Whether it’s for a morning energy boost, a break from shopping or just meting up with friends, coffee shops are fast becoming the UK’s favourite place to go.
But, while it sometimes seems like there is a Starbucks on every corner, often when you are in need of a caffeine boost you just can’t seem to find one. To help you out, use the map below to locate your nearest Starbucks.
Can’t see your closest Starbucks Coffee?
If the map is not showing your location, you may need to turn on your phones, tablets or computers location services. To be honest, this is unlikely to be an issue for most, as we all use location services to make our lives easier, but for those who have turned this off, follow the instructions below.
- Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Enable Location Services
- Open your phone’s Settings app > Tap Security & location > Location >Turn Use location on.
Starbucks Coffee Near Me
If you prefer physical addresses, I have broken up the drive thru locations by region, so you can easily find the address of a Costa Coffee drive thru near you.
- Bridgend: McArthur Glen, The Dewen, CF32 9SU
- Cardiff: Dunleavy Drive, Unit 1-5, CF11 0SR
- Cardiff: Unit 1, 125/139 Queen Street, CF10 2BJ
- Cardiff: Mermaid Quay, UNIT 23A, CF10 5BZ
- Cardiff: Llanishen, Unit 4, Tyglass Centre, CF14 5DY
- Cardiff: 46/48 Queen Street, Part Ground Floor, CF10 2GQ
- Cardiff: Next, 82-88 Queen Street, South Glamorgan, CF10 2GR
- Cardiff: St Marys Street, Unit 1 – The Brewery, CF10 5DS
- Cardiff: M4 Motorway, Junction 30, Cardiff Gate Business Park, CF23 8RA
- Cardiff: Bridgelink Cafe, St. David’s Centre, CF10 1GA
- Cardiff: 23 The Hayes, LG 59 St Davids centre, St. David’s Centre, CF10 2FN
- Cardiff: 29 Pendwyallt Road, CF14 7EF
- Cardiff: Mansion Shand House, 20 Newport Road, CF24 0DB
- Ceredigion: 47-49 Great Darkgate Street, Aberystwyth, SY23 1DW
- Cwmbran: 28 Gwent Square, NP44 1PS
- Llandudno: 1 Mostyn Street, LL30 2NL
- Llanelli: Carmarthenshire, SA14 6NN
- Llanelli: Parc Trostre Retail Park Unit 14, SA14 9UY
- Monmouth: Monmouth Roadside Services (A40) North, NP15 2HG
- Newport: Westgate Buildings, Unit 7a Commercial Street, Westgate Buildings, NP20 1JL
- Pontyclun: Talbot Green Retail Park, Talbot Green Retail Park, CF72 8SY
- Pwllheli Gwynedd: Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park, LL53 6HX
- Rhyl: Kinmel Park, A55 Eastbound, Bodelwyddon, LL18 5XW
- Rhyl: Kinmel Park, A55 Westbound, Bodelwyddon, LL18 5XW
- Swansea: Langdon Road (off Fabian Way), SA1 Waterfront, SA1 8QY
- Swansea: Unit 3, Morfa Retail Park, SA1 7BP
- Swansea: 804/812 Oxford Street, SA1 3AF
- Swansea: Fabian Way, Port Tennant, SA1 8LD
- Wrexham: Unit C7 Eagles Meadow, Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre, LL13 8DG
- Wrexham: A483/A539, Wrexham Bypass, Rhostyllen, LL14 4EG
- Aberdeen: St Nicholas Centre, Unit E9(b), St. Nicholas Centre, AB10 1HW
- Aberdeen: 496 Union Street, AB10 1TS
- Aberdeen: Upperkirkgate(2&4), AB10 1BA
- Aberdeen: 208 Union Street, AB10 1DW
- Aberdeen: MC2, First Floor Level, Guild Square, Union Square, AB11 5RG
- Aberdeen: Village Hotel, Prime Four, Kingswells, Aberdeenshire, AB15 8PJ
- Aberdeen: Aberdeen University, Crombie Annexe, Meston Walk, AB24 3FX
- Dumbarton: The A82, Milton, Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire, G82 2TZ
- Dumfermline: Fife Leisure Park, KY11 8EX
- Dumfries: M74A Trunk Road, Gretna Green, DG16 5HQ
- Dumfries: 144 – 148 High Street, DG1 2BA
- Dundee: Balcony Cafe, Unit 35, Overgate, DD1 1UG
- Dunfermline: Dunfermline-Kingsgate Shop Ctr Unit G14, Unit G14, Kingsgate Shopping Centre, KY12 7QU
- East Kilbride: Centre West, Unit LR7, G75 1LL
- Edinburgh: 116-118 Canongate, EH1 8DD
- Edinburgh: 106 George Street, EH2 3HT
- Edinburgh: Gyle Avenue, Unit 63, Gyle Shopping Centre, EH12 9JU
- Edinburgh: 140 Nicolson Street, EH8 9EH
- Edinburgh: 32 Simpson Loan, Quartermile, EH3 9GG
- Edinburgh: 2 Colinton Road, EH10 5DN
- Edinburgh: Shopping Centre, Ocean Drive, Unit RU41 Ocean Terminal, Unit RU41 Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, EH6 6JJ
- Edinburgh: 120 Princes St, (ground floor), EH2 4AD
- Edinburgh: 124 High Street, The Royal Mile, EH1 1QS
- Edinburgh: 55 Forrest Road, EH1 2QP
- Edinburgh: 30A George Street, EH2 2LE
- Edinburgh: 1a Haymarket Railway Station, EH12 5EY
- Edinburgh: 123 Lothian Road, EH3 9AN
- Edinburgh: Unit 26,HMV/Waterstones, Newcraighall Rd, Fort Kinniard Retail Park, EH15 3RD
- Edinburgh: Princes Mall/Waverley Steps, Unit 13, EH1 1BQ
- Edinburgh: Cineworld Cinemas, Fountain Park, Dundee Street130/133, EH11 1AF
- Edinburgh: Village Hotel, Crewe Road North, EH4 2NY
- Edinburgh: 52 Shandwick Place, EH2 4RT
- Edinburgh: Edinburgh Airport, Scotland, EH12 9DN
- Edinburgh: 47 Leith Street, EH1 3AT
- Elgin: 143 High Street, IV30 1DS
- Falkirk: Cineworld Cinemas, Central Retail Park, Old Bison Works, FK1 1LW
- Glasgow: 33 Bothwell St, Flat Basement, G2 6AU
- Glasgow: Buchanan Galleries, Unit 15, Level 4, Buchanan Galleries, G1 2FF
- Glasgow: 136-140 Buchanan Street, G1 2JA
- Glasgow: 27 Sauchiehall St, G2 3AT
- Glasgow: 252-254 Byres Road, G12 8SH
- Glasgow: West Nile Street, 58 Nelson Mandela Square, G1 2NP
- Glasgow: 10 St Georges Road, Charing Cross Mansions, Charing Cross Mansions, G3 6UJ
- Glasgow: Glasgow Fort, Unit C4, Glasgow Fort, G34 9DL
- Glasgow: F1A Silverburn Shopping Centre, G53 6QR
- Glasgow: 9 Exchange Place, G1 3AN
- Glasgow: Kings Inch Road, Unit 162A, Braehead Shopping and Leisure Centre, G51 4BN
- Glasgow: Cineworld Cinemas Glasgow Science Centre, Pacific Quay (50), G51 1EA
- Glasgow: 1 Gordon Street, Mobile Site B, Glasgow Central Station, G1 3SL
- Glasgow: Next, Unit A, Braehead Retail World, King Inch Road, G51 4BN
- Glasgow: Village Hotel, Pacific Quay, G51 1DA
- Glasgow: Silverburn Shopping Centre, Barrhead Road, G53 6QR
- Inverness: Eastgate Centre, Unit 13, Eastgate Centre, IV2 3NA
- Inverness: Unit 1B West Seafield, Inverness Retail Park, IV2 7GD
- Larbert: Stirling Road, FK5 4RB
- Linwood: The Phoenix Retail Park, PA1 2AB
- Livingston: Unit 23, Almondvale Avenue, McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, EH54 6HS
- Paisley: Ground Floor Arrivals, PA3 2SW
- Paisley: Landside Arrivals, 1st floor, PA3 2SW
- Perth: 189 High Street, PH1 5UN
- Prestwick: Terminal Building, KA9 2PL
- St Andrews: 127/129 Market Street, KY16 9PE
- Stockbridge: 8-10 Baker’s Place, EH3 6SY
- Antrim: Ballymena Road, Unit 42B, Internat Outlet, BT41 4JG
- Banbridge: Bridgewater Park Outlet Centre, Unit 61, BT32 4LF
- Bangor: Killeen Avenue, BT19 1ND
- Belfast: Belfast International Airport, BT29 4AB
- Belfast: 711/713 Lisburn Road, Unit 3, BT9 7GU
- Belfast: 90 Botanic Avenue, BT7 1JR
- Belfast: 90 Lower Lisburn Road, BT9 6AG
- Belfast: Victoria Square, UG13, BT1 4QG
- Belfast: 2 Castle lane, BT1 5DA
- Belfast: Boucher Crescent, Unit 9B 21-43, BT12 6HU
- Belfast: Castlecourt Shopping centre, Mall Cafe, Upper level, BT1 1DD
- Belfast: 1 High Street, BT1 2AA
- Belfast: 22 Great Victoria Street, BT2 7LX
- Coleraine: 1 Kingsgate Street, BT52 1LB
- Craigavon: Rushmore Shopping Centre, BT64-1AA
- Londonderry: Cresent Link Retail Park, BT47 5FX
- Londonderry: Foyleside, BT48 6XY
- Newry: The Quays, Unit 4, BT35 8QS
So where did Starbucks come from?
They started as a small coffee bar in Seattle’s Pike Place Market back in 1971. Three Seattle men were the original owners –Jerry Baldwin, an English teacher; Zev Siegl, a history teacher; Gordon Bowker, a writer. Orignially called Starbucks Coffee, Tea, and Spices they mainly sold premium coffee beans, coffee equipment, and Swedish drip coffee makers.
Howard Schultz joined the company in 1982 and proved to be quite the entrepreneur! They started selling their coffee to local restaurants and bars.
Schultz thought that Starbucks should sell not only coffee beans but also espresso and he suggested trying to copy the Italians and create a coffeehouse culture in Seattle. The owners weren’t interested, so Schultz left in 1985 to start his own coffee bar chain. Once he acquired Starbucks in 1987, he converted it into a coffee bar, and began rapidly expanding, turning the company into the huge force it is today.
In 1987 Starbucks acquired investors and became the Starbucks Corporation. By the end of the year it had 17 shops, including ones in Chicago and Vancouver, Canada. By the time the company went public in 1992, it had 165 shops, one of which was a licensed airport store in Seattle’s Sea-Tac International Airport.
By 2019, the company had over 30,600 shops in 76 different countries.
But what about the name – Starbucks?
Well remember the company was started by a writer, an English teacher and a History teacher? Apparently Gordon Bowker was looking at an old mining map one day (as I am sure many of us do) and saw a town called Starbo. He liked the way the name sounded, even though it had nothing whatsoever to do with coffee. It reminded him of the first mate in Moby Dick and it turned out all three founders were big fans of Moby Dick.
They also considered ‘Cargo House’ and ‘Perquod’ (Captain Ahab’s whaling ship) as alternatives before agreeing on Starbuck. Perquod was the first choice for a while until they tried saying ‘Have a cup of Pequod’ and the they quickly decided on Starbuck instead. They thought it evoked the romance of the high seas and the seafaring tradition of the early coffee traders. They also added an “s” to make it sound better.
For those of you who have never got round to reading Moby Dick, Starbuck is the first mate of the Pequod, and his main function in the book is to be a contrast to Captain Ahab. He is reasonable and thoughtful, unlike Captain Ahab’s maniac obsession.
As a Quaker he provides a moral conscience and a respect for life, both human and the wales. At one point he considers killing Captain Ahab to stop him mortally endangering the crew but he cannot bring himself to take a life. Unfortunately this means that by the end of the book Starbuck is dead along with all the rest of the crew apart from one man.
What does any of this have to do with coffee?
Well in their early advertising material, Starbucks referred to “the coffee-loving first mate named Starbuck. However, the Herman Melville Society were not happy about this. They contacted the company, telling them that Starbuck does not drink coffee anywhere in Moby Dick. It’s true, at no point in the book does Starbuck have a cup of coffee!
So what about the logo?
Remember Gordon Bowker? As well as being a founding member of Starbucks and a writer, he was also a partner a brand consulting firm. The other member of the firm was Terry Heckler.
Sticking with the maritime theme, Terry Heckler decided that he wanted something connected to Seattle’ maritime history for the Starbucks’ logo. He looked through old marine books until he came up with a logo based on an old sixteenth-century Norse woodcut of a two-tailed mermaid, or siren. It was thought that the mermaid would serve as a metaphor for the allure of caffeine, the sirens who drew sailors into the rocks.
The two-tailed, bare-breasted siren was supposed to be as seductive as coffee itself. However, once Heckler had seen the logo blown up on the side of a delivery truck, he gave the logo a redesign with hair falling over her breasts and the double tails in a less provocative pose.
So why isn’t the logo blue if they going with a nautical theme?
Originally the logo was brown and white and it was briefly black and white. It was Howard Schultz who introduced the green as he felt it represented growth, freshness, uniqueness and prosperity. At first the company’s name was around the outside of the logo but by 2011 the logo was streamlined to remove the lettering. By that time, despite how bizarre it might seem, a green mermaid had become synonymous with coffee!