The historic Pasticceria Marchesi is a Milanese institution – a bakery in an 18th Italian century building, made even more stylish because it’s owned by the Prada Group.
Now, London is getting a taste of both its panettone and chicness, as it prepares to open a branch of the bakery in Mayfair, London.
They say you eat with your eyes, and considering how visual the fashion industry is, it comes as little surprise designers are often just as obsessed with food.
As well as opening up boutiques around the globe, fashion houses are increasingly establishing their own bars and eateries.
These are a far cry from your local caff – just look at the Pasticceria Marchesi, where employees are dressed head-to-toe in Prada garms and the decor is impossibly glamorous.
Here are some of the other super stylish cafes around the globe, set up by the fashion crowd…
1. Thomas’ Cafe, London
The name might sound innocuous, but be under no false illusions – this is an uber fashionable spot, located right inside the Burberry flagship store, off Regent Street.
Named after the label’s founder Thomas Burberry, this is the place to refuel after some intense retail therapy. The menu reflects the brand’s British heritage – we’re talking shepherd’s pie, Lancashire cheese with
Eccles cakes and Cumberland sausages with damson jam.
2. Ralph’s, Paris
Ralph Lauren is very much a lifestyle brand, and has more than one eatery. There’s The Polo Bar in New York, Ralph’s Coffee & Bar in London, RL Restaurant in Chicago and our favourite – Ralph’s in Paris.
This is a relaxed but glamorous venue, mixing vintage and modern vibes. In-keeping with the brand’s history, there’s an equestrian theme throughout and fine American dining is transported to the French capital (think burgers, steak and lobster).
3. Café Dior, Seoul
Café Dior by Pierre Hermé really is an Instagrammer’s dream. If you find yourself in the South Korean capital, you can do a spot of shopping in the label’s flagship store and then have tea and pastries under the same roof.
The decor is suitably minimalist – the greys and pale pinks of the furniture matching the cakes and macarons perfectly. Of course, many of the pastries are branded with ‘DIOR’ – just in case you forget where you are.
4. Emporio Armani Caffè, Munich
As far as fashion cities go, Munich is often overlooked compared to the style giants of Paris and Milan. However, Emporio Armani is doing its bit to change this, with a cafe and restaurant that offers a taste of Italy, in Germany.
As with so many of these cafes, the brand’s aesthetic permeates the decor – it’s sleek, sexy and moody.
5. The Blue Box Cafe, New York
If you want to make like Holly Golightly and have breakfast at Tiffany’s, you’re in luck because in 2017, the iconic jewellery store opened a cafe in its flagship store.
The best thing is, you don’t have to shiver outside eating a croissant like Golightly, instead be in the warm, surrounded by Tiffany’s signature duck-egg blue. This isn’t a low-key spot – in fact, you’ll feel like you’re inside a Tiffany jewellery box.
6. Beige Alain Ducasse, Tokyo
Less of a cafe and more of an upscale restaurant, Beige is a collaboration between Chanel and restaurant group Ducasse Paris.
Luxury is top of the menu at Beige – along with fine French dining, for which it has been awarded two Michelin stars. In keeping with the name, the interiors are various shades of beige, which is rather chic. It’s minimalist but make no mistake: This is one fancy joint.