The Rise of Minimalistic Bakery Cafes

Minimalism is defined by simplicity and cleanliness. It’s no wonder why this design approach has been adopted in the interior design for many bakery cafes around the world. By keeping the surrounding space uncluttered, minimalistic design allows for the delicate handcrafted pastries themselves to act as miniature architectural centrepieces.

N² patisserie – Hangzhou, China

Located in a small, quiet street in Hangzhou, N² patisserie encapsulates minimalism to the T by using playful pink and white tones to create a sense of openness in the tiny shop. The translucent, glass brick wall also adds an interesting visual feature by obscuring the outside environment whilst not completely enclosing the inside space, creating a ‘very intimate and tender dining experience’.

  • Images Courtesy of Dezeen
  • Images Courtesy of Dezeen
  • Images Courtesy of Dezeen
  • Images Courtesy of Dezeen

 

Milky’s Cloud Room – Toronto

Milky’s Cloud Room in Toronto elevates minimalism to a whole new level by compacting the bakery cafe in a shipping container. The almost monochromatic space features a pale herringbone timber floor and cream-coloured travertine walls, creating a feeling of simplicity and weightlessness – like effortlessly floating through the clouds. 

  • Photos courtesy of Riley Snelling for V2.com
  • Photos courtesy of Riley Snelling for V2.com
  • Photos courtesy of Riley Snelling for V2.com
  • Photos courtesy of Riley Snelling for V2.com
  • Photos courtesy of Riley Snelling for V2.com
  • Photos courtesy of Riley Snelling for V2.com

 

Top Impression Bakery, Sydney

Staying locally, Top Impression Bakery in Sydney pays homage to the historical narrative behind breadmaking, where man-made creations took inspiration from the organic formations and textures of nature. This unexpected intersection between breadmaking and the natural environment is captured through the interior design with its gravel-like textures and free-flowing interior lights.

  • Photography Andrew Worssam | Interior Design by Vie Studio
  • Photography Andrew Worssam | Interior Design by Vie Studio
  • Photography Andrew Worssam | Interior Design by Vie Studio
  • Photography Andrew Worssam | Interior Design by Vie Studio
  • Photography Andrew Worssam | Interior Design by Vie Studio
  • Photography Andrew Worssam | Interior Design by Vie Studio
  • Photography Andrew Worssam | Interior Design by Vie Studio

 

Masa Bakery – Columbia

Masa Bakery’s geometrical design and warm lighting is an architectural splendour with its memorable triangle cut-outs and high-ceilings. This contrasts the circle motifs within, offering an interesting interplay between shapes and textures, reflecting the cafe’s delightful artisanal pastries. According to the designers, “The idea is that everything is connected, but the spaces remain fragmented for intimacy”.

  • Images Courtesy of Ambiente Familiar
  • Images Courtesy of Ambiente Familiar
  • Images Courtesy of Ambiente Familiar
  • Images Courtesy of Ambiente Familiar
  • Images Courtesy of Ambiente Familiar
  • Images Courtesy of Ambiente Familiar
  • Images Courtesy of Ambiente Familiar
  • Images Courtesy of Ambiente Familiar

 

Fermenti Cafe – Thailand

Fermenti Cafe serves as the quintessential minimalistic bakery cafe with their sleek interior design. The cafe utilises both classic raw concrete textures and white wire furniture for a recognisable industrial feel. Amidst this subtle yet aesthetic backdrop, their elegant croissants and tarts really take the centre stage.

  • Images Courtesy of thaifoodhunt on Facebook
  • Images Courtesy of thaifoodhunt on Facebook
  • Images Courtesy of thaifoodhunt on Facebook
  • Images Courtesy of thaifoodhunt on Facebook
  • Images Courtesy of thaifoodhunt on Facebook

 


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Design Strategies to Increase Walk-ins For F&B Outlets

While some people like to search for online reviews first before deciding which restaurant they will choose, the majority of the rest simply ‘trust in their guts’ and enter the one that appeals to the senses and whet the appetite. 

Design has a critical impact on decision-making; It is one of the first factors why someone decides to enter an F&B (Food and Beverage) outlet within seconds. That is why we highly recommend discovering these design strategies to increase walk-ins for your business. 

Attractive Facade

“The face of your business.”

A captivating shop front design for restaurants and cafes does more than looking good, it excites people’s curiosity and gives a visual clue that hints at what to expect by conveying your brand message. 

Yakiniku Yokocho Japanese Restaurant Shop Front
Yakiniku Yokocho, Sydney | Interior Design and Branding by Vie Studio

Unique businesses take their facades up a notch. Imagine having a hard time deciding what’s for dinner until you see this vibrant yet mysterious restaurant that screams vintage. The overall design subtly tells you that the restaurant serves authentic Japanese cuisine, at the same time, intrigued to enter in order to explore more.  

Eye-grabbing Signage and Props also play significant roles in completing the whole design of your business exterior. It’s like the ‘accessories’ to complete your everyday look. 

Signage should be distinct and easy to read in order to grab people’s attention, especially at night. Props are more than just decoration, they are a way to reflect the desired persona of your business — whether it’s fast, casual, fancy, or a hybrid. Plants or custom made sculptures are some of the popular choices. 

Scultures at Roji Monster Sydney
Custom Sculptures at Roji Monster, Sydney | Interior Design by Vie Studio

Our Tips:

  • Walk-in customers love to “window shop” F&B outlets, it is a good idea to avoid any exterior clutter so potential customers can have a peek at the overall ambience and what is being served (unless you are aiming to create a private and exclusive setting). 
Sushi Hotaru shop front
Sushi Hotaru, Sydney | Interior Design by Vie Studio
  • Another way to increase traffic is to put a few seats outside such as sidewalk café tables, these seating will act as a “living billboard.”
  • Your signage should be clear to read and use contrasting colours to prevent the text from blending with the background.
  • Avoid overcrowded display of your props. 

 

Welcoming Lighting

“Extra lights, Extra Shine”

Lighting is one of the most important facets of interior design and as the options are endless, you might want to navigate it down by identifying the overall mood you want to accentuate. For instance, you might opt for low lighting to create a more laid-back mood or bright lights to encourage a lively atmosphere. 

Lighting at Japanese BBQ restaurant
Lighting Design at Yakiniku Ryoma BBQ, Sydney | Interior Design by Vie Studio

Lighting also depends on the theme of your brand and should never be overlooked. Speaking of lights, neon signs add extra ambience and is a great way to showcase your business’s personality and creative flair. 

neon lights, Thai restaurant shop front
Neon lights at Thai Riffic, St Clair | Interior Design by Vie Studio

Our Tips:

  • Take into consideration how your lighting will look in both daytime and nighttime, as dimmed lights might be a problem when it is dark while lights that are too bright are a bad idea when the sun is up. However, this also depends on the location of your outlets and whether natural lighting is an option. 

 

Is it Photo-Worthy?

“Camera eats first”

With the burgeoning popularity of social media, many businesses put lots of thought into design elements that could tap into the love for photography and moment sharing of their potential customers. We got impressed at how the little details like a romantic quote on the wall or a hanging light could be the reason why people step in that door. 

Photo wall at Machi Machi tea shop
Machi Machi, Sydney | Interior Design by Vie Studio

Our tips: 

  • Do some research on what clicks for your target customers. 
  • Avoid overcrowding your space with photo-worthy spots. 

 

Learn more about our previous projects or discuss in-depth design strategies that will help boost your walk-ins today with one of our professional designers.

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