May 27, 2021

10 Flavorful Restaurants, Bars, and Cafés

We’ve heard it time and again: “You are what you eat.” Shouldn’t restaurant interiors reflect that? These ten food and beverage locales welcome foodies and newbies alike, with delectable design to boot.

1. Lighting Fixtures Inspired by Sailboats Add Intrigue to This Restaurant in Shenzhen, China by DAS Lab

the entrance to Funk and Kale by DAS Lab

Located along Shenzhen Bay, maritime leisure activities are becoming more popular in Shenzhen, China. For Funk & Kale, a restaurant in a mall in the Nanshan District of the city, designer DAS Lab offers a nod to that activity—especially sailing and the process of supporting, hoisting, and opening the sail of a boat. Read more

2. Alfredo Paredes Designs a Beachside Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale for Laurent Tourondel

Dune by Alfredo Paredes

After leaving the Ralph Lauren enterprise in 2018 and taking a year off (“I worked since I was 15 years old”), Alfredo Paredes established his namesake design studio. It was just four months pre-pandemic. As luck (and talent) would have it, a famous chef friend soon called with a proposition: design Dune by Laurent Tourondel, beachside in Fort Lauderdale. Read more

3. Gulla Jónsdóttir Takes Home a Best of Year Award for Esperanza

Esperanza by Gulla Jonsdottir

Los Angeles architectural designer Gulla Jónsdóttir has a thing for biomorphic shapes, the legacy of her study of both mathematics and biology. In her latest hospitality project, the cresting stucco facade sparked by the white sand dunes of Los Cabos, Mexico, at Esperanza, a hip new Sonoran-style restaurant in Manhattan Beach that Jónsdóttir worked on via FaceTime from her native Iceland during the pandemic. Read more

4. Nearly Ninth Restaurant in the Arlo Midtown by Meyer Davis Takes Home a Best of Year Award

Nearly Ninth by Meyer Davis

Nearly Ninth, inside the Arlo Midtown, a new hotel by architecture firm Marvel that’s sited steps from Ninth Avenue, has multiple, flexible settings adding up to 5,700 square feet, all conceived for work and play, guests and others, day and night. Meyer Davis formulated a warm yet tailored look via neutral colors, contemporary lighting and furniture (some by William Gray, Meyer Davis’s new line), and natural materials, all punched up with graphic wall art. Read more

5. Gin Design Group Outfits Houston’s Ginger Kale with Stadium Seating

Gin Design Group

Gin Design Group stuck to five natural elements for the palette of this veggie-centric café. Under the café’s glued laminated timber ceiling beams, custom tables and stools are stained or spun white oak and the counter skirt is clay brick. Read more

6. Chybik + Kristof Restore 19th-Century Brewery as a Modern Wine Bar in Czech Republic

Chybik and Kristof

An aerial view of the House of Wine in Znojmo, Czech Republic by Chybik + Kristof. 5mm-thick plywood made from ceiba wood is bent into curved shapes throughout, adding an earthy heaviness to the space. Read more

7. Wid Chapman Infuses an Indian Eatery in Manhattan with Cultural Iconography

Wid Chapman

This Indian restaurant on NYC’s Lower East Side tapped Wid Chapman to design the interior. The street food-inspired menu references cuisine from all over the sub-continent, like the iconography on the custom artwork. Read more

8. Matthew Tsang Creates a Serene Austin Ramen Restaurant

Matthew Tsang

Drawing on elements of various design principles, including Danish hygge, Japanese minimalism, and French Art Deco, interior designer Matthew Tsang creates a moment of escape in the Sazan Ramen restaurant. Udon Dining Chairs from Hem add an industrial edge to the dining area. Read more

9. KOGAA Crowns Coffee Hub GROUNDS with a Halo of Plants

Project lead and KOGAA founding partner Tomas Kozelsky focused on repurposing materials wherever possible to reduce building waste. The bar is made of uncoated corrugated metal sheets and the custom desk is designed to fit all the needed coffee fixtures. Read more

10. A Gelato Shop in Doha Reflects the Whimsy of M.C. Escher’s Works


Futura saturated the space in vibrant pink and blue hues. Informal tiered seating complements the terrazzo gelato counter. Read more

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