8 Pretty Food Stops You Need To Visit Around the World
Luxury brands have gone beyond retail to offer fashionable dining experiences
Luxury fashion brands often venture into other categories to sell the so-called “lifestyle.” Home decor, furniture, accessories, cosmetics, and even sports equipment are just some of the common categories.
Some of your favorite labels now even operate and house their very own cafés, restaurants, and bars. Whether you love visiting pretty places or you're on the lookout for design ideas, these places are brimming with inspiration:
Armani / Ristorante
Giorgio Armani was one of the first fashion designers to enter the dining scene. To date, the Armani group has 18 restaurants and cafés in locations such as New York, Chile, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Italy, Cannes, Munich, and Paris. The fashion house operates under the names Armani / Ristorante, Emporio Armani Caffé, Armani/Aqua, Armani/Privé, and Armani/Café. Much like his designs, Armani’s restaurants offer "delightfully tasty haute cuisine recipes with traditional Italian and modern twist on classics.”
As a Wes Anderson-designed café, it’s safe to say that Bar Luce is like something straight out of a movie. Prada collaborated with the film director to create a “typical Milanese café” located inside the brand’s art complex Fondazione Prada. The retro-pastel haven is outfitted with a Zissou-themed pinball machine and serves pastries, paninis, tartines, and cocktails.
The Blue Box Café
Tiffany & Co. recently opened its Blue Box Café, where you can relive Holly Golightly’s famous breakfast inside the store. Situated on the fourth floor of the Fifth Avenue flagship store, the café serves coffee, avocado toast, and “Tiffany Tea” which starts at $29.
Bulgari Il Ristorante
Aside from jewelry and timepieces, Bulgari has a number of hotels, resorts, and restaurants around the world. Its Il Ristorante boasts a gastronomic journey through various aromas and flavors of Italian cuisine. The luxury restaurant has branches in Bulgari’s Milan Hotel and Bulgari’s Tokyo flagship.
Under the roof of Dior’s Gangnam flagship store sits a chic and cozy café that serves nothing but Pierre Hermé treats. The dove gray space is the perfect modern retreat for Christian Dior fans and shoppers alike. Café Dior offers a selection of picture-perfect macarons, chocolates, cakes, ice creams, pastries, and drinks.
Gucci’s four-floor flagship in Ginza houses the Gucci Café. The lunch and afternoon tea spot has a '60s vibe and a brown color palette that matches perfectly with the store’s merchandise. Some of the cafe’s most famous offerings are the Gucci monogram chocolates for the sweet- and fashion-obsessed. The fashion house also has Gucci-themed cafés in Milan and Shanghai.
Hermès Le Café
If you want to rest in between shopping excursions then Hermès’ Le Café is a must-visit. The space is hidden inside the French fashion house’s Ginza flagship. In addition to dim lighting, the café has no view and no windows—perfect as a private rest stop. For about 1,100 yen, you’ll get Le Café’s signature coffee with a pair of exquisite Birkin-shaped chocolates. In Paris, Hermès’ Rue de Sèvres store has Le Plongeoir, a café that offers sweets and treats on Hermès china and Togo leather table mats.
Named after the Burberry founder, Thomas’s serves an all-day menu of British classics. Located at the 121 Regent Street flagship in London,it offers amazing tea and mouth-watering desserts while supporting small farmers and artisanal suppliers.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.ph.
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