Today restaurants and cafes are not only a place for eating. They are the most attractive architectural embodiment which lure people to come and spend time there. Design Contract gathers the amazing restaurants, cafés and even concept hotels projects with the most visually striking interiors in the world and the interior designers and architects behind them.

L’Opéra Restaurant by Odile Decq Benoit, France

Designed by Odile Decq Benoit Cornette, L’Opéra Restaurant in Paris occupies the space where horse-drawn carriages would enter Opéra Garnier. The building’s listed status meant its walls, pillars and ceiling couldn’t be tampered with.

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Canteen at the City of Culture of Galicia by Estudio Nómada

Designed by Estudio Nómada, the Canteen at the City of Culture of Galicia fuses a retail space, cafe and bar. The designers incorporated the trees to fill otherwise inanimate space while allowing the canteen to remain light and airy.

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Le Loft Restaurant by Jean Nouvel in Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, Austria

The recently completed Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom hotel by French architect Jean Nouvel is a A five-storey volume with sloping roof stands in front of the facade, housing the lobby and entrance. The top floor of the building houses the restaurant, comprising glazed walls on all sides and a brightly patterned ceiling that can be clearly seen from the street outside. Elsewhere in the building patterned video panels in ceilings feature work by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist. French landscape architect Patrick Blanc created a vertical garden for the project, including 20,000 species of plants.

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From its vantage point on the 18th floor, the latest creation of the Hotel Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom is its entirely glass-walled Le Loft Restaurant, which is constantly exposed to the reflections of the changing light. Its airy ambience overlooking the city and its shimmering painted ceiling makes it an ideal place for an unforgettable meal. The best of French and Austrian cuisine rub shoulders in this establishment directed by the French three starred chef Antoine Westermann, who is determined to make it the latest ‘place to be’.

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Turku’s Logomo Café by Artek, Finland

Finnish design firm Artek is behind the ‘Nothing Happens for a Reason’ installation shown here, which was displayed in Turku’s Logomo Café during the city’s tenure as European Capital of Culture in 2011. Interior designer Tobias Rehberger played with the space, and visitors’ perception of it, using methods drawn from British Second World War camouflage techniques.

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L’AND Vineyards in the Alentejo by Marcio Kogan, Portugal

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The interiors were designed by groundbreaking Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan who created the space using natural stone, slate and wood with a unique set of art pieces, fabrics and furniture style. Inspired on the whitewashed walled patios of the Alentejo, the building was conceived as an hinged prism from which its four corners where cut-off (reception, chill-out, restaurant terrace and industrial), creating areas of shade and intimacy.

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At the central reception building a contemporary reinterpretation of Roman and Arabic atrium architecture creates a spacious living room, library, gift shop offering bespoke L’ANDMADE products, like design armchairs, similar to Brabbu’s hand made armchair Sika. L’AND Vineyards has the reception, clubhouse, restaurant decorated with Tom Dixon suspension lamps, Spa with indoor pool, and the back-of-house service support to the adjacent townhouse suites. The building also houses the winery, the “wine club”, an 800m luxury spa, a courtyard restaurant and lobby lounge area.L’AND Vineyards in the Alentejo area of Portugal includes a 22-suite hotel and residential development, as well as a spa, restaurant and lounge.

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The guests can experience the whole winemaking process, from grapes selection, crushing, fermentation and pressing, to barrel aging, blending, filtering and bottling. Inside, oak wood fluted wainscots and thick black slate from Alentejo, convey an atmosphere of comfort and warmth, creating a striking contrast with the roughness of the areas devised for the wine production operation.

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