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Designer Department Store Restaurants Take Shopping to the Next Level

Categories: Fashion, Food,
March 10, 2020,

By Olivia Manthey

The saying “shop ’til you drop” is now a thing of the past thanks to these six designer department store restaurants! Here, you can get a quick pick me up and be ready for more shopping after a cocktail or two. These outlets highlight a trend for luxury fashion designers as well as department stores creating memorable spaces and great menus that offer their customers a full day’s experience during their visit.

Louis Vuitton Café V + Sugalabo V


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Louis Vuitton’s Café V and Sugalabo V in Osaka mark the fashion house’s first restaurant and cafe! This new flagship demonstrates Louis Vuitton’s longtime connection with Japan. Sugalabo V and Café V offer cuisine with French and Japanese influences, with both the café and restaurant overseen by Japanese chef Yasuke Suga. Suga is the apprentice of Joël Robuchon, whose restaurant Sugalabo made the 2019 Asia’s Best Restaurants list by 50 Best. Café V spans a spacious terrace, a superb bar, and the exclusive Cocoon Room. Sugalabo V is on the top floor of the luxe fashion house, and with a speakeasy flair, it is exclusively extravagant. To access its splendor, there is a hidden door that covers the private dining rooms where only small groups of people are allowed to eat per evening.

Ralph’s Coffee


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It seems that Ralph Lauren is a master of all trades! Not only has he run an international clothing brand since 1967, but he has also opened six Ralph’s Coffee locations over the years. With three cafes in New York and three in Asia, the coffee brand reflects RL’s casual luxury and, of course, his customer’s love for a nice, robust cup of joe. The brand has crafted custom organic blends, including Ralph’s Roast, Ralph’s Espresso, and Ralph’s Decaf, each with different flavors and aromas coming from all over the world. From the delicious coffee itself to Ralph’s Coffee branded serving tools and dinnerware, Ralph’s Coffee has everything you need for a caffeine boost during your next shopping trip!

Studio 59 at Bloomingdale’s


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The signature dining outlet at Bloomingdale’s, Studio 59 restaurant, is unlike any other! A fabulous cocktail bar and restaurant will already bring in customers, but the famous department store took it a step further by adding a content photo studio, bringing in crowds of influencers and curious shoppers. This photo studio hosts top stylists, internet personalities, and celebrities to make appearances—you never know who you’ll have a cocktail with! Studio 59 also has its own video channel called Bloomie’s TV offering trends, tips, and tricks, so you’ll be fully informed of the must-haves for your day of shopping. Talk about a classic company embracing the future!

Palette at Bergdorf Goodman


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The pop-art themed cafe Palette at Bergdorf Goodman is like something out of a magnificent technicolor dream. Palette is curated by the one and only Ashley Longshore, a New Orleans–based artist known for her bright jewel tones, sparkles, and irreverent social commentary. Her original art smothers Palette with pop art masterpieces, including the furniture and quirky placemats. Palette is located on the lower beauty level of Bergdorf’s and serves salads, sandwiches, coffee, and cocktails! What could be better than enjoying brunch surrounded by a cornucopia of Ashley Longshore originals?

Wolf at Nordstrom


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Wolf is one of Nordstrom’s many restaurants in NYC, and possibly the best. Wolf is an Italian style eatery run by Chef Ethan Stowell, named one of the Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine. From small plates like burrata bruschetta to hearty pasta entrees and healthy vegan options, Wolf has something for everyone! Enjoy watching the chefs cook at the Stone Bar or people-watching from the second-floor tables. Either way, you’re sure to be fueled up and relaxed after a day of shopping.

L’Avenue at Saks Fifth Avenue


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L’Avenue at Saks Fifth Avenue is a famous French–American restaurant inspired by L’Avenue in Paris, one of the city’s top restaurants. L’Avenue at Saks is located on the Upper East Side of NYC, making it an ideal location for spotting celebrities and wealthy socialites. It has been a major hot spot for big names like Kim Kardashian West, Harry Styles, Virgil Abloh, and Gigi Hadid—she even had her birthday celebration there. The decor is inspired by 1940s France, with elegant area rugs and beautiful wood that wraps the dining area. L’Avenue is not only popular for high profile events; it’s also perfect for a pleasant lunch during your shopping trip. Just be sure to keep an eye out for those famous faces.

So, are you hungry for some high fashion, or just hungry? Either way, with a visit to one of these incredible eateries, you’re sure to be satisfied. Where are you dying to dine first? Let us know in the comments or on social media @viemagazine!

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