The world’s first Starbucks is located right in the heart of Seattle, opposite Pike Place Market. However, many a tourist alike, often gets confused on which is the actual original Starbucks. This is because there are actually 2 Starbucks opposite Pike Place Market! This post will equip you, our dear readers of 2bearbear.com, so that you’ll be the smart tourist when you visit Seattle to hunt down the very first Starbucks in the world!
But first, we’ll play a little game and introduce you to these 2 Starbucks, while you decide which is the real “slim shady” yah?
Starbucks 1 Opposite Pike Place Market Seattle
Starbucks 2 Opposite Pike Place Market Seattle
An interesting story before revealing which is the World’s first Starbucks in Seattle
At Starbucks 1, there was an interesting story that happened. We were wondering outside this Starbucks and thinking to ourselves if it was the real deal. There were many people outside taking photos and there was a plaque (though we did not read in detail) which sort of indicated to us that this should be it. Inside Starbucks 1, there was a REALLY long queue, about 15 people in line – yet another indication…
So just before we went in, we decided to approach a couple, who was also taking pictures outside, to confirm that this was the world’s first Starbucks.
Enthusiastically, they said “Yes!”
So we joined the queue of 15, ordered a Pike Place Reserve and headed out of Starbucks 1. But as we walked outside Starbucks 1, along Pike Place Market, we CHANCED upon Starbucks 2. By now, you should already guess where this story is heading right?
Yup, Starbucks 2 is the real first Starbucks in the World!
We should have guessed really. Businesses usually start with humble beginnings and Starbucks 2 reflected that. There’s perhaps only a couple of seating area and is mainly for people on the go. A different concept from Starbucks of today, where they are really selling a lifestyle, a place to sit, to catch up with friends, to see and to be seen.
The original Starbucks on the other hand, started out as coffee bean roasters and traders. Brewed coffee was merely samples then.
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So there you have it! With this piece of information, we hope that you’ll be the smart traveller and not be confused, as you do your search for the first Starbucks in the world – located in Seattle WA, USA @ 1912 Pike Place Market!