Whether you have tickets to the shows or not, here’s where to score the most Instagram cred this New York Fashion Week. Posting thumbs at the ready!
1. De Maria, 19 Kenmare Street, New York
The staff at De Maria are kitted out in specially made Everlane products – that ought to tell you something about the cult appeal of this NoLIta café. Opened by chef Camille Becerra and creative director Grace Lee, the wood-heavy space is an amalgamation of work from the pair’s friends and acquaintances. The earthy-hued interior is spectacularly lit when the sun starts to seep in around lunchtime, making it technically perfect for getting that all-important money
shot of the café’s rainbow-hued avo toast or famous grain bowls. Snag a table by the window for the best ‘gram.
2. Loosie’s Café, 91 S 6th Street, Brooklyn
Nothing says ‘Instagram o’clock’ quite like a resident daschund and a bathtub that doubles as a table. Confused? It’s time you got yourself to Loosie’s café, the third piece in the trilogy that also includes Loosie’s – a jazz bar – and Loosie’s Kitchen. More than just a sponge for all those cocktails, this daytime haunt is set up for coffee and pastries as the sun rises and speciality mixers come noon. From the mossy facade to the hammocks at the back, and the bright mural that decorates one of the white walls, the bragging rights are yours.
3. Bedford & Co., 118 E 40th Street, New York
The dark, moody interior of Bedford & Co. offers intimacy and privacy, which for you means potential celebrity spotting and an air of exclusivity. Tucked away from the formal dining tables, the impressive long marble bar is a low-key option for post-show drinks when you’re not ready to go home, but too tired to party. When the dinner crowd has started to filter out, and you’ve had one too many sours, retire to the lounge for a nightcap. The low lighting and stock-piled logs that line the back wall are made for an Instagram story that says you know where it’s going on.
4. Café Henrie, 116 Forsyth Street, New York
From the menus and the branding, to the latte art, jewel-hued smoothie bowls and embellished toast, it’s not unfair to say Café Henrie was made for Instagram. The compact breakfast, lunch, and coffee pitstop was opened by artist André Saraiva and features his signature use of bubblegum pink, seen everywhere from the tables and glasses to the drinks and desserts. Grab a croissant and coffee en route to the show and the butter-stained paper bag will provide Instagram
material for days. Featuring Saraiva’s illustrations, it’s literally a work of art.
5. Maman, 239 Centre Street, New York
Give the illusion of calm while you’re hotfooting it across town at Maman, a farmhouse-style café and coffee shop that boasts baker Elisha Marshall and Michelin-starred chef Armand Arnal at the helm. This light-drenched space features thick family tables that are worn-down and rough around the edges, offering an authentic contrast to the detailed coffee cups and traditional blue and white china. The beautiful tiled floor is asking to be photographed, as are the can’t-leave-without-one chocolate-chip cookies and delicious ice-cream sandwiches.