Tatler 10: Cafés Around The World Owned By Luxury Fashion Brands
Famished after a shopping spree? End it on a delectable note at these cafés and restaurants run by the most recognised fashion houses in the world. From Shanghai to New York, wherever your coordinates are, here’s your chance to wine and dine according to trendsetters’ standards.
1/10 Thomas's Cafe by Burberry, London
In central London’s bustling shopping street is Burberry's very own Thomas’s Café, a slice of calm for the city’s discerning shoppers. In fact, fans flock from around the world to pay homage to all things Burberry, and savour fine renditions of English produce and classic dishes like English caviar, artisanal cheeses and locally-farmed meats. Interior design enthusiasts would relish the contrasting light-washed décor with dark wood furniture, selected to complement Burberry’s timeless appeal.
5 Vigo Street, London, England
2/10 Vogue Café, Porto
If you’re an avid consumer of fashion magazines, steer a direct course to the Vogue Café in Porto. Elegant and nothing short of mod, the establishment is a tipple and nibble into Vogue’s stylish version of fine food and drink. The historic European city couldn’t be a better venue to showcase beautifully crafted dishes in an eclectic space adorned with Art Deco influences.
Rua de Avis, 10, 4050 Porto, Portugal
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3/10 Bar Luce by Prada, Milan
To achieve a vision of cinematic Italian pop culture, Prada worked with American film director Wes Anderson to produce a café that could still pass off as your typical Italian café. Located at the entrance of Fondazione Prada, the café is a surreal gem of pastel colours, formica furniture, brass and wood wall panels that evoke a '50s and '60s aesthetic. Arched ceilings, patterned decor, and retro pinball machines complete the avid Instagrammer’s dream. There's also an extensive menu of delectable paninis, pastries, and mouth-watering cakes.
Largo Isarco, 2 - 20139 Milan, Italy
4/10 Vivienne Westwood Café, Shanghai
With its tartan print and trompe l'oeil antique wall murals, it’s hard to miss the Vivenne Westwood Café in Shanghai’s K11 mall. The flamboyant designer lends her eclectic spirit to the café that divides into two areas: an 18th century heritage tea room and a modern photoshoot studio concept. Take a seat in your spot of fancy, sit back and enjoy the house special of afternoon tea and a generous serving of people watching.
L208-209, K11, 300 Huaihai Road, Shanghai, China
5/10 Cafe Kitsuné, Seoul
One fine example of a fashion branded café that comes to mind would be the iconic Café Kitsuné. Loved for its Parisian minimalism and distinctive branding, some would say Kitsuné is more famous for the café culture it has cultivated. Its first café was launched in 2013 in Tokyo, and in October 2018, it announced its newest outpost in Seoul. Located in a leafy plot in the Sinsa-dong area, the café is outfitted with a wood and ecru-wall interior, serving robust coffee, sweet and savoury treats and a shopping area for Kitsuné's home collection.
23, 13 Gil, Dosandaero, Gang-nam gu, Seoul, South Korea
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6/10 House Of Dior by Pierre Hermé, Tokyo
With its connection to French pâtissier and chocolatier Pierre Hermé, you can be sure that all manners of sweets, cakes and macarons are the main attraction at Dior’s Tokyo café. Complementing the chef’s specially curated menu is swanky Dior tableware: definitely a luxurious spot to unwind within the boutique. A merger of two iconic French brands celebrating culinary and couture, House of Dior attracts well-heeled clientele of ladies looking to treat themselves after some retail therapy.
Ginza Six House of Dior, 4F A Block, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
7/10 Beige by Chanel, Tokyo
Always wanted your Chanel served on a plate? Beige by Chanel in Tokyo is where you can relish the brand’s nuances. A collaboration with famed French chef Alain Ducasse, Beige is set in an elegant backdrop of signature tweed, gold and silver, and warm wood and copper, with china and crystal tableware. The food is French, but made with Japanese ingredients; making the haute couture-inspired menu even more special.
Chanel Ginza Building 10 floor, 3-5-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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8/10 Blue Box Café by Tiffany & Co., New York
Many a wistful longing of having Breakfast at Tiffany’s has become a reality at Tiffany & Co.’s Blue Box Café. Strategically located on the fourth floor of its New York flagship store, the café looks out to the city's iconic Central Park, and the tantalising offerings within this inimitable Tiffany blue outlet are prix fixe New York favourites. The menu features evolving dishes each season, made from regionally sourced ingredients. Some of the café's highlights include its 10-carat breakfast and Tiffany Tea sets.
727 Fifth Avenue, New York, USA
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9/10 Emporio Armani Caffè & Ristorante, Milan
On the ground floor of Emporio Armani’s retail headquarters, peckish clients can be found tuck into some nosh at the Emporio Armani Caffé & Risotante, which boasts a chic 1930s design code of muted tones, clean lines, and quality materials. The ground floor features a café for delightful nibbles from Armani/Dolci by Guido Gobino and a lounge for meals and an aperitif, whereas the formal dining restaurant and champagne bar are located upstairs.
Via dei Giardini 2, 20121 Milan, Italy
10/10 Gucci Osteria, Florence
Who says people in fashion don't eat much? At Gucci Osteria, helmed by star chef Massimo Bottura, buttery carbs, international fare and slices of pretty dessert take centre stage. Perched in the new Gucci Garden complex of Florence’s Gucci Museo, diners will swoon over Bottura’s Michelin-approved creations that take you on a world tour through the different dishes. Guests will be seated in a dining room anchored with decorations of green walls, gold engravings and pink plates, staying true to Gucci’s aesthetics.
Piazza della Signoria 10, 50122 Florence, Italy
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