Shopping and savouring, somehow those two things go together like a handbag and heels. We’ve traversed international fashion hotspots to find the best addresses in the chicest districts where you can fortify yourself before buying your next designer outfit – whether you’re in need of a cocktail, some cake or a caffeine hit.
Marni Flower Café
On the third floor of the Umeda Hankyu Department Store in Osaka, in the heart of western Japan, is where the Italian fashion label Marni opened its first eatery, which doubles as a concept store. Italian specialities like homemade focaccia meet extravagant handbags and styles. The café is as colourful as Marni itself: green brass side tables in various shapes, woven PVC chairs, large-scale wall paintings and a classic wooden floor with elements of marble. In passing, guests can acquire exclusive Marni products, inspired by a theme that changes every four months.
Emporio Armani Caffè
Giorgio Armani already runs restaurants and cafés in Paris, Milan, London, New York and Hong Kong. Now Emporio Armani has opened the first eatery in Germany at one of Munich’s top addresses. At the Fünf Höfe the fashion giant welcomes its customers across two floors: coffee, aperitifs and set menus are served at the bar on the ground floor for quick business lunches. Sun-worshipers will be delighted by the terrace, while those with a sweet tooth will swoon over the Armani-Dolci-Corner with its in-house chocolates. On the floor above there is the restaurant, with a menu that comes straight from Armani’s head chef in Milan. The chic onyx counter at the bar and the curved seating areas visually convey smart luxury. DJs get the party started in the evenings.
In the historical district of Milan – more specifically on the roof of the high-end shopping centre La Rinascente – is the Café Il Bar. After admiring pieces by Roberto Cavalli, Prada & co on your way up the escalator, you’re greeted at the top by the best view there is of Milan cathedral. With an espresso or one or two cocktails in your hand, this is definitely one of the most promising places in the city.
Café Am Hof
This boutique coffee house in Vienna’s first district was inspired by the charming coffee house culture of the 19th century. And of course there are tables outside, too – no Viennese café is complete without them. What makes the Café Am Hof stand out is that every single piece of porcelain used on the ground floor of the Park Hyatt Vienna is one of a kind – made by hand at the Augarten Porcelain Manufactory across the Danube Canal in the second district. The desserts, however, are the product of in-house talents: all of the cakes are made by the luxury hotel’s own patisserie team. The torts and tarts are even available to take away. If you have a hand to spare, that is: after all, you’re sitting in the middle of the Goldenes Quartier – and there’s nothing stopping you from setting out on another shopping trip once you’ve put down your cake fork.
Angelo Marchesi opened a small confectionary shop in an old building on Via Santa Maria alla Porta in Milan. That was in 1824. Almost 200 years later, the cult patisserie has now opened a second branch in the city. 100% behind the project: Prada. The Milan-based company has long been more than “just” a fashion corporation: on the side, the Prada Group also runs a museum (Prada Foundation) and a bar, which was designed by director Wes Anderson himself. And the Pasticceria Marchesi, the latest member of the Prada family, is much more than “just” a confectioner’s with a long tradition. The address was expanded into a coffee house in the early 1900s by founder Angelo Marchesi, whose grandson – also called Angelo – is now in charge. He serves freshly baked tarts, biscuits and cakes, which the team still makes by hand. Accompanied by coffee, cocktails, wine and beer. Roberto Baciocchi, Prada’s long-trusted architect, is behind the appearance of the new location.