Coffee shops around the world are supplying us with energy and lift our spirits every day. They’re also not just commercial space but also social gathering areas, perfect for casual and impromptu meetings. So often we take them for granted and we simply expect these places to be warm and welcoming without stopping to appreciate their design and all the elements which make that possible. Today we make it happen. We’ve gathered below some of our favorite coffee shop designs and we’re ready to share them with you.
It would be very easy to miss this tiny takeaway coffee shop if not for its black design with vertical slats which help it stand out from the rest of the structures in the area. The interior measures only 3 square meters. The coffee shop is called “The coffee” and occupies a small space next to a restaurant. It was designed by studio Boscardin.Corsi Arquitetura.
The interior design of this coffee shop from Shanghai was inspired by coffee itself. This was a project completed by architect Alberto Caiola who created a sculptural ceiling with black undulating lines, reminiscent of waves and the vapors of the coffee. The shop also featured an eye-catching wall insulation made with a variety of Moka coffee pots in various sizes.
This is the Churro Bunny, a tiny shop in South Korea which serves takeaway coffee and a few other things. It was designed by studio M4 and it looks very cheerful. The bright yellow surfaces make it stand out from the surrounding shops and structures, giving it a cute and friendly look.
The concept behind the design of this coffee shop from Hong Kong was to connect the customers and the passers-by. The shop is called Elephant Grounds and was designed by James JJ Acuna of JJA / Bespoke Architecture using simple, warm materials and following a modern aesthetic with subtle rustic-industrial vibes.
The Takava coffee shop is located in Kiev, Ukraine and was a project completed by studio YUDIN Design. It’s defined by a warm and welcoming aesthetic with industrial influences. The warm wood facade draws people in while also framing the entrance and emphasizing the height of the space. A key design element is a wooden shelving unit with backlighting which highlights a series of items put on display.
Originally just a small alleyway between two buildings, the Happy Bones NYC is a charming coffee shop located in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. It was designed and built by UM Project in collaboration with Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design.Its interior is simple and inviting, with painted brick walls and exposed beams adorned with display shelves and artwork.
A lot of small coffee shops started out as something else and this place in Budapest is no different. This was originally a ground floor flat in a building dating back to 1812. The transformation was a project done by sporaarchitects and it revealed some of the building’s beautiful original features such as the vaulted brick ceilings and walls. They give the coffee shop a bohemian look.
The Big Small Coffee from Beijing was designed by studio Office AIO. It’s a small and welcoming coffee shop which aims to impress with good coffee and service to match, hence the name. The interior is not very remarkable nor does it strive to be, the focus being on creating a welcoming and friendly atmosphere where customers feel comfortable.
This is the Daily Dose, a small coffee shop from Kalamata, Greece. It was designed by Andreas Petropoulos and it only measures 20 square meters across. The color palette is limited to the timeless black and white combo complemented by wood accents which add warmth and character to the design. The high ceiling adds dimension to the shop and prevents it from feeling tiny and unwelcoming.
The Oop coffee shop is located in Savassi, Brazil and was designed by PAA Commercial Architecture + Marina Garcia. It stands out from all the other shops and restaurants thanks to its minimalist design, dark facade and large expanses of glass which expose the interior to everyone passing by, connecting the shop and its potential customers. Inside, low-hanging cord lights highlight the double-height volume, being complemented by a series of horizontal accent lights along the walls.
This friendly-looking place with huge glass doors is a tea shop located in Tokyo. It serves a wide selection of green teas so technically it’s not a coffee shop. It has a minimalist design inside and out, featuring a bar at the center, with stool placed around it. The walls are bare and white and the lighting is soft, creating a welcoming and pleasant ambiance. The shop is known for its unique process of a hand dripping tea, a technique developed by the owners. The shop’s name is Tokyo Saryo.