OK, so it might be Starbucks…but we have to give them the thumbs up on this one. Instead of going the commercial route, the owners of this store teamed up with renowned Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma, to create a space that is not only aesthetically bloody awesome but also in keeping with the heritage of the street. The coffee shop stands on the main approach to the Dazaifu Tenmangu, one of Japan’s most popular shrines, which sees roughly 2 million visitors a year. The interior is made up of over 2000 wooden ‘sticks’ that have been woven together to create a nest-like feel, and in total reach a length of over 4.4kms! Impressive.