Don’t need no Starbucks

Starbucks frappuccino budapest stockholm sweden gothenburg malmö swedish love affairHannes has been very fond of Starbucks ever since I met him, and he’s always made a point of having a coffee there when we’ve been travelling abroad. Now that we’re here in Budapest, a visit to the local Starbucks is almost mandatory.
Until recently, there hasn’t been any Starbucks coffee houses in Sweden. Their first Swedish store opened in Stockholm’s airport 2010, and today both of my home towns, Gothenburg and Malmö, have one. Contrary to what you might expect, Hannes isn’t thrilled about this, in fact he hasn’t even been to any of them.
To him, Starbucks is strongly associated with vacation and travelling, and in Sweden he already has many favourite cafés to choose from.

Starbucks frappuccino stockholm in sweden gothenburg malmö swedish love affair

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6 Responses to Don’t need no Starbucks

  1. laura says:

    I agree w/ Hannes! I like starbucks in general, but after living in Seattle (home of Starbucks) for 3 years I’ve gotten so tired of them!! Some malls have 2-3 starbucks inside and you might also have a starbucks across the street from another. I really love going to my local cafe for a coffee and just resort to starbucks when I have absolutely no idea where I am.

  2. Sarah says:

    I also have a thing for Starbucks when on vacation & traveling, even though we have enough Starbucks shops in Romania. Can you tell what coffee shop to choose when I’ll be back in Sweden (Stockholm)? I didn’t find one that suited me the last time I was there. :)


  3. Annelien says:

    I also associate Starbucks with ‘special occasions’. When I’m travelling I’ll visit a Starbucks but I have only been once to the Starbucks close to my home. I do visit Starbucks when I visit my brother on the other side of the country. The rail station close to his home has a Starbucks and I always get myself a coffee while waiting for him to pick me up. It always get’s me in a special ‘this is going to be fun’-mood haha.

  4. I go to Starbucks now if I’m feeling homesick. I love little quirky cafes, but I moved to the UK last year and so I associate it to the States. Not all of the drinks have made it across the ocean, but I go there and feel like it’s a little American embassy :D .

  5. Chiara says:

    I don’t like Starbucks at all. In my opinion their coffee is rubbish and way overpriced (especially for the quality you get). I tried once in London and gave them a new chance in Paris, but i will never ever go there again.
    We have some stores in the Netherlands too now, but i always feel that most people buy tehir coffees there as a fashion accessory.

  6. Kat says:

    Funny, I agree with Hannes as well! I love Starbucks but associate it with being abroad. I moved to Cologne last year and there are at least three Starbucks coffee houses here but I only went once or twice in the very beginning… Here, too, there are so many other wonderful little cafés to chose from that it usually doesn’t cross my mind to visit one that’s part of a chain. ;)
    Enjoy the rest of your stay in Budapest! :)

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