Paris In Denver: Antiques Mingle With French Cuisine At This Eatery


Interior of Noisette restaurant with an antique chandelier, gallery wall, and pink and green seating

As husband-and-wife Lillian and Tim Lu fine-tuned the vision for Noisette, their new restaurant and bakery in Denver’s LoHi district, they were inspired by the words of Jacques Pépin, who described the cuisine bourgeoise style of cooking as one that “honors the ritual of the table in the tradition of mothers and grandmothers.”

Though the space’s midcentury modern furnishings and rose-and-pistachio palette feel fresh and chic, a strong sense of nostalgia pervades the details of these interiors created with design firm LivStudio, from a gallery wall of vintage art and objets to the floral-patterned dishware Lillian sourced from Colorado antique shops.

“I was inspired by Parisian patisseries, which have an easy elegance and beauty,” she says, “and by Parisian apartments with historic details but modernized furniture and decor. From there, a story grew that Noisette would be like visiting your stylish grandmother who treasures the antiques she inherited from past generations”—and who serves delicious French comfort food.