Sip Your Way Around the World With These City-themed Starbucks Mugs
There’s no better time to reminisce about a great vacation than when you're back at work trying to recuperate with a hot cup of coffee. That’s all part of the allure of the Starbucks collection of city-themed mugs. Well, that and you can pick them up in Starbucks locations around the world, from Qatar to Hong Kong to Tennessee.
The mugs — which come decorated with local flavors, sites, and monuments — have an avid fan base of collectors always looking for one more cup to add to their stockpile.
Starbucks updates their offerings regularly, adding new destinations and new designs, but here are some of the best city-themed mugs you can buy right now. It’s much more fun to buy the mugs in person, but most of them can also be found on Amazon or eBay, too.
Manila’s iconic public transport, the Jeepney, is featured on one version of the city mug, while the other mug honoring the Filipino capital features a horse-drawn carriage. There are other Filipino options, too, including one with the nation's iconic Philippine eagle, and a Davao mug decorated with a durian fruit.
To buy: amazon.com, $36 for set of two
The sun rises in the east, sets in the west, and looks beautiful on this mug. The Phoenix mug is outfitted in all its desert finery with a cactus and a Gila monster playing in the Valley of the Sun. The stylized sun celebrating Arizona's canyons-and-cactus landscape is reminiscent of Navajo artwork.
To buy: amazon.com, $27
Start your morning with Greek-style coffee in the Athens mug, which is outfitted with a double dose of the Parthenon, up close and from a distance. Recreate your vacation itinerary by heading from Athens to Mykonos, which is decorated with the island’s 18th century historic district known as “Little Venice.”
To buy: amazon.com, $24
Start your mañana with a cup of café con leche served up in this Mexican-themed mug. Mérida, the capital of the Yucatán state, is a colonial city filled with luxurious haciendas and historic sites. Remember your walks down Paseo de Montejo as you drink your coffee and plot your next trip to the Yucatán peninsula.
To buy: amazon.com, $14
Detroit has a lot of nicknames — Hitsville, USA, Hockeytown, the Motor City — and the Detroit mug celebrates them all. The coffee cup is decorated with hockey sticks, music notes, and the city’s ever-evolving skyline. Pair it with the Michigan mug, decorated with the state’s beloved cherries, for a perfect match.
To buy: amazon.com, $21
If you’ve outgrown your Mickey Mouse ears, the next best souvenirs from a trip to Disney World might be the ceramic mugs that celebrate the Magic Kingdom in all its iterations. There’s a space-age Epcot version, a castle-themed Magic Kingdom mug, a tree-filled Animal Kingdom design, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
To buy: amazon.com, $85 for set of three
While it’s unclear whether ancient Egyptians enjoyed coffee, you’ll certainly enjoy yours in this Cairo mug. The cup is an illustrated trip through time thanks to a picture of the Great Pyramid of Giza on one side and the mosque of Muhammad Ali on the other.
To buy: amazon.com, $95
While coffee isn’t the most natural pairing with dim sum and ramen, the Starbucks Hong Kong mug makes the combination seem downright delicious. Not only does the mug pay homage to the city’s vibrant culinary scene, but it also features a dragon boat and a traditional junk that looks ready to glide away — at least in your imagination.
To buy: amazon.com, from $47
The Nelson Mandela Bridge and the iconic Hillbrow Tower, which punctuate Johannesburg’s skyline, decorate the sides of the Starbucks mug for the South African city. The architectural wonders are drawn alongside trees and birds, an apt reminder of Jo’burg’s close ties with nature. It’s a fun reminder that this South African city should be on the top of your list of travel destinations.
To buy: amazon.com, from $150