The Top Tropical-Inspired Cafés, Bars and Restaurants
If there’s one thing we love more than a fantastic eatery, coffee joint, or watering hole, it’s one that also boasts an even better theme. Lucky for us, there is no shortage of hidden gems featuring some seriously incredible interiors. From Melbourne to Miami, there has been a steady uptick in new openings that really capture the DUFMOD aesthetic, and we can’t get enough!
Take a look at the most raved about tropically designed cafés, bars and restaurants that have everybody talking. Make sure to check them out if you’re lucky enough to live close by, or add them to the list for your next vacation – because if you’re anything like us, these establishments are sure to inspire a bit of wanderlust.
Penta Café – Melbourne, Australia
When Penta opened in Melbourne’s trendy suburb of Elsternwick, it wasn’t just the Aussies that were singing its praises. Designers from around the world commended the café’s minimalist design while foodies had nothing but compliments for the seasonally inspired menu. The space features white walls, high ceilings, and large windows that flood the area in natural light. Polished concrete floors, perforated metallic wall fixtures, and jet black tables arranged in terrazzo style seating all come together to make a simple but unique vibe that customers love. The designers also warmed the space by incorporating touches of dark natural leather seating and potted Australian ferns are placed around the café to perfectly balance the overall look.
Mother of Pearl – Manhattan, New York
Located in the heart of the world’s most well known urban jungle is the tropical bistro Mother of Pearl. The restaurant describes its look and feel as “post-modern Polynesian” and upon walking through the doors, it’s easy to see why. Bright and airy, sheer white curtains hang from the ceilings while the large circular booth seating areas display colorful prints of tropical flora and fauna. Lots of emerald green, orange, and aquamarine pieces and patterns are tied throughout the space. But the star of the dining area is without a doubt the oversized, glass-blown chandelier that resembles a leafy centerpiece that would make anyone green with envy. The food and drink menus also echo the theme and feature plenty of exotic fruits and vegetables. Some of the most popular dishes include lychee potstickers, green mango poke, and kalua jackfruit.
The Fountain Coffee Room – Los Angeles, California
As one of the world’s most iconic hotels for both its incredible design and storied past, The Beverly Hills Hotel is considered by many to be the original tropical paradise not actually located in the tropics. Overlooking Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, the hotel, known as the Pink Palace, also features an equally gorgeous café called the Fountain Coffee Room. With their signature banana leaf wallpaper, white iron chairs, and pops of pink, the Fountain Coffee Room effortlessly transports guests to a far away island before they even take the first sip of their latte. The café and hotel have become destinations in and of themselves, attracting patrons from all over the globe. Some of their most notable guests include the world’s biggest stars, ranging from Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon to Taylor Swift and the Kardashians.
Perla’s – Austin, Texas
Launched by one of the most prolific restaurant groups in Texas, McGuine Moorman, Perla’s is not the typical eatery you would expect to find in the Lone Star State. Guests rave about the island-inspired interior that feels like a happy afternoon spent at the beach brought to life. Bright yellow banquettes, ocean blue accents, and the open concept all play into the restaurant’s sunny demeanor. Natural wood shiplap and wicker lighting fixtures also add warmth to the space, instantly making guests feel like they’ve just gone on vacation. And while you’re there, be sure to check out the faux mounted sea creatures on the walls including marlin and sailfish. According to regulars, order from their extensive list of oysters, or for those with a sweet tooth, try one of their famous pastel-glazed donuts.
The Broken Shaker – Miami, Florida
Anybody who has ever visited already knows how wonderfully one-of-a-kind the Broken Shaker truly is. The James Beach semifinalist cocktail bar is a must for anyone traveling to Miami. The whimsical space is bit tricky to find, but it’s worth the search. Located inside of the Freehand Hotel, this quirky but cool hideaway serves up award-winning tropical cocktails highlighting homemade elixirs, fresh-pressed fruit juices, and infusions made from their garden-grown herbs and spices. The walls of the indoor bar space are covered in tropical blooms and decorated with eccentric knickknacks, while the outdoor area is lined with towering palms. The backyard oasis provides tons of additional seating and space to gather with your friends or to meet some new friendly faces.
Fisherman’s House Café & Hotel – Koh Samui, Thailand
If you’re wondering where the DUFMOD team prefers to hang out and get our daily dose of caffeine, this is the place! Fisherman’s House Café & Hotel is located on Koh Samui, Thailand’s second largest island known for its palm-fringed beaches, rolling rainforests, and coconut groves. Naturally, it’s the perfect setting to inspire all sorts of tropical ideas, and this café is no exception. Low wooden cushion chairs and love seats, exposed brick walls, and tons of indigenous greenery make this place hard to leave (which is why we usually prefer not to)! Hand painted murals and the two resident cats also make the laid-back hidden oasis a fan favorite. Not sure what to order? Try one of their signature cold brew coffee mocktails for quick jolt that is sure to please your taste buds.
Santa Marta Café – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Another DUFMOD team favorite is a new addition to Buenos Aires’ hippest neighborhood, Palermo Soho. Established last year, Santa Marta Café has quickly become the go-to for visitors and locals alike – and for good reason. Affordable prices, delicious coffee and tea, and the relaxed tropical vibe help give the cozy space a very welcoming atmosphere. We love the little design touches, such as potted succulents perched on every table and windowsill, the dreamy pink and teal tiling, and local artisan-made art that adorns the walls. As with any truly spectacular café, there’s also free wifi making it the perfect place to catch up on some work, shoot off some emails, or browse your favorite online stores…like DUFMOD for example ;)
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