Paul Berglund, the James Beard Award-winning head chef of The Bachelor Farmer Cafe, plates a gorgeous open-face sandwich—house-made ham over local Camembert is a favorite. But the social media frenzy over his newest venture stems from the cafe’s comfy retro vibe and minimalist design. (We challenge you to stand in line and not dig for your phone to snap a pic.) White walls, spare furnishings and pops of color refresh a converted North Loop warehouse and honor the area’s Swedish heritage. With vinyl spinning and magazines to browse, we can’t help but linger—and take notes on how to re-create the style at home.
Our Top Picks
Tray Chic Use old-school trays as playful place mats. $2.99 (webstaurantstore.com).
On the Record Spin 45s on the Gramovox Floating Record Vertical Turntable, designed in Chicago with full-range stereo speakers. $550 (gramovox.com).
Well-Lit Made in Minneapolis, the Dutton Brown Brass Pop Globe Pendant is available in a white or clear glass finish. $199 (duttonbrown.com).
Take a Seat Creased like vibrant metal origami, Minneapolis-based Blu Dot’s Real Good Chair comes in 11 colors. $179 (bludot.com).
Tile One On Mercury Mosaics’ Large Diamonds tiles create a dynamic 3-D effect, even in muted hues. Hand-cut in Minneapolis; $54.25 per square foot (mercurymosaics.com).