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Shipping Container Cafes

Serve up style with a distinctive shipping container café from Universal Containers. We design and build stunning converted cafés from shipping containers for indoor, outdoor and mobile coffee/food services.

Shipping Container Cafes

About Shipping Container Cafés

Using shipping containers as the structural base, we handle the complete café fabrication process – from layouts and flow to counter installation, plumbing, electrical, finishing, and décor.

Our custom container cafés can be tailored to match your unique brand. We optimize the prep and service space for efficiency and create stylish customer seating areas. Durable containers make cafés suitable for any climate.

Benefits of a shipping container café include fast setup compared to conventional builds, often in half the time. Containers are also economical, eco-friendly and provide great noise isolation.

With over 40 years of expertise repurposing shipping containers, trust Universal Containers to create your ideal café space. Contact us today to start planning your container coffee shop or restaurant!

Advantages of a Container Café

  • Faster buildout than traditional construction
  • Completely customisable layout and design
  • Economical and sustainable building option
  • Excellent noise insulation for lively settings
  • Industrial chic, unique aesthetic style

Let our team of shipping container specialists design your fully-functional container café tailored exactly to your needs. The possibilities are endless! Reach out today to learn more.

Looking for a completely custom solution?

We have a wide range of base containers that can be customised to your needs, however we realise that sometimes you need something completely ‘Outside the box’.

Contact us and one of our experts will be in touch to help design the container of your dreams

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Our containers in action

See some of the ways our amazing customers are using their containers.

Case Study: Outdoor Catering Unit Case Studies
Case Study: Outdoor Catering Unit

A restaurant had been operating successfully for several years. However, due to increasing demand and limited space within the restaurant premises, the owners decided to expand their operations by introducing an outdoor catering unit.

Case Study: Shipping Container Ticket Office Case Studies
Case Study: Shipping Container Ticket Office

The local rugby club had been using a small, outdated ticket booth that no longer met their needs. The club’s management sought a more efficient and visually appealing solution that could accommodate their growing fan base.

Case Study: Chemical Store Shipping Container Conversion Case Studies
Case Study: Chemical Store Shipping Container Conversion

The client, an Industrial Chemical Storage Company specialising in chemical production and storage, faced the challenge of storing hazardous chemicals on their premises while adhering to stringent health and safety regulations.

Dropside Shipping Container Conversion Shipping
Dropside Shipping Container Conversion

Universal Containers take pride in continually pushing the boundaries in product development within the shipping container industry.

32ft × 10ft Stacked Cabins
32ft × 10ft Stacked Cabins

These 2 large 32x10ft cabins were built for a British transport company. They requested a large space to act as a welfare facility for drivers and staff in the peak district. Due to the customer’s specific requirements, one unit was not large enough so we suggested 2 units, however floor space was an issue on-siteContinue reading “32ft × 10ft Stacked Cabins”

32×10 Green Office Offices
32×10 Green Office

This particular office unit was completed for a North-West-based container hire company.

20×10 Gas Bottle Store
20×10 Gas Bottle Store

Custom Built Atex Coshh store for storing gas bottles. This unit was custom built with corrugated steel panels 20ft long x 10ft wide. It had a fully ventilated floor from galvanised steel mesh, as well as 4 aluminium louver vents in the walls. We also fitted galvanised box section racks with chains on to holdContinue reading “20×10 Gas Bottle Store”

Corrugated 32×10 Office / Store room
Corrugated 32×10 Office / Store room

Corrugated steel cabin 32ft x 10ft with adjustable jacklegs anti vandal steel personnel door and anti-vandal aluminium sliding windows in steel shutters. Painted externally in non-corrosive container paint in a vibrant red. Internally with walls where lined in a cost-effective melamine faced chipboard and fully insulated throughout in Rockwool. The floor had hard wearing vinylContinue reading “Corrugated 32×10 Office / Store room”

20ft Multi-Bay Unit
20ft Multi-Bay Unit

Standard shipping container transformed into a bespoke storage unit. With multiple purposes across many industries. For example, self-storage companies or engineering companies for members of staff to lock tools away when not in use. The unit was split evenly into 8 small rooms approximately 5ftx4ft each by steel partition walls for security. Each room withContinue reading “20ft Multi-Bay Unit”

10ft Generator Housing Container
10ft Generator Housing Container

10ft container conversion for an off-grid company custom built to house a very large generator. The customer wanted a unit with multiple apertures and louver vents to allow for ventilation, they wanted all openings to have cover hoods to help stop water coming in. The Universal CAD team had a meeting with the client toContinue reading “10ft Generator Housing Container”

40ft × 12ft Truck Stop Shower Unit Site Accommodation
40ft × 12ft Truck Stop Shower Unit

This 40ft x 12ft custom built flat panel cabin was a container conversion project completed for Eddie Stobart’s site.

Are Shipping Containers the Solution to Homelessness? Site Accommodation
Are Shipping Containers the Solution to Homelessness?

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Cladded Container Bar
Cladded Container Bar

A simple 20ft container converted for a customer who needed a unit for 2 uses, sometimes required as just a basic store. Then sometimes they wanted to use it for an office space. So we fitted 2 windows with steel security shutters and fitted an anti-vandal steel personnel door for easier access, especially when beingContinue reading “Cladded Container Bar”

20ft Cladded Store
20ft Cladded Store

Storage container for Sliver cross baby in Skipton, our client wanted a cladded container to be used to store stock in there Skipton depot. As the unit was cladded externally in high graded larch cladding, we used a used 20ft container to help keep the cost down (as the container condition wouldn’t be seen) toContinue reading “20ft Cladded Store”

Patio Door 20ft Conversion
Patio Door 20ft Conversion

Reception area to link to an existing building in Manchester, a cost-effective way of creating extra space to a premises as a substitute to bricks and mortar. With the beauty of being able to take it away at any time and us it for a different purpose. This once tripped 20ft shipping container was internallyContinue reading “Patio Door 20ft Conversion”

40ft Food Pantry
40ft Food Pantry

This 40ft converted container was built for a church community group in Leeds, they were looking for a large container to use as a food pantry. So, we took a brand new 40ft container fully insulated it to stop any condensation from occurring, lined in 9mm plywood. Fitted electrics throughout including lighting, heating, and doubleContinue reading “40ft Food Pantry”

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