Sat in the heart of Belgravia, Pantechnicon is a five storey Japanese- and Nordic-themed development packed full of a mixture of shops, eating spots and creative spaces. The ground floor of this huge building plays host to the only UK outpost of Café Kitsuné, which serves everything from delicious breakfasts and coffee, to evening bites and cocktails.
The London branch of Café Kitsuné follows the success of spots in Tokyo, New York, Seoul, and Paris, all of which aim to recreate the feel of a traditional French patisserie-style café but with a slight Japanese twist. The location of the café on the ground floor of Pantechnicon means that it benefits from terrace seating on the south-facing facade of the grand-looking building; during warmer months, it’s the perfect sun-trap in which to enjoy a lazy outdoor breakfast or coffee. When it comes to the indoor area, you can expect minimalistic décor with the odd Japanese touch to remind you of the café’s origin.
Depending on what time of day you visit, Café Kitsuné’s offering varies in terms of food and drink. The food menu, developed by Tokyo chef Yuji Tani ranges from sandos and Japanese salads, to a variety of tempting pastries including a highly instagrammable fox-shaped biscuit. Meanwhile, the high quality coffee on offer comes from London-based Workshop Coffee. More serious drinks come in the form of a number of Japanese-inspired cocktails, as well as an impressive natural wine list.
Although café is in the name, Café Kitsuné is actually something between a bistro, a bar and a café, meaning that whatever time of day you’re planning on visiting, there’ll be something which tickles your fancy. With so much to explore at Pantechnicon, Café Kitsuné is the perfect spot to pop into for a quick break from browsing.