An eternal arbiter of style across all sectors – from high-end fashion to high-end food – London department store Harrods is constantly evolving to bring its discerning shoppers nothing but the best. So much more than just a place to buy the world’s best in fashion and beauty, its gourmet offering now rivals what’s on offer across its illustrious floors, with the store becoming one of the most talked-about dining hotspots in the capital.
Prada Caffè has just set up home at Harrods until early January 2024. With a separate entrance on Hans Road, the café revisits Prada’s visual hallmarks, from the décor and menu to the tableware and atmosphere. Think velvet-upholstered sofas and chairs in the brand’s iconic green; a black-and-white chequered floor in homage of the historic Prada boutique on Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II in Milan; a select collection of refreshments that provide a subtle, modern take on Italian tradition, with sandwiches, risotto, buffalo mozzarella and crab dishes. You can also sip negroni-based aperitifs, and wine that spans from Sicily to Piedmont. For dessert, there’s a whole counter dedicated to pastries and cakes, and even an outdoor stall serving ice cream.
If you haven’t tried it already, make sure you visit Studio Frantzén from six Michelin-star chef Björn Frantzén, which opened in November and features a restaurant, rooftop terrace and bar spanning two floors. Presented as a neo-Nordic concept infused with Asian influences, the 112-seat restaurant offers an à la carte menu, with a focus on preservation techniques – a theme in Nordic cooking (smoking, preserving) – and grilled dishes using an open fire. The interiors exude a contemporary yet luxurious interpretation of Scandinavian design, bringing something unique to the iconic department store.