Restaurant and cafe design

A curation of coffee shops, bars and restaurants in exceptional spaces.
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an empty restaurant with yellow chairs and paintings on the wall above it, along with other dining room furniture
Club Mediterranee: Toronto’s newest hangout channels European joie de vivre
an empty restaurant with tables and green booths
New York restaurant COQODAQ is a ‘cathedral for fried chicken’
the interior of a restaurant with wooden walls and ceilinging is lit by large round windows
This Thai cafe is built around a pair of giant baobab trees
two blue chairs sitting in front of a fireplace with bookshelves on either side
An intimate space for bibliophiles in Grosse Pointe
Described as a ‘literary clubhouse’, this Grosse Pointe bar always has a spot for someone to curl up with a good book. Photography: Justin Maconochie
an empty restaurant with tables and chairs in front of large windows that look out onto the street
Bookworms are welcome at Michigan cafe and cocktail club Flyleaf
An intimate space for bibliophiles in Grosse Pointe
a large room with tables, chairs and a chandelier hanging from the ceiling
A restaurant that blends Beaux-Arts architecture with contemporary design
The 120-year-old building originally served as a car factory, showroom and office for the Sunbeam Talbot Motor Company. In 2019, Carpenters Workshop Gallery founders Loïc Le Gaillard and Julien Lombrai started converting the space into a new arts and culture hub, bringing in Avanti Architects to lead Ladbroke Hall’s renovation.
a man standing at a counter in a dark room with a lamp on top of it
A portal to an unhurried time-space
Modelled after a traditional Japanese teahouse, this Singapore breakfast spot describes itself as ‘a portal to an unhurried time-space’. Photography: Paaru
a room with tables, chairs and a lamp hanging from the ceiling in front of it
Singapore cafe Paaru serves breakfast from timeless, ultra-minimal interiors
Located in the city-state’s Chinatown district, Paaru sits behind an unassuming wooden frontage that leads to a minimal and low-lit set of interiors. The focus is on the materials used, with dark wood and granite playing a starring role in the machiya-style interiors. Photography: Paaru
the interior of a building with stairs and surfboards on the wall in the background
This Nantes burger bar channels the spirit of a modernist ocean liner
the interior of a restaurant with wooden tables and stools in front of a brick wall
Mexican mezcal bar El Maguey opens in a glowing, vaulted space in Morelia
a dining room with blue chairs and tables
London restaurant Socca is a tribute to ‘whimsical Riviera styling’
the interior of a restaurant with wooden tables and chairs
Uchiko Houston’s walnut interiors and sunken hearth evoke the warmth of a Japanese farmhouse
This Houston restaurant, designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, takes cues from Japanese farmhouses, using timber and tiling to create a companionable atmosphere. Photography: Chase Daniel #design #inspiration #interiors #architecture
Architect Aurelien Chen has rescued a dilapidated building once used by miners in China’s Hebei Province, preserving some of the hallmarks of the country’s communist history along the way. Photography: Aurelien Chen #design #inspiration #interiors #architecture Centre, Urban, Exhibition Space, Interior Design And Construction, Architectural Elements, Office Building
A miner’s canteen in Handan, China, is reborn as a culture centre
Architect Aurelien Chen has rescued a dilapidated building once used by miners in China’s Hebei Province, preserving some of the hallmarks of the country’s communist history along the way. Photography: Aurelien Chen #design #inspiration #interiors #architecture
an empty restaurant with tables and chairs in front of large windows filled with green plants
Bristol’s Wiper and True taproom is a ‘sheltered, green oasis’ for beer fans
Local practice Studio B designed the taproom – Wiper and True’s second in the city – carving two new openings into the building to ensure it is flooded with natural light. The studio installed an 18-metre-long glass wall framed by mint green steel to separate the brewing equipment from the seating area. Photography: Pete Helme #design #inspiration #interiors #architecture
an empty restaurant with wooden benches and lights
Kengo Kuma’s Tottori cafe is a ‘staircase to the sky’
Kengo Kuma and Associates designed the two-storey Takahama Cafe to swoop dramatically upwards, elevating visitors to the perfect spot for views of the city’s rolling shorefront – a key draw for tourists to the area. Photography: Kawasumi-Kobayashi Kenji (c) Courtesy of Kengo Kuma and Associates #design #inspiration #interiors #architecture
a wooden table with cups and saucers on it in front of a bookshelf
The interiors of London restaurant St Barts evoke Smithfield’s medieval past
Located in Smithfield, the London restaurant is just around the corner from Cloth Fair – once a critical destination for medieval merchants to buy and sell fabric. Restaurant St Barts has embraced this local history and incorporated it into its interiors, dividing them with long, linen curtains. Photography: Steven Joyce #design #inspiration #interiors #architecture
the interior of a restaurant with tables, chairs and counter tops covered in white tablecloths
Sant’Ambroeus restaurant in Milan
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an empty restaurant with chairs and tables in front of the bar area that has stairs leading up to the second floor
This Amsterdam cafe riffs on the beauty and complexity of the human body
Tables are patterned with enlarged, microscopic images of human organs and sculptural limbs hang over the bar in what is a markedly unusual dining experience. Located in Amsterdam’s Capital C neighbourhood, the cafe is filled with pieces by local artists. Photography: Inga Powilleit #design #inspiration #interiors #architecture
an empty restaurant with wooden tables and chairs in the foreground, lights hanging from the ceiling
Manioca restaurant in Gdansk
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there is a table and two stools in the corner with pictures on the wall
Mayfair pub The Audley blends Victorian bones with arty maximalism
The Audley fits neatly, though distinctly, into this cannon, with each floor of the 18th-century building on the corner of Mount Street and South Audley Street offering a curated, art-led experience. Photography: Simon Brown #design #inspiration #interiors #architecture
two stools sit in front of the bar
Eastwind Lake Placid is a home-away-from-home experience in the Adirondack Mountains
Eastwind Lake Placid is designed as a home-away-from-home experience, filled with envy-inducing interiors created by Julija Stoliarova. It’s the second property under the Eastwind Hotels umbrella – run by Stoliarova and co-founders Björn Boyer and Dan Cipriani – and joins an existing location in the Catskills. Photography: Lawrence Braun #design #inspiration #interiors #architecture
a living room filled with lots of furniture and a chandelier hanging from the ceiling
Caviar Kaspia restaurant, Los Angeles
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two bar stools in front of a wooden wall with wine glasses on it and a potted plant next to the bar
Studio Modijefsky has created a neon-lit new bar in Amsterdam
Located in the Spaarndammerbuurt neighbourhood, the bar is surrounded by red bricks and intricate architectural details that characterise the Amsterdam School style. Museum Het Schip – which has all the hallmarks of this design movement – is a five-minute walk from Moos. Photography: Maarten Willemstein
an outdoor cafe with tables and chairs under the awning
Studio Modijefsky has created a neon-lit new bar in Amsterdam
Located in the Spaarndammerbuurt neighbourhood, the bar is surrounded by red bricks and intricate architectural details that characterise the Amsterdam School style. Museum Het Schip – which has all the hallmarks of this design movement – is a five-minute walk from Moos. Photography: Maarten Willemstein
a long narrow kitchen with stainless steel cabinets and shelving on the wall, along with open shelves
Two London legends team up on a design-and-dine destination in East London
The 300-square-metre warehouse overlooks the River Lea, with London Stadium just beyond. Hertig has named it Aelfred, after the ‘great’ West Saxon king who drove the Viking Danes from the city in the ninth century. Photography: Rei Moon #design #inspiration #interiors #architecture
a long narrow kitchen with stainless steel cabinets and shelving on the wall, along with open shelves
Two London legends team up on a design-and-dine destination in East London
The 300-square-metre warehouse overlooks the River Lea, with London Stadium just beyond. Hertig has named it Aelfred, after the ‘great’ West Saxon king who drove the Viking Danes from the city in the ninth century. Photography: Rei Moon #design #inspiration #interiors #architecture
a long wooden table sitting in the middle of a room with green doors and windows
Montreal’s Supernat cafe beautifully mixes texture and polish
Local studio Ménard Dworkind designed Supernat’s interiors, which mix rough-and-ready details with beautiful examples of lighting and furniture design. Exposed bricks and unfinished plasterwork have been left well alone and, together with the cafe’s steel girders, lend the space an industrial atmosphere. However, the white and green mosaic floor and the custom Lambert & Fils lights tell a different story. Photography: David Dworkind #design #inspiration #interiors #architecture
three bar stools sitting next to each other in front of a window
Montreal’s Supernat cafe beautifully mixes texture and polish
Local studio Ménard Dworkind designed Supernat’s interiors, which mix rough-and-ready details with beautiful examples of lighting and furniture design. Exposed bricks and unfinished plasterwork have been left well alone and, together with the cafe’s steel girders, lend the space an industrial atmosphere. However, the white and green mosaic floor and the custom Lambert & Fils lights tell a different story. Photography: David Dworkind #design #inspiration #interiors #architecture
an empty restaurant with tables and chairs in front of large windows that have portraits on them
Blue Mountain School’s Cycene restaurant finds tranquillity through texture
Cycene – meaning kitchen in Old English – takes over two floors of Blue Mountain School’s experimental Shoreditch space, which houses an archive of commissioned ceramics, sculpture, garments and furniture. Clench’s 10-course menu is a love letter to his travels across Eastern Asia and Australasia, brought to life through classic culinary techniques and seasonal ingredients. Photography: Rebecca Dickson #design #inspiration #interiors #architecture
the interior of a modern restaurant with wooden ceilinging and white chairs, along with marble counter tops
This Hong Kong restaurant was named best designed for 2022
Located at On Lan Street, the Cantonese restaurant is a collaboration between chef Will Leung and landscape photographer Kelvin Yuen, designed by local practice M.R. Studio. Yuen’s travels across North America, and particularly the picturesque Antelope Canyon in Arizona, find expression in the swooping arches, curves and lines of the space inspired by the geological formations of the canyon. Photography: 1111 Ones Restaurant & Lounge #design #inspiration #interiors #architecture