paris in Anticipation of New Operating System
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Canine Coffee
Canine Coffee
Doggy Java Cafe
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Micro Theater Coffee Houses
Micro Theater Coffee Houses
The Mini Ecru Cafe Creates Actors Out of Its Patrons
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Tattoo Tea Parlors
Tattoo Tea Parlors
Get a Tat and Eat a Slice of Cake at Horror Picture Tea in Paris
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Clothes-Cleaning Cafes
Clothes-Cleaning Cafes
Copenhagen's Laundromat Cafe Lets You Do Laundry While Sipping Lattes
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Amazing Treehouse Cafes
Amazing Treehouse Cafes
The Naha Harbor Diner Is Perched Atop A Giant Imitation Banyan Tree
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Whimsical Pinktastic Interiors
Whimsical Pinktastic Interiors
Cafe Foam is a Romantic Oasis Designed by Note Design Studio
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Pop Culture-Inspired Cafes
Pop Culture-Inspired Cafes
The Wormhole Coffee Shop Goes ‘Back to the Future' in Style
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Delectable Chocolate Cafes
Delectable Chocolate Cafes
'Cadbury Cocoa Houses' are Brewing in the UK
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Digitally Exclusive Coffee Shops
Digitally Exclusive Coffee Shops
The Starbucks Digital Network Enhances Customer Service
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Luxurious Coffee Pubs
Luxurious Coffee Pubs
Posh Cafe Provides You With a Glamorous Afternoon Tea Experience
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Coffee Shop Kitten Rentals
Coffee Shop Kitten Rentals
Tokyo's Cat Cafe Calico
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Bright Therapeutic Cafes
Bright Therapeutic Cafes
The Iglo Light Cafe Provides a Healthy Haven During Dark Times
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Sloping Rooftop Cafes
Sloping Rooftop Cafes
Cafe la Miell is One Slippery Coffee Spot
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Undead Eateries
Undead Eateries
The Vampire Cafe is a Twihard's Dream Come True (UPDATE)
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Traffic Jam Cafes
Traffic Jam Cafes
‘Cahoona Coffee' Is Germany's First Coffee Drive-Through
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Bliss-Inducing Cafes
Bliss-Inducing Cafes
'Van Gogh is Bipolar' Restaurant Serves Up Happy Hormones
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Hanging Book Lights
Hanging Book Lights
McNally Jackson Books Has Reader-Friendly Light Fixtures
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DIY Sewing Cafes
DIY Sewing Cafes
The Sweat Shop in Paris Features Per Hour Sewing Stations
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Child's Play Restaurants
Child's Play Restaurants
The 'Tokyo Baby Cafe' is a Perfect Place for the Little Ones
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Redesigned Corporate Cafes
Redesigned Corporate Cafes
'Coffee and Tea' is Starbucks' Latest Attempt at Not Looking Lame
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Laundromat Cafes
Laundromat Cafes
'Wash & Coffee' Offers a Chic Chore Experience
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Crafty Cafes
Crafty Cafes
Bangkok's Big Knit Cafe Lets You Knit a Sweater on Your Coffee Break
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Optical Illusion Interiors
Optical Illusion Interiors
Logomo Cafe Features a Mind-Bending Design by Tobias Rehberger
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Hidden Coffee Shops
Hidden Coffee Shops
Hong Kong's Indy Coffee Houses Take Cover With Big Chains Moving In
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Cardboard Cafes
Cardboard Cafes
B3 Designers at London Design Festival
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Plywood Furnished Eateries
Plywood Furnished Eateries
Hjghers Kith Cafe Focuses on Simpler Things Such as Company
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Wooden Crate Cafes
Wooden Crate Cafes
Muzeum Sztuki Cafe Adds Comfort to Your Daily Cafe Trips
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Perforated Java Joints
Perforated Java Joints
The LOFF Meltino Bar & Lounge Uses Coffee as Its Conceptual Inspiration
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Mystery Meal Cafes
Mystery Meal Cafes
Japan's Ogori Cafe is a Surprise Every Time
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Japanese Maid Cafe
Japanese Maid Cafe
Anime Fetish Restaurant in Toronto
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Topsy Turvy Cafes
Topsy Turvy Cafes
The D'espresso Coffee Shop Looks Like a Library Flipped on its Side
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Coffeehouses on Wheels
Coffeehouses on Wheels
Daniel Milchtein's Stunning 'Mobile Coffee Shop' Will Stop Traffic
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Glass Courtyard Cafes
Glass Courtyard Cafes
Dan Graham's Cafe Bravo in Berlin Mixes Past & Present
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Opulent Eating
Opulent Eating
Luxury Fashion Brand Opens Gucci Cafe in Tokyo
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Playscape Cafes
Playscape Cafes
New York City's Moomah is an Art & Food Oasis for Kids
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Chalkboard Cafes
Chalkboard Cafes
Felix Lobelius Creates Handwritten 'Kaffe' Coffee Shop Design
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Child-Centric Eateries
Child-Centric Eateries
Kids Cafe Piccolo, Seoul Designed Specifically for Children
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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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Hooters-Style Coffee
Hooters-Style Coffee
The Grand View Topless Coffee Shop Opens in Maine
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Bikini Baristas
Bikini Baristas
Cafe Di Vang 2 in Vietnam Serves Coffee With a Side of Skin
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Eclectic Coffee Shop Redesigns
Eclectic Coffee Shop Redesigns
Cielito Querido Cafe Branding Embraces Idiosyncrasy
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Coffee Shop Offices
Coffee Shop Offices
Urban Station Will Provide an Ultra Comfortable Working Environment
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Shipping Container Cafes
Shipping Container Cafes
Montreal Muvbox Restaurant Serves Lobster & Pizza
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