What do you get when you combine your love for food and luxury fashion? A designer cafe, of course! To put it simply, it’s like getting the same kind of exciting experience as sitting in the boutique of your favorite fashion house, but this time you get to bask in the ambiance of quality food and exquisite service, with the same kind of standards. Designer brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Versace, and more have gotten in on the business in the past years as certain luxury cafes and restaurants have been popping up in different corners of the globe. Not to mention, they're all picture-perfect for your Instagram feed!
With that said, if you’re planning your next overseas trip (in a post-pandemic world, of course) and need a thing or two to add to your itinerary besides shopping, we’ve got you covered. Below are the best designer cafes and restaurants you need to add to you travel bucket list:
1. Louis Vuitton Cafe and Restaurant (Osaka, Japan)
The first ever Louis Vuitton Cafe and Restaurant opened last year in their flagship store in Osaka, located in the busy neighborhood of Shinsaibashi. It consists of a restaurant called Sugalabo V, a cafe called Le Cafe V, and a cocktail bar, blending both Japanese and French flavors in their menu.
Location: 2 Chome-8-16 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0085, Japan
2. Ralph’s Coffee/Ralph’s by Ralph Lauren (New York, U.S.A.)
Decorated with a forest green theme, Ralph’s Coffee stays true to the brand’s all American aesthetic. It’s located on Madison Avenue in New York City, but they also have a branch in Paris which is simply called Ralph’s. In fact, if you’ve seen Emily in Paris and paid close attention, then you’ll know that a scene in the show was actually filmed there. Alternatively, you can also find three branches in Asia, specifically one in Hong Kong, and two in Japan.
3. Cafe Kitsune (Tokyo, Seoul, New York, Shanghai, Bangkok, Paris, Jakarta)
If you’re a big coffee lover, you’ll be delighted to hear that French-Japanese brand Maison Kitsune has geared their cafe franchise primarily towards serving fresh and quality coffee. Heck, they even roast their own brand of coffee beans! They have multiple branches, from Japan, to South Korea, China, Thailand, Indonesia, France, and New York.
4. Gucci Osteria (Los Angeles, U.S.A.)
Located on the rooftop of the Gucci Rodeo Drive flagship store, Gucci Osteria is perfect for brunch after an early morning shopping spree. The cherry on top? They have a Michelin star chef, Massimo Bottura, spearheading their kitchen!
Location: 347 N Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills, CA, 90210, United States of America
5. Vivienne Westwood Cafe (Hong Kong)
If you love afternoon tea and Vivienne Westwood, this is the right place to go! Located in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, the cafe has the brand’s signature orb logo emblazoned all over their food and coffee.
Location: Shop F-8, 1/F, Fashion Walk, 27-47 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
6. Vanitas at Palazzo Versace (Gold Coast, Australia)
In the true essence of Versace, Vanitas at Palazzo Versace serves luxurious Italian fine-dining in a setting inspired by the iconic brand's founder. According to their official website, “Vanitas is an exceptional experience perfectly situated overlooking the sparkling lagoon with an exquisite 13-metre painting presenting the life of Gianni Versace on the opposing wall.”
Location: 94 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217, Australia
7. The Blue Box Cafe at Tiffany & Co. (New York, U.S.)
Ever wondered what it's like to actually have breakfast at Tiffany’s? Well, say no more, because you actually can! When it first opened, the restaurant, which is decorated in quintessential Tiffany blue, had an extensive waitlist, proving how much of an icon the 1961 movie truly is. Located at Fifth Avenue, The Blue Box Cafe is currently closed for renovations and is slated to reopen in 2022.
Location: 727 5th Ave 4th Floor, New York, NY 10022, United States
8. Cafe Citron Jacquemus et Kaspia (Paris, France)
Champs-Élysées is home to French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus’ first cafe. In true Jacquemus and Parisian fashion, just one look at this Mediterranean cantina and it's as if you’ve been transported to one of his shows in the French countryside.
Location: 60 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France