Eat, drink and stay in style at these hospitable establishments.
Top 8: Australia’s most beautiful places to wine and dine
From well-dressed watering holes to exquisite fine-diners, Australia’s most beautiful establishments have been singled out by the 2020 Eat Drink Design Awards. Organised by Architecture Media, the illustrious program sets its sights on venues where aesthetics is as highly regarded as the bites and beverages they serve, presenting design-led awards across eight categories including Best Restaurant, Best Cafe and Best Bar.
December 1, 2020
Le Jardinier restaurant in New York by Joseph Dirand
The first restaurant in New York City for both chef Alain Verzeroli and interior designer Joseph Dirand, Le Jardinier attracts local New Yorkers alongside gourmet travellers from all corners of the globe, each with a penchant for sophisticated style and thoughtful cuisine. As we look forward to a world that returns to some sort of normality, Karine Monié bumps this designer destination to the top of our must-visit list in 2021 and beyond.
November 23, 2020
Destination design: Aman Kyoto by Kerry Hill Architects
Nestled in the verdant foothills of the symbolic mountain of Hidari Daimonji, a one-hour drive from Japan’s Osaka International Airport, Aman Kyoto is a place of immense beauty, where small jizo statues sit contentedly among the luminescent leaves of the yamamomiji maples. The understated resort perfectly tempers privacy, relaxation and rejuvenation with the vibrancy of Japan’s ancient imperial capital, home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
November 23, 2020
Prior cafe in Thornbury by Melbourne architects Ritz & Ghougassian
Facing the tramline on High Street in Thornbury, Prior is a chic neighbourhood cafe that opened its doors to the inner Melbourne suburb in early 2020. Observing the eatery from the street, the building, a former print shop, is crowned by typically Art Deco detailing. Dramatic black windows frame the entrance of the 130-seat cafe while an equally theatrical awning is emblazoned with the single word ‘Prior’, positioned front and centre as if to indicate its strength as a headline act in this neck of the woods.
November 3, 2020
The bar and restaurant at La Sastrería in Valencia by Masquespacio
Taking its inspiration from chef Sergio Giraldo and bartender Cristóbal Bouchet's shared dream to open their own restaurant, La Sastrería is a wondrous establishment in Valencia, Spain, designed by local creative consultancy Masquespacio. As with most of Masquespacio’s endeavours, the aim of the La Sastrería project was to fulfill the ambitious vision of young entrepreneurs. In this instance, a hospitable duo who seek to spearhead new culinary and sensorial experiences in the local area.
November 2, 2020
Destination design: Santa Monica Proper by Kelly Wearstler
In Los Angeles, locals describe the Santa Monica neighbourhood as Silicon Beach, the surfside equivalent of Silicon Valley, due to the concentration of technology, entertainment and digital media companies that have established offices just a few blocks from the ocean. Among the liveliness, nestled in a six-storey Spanish Colonial Revival-style building – originally designed by Arthur E. Harvey in 1928 and renovated by Howard Laks Architects who also built a new addition with seven floors – the Santa Monica Proper hotel has found itself to be a smash hit after opening in mid-2019, winning the hearts of visitors and locals alike.
October 27, 2020
Holiday maker: The Calile Hotel by Richards and Spence
Revolving brass arms held aloft by concrete columns mark the passage of time on the corner of James and Doggett Streets in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. A symbol of civic connection, clock towers like these are usually reserved for train stations and city halls. Here, this timepiece announces the civic intentions of recently completed The Calile Hotel. It also marks a cornerstone in the comprehensive body of work realised by its architects, Ingrid Richards and Adrian Spence of Brisbane practice Richards and Spence.
September 16, 2020
Sky-high: Sydney Tower’s Bar 83 by Loopcreative
Claiming the title of Sydney’s highest cocktail lounge, the all-new Bar 83 places guests at a soaring 83 floors (245 metres) above ground level. Located in the heart of the city with panoramic views as its backdrop, the suave-looking bolthole was designed by local Sydney firm Loopcreative who have rolled out the red carpet for a space-age scheme with a nostalgic nod to classic sci-fi film sets.
September 14, 2020
Plesner Architects delivers decadence at the Six Senses Shaharut resort in Israel
Yoga classes as first light magnifies the copper hues of the Arava Valley and the Edom mountains. A day journeying through undulating ancient valleys on camelback. And late-night stargazing sessions after sundowners in the dunes. For many, right now, these are the activities of an unreachable desert-holiday dream. But as international airlines look to ramp-up flights at the end of this year and beyond, Israel’s soon-to-open Six Senses resort will no doubt capture the imagination of luxury-seeking adventurers around the globe.
August 18, 2020
Pull up an all-blue pew at Sydney’s newest gin bar, designed by YSG
With its street-facing window framed by gently curved black steel, the Four Pillars Gin Shop storefront presents as chic yet approachable to the mixed bag of passers-by in this bustling inner-city neighbourhood. Beyond the brown brick facade, principal of interior design outfit YSG Studio Yasmine Ghoniem specified a range of Australian hardwoods for the custom-designed […]
June 29, 2020