Starbucks inaugurated its first store in India on October 19 in the historic Elphinstone Building south Mumbai.
The company, in a joint venture with Tata Global Beverages, plans to open two additional stores in Mumbai - one in the Taj Mahal Palace hotel and another in the Oberoi hotel - before launching in New Delhi early 2013.
Take a look at the first pictures available of the outlet (Photos: Associated Press)
The flagship store, which can accommodate 120 people, is a cool, soaring space, with hand-carved wooden screens, thick tables of solid Indian teak, painted vintage trunks and old leather-bound books.
The shop will offer free Wi-Fi and stay open until 11 pm (Monday through Thursday) and 1 am on weekends, unusually late for Mumbai cafes.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz (left) speaks to the media about the company's India plans.
Employees of the newly inaugurated Starbucks India outlet at work in Mumbai. The Seattle-based coffee giant seeks growth in a market long associated with tea drinkers.
A January 30, 2012, photo of Tata Global Beverages Vice-chairman R.K. Krishankumar (left) with Starbuck President (China and Asia Pacific) John Culver, announcing the tie-up and the intended launch of the first outlet in Mumbai.