Satiate your hunger for fashion — be it heritage houses or cult street brands — by paying a visit to cafes owned by your favourite labels.
House of Dior, 464 Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Seoul may be the place to visit for all things K-beauty, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your dose of fashion either. Located within the stunning six-floor flagship, the Dior Café, operated by renowned patisserie Pierre Herme, makes for a legit reason to skip Korean food for one meal to enjoy the sweet treats on offer. If you’ve tried his macarons, you’d know this is a must-go.
Lobby of Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Even if you don’t want to splurge on a room at the Armani Hotel, why not have a taste of Armani at the café? Feast on the finest international ingredients cooked with Italian flair, and indulge in its Friday Brunch, which goes on until 9pm. Located in the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, it is anything but cheap, when it comes to the ambience… or prices.
Agnès B Café L.P.G.
Shop 3096-3097, Podium Level 3, IFC Mall, Hong Kong
Agnès B cafes are littered across Hong Kong, so you don’t even have to specially travel to an area to visit one. But for a more holistic experience, go to the IFC branch, which not only offers a full French restaurant experience instead of a casual bistro, but also houses the store, a chocolate shop and a florist. Talk about one-stop convenience!
2 Largo Isarco, Milan
Fashion house Prada’s plans to support the arts through its foundation, Fondazione Prada, sees an expansion with a bar designed by filmmaker Wes Anderson. Designed to echo the atmosphere of old-school Milanese cafés, and inspired by two cult Italian films, it’s just the kind of place you’d wanna hang out at over a cuppa while your nose is buried in a good book.
213 Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris
As its name suggests, this cafe serves up various kinds of water, from sparkling to coconut. But rest assured you won’t have to go hungry here, with a simple yet comprehensive food menu made up of French classics like Salad Nicoise and Croque Monsieur. Just like the multi-label store’s collection of quirky items, the décor is lively and unassuming, making it a great place to hang out and people-watch — even Karl Lagerfeld shops here, after all — during Paris Fashion Week. Saw something you like on a passer-by? Browse through its apparel collection to see if it’s available in the store.
Gucci Caffè & Restaurant
10 Piazza della Signoria, Florence
Situated right in the heart of Florence, in front of the iconic Palazzo Vecchio, grab a seat at the al fresco area, order a cup of hot chocolate and watch the rest of the world go by before entering the Gucci Museum. Of course, if you’d like to escape from the hustle and bustle, head upstairs to the top level of the store for some fine dining from the seasonal menu sourced from nearby Tuscany.
4-4-10 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo
While the ambience at Gucci Caffè in Florence is more chill, Gucci Café in Tokyo’s Ginza store is for those who prefer a more classy, intimate ambience — even the menu is bound in Guccissima leather. The brand’s logo is adorned on almost every food item, including the chocolates, which can’t be found anywhere else in the world, so be sure to purchase a box or two as souvenirs.
121 Regent Street, London
In town to see the Big Ben? Why not head down to Regent Street to visit Burberry’s flagship store? The fashion attraction, which was recently expanded to a 44,000 square feet area, now includes a two-storey café, Thomas’s. Named after the brand’s founder, Thomas Burberry, the all-day menu is chock-full of delectable fare, such as Lobster and Chips and Mersea Rocks Oysters, from U.K. farmers and artisans. Boasting Art Deco décor, it is also a great place to rest your tired feet after a day of shopping, over a cup of tea or a glass of bubbly. Life doesn’t get much better than that.
Café Kitsuné Tokyo
3-17-1 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Like the boutique next door, the café décor is simple, but with an emphasis on Japanese elements like a bamboo entrance, custom-made tatami and fusuma sliding doors. Inspired by old-fashioned coffee shops, hand-dripped coffe is available here. Enjoy your drinks made by baristas trained by Eiichi Kunitomo, the founder of one of Japan’s best coffee places, Omotesando Koffee.
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Text: Hidayah Idris