San Martin

Vina del Mar, Chile

This store, the first outside of Santiago and built in a former house, preserves a bit of a homey feel and sports a decor a cut above that of your usual Starbucks. The store has a second story, of course, and a marbled stone staircase that adds an unusual touch. Also made of stone are the smaller tables. Upstairs there is an outdoor terrace, perhaps one of the few places in a Starbucks anywhere where you will find smoking (though I'm not sure it was technically allowed). Regrettably, the store is too far from the beach, about a quarter mile, to offer a seaside view.

homey, two story, stone tables, stone steps

OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 9/16/2009