Baiser — Xanthi, Greece

Wide shot of restaurant
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A decade after he had worked on Baiser – a popular café and bar in central Xanthi – the Thessaloniki-based designer Minas Kosmidis was tapped to refurbish the 120 sq m space.

The result is a slick reimagining that is almost entirely at odds with the menu offerings of whole-grain sandwiches filled with prosciutto and basil olive, and toasted bruschetta layered with smoked salmon, lime and dill. The space – named after the French word for ‘kiss’ – really comes into its own in the evening as slender brass cylinder lamps cast a warm glow over the walnut floor and the white marble slabs of the bar, the latter cast with the sleek silhouette of a submarine. Ovaloid metal panels swathed in peacock wing prints, mirrors and stone, double as room dividers and decorative features.

The high tables and upholstered stools make perfect perches for people-watching while sipping the Submarine, a lethal cocktail of vodka, vanilla and mastika.

Close up of bar & bar stools

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High stools & table

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Corner of restaurant with dark walls & mirrors

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Entrance way of restaurant

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Wide view of tables & chairs

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Marble table & velvet chairs

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ADDRESS 

Vasilissis Sofias 5

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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.