Dine like fashion royalty and rub shoulders with trendsetters in these couture eateries
1/10London: Thomas’s Cafe by Burberry
In central London’s bustling Vigo Street is Burberry’s very own Thomas’s Café, a slice of calm for the city’s discerning shoppers. Fans flock from around the world to pay homage to all things Burberry and savour fine renditions of English produce including English caviar, artisan cheeses and locally-farmed meats. Interior enthusiasts will love the light-washed décor contrasting with dark wood furniture, selected to complement Burberry’s timeless appeal.
Thomas’s Cafe, 5 Vigo Street, London, United Kingdom; burberry.com
2/10Porto: Vogue Café
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 is the perfect venue to showcase beautifully crafted dishes (the likes of bao buns, kofta, and chia pudding) in an eclectic space adorned with art-deco influences.
Vogue Café Porto, Rua de Avis, 10, 4050 Porto, Portugal; voguecafe.pt
3/10 Milan: Bar Luce by Prada
To achieve a vision of cinematic Italian pop culture, Prada worked with American film director Wes Anderson to produce a café that still passes as your typical Milanese 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 Instagrammer’s dream, but stay for the extensive menu of delectable paninis, pastries, and mouth-watering cakes.
Bar Luce, Largo Isarco, 2 – 20139 Milan, Italy; fondazioneprada.org
4/10 Shanghai: Vivienne Westwood Café
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 eccentric spirit to the café that divides into 2 areas: an 18th century heritage tea room and a modern photo studio concept. Take a seat in your spot of fancy, sit back and enjoy the house special afternoon tea and a generous serving of people watching.
Vivienne Westwood Café, L208-209, K11, 300 Huaihai Road, Shanghai, China
See also: A Food Lover’s Guide To Kyoto
5/10 Seoul: Cafe Kitsuné
One fine example of a fashion branded café is the iconic Café Kitsuné. Loved for its Parisian minimalism and distinctive branding, some would say Kitsuné has become more famous for the café culture it has cultivated. Its first café launched in 2013 in Tokyo, and in October 2018, the brand announced its newest outpost in Seoul. Located in a leafy plot in the Sinsa-dong area, the cafe 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.
Cafe Kitsuné, 23, 13 Gil, Dosandaero, Gang-nam gu, Seoul, South Korea; maisonkitsune.com
6/10 Tokyo: House of Dior by Pierre Hermé
With its connection to French pâtissier-chocolatier Pierre Hermé, it goes without saying that all manner 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, offering a luxurious break amidst the multilevel boutique. A merger of two iconic French brands celebrating culinary and couture, House of Dior attracts well-heeled clientele of ladies looking to unwind over elegant afternoon tea post retail therapy.
Ginza Six House of Dior, 4F A Block, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan; ginza6.tokyo
7/10 Tokyo: Beige by Chanel
You’re not a diehard Chanel devotee until you’ve been served Chanel on a plate: Beige by Chanel in Tokyo is where you can relish the brand’s nuances. A collaboration with Alain Ducasse, Beige is set in an elegant backdrop of signature tweed, gold and silver, and warm wood and copper, with china and crystal for table ware. The food is French, but using Japanese ingredients; making the haute couture-inspired menus all the more special.
Beige, Chanel Ginza Building 10 floor, 3-5-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan; beige-tokyo.com
8/10 Blue Box Café by Tiffany & Co. in 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 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—highlights being the 10-carat breakfast and Tiffany Tea sets.
Blue Box Café, 727 Fifth Avenue, New York, USA; tiffany.com
9/10 Emporio Armani Caffè and Ristorante in Milan
On the ground floor of Emporio Armani’s retail HQ, peckish clients can be found at the Emporio Armani Caffé & Ristorante, which boasts a chic 1930s design code of muted tones, clean lines, and exquisite 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 upstairs is the formal dining restaurant and champagne bar. A combination of quality material and attentive hospitality stealthily exudes Emporio Armani’s attention to the smaller detail.
Emporio Armani Caffé & Ristorante, Via dei Giardini 2, 20121 Milan, Italy
10/10 Gucci Osteria in Florence
At Gucci Osteria, helmed by star chef Massimo Bottura, buttery carbs, international fare and slices of pretty desserts 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 diners on a world tour through cuisine as they soak up the atmosphere of the dining room, which is anchored with decorations of green walls, gold engravings and pink plates—all true to Gucci’s aesthetics.
Gucci Osteria, Piazza della Signoria 10, Firenze, Italy; gucci.com