A Visual Feast: Restaurant Interiors We Love

When planning your night out, it’s hard to narrow it down to the next best hot spot or restaurant worth a venture. That perfect spot is usually discovered by word of mouth, often when asking a good friend, “How’s the food? What’s the atmosphere like? Good or bad service?”

There’s so much pressure on a restaurant — not to just produce good food, but also to create an overall experience with great ambience and an inviting interior. A good interior can do as much for a restaurant or bar as good food can. The restaurant industry can be very challenging; in the United States alone, there are close to 1 million restaurants that are trying to differentiate themselves from the restaurant next door.

Psychology is a big part of the process of restaurant design. Oddly, people love chaos; they want that excitement and discovery when experiencing a new hot spot. People also seem to enjoy a restaurant with private areas and corners. The layout needs to always be uniquely planned, yet not so complicated that customers are constantly asking, “Where’s the bathroom?” Regardless of how many people a restaurant can hold, we generally like to feel like as though we’re the only people being waited on and first priority when it comes to fast and efficient service.

There are so many different dynamics in the restaurant scene. As a designer, the first thing I look at is the interior to see whether it creates the right environment and ambiance in which good memories can be made. For now, let’s forget your large restaurant chains; there are so many smaller, unique, well-designed interiors that will leave you wanting more. With the below restaurant interiors, you’ll develop a new appreciation for design innovation.

Ammo Restaurant, Hong Kong, China


One of the most breathtaking designs in the restaurant industry to date, this interior was created by Joyce Wang. The building history is also unique; it was once a munitions depot. The steel structure shows off the history of the building and dominates the space with its creative design. The inspiration behind the building was Alphaville, a science fiction movie from 1965.

The menu is a la carte and Italian inspired. The overall interior is show-stopping and the attention to detail is flawless. There is something beyond incredible about this futuristic interior.


Le Pain Frances Restaurant, Gothenburg, Sweden


This whimsical Parisian restaurant was designed by Stylt Trampoli and has the eye wandering for hours, trying to appreciate every unique element of the space. This French restaurant is definitely over the top with an electric vibe that harkens back to the days of Jules Verne and Gustave Eiffel.


Foxglove Speakeasy, Hong Kong


This well-hidden restaurant, designed by NC Design & Architecture Ltd., is so intriguing that who wouldn’t want to discover it? People enter through a secret door within an elegant boutique that professes to sell classic English umbrellas. There is only one particular umbrella, whose carved silver handle will open the door to a secret world of Kingsman luxury.


Vivarium, Bangkok, Thailand


This Asian-inspired restaurant won the “Bars And Restaurants” category at Inside Festival last year. The restaurant is situated in a former industrial storage warehouse. The concept was to insert nature into a harsh steel structure and create a welcoming environment. Plants create a well-balanced amount of privacy and a stunning backdrop to relax and appreciate nature itself.


Bar Botanique Cafe Tropique, Amsterdam, Holland


This new restaurant and café, located in Amsterdam and designed by the Dutch studio, is on trend with its botanical atmosphere. The walls, ceilings, floors, and many other elements are painted in shades of green that are echoed by hanging plants throughout. This space was originally a gym, so the double-height windows add a lot of light to the space. The inspiration for the design was from an original cafe that was located in the building for more than 25 years.


Graffiti Cafe, Varna, Bulgaria


A unique aspect of Graffiti Cafe is its location. The restaurant is located in Varna, Bulgaria under a gallery of modern art, and the details coupled with the use of plywood throughout this restaurant is art in itself. The columns create a big statement while keeping the rest of the interior neutral. The design was inspired by Escher, one of the most famous graphic artists of all time, known for his so-called “impossible construction”. The calming atmosphere of this restaurant exudes the same feeling as the gallery above.


St. Cecilia, Atlanta, United States

This coastal, European inspired restaurant caught our attention with its beautiful charm. The colouring and choice of decor is so stunning and relaxing that saving this one for last was necessary. The dishes and interior design are inspired by the coastline of Italy, Spain. This restaurant is a stunning stand-out in the restaurant scene, and the choice of colour, décor, and furniture could easily be seen in any trendy interior space today. It was recently named one of the “Sexiest New Restaurants In Atlanta” by Zagat.



Lisa Wilbrink
Lisa’s goal has always been to pursue a career through which she could both inspire and be inspired. She has never viewed interior design as a job; it’s a passion and a lifestyle, a means of expressing her ideas and sharing her creativity with those around her. Born and raised in Burlington, Ontario, Lisa is one of five siblings and has always been a family-oriented person. She enjoys and celebrates beauty in all forms, and this passion is evidenced by her eclectic style. Lisa holds a Diploma in Interior Design from Sheridan College and her unique design and decorating skills are put into practice each day as an Interior Decorator at KHACHI. She continues to grow and broaden her knowledge of the field with each new project.