Six Eccentric Wes Anderson-Inspired Cafés

Fri, 22 November 2019

Submerge yourself in the world of Wes at these kitsch and colourful coffee shops – expect pastel colour palettes, toothsome desserts and lashings of whimsical design.

Immerse yourself in the world of Wes Anderson

Pasticceria Marchesi Milan, Italy

Servicing the sweet-toothed of Milan since 1842, Pasticceria Marchesi may have preceded Wes Anderson, but the crossover in style is undeniable. Pistachio-hued surrounds – think velvet chairs and floral silk jacquard fabric wallpaper – are complemented by arched windows and quaint, wood-brimmed display trays. Stop for tea and try traditional Italian sweets, such as the trademark panettone, or order the too-good-to-resist colour-coded gumdrops to go.

  • +39 02 862770
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  • Via Santa Maria alla Porta 11/a

Café Congreso Bulacan, Philippines

Akin to sipping coffee inside a XXL cloud-sized cotton candy, Café Congreso’s retro digs are kitted out with teal walls, pink seating and gilded trimmings. Complementing the café’s Anderson vibe (in the extreme), the menu is just as sweet. Get your sugar rush via moreish cookies and milkshakes topped with whipped cream.

  • +63 44 802 6517
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  • Paseo del Congreso Street
    3000 Malolos

Superbaba Victoria, Canada

One thing we can deduce from this list (and Wes Anderson’s film catalogue at large) is that the director is a major fan of a pink-and-green palette. The Anderson-approved colour scheme is conceived in a bold colour-blocked style at Superbaba, a great Middle Eastern fast-food hub. Created by Studio Roslyn, this classic take on a traditional diner (with notes of Wes) is an outright hit.

  • +1 250 590 2725
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  • 1325 Blanchard Street
    BC V8W 0B5

Breadway Bakery Odessa, Ukraine

Kiev-based interior designer Lera Brumina and architect Artem Trigubchak teamed up to design, Breadway Bakery – partly inspired by Fondazione Prada’s Bar Luce (a coffee shop we’ll get to a little further down our list). You’ll note Anderson’s signature style of brightly coloured banquette seating and monochrome walls offset by grey subway tiles and copper-hued finishes. When it comes to food, as you might have guessed, menus here are dominated by bread, bread and more bread.

  • +380 97 313 3731
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  • Kanatna Street 19/21

The Budapest Café Chengdu, China

This Chengdu bolthole was inspired by – ding, ding, ding – Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel. Designed by Melbourne-based studio Biasol, the café, which is fitted with blue-green banquettes and ovaloid doors, is located on the ground floor of a mixed-use building. To sum up surrounds as “abstract” would be a serious understatement; there’s a plinth topped by an Eero Aarnio bubble chair for crying out loud.

  • +86 28 8447 2189
  • No.7-8 East 2nd Section of 2nd Ring Road
    Chenghua District

Bar Luce Milan, Italy

Straight from the creative mind of Wes Anderson himself, Bar Luce pulls pop culture and aesthetics from the 50s and 60s to create a space that feels wholey cinematic. Dreamed up as “a non-fictional neighbourhood hangout”, with the atmosphere of a typical Milanese café, this is the kind of place where design fans can drool over the offering of perfectly iced, pastel-hued cakes, Formica furniture and vintage pinball machines.

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