On October 4th, 2019 I visited the “World’s Largest Starbucks in Tokyo, Japan!
On November 15th, 2019, an even larger Starbucks Reserve Roastery opened up in Chicago making that one the “World’s Largest Starbucks”. But I will forever say that I visited the “World’s Largest Starbucks” *at the time. 😉
So what’s it like inside a grande-sized Starbucks café? Is it just like a regular Starbucks on every block in every city? Well, that would be a hard NO. I had quite a unique experience and here’s why you should visit a Starbucks Reserve Roastery the next time you’re in Seattle, Shanghai, Milano, New York, Tokyo, or Chicago.
First of all, there are 4 floors! The first floor is the main floor with the coffee bar, food bar, merchandise, and seating areas. Here you will be greeted with a friendly face who will hand you a menu and direct you to a place in line. I also highly recommend checking out the super fancy bathrooms one floor below especially if it’s your first time ever in Japan. 😉
You can order all of your drinks and food here. But not like pastries and cold sandwiches that are in normal Starbucks. There is a full on bakery that offers gourmet sandwiches, salads, pastas, and pizzas. You can also purchase your bags of coffee and branded merchandise on this level. And there’s plenty of seating both inside and outside so you can relax and unwind for a bit.
Are you a tea lover? Head up to the second floor to make all of your tea dreams come true! This area is smaller than the first floor, but seemed more lowkey and less chaotic. You can sample tea, order your favorite Teavana drink, and purchase any Teavana branded merchandise here.
Go up to the third floor and you will find a magical place. That’s right, this Starbucks serves alcohol! There is a full bar with a bartender or a barista-tender? I’m not really sure what you call a bartender in a coffee shop. Anyways, since it was only 10:30am and I wasn’t trying to be the tipsy mom at school pick-up (although no judgment here), I opted out of indulging in the spirits during this visit. Also, a very nice man gave me an order tip: almost everything you see on the first floor can be ordered on the third floor – but the third floor is way less crowded with a much shorter line.
I should note that this is not an “in and out” type of Starbucks. I would plan to spend at least an hour here. We spent about two hours here and could have easily stayed longer. You will want to sit and enjoy your drinks and take in the atmosphere. And if you come during a busy time (like a holiday or weekend), be prepared to wait in line for a while. They do use a ticket system so there won’t be total anarchy or anything, but just be prepared to wait a while. However, it will be worth the wait! So when you come in, just take your time and look at all the pretty things. 🙂
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience here and would love to visit another Reserve Roastery location so I could compare the two. If you like Starbucks or unique coffee shops, then I think you will love it too! I will also add that I saw a range of people here ranging from business folks to tourists to families – even the high chairs were fancy so don’t be afraid to bring the babies with you.
Let me know if you plan to visit here sometime. I will be going back for sure. You can find me on the third floor. 😉