Among several other indulgent activities to place on your travel wishlist, might we suggest a visit to the first ever Louis Vuitton cafe and restaurant? Yes, you read that correctly. The heritage fashion house has made its first venture into the culinary world, and as expected, the newly opened restaurant and cafe set in the heart of Osaka, Japan, is one not to miss.
Housed on the fourth and final floor of the French fashion houses's Osaka maison, the covetable and inevitable future hotspots – Le Café V and Sugalabo V – will see couture and cuisine combine. Le Café V will serve a mixture of Japanese and French fine cuisine, led by famed chef Yosuke Suga, who was once the protégé of legendary 32-Michelin star chef, Joël Robuchon. The cafe is accompanied by a cocktail bar and outdoor terrace, making for the perfect al fresco dining, and shopping experience.
As night falls, the magic continues to unfold, as the doors to Sugalabo V open. An offshoot of chef Suga's famously acclaimed Tokyo restaurant of the same name, diners can expect all the luxuries and delicacies of an eatery ranked 47th best restaurant in the world. One which, we're sure, does not compromise on finesse – a quality Louis Vuitton is synonymous with.
The two spaces present a sensory treat of bright, vivid colours and remarkable textures, brought to life through the vision of Louis Vuitton's accessories and furniture designer Tokujin Yoshioka. While the finishes for Le Café V push boundaries (note, the appearance of three of the luxury house's covetable Cocoon hanging chairs), the design of Sugalabo V pays homage to the original haunts details. Think warm, tonal woods and slick gadgets; all with a distinctly Louis Vuitton twist.
While the bright hues and luxurious wooden finishes may be the first details that catch your eye, the more time you spend in the space, the more you'll be able to notice the cafe and restaurant's hidden nautical messaging. Architect Jun Aoki has designed the space to evoke a ship floating on water; connecting with the building's facade, which is reminiscent of billowing sails.
The Louis Vuitton cafe and restaurant is now officially open, but until we get the chance to indulge in its grandeur in person, we'll be keeping these images close to our hearts (and stomachs).