Nowadays, a trip often isn’t complete without a good amount of cafe-hopping, not only to try out all the unique treats on the menu but also to take advantage of the beautiful decor for your Instagram snaps.
However, if you want to take your cafe-hopping experience up a notch, consider checking out cafes and restaurants owned by high-end fashion brands to add a luxurious touch to your Instagram photos. After all, not every day can you get a latte with the Dior logo on top.
We have rounded up some of the most picture-perfect cafes owned by luxury brands such as Prada, Dior, Armani and more for you to add to your itinerary the next time you travel.
1. Pasticceria Marchesi by Prada, Milan
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If you’ve spent any time in Milan, you may have happily stumbled upon Marchesi, a little shop that has stood on a busy corner since 1824, serving insanely perfect coffee and equally-insanely-great pastries, all in an impossibly-chic space. A few years ago, Mrs. Prada and Co. purchased the legendary cafe, and then built two additional venues in Milan. Recently, @Prada seems to have taken pity on those of us who can’t make it to Milan and opened @marchesi1824’s first international outpost in the Mayfair section of London. We like to think of it as #coffeetoflyfor. (What’s a cafe you’d suggest?) Read more on this sweet and stylish collaboration from @aoifetravels via the link in bio. #airmailweekly
Known as the “Prada cafe”, Pasticceria Marchesi in Milan isn’t just a must-visit for high fashion lovers, it is also part of Milan’s culinary history, being among the city’s oldest and finest pastry shops.
Opened in 1824 and launched by Prada Group in 2014, Pasticceria Marchesi specialises in various types of cakes, pastries and chocolate, together with high quality Italian coffee. The original shop is located in Via S. Maria alla Porta, but the one located above Prada’s store in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II perhaps is perhaps the most popular and most associated with the fashion brand.
Pasticceria Marchesi: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan, Italy.
2. Thomas’s Cafe by Burberry, London
Named after the brand’s founder Thomas Burberry, Thomas’s Cafe is a part of Burberry Regent Street flagship store in London that offers a calm hideout spot from the bustling shopping street outside.
The interior of the cafe follows the quintessential British Burberry aesthetic with elegant black and white tiles paired with dark wooden furniture. The refined decor with ample sunlight will make sure you have the most Instagram-worthy photos when visiting this cafe.
Thomas’s Cafe: 5 Vigo Street, London, England.
3. Bar Luce by Prada, Milan
If you think Bar Luce looks as if it came straight from the set of a Wes Anderson movie with whimsical retro decor in a pastel colour palette, you are absolutely right because the cafe was designed by none other than the famed director himself.
Located at Fondazione Prada in Milan, Bar Luce is a collaboration between Prada and the American director to bring his unmistakable aesthetics to what is meant to be a homage to typical Milanese cafes. Featuring colour-blocked formica furniture, terrazzo flooring and retro pinball machines, Bar Luce is the ultimate place to live out your best Wes Anderson dreams.
Bar Luce: Largo Isarco, 2, 20139 Milan, Italy.
4. Emporio Armani Caffè & Ristorante, Milan
Opened in 2000, the Emporio Armani Caffè & Ristorante was one of the first restaurant and cafe concepts from a luxury fashion brand. The recent renovation, overseen by Giorgio Armani himself, has given the space a brand new look that is even more luxurious and in line with Armani’s core design principles. Inspired by the aesthetic of the 1930s, the restaurant features an elegant champagne-toned decor with metallic chairs and dark terrazzo tiles to give off a modern and refined vibe.
Located in a historical building that also houses the Armani’s global headquarter, flagship store and hotel, the Emporio Armani Caffè & Ristorante is a must-visit for any die hard fan of the iconic Italian brand.
Emporio Armani Caffè & Ristorante: Via dei Giardini 2, 20121 Milan, Italy.
5. Citron Cafe by Jacquemus, Paris
Situated on the first floor of the trendy department store Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées in Paris, Citron, the French word for “lemon”, is a collaboration between Jacquemus and Caviar Kaspia.
The interior of the cafe is tastefully decorated with lemon trees, large windows, and light wood furniture, giving the space a certain rustic charm typical of Southern France.
The specially curated menu consists of the finest treats from renowned French chefs, including an Instagram-worthy treat created by chef Cédric Grolet that comes in the shape of a lemon sprinkled with daisies.
Citron Cafe: 1er Étage, Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées, 60 avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
6. Oursin by Jacquemus and Kaspia, Paris
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Those looking for a more sumptuous feast can head upstairs to Mediterranean restaurant Oursin, also a collaboration of Jacquemus and Caviar Kaspia, on the second floor of Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées. With the rattan chairs paired with white table cloths, white walls lined with potteries, and the abundance of sunlight flooding the space, patrons will feel as if transported to a sunny Mediterranean garden.
Oursin: 2ème Étage, Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées, 60 avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France.
7. Ralph’s Coffee by Ralph Lauren, New York
Ralph Lauren’s own cafe in New York city, called Ralph’s Coffee, is dressed up in luxurious deep forest green decor paired with white marble tiles. The cafe offers an extensive drink menu, including their own organic custom blends sourced from coffee farms in Africa and South and Central America.
Ralph’s Coffee: 888 Madison Avenue, New York, USA.
8. The Polo Bar by Ralph Lauren, New York
Besides cafes, Ralph Lauren has also opened restaurants in various cities in the world and the Polo Bar in New York is his third one after RL Restaurant in Chicago and Ralph’s in Paris.
Located in the heart of New York city, The Polo Bar features wooden walls and furniture with equestrian art and photographs adorning the space, representing the brand’s association with the sport.
The Polo Bar: 1 E. 55th Street, New York, NY 10022, USA.
9. Cafe Leon Dore, New York
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Cafe Leon Dore is an extension of New York-based streetwear brand Aimé Leon Dore that was opened last year in the same space as the brand’s flagship store. Staying true to the brand’s aesthetic, Cafe Leon Dore features wood panels on vintage white walls, primarily white furniture and marble table tops for a clean yet sophisticated look.
Cafe Leon Dore: 214 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10012, USA.
10. Vivienne Westwood Cafe, Shanghai
Located in Shanghai’s K11 Art Mall, the Vivienne Westwood Cafe incorporates into its decor the British designer’s signature tartan print and quirky trompe l’oeil antique wall murals.
The menu consists mainly of afternoon tea, coffee and a well-curated selection of treats, with the brand’s Saturn-shaped logo on both the cakes and the latte art.
Vivienne Westwood Cafe: 2F, K11 Mall, 300 Huaihai Middle Rd, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China.
11. Cafe Kitsuné, Seoul
Located in the bustling neighbourhood of Garosu-gil in Gang-nam, Seoul, next door to a Maison Kitsuné boutique, Cafe Kitsuné is the iconic French fashion brand’s second cafe in Asia after Tokyo. The cafe is as famous for its minimalist aesthetic and easily recognisable branding including the fox logo, as its quality coffee that you can also bring home as souvenirs.
Not only does Cafe Kitsuné have a distinct look with their decor and tableware, they even curate their own music with a ten-hour playlist, which is played across all of their locations in Paris, Seoul and Tokyo, for an unmistakable Kitsuné experience when you visit the cafe.
Cafe Kitsuné: 23,13 Gil, Dosandaero, Gang-nam gu, Seoul, Korea.
12. Cafe Dior by Pierre Hermé, Tokyo
Helmed by French pastry chef and chocolatier Pierre Hermé, Cafe Dior in Tokyo offers its patrons a specially curated menu of gourmet sweets and pastries including chef Hermé’s famed macarons. Decked out in sleek decor and tableware, Cafe Dior is the perfect spot to unwind after a day of shopping and snap a few shots for your Instagram feed.
Cafe Dior: Ginza Six House of Dior, 4F A Block, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
13. Beige Alain Ducasse by Chanel, Tokyo
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Living up to its title as one of the fashion capitals of Asia, Tokyo is home to another fashion powerhouse’s bistro venture: Beige by Chanel and Ducasse Paris. The two-Michelin-star restaurant serves up a special menu consisting of French dishes created by chef Kei Kojima using the finest ingredients from France and Japan.
The beige colour scheme is apparent in everything in the restaurant’s interior, from the decor to tableware accented with gold and silver details for a modern and luxurious feel.
Beige Alain Ducasse: Chanel Ginza Building 10F, 3-5-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
14. Blue Box Cafe by Tiffany & Co., Hong Kong
If there’s one place in the world where you can literally have breakfast at Tiffany’s like Audrey Hepburn’s character, it has to be Tiffany & Co.’s very own cafe named Blue Box. And while the original location in New York is currently undergoing renovation till 2021, the Hong Kong outlet is still open its door for you to live out your best Holly Golightly fantasies.
Located in Hong Kong’s busy shopping district Tsim Sha Tsui, the cafe is instantly recognisable even from afar with the iconic tiffany blue glass panels, furniture and tableware. Blue Box Cafe offers an all-day dining menu as well as afternoon teas so you can have more than just breakfast here.
Blue Box Cafe: 2/F, One Peking, One Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong