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10 Storefronts With Showstopper Awnings

by Erin Austen Abbott

I have always loved a good awning on a storefront. I’m mostly drawn to striped versions, but I love really unique and clever ones, too. Awnings typically cover doors and windows, creating a great cover for outdoor seating. They are both eye-catching and functional, and instantly I’m transported to locations like Paris or London, with their charming awning-covered cafes and storefronts.

The 10 awnings I’ve rounded up today showcase beautiful materials and designs that make me so happy. If you know of a storefront with a great awning, tag it with #dsstorefronts on Instagram. We’d love to have a look. And if I see a striped, scalloped awning, my heart might just explode! Enjoy! —Erin

Image above: I love, love the Holiday Cafe in Paris. It’s been making its way around the Internet and rightfully so. Image found on Babyccino Kids.

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This Mexico City cafe has a clever design. Their moving space creates a wall after-hours and an awning while open. Found on Savvy, a branding firm.

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Staff Meals Of The World captured New York City’s Jack’s Wife Freda, with that lovely striped green awning, accented by the brass door handle.

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If there’s one place I want to visit, it’s Cambridge Street Kitchen and Artist Residence Hotel in London. That slate grey paint with those red and white striped awnings is a perfect combo. Found on Mondo Mulia.

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Next time I’m in Austin, TX, I will have to stop into beer garden and shop, Easy Tiger.

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From a previous Design*Sponge roundup, this yellow striped beauty will always be one of my favorites.

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The first time I saw New York City’s Monocle, right away, it was one of the best storefronts I had ever seen. This is their London location- Image found on Have You Heard Of It?

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This sweet little Paris, France sandwich shop would stop me in my tracks. Found on La Voix du Bio.

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Barcelona, Spain has reinvented the food court with Pastisseria Dolceta, found on @petitepassport.

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With its small, yet chic awning, the Aurelie Bidermann shop storefront feels classic.

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  • Funny, I thought that Monocle was in London? Just around the corner from Marylebone High Street, on Chiltern Street in fact. Where before the fire station was converted into a restaurant and the locale became fashionable, bridal and musical instrument shops quietly languished. Are those not wedding dresses next door?

  • Um, if you click the link supplied in the caption, it actually takes you straight to London… and it would seem to be Have You Heard Of It by the way, not Your. I guess Erin was in a rush.

  • Love this article. Pretty sure that last awning isn’t just a “small but chic” number, but the rollout kind, my favorite for its versatility!

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