The Best Restaurants Around the World for Design Enthusiasts

For those who love amazing design as much as they love a delicious meal.

Some people travel for the love of food, while others travel for the love of design — but who says you can't do both? Eating at a place that tastes good and is also aesthetically pleasing is the ultimate win-win situation. We've come up with a list of places around the world that not only make delicious food, but look incredible while doing it.

1: Vakst / Copenhagen, Denmark

Photo by: Chris Tonnesen, Vakst

Chris Tonnesen, Vakst

Located in Copenhagen, Denmark, Vakst is every urban jungle lover's dream. The heart of the restaurant lies in a large greenhouse full of lush, beautiful greenery. It allows guests to feel like they're eating in the Garden of Eden, even though they're in the center of Old Copenhagen. The restaurant is all about environmental sustainability and has reused old Swedish scaffolding planks to create the bar, as well as old tablecloths to create the sails in the basement. With a well-curated wine list, a delicious array of menu items, Vakst is not to be missed next time you're in Copenhagen.

2: Glitch Bar-Restaurante / Quito, Ecuador

Photo by: Glitch Bar-Restaurante

Glitch Bar-Restaurante

This fun, eclectic restaurant and bar is located in a modern-style house built in the '80s in Quito, Ecuador. The Glitch Bar was redesigned to incorporate as much of the original house as possible. What makes this restaurant so unique is that it's covered in graffiti and art. They also use hanging Mason jars with light bulbs to illuminate this vibrant restaurant. They serve everything from soups to salads to delicious entrees. Their cocktails also look incredible.

3: Nanan Patisserie / Wroclaw, Poland

Photo by: Nanan Patisserie via Facebook

Nanan Patisserie via Facebook

If you're a fan of millennial pink and are planning a trip to Poland, then the Nanan Patisserie should be the number one thing on your to-do list. The bakery looks like something straight out of a Wes Anderson film. Full of pink marble, pink velvet and brass and oak parquets, it's truly an Instagrammer's dream.

4: Tessa / Upper West Side, NYC

Photo by: Tessa NYC

Tessa NYC

Inspired by New York City's many fire escapes and security gates, Tessa is the definition of urban perfection. They've taken elements that often feel brutal in nature — industrial steel, exposed brick and concrete — and have created a restaurant that feels like an authentic piece of urban art. This Michelin-recommended restaurant changes its menu seasonally but is considered a Mediterranean tavern that blends southern French and Italian cuisines.

5: Pitulka Viktoria Eatery / Athens, Greece

Photo by: Pitulka Viktoria Eatery

Pitulka Viktoria Eatery

Pitulka prides itself on being fast with high-quality, fresh food. They’re known for their delicious Greek food but more specifically for their incredible kebabs. Located in Victoria, which hosts one of the oldest, busiest and most important train stations in Athens, the restaurant’s design is similar to the interior of a train. The building is actually a parallelogram, which makes the train design so fitting. The colors are full of life, and the train window paneling gives it an incredible vibe.

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AvroKO, the company responsible for Public's design, won two James Beard awards for its work there, and it's easy to see why. The exposed brick, industrial pendant lighting and Tolix stools make the restaurant's bar feel intimate and a little rustic.

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The Trend, Translated

The classic palette in this Rebekah Zaveloff design emphasizes white, which is a perfect backdrop to accentuate the industrial touches similar to Public, like the lighting and the French industrial counter stools. The elements from the bar easily transition to a home kitchen.

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Freemans restaurant serves simple, rustic food and the decor carries owners William Tigertt and Taavo Somer's theme to the next level. The space's abundance of taxidermy kicked off the "hipster hunting lodge" trend seen in so many imitators today.

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The moose bust in this vignette by designer Brian Patrick Flynn may be faux, but the Freemans effect is similar. Anchored on a dark pinstripe-wool-draped wall, it conveys a tailored, masculine, Old World charm.

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The neutral palette, honey-colored wood and unusual chandeliers keep things light in the Hotel James. Also keeping things light, literally? The giant floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Light wood, a unique chandelier and giant, unadorned windows make this dining room by Emily Henderson feel unfussy and organic, in the vein of the Hotel James.

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This Ace Hotel bedroom is cozy, yet uncluttered. The black wall behind the platform bed adds a subtle, stark interest to the space, and the task lighting makes everything feel utilitarian.

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This platform bed also stands out against the dark wall unit behind it. The exposed wood ceilings echo the herringbone wood floors of the Ace, and the metal floor lamp is reminiscent of the desk and bedside lamps in the hotel room. All that's missing is a plaid blanket.

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White walls, gray sofas and a steamer trunk give this Ace Hotel room sitting area some serious vintage industrial style.

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The Trend, Translated

The colors of the walls and sofas have been reversed, but the white-and-gray neutral palette is also at work in this room by Emily Henderson. The finishing touch? A steamer trunk, of course. (Bonus points for the antlers, a la Freemans, the industrial lighting and the metal fan.)

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Nothing says "industrial" like subway tile. Much like its interior, the exterior of Schiller's Liquor Bar is awash in white subway tile, punctuated with antique-inspired sconces.

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The Trend, Translated

White subway tile in the home is made for the kitchen or bathroom. This kitchen by Randy Weinstein looks clean, but it doesn't feel too sterile or uninviting, thanks to the warm wood cabinetry. The industrial lights are definitely larger scale than Schiller's sconces, but they have vintage appeal all the same.

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These Tolix-style metal chairs found in Schiller's Liquor Bar give the room the air of a casual French bistro. The more worn-in they look, the better.

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The Trend, Translated

While the aged look of the metal works in the context of a restaurant, it's not for every home. These red, powder-coated, stackable versions have the same cool lines but provide a jolt of color and additional seating for guests, as needed.

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The Ace Hotel Lobby Bar is a haven for hotel guests as well as the happy hour crowd, thanks to its warm wood paneling, buttery leather chairs and, of course, the cocktails. The dim industrial lighting and vintage flag add to the feel of understated cool.

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The Trend, Translated

Designer Emily Henderson proves this riot of texture, style and color is a winning combination at home, too. Once again, a large vintage flag is the focal point, balanced out by a tufted sofa and the warm tones of wood and leather.

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