The Bloomsbury’s story began in Abu Dhabi with their first cupcake shop at Al Wahda Mall in 2010. Since then, Bloomsbury’s has developed five more outlets in the UAE before moving to India as an all-day dining concept with a pattisserie. The client envisaged a quintessential Victorian themed London-inspired café; a space that can transport you back in time to the quaint British cafe’s in London.
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As a theme carried forward by the Bloomsbury’s café in Cochin in Kerala, Dubai based DZ Design has retained a large yellow cart-wheel, reminiscent of the rickshaws of colonial India. The walls are adorned with bricks and faux white Victorian window panels, creating a feeling that this café has always around the minute you enter. The property was an old warehouse which was then converted into two levels of restaurant space. The facade is treated with timber panels that are painted matte black and teapot light pendants that drop from the open ceiling adds to the whimsical feel of the space. These teapots hang from the ceiling above to reflect light on the dark tiled floors. A model of a telephone booth and a violin themed stage on the first floor forms the most Instagrammable areas here. The pattisserie is a more playful space with a cake display and wallpaper with pastel colours.