I’m not a fan of Starbucks. Nor am I a fan of anything that is calls itself a “concept store”, because its already trying too hard.
So I was quite surprised to find myself visiting the newly opened Starbucks at The Bank, not just once, but twice, in one day. To be fair, the store is based in the ground floor of the building I work in; sells breakfast muffins and was handing out free coffee.
And actually, it’s a pretty impressive place. The space has a modern feel with a nod to local traditions, including a mural depicting the history of Dutch coffee traders, Dutch oak features, recycled inner tubes and antique Delft tiles. The floor plan is open, but includes cosy corners and reading areas that give it a more intimate feel.