Sometimes, it is not so much the food that renders a restaurant experience memorable but the decor and ambience both inside and out. Here, we explore 5 of the world’s most amazingly designed restaurants.

Llama, Copenhagen

Designed by 2 Copenhagen locals, this city centre restaurant really is a delight for the eyes. If you can pull yourself to look away from the wonderfully mismatched ceramic tiled floor, you are met with stylish plain black furniture allowing the illusion of more space than there perhaps is, though the high ceilings ensure one never feels cramped. Serving South American food, this place really stands out as somewhere tastefully vibrant in Copenhagen’s sometimes drab backdrop.

German Gymnasium, London

What England has in abundance is beautiful old buildings and there is nothing more special than dining out in a place full of history. Designed in 1864, this glorious central European themed restaurant once housed the first indoor Olympic games (hence, the name). Spread over 2 floors and boasting a heated terrace, this increasingly popular restaurant is situated in the heart of Kings Cross Station, ensuring a footfall as diverse as it’s past.

Harp & Crown, Philadelphia

Open in 2016, the designers at the Harp & Crown have successfully provided an atmosphere of age and slight neglect. The purposefully distressed walls are scattered with aged pictures and photos. Add to this the dark furniture and purposefully dim lighting and one can imagine eating here hundreds of years before it was actually built. Sinkable leather chairs and a general feeling of warmth add to it’s charm but don’t get too comfortable as the in house bowling alley is beckoning to be explored.

No. 1 Duke Street, London

Think high ceilings, marble bars and chic simplicity and you will be somewhere near to picturing this sophisticated British pub style restaurant. The added touch here is that the decor isn’t just for the inside: step outside and you’ll be met with the immaculate slightly mismatched tables and chairs with the nice touch of Granny style blankets draped around to keep you wrapped up from the sometimes bracing English air.

Leo’s Oyster Bar, San Francisco

Retro, kitsch, tropical: there are many ways in which to describe Leo’s. What they’ve done here is managed to err on tacky without being, well, tacky. Bright, floral wallpaper is cleverly balanced against the simplicity of the plain bar and stools. Slightly garish plants sit nicely against the white cloths adorning the tables. In essence, they’ve put in a little bit of everything and pulled it off it well.Feeling inspired? If you’ve got a restaurant space but aren’t quite sure what to do with it, visit the dawnvale website for more ideas, designs and advice.