We’re not sure how Equilibrio hasn’t paid Alice & Fifth, a trendy new restaurant and bar in Sandton, a visit yet, but it’s definitely on the to-do list now! Of course, we love a little outing of wining and dining and more so in beautiful surroundings. This spot and its designer was just recognised at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.

The Alice & Fifth design masterpiece, conceived by TristanPlessis Studio has been heralded Best Overall Restaurant at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. It is the first time this coveted internationally contested award has been won by a South African design studio.

Alice & Fifth Sandton

Now in its eleventh year, the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards is a globally recognised competition dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces and this is the first time a South African design studio has claimed this title. Leading industry professionals award prizes for the best work as voted by a panel of internationally recognised judges.

The Awards ceremony was attended by over 500 of the world’s best designers and their clients responsible for the design of the most innovative food and beverage spaces. Entries from over 70 countries cover every imaginable space; from ships to airports, museums to burger vans, from revered Michelin-starred establishments to the fleeting dynamism of pop-ups.

Tristan Plessis Studio

Designer Tristan du Plessis

“As a South African designer to be in the same room as my international design icons is an honour in itself but to be recognised on a global level in front of peers that I’ve looked up to since the beginning of my career is almost unbelievable. It also reaffirms what I believe in: the potential within South African design. Not only can we compete at an international level but also lead the field,” says Tristan Du Plessis.

For each category there were two shortlists and two winners, one winner for UK entries and one winner for international entries. The two overall winners of the 2019 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards are Alice & Fifth designed by TristanPlessisStudio and SPINE Beirut, a bar in Beirut, Lebanon designed by Gatserelia Design.

Alice & Fifth Sandton

The judges are the most influential global personalities from hospitality, design and lifestyle media and have previously included the Editor in Chief of Wallpaper*, Marcus Wareing and Thomas Heatherwick. The Awards are followed by over 40,000 of the most influential architects, designers, hospitality professionals and lifestyle media from around the globe. The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards receives regular press coverage from the world’s most influential design, hospitality and lifestyle press including AD Magazine, Elle Decor, Vogue Living, Dezeen and many more.

Alice & Fifth Bar & Restaurant Awards

Equilibrio will certainly visit this exquisite space, accessed through the Sandton Sun Hotel lobby, to sample the food and drink and report back with a review. Congratulations to TristanPlessis Studio on this incredible award.

Alice & Fifth

Sandton Sun, Alice Lane 

2146, Sandton 


Tel:  010 020 7382 

Open daily from 12pm – 2am


Comments (2)

  1. NEEK

    Wow! Definitely worth a visit for a cocktail or two.

    • Michelle Doyle

      Pretty darn cool hey? We’ll join you there!

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