Ten kitchens with breakfast bars designed by architects

Kitchens with breakfast bars are featured in today’s lookbook, which features ten interiors from Dezeen’s archive.


Breakfast bars are multifunctional counters with a bar height where people can sit on bar stools to socialize or dine.

An informal alternative to the dining table, they can also be used to work from home, helping the kitchen become a multi-purpose space that can be used all day.

Breakfast bars often use space efficiently, combining with kitchen islands or peninsulas to provide storage and preparation space.

This Dezeen Lookbook is the latest to feature kitchen design ideas. Others explore kitchens with islands, kitchens filled with light, terrazzo kitchens and green kitchens.

Here are 10 examples of breakfast bars selected from Dezeen’s archive.


Le Littoral, Canada, architecture49

The living space on the first floor of this holiday apartment in Québec by Architecture49 contains a long, narrow kitchen with an island kitchen which is also a breakfast bar.

Leaning on the staircase, this offers guests exiting the ground floor bedrooms a convenient place to stop for coffee before heading into the living room and dining room on.

The long, black island has a niche that allows partial retraction of the chairs to increase the space for circulation.

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Corner kitchen table

Holiday house, Chile, 2DM Arquitectos

The open kitchen of this angular home in Chile by 2DM Arquitectos features a V-shaped worktop, with a narrow peninsula serving as a breakfast bar.

The worktop is made of grainy, lubricated hardwood, while the bar stools have matching hardwood seats in tractor style.

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Apartment in Born, Spain, by Colombo and Serboli Architecture

Colombo and Serboli Architecture have set up a playful open-plan kitchen with a peninsula with a rounded end as part of the renovation of an old apartment in Barcelona’s El Born district.

The terrazzo worktop switches to a narrow, designed plinth, creating a breakfast area equipped with two Revolver bar stools designed by Leon Ransmeier for Hay.

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The kitchen of La Nave apartments in Madrid near Nomos

La Nave, Spain, by Nomos

The peninsula with a terrace in this open-plan kitchen in Madrid rests on a complex frame built of pine girders. Here is an open storage shelf – a typical feature of traditional Spanish kitchens, which often have open shelves hidden by curtains instead of drawers and cabinets.

Two wooden chairs for artists with adjustable height seats allow you to sit at the bar. The raw open-plan apartment is housed in a former workshop in Madrid and was designed by Spanish architect Nomos.

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Attic Fireplace, Sweden, from Design Design Studio

Note Design Studio created this attic apartment in Stockholm, inserting the mezzanine into a double-height space under a floating mansard roof.

The compact kitchen is tucked under the bedroom and has a breakfast bar set on the Terrazzo Peninsula which also has a sink, allowing one breakfast to wash dishes without leaving the kitchen. Sequoia bar stools designed by Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll for Magis.

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Penthouse M from the CJH studio

Penthouse M, Australia, author CJH Studio

The interior redesign of this penthouse in the Gold Coast of Australia by CJH Studio has a breakfast bar set by the window to make the most of the view.

The narrow free-standing bar is made of wood, adding a touch of warmth to the neutral tones of the kitchen, which features beige wall tiles and tufa from the floor.

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Island Rest Holiday House on the Isle of Wight designed by Ström Architects

Island Rest, UK, author Ström Architects

Island Rest, a low-lying holiday home on Ström Architects ’English Isle of Wight, has a kitchen island deep enough to tuck under a series of bar stools.

Made from white solid material, the breakfast bar contrasts with the black kitchen and offers a more informal option than a huge wooden dining table set with eight classic Wishbone chairs, designed by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn.

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Interior of DU18 by Turner Works

Holiday house, England, by Turner Works

Architect Turner Works has converted a barn in Devon, England, into a holiday home featuring an open-plan kitchen and dining area overlooking a wildflower meadow.

The unusual layout of the kitchen contains storage, preparation space and devices arranged along the wall, plus a significant island set at 90 degrees, forming a T-shape.

At one end of the island is a shallow breakfast bar, which has a stainless steel counter above the white dumps. In the adjoining dining room there is a double length table with seating areas in the dining room.

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Rue de la Gauchetière, Future Simple Studio

Family Apartment, Canada, Future Simple Studio

This renovation of apartments in Montreal by Future Simple Studio has an asymmetrical kitchen consisting of units arranged along a corner wall and a tongue-shaped island, which also serves as a breakfast bar.

The island is covered with polished granite and lined with white colored cement blocks. Consoles on the worktop at one end, creating enough space for two Form bar stools, designed by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen.

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Apartment Orange Barcelona

Apartment Klinker, Spain, by Colombo and Seboli Architecture

Architecture Colombo and Serboli have updated this Barcelona apartment to include a compact open-plan kitchen made of Russian-colored MDF.

Half of the short, wide island has a hob, which is ventilated by a dramatic stainless steel vacuum cleaner, and the storage is located under the bar.

The other, free-floating half of the island serves as a breakfast bar with a room for two. It is supported by a steel column in one corner, and there is enough legroom underneath.

The apartment is too small for a dining table, so the breakfast bar acts as the main dining area.

Learn more about Clinker Apartment


This is the latest in our series of lookbooks that provide curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration, check out previous brochures showing quiet bedrooms, quiet living rooms and colorful kitchens.

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