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Hotel, Restaurant and Diner Signs Part 2


This gallery presents the collection of photos submitted for the World Of Signage Photo Contest1 by the readers of Smashing Magazine. We received over 2,500+ photos from our readers across the globe, and present a selection of the most interesting photos in the overview below.

The topic of this gallery is Hotel and Restaurant signs, i.e. signs that more often than not very clearly state what their businesses have to offer. Please notice: each photo has a certain license, provided in the description of the photo. Before using the images for private or commercial projects, make sure that the license allows you to do so. Also, you can click on the photos for a larger preview.

Please feel free to take a look at other submissions as well (links to other galleries are listed in the end of this gallery).

Restaurant signs

555 Cigarettes

555 Cigarettes [ large preview2 ]
"Taken in a restaurant in Singapore." Photo taken by Dan Taylor3 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - 555-cigarettes4

Escalator to Great Pizza

Escalator to Great Pizza [ large preview5 ]
"This is a photo of an escalator with a sign that points to a pizza restaurant." Licensed: Free to use. Photo taken by Mark Louie Espedido6 from Philippines.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - escalator-to-great-pizza7

Chicken Restaurant

Chicken Restaurant [ large preview8 ]
"Another rotulo, this one on the outside of a chicken restaurant." Photo taken by Shelby Karns9 from Mexico.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - chicken-restaurant10

A Blending of Cultures

A Blending of Cultures [ large preview11 ]
"This sign, in front a New Orleans Restaurant,immediately reminded of how various cultures came together to make this the melting pot it is today." Photo taken by Jewell A. Newton from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - a-blending-of-cultures12

Muthus Curry

Muthus Curry [ large preview13 ]
"Muthu’s Curry is a restaurant know for its fish head curry. Hence their logo has a fish head at the point where the “M” and “C” meet." Licensed: Please seek approval from me before using this image. Photo taken by Thivy from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - muthus-curry14


Chu [ large preview15 ]
"A restaurant called simply “Chu”, with accompanying Chinese character." Photo taken by Hannah Hu16 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - chu17

The Fork Signal

The Fork Signal [ large preview18 ]
"This photo is from an astonishing food sign i found on Guatemala city, it’s from Cafe Saul (restaurant) you can observe how they created a nice combination of type, color and a giant fork for the restraint system of the signal." Photo taken by Pedro L. Alvizurez M.19 from Guatemala.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - the-fork-signal20

Canary Restraunt QATAR

Canary Restraunt QATAR [ large preview21 ]
"I didn’t stop for lunch here, Canaries are too small." Photo taken by Rick Smith from Canada.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - canary-restraunt-qatar22

Holiday Motel

Holiday Motel [ large preview23 ]
"Holiday Motel on Strip in Las Vegas." Photo taken by Gary Koutsoubis24 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - holiday-motel25

Hot Weiners

Hot Weiners [ large preview26 ]
"Coney Island Hot Wieners Since 1924." License: the Creative Commons Public Domain License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.. Photo taken by Tony Young27 from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - hot-weiners28

Grunge Typo Costa Rica

Grunge Typo Costa Rica [ large preview29 ]
"Typically costa rican reggae typography. The style of the text matches exactly the meaning of the signage. I’ve made this photograph in Cahuita, Costa Rica." Photo taken by Rick van Amersfoort30 from Netherlands.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - grunge-typo-costa-rica31

People CafeBar Naxos Greece 2010

People CafeBar Naxos Greece 2010 [ large preview32 ]
"People bar signage in a tiny street of Naxos (Greek island)." Licensed: credit : Mathieu Chondroyannis 2010. Photo taken by Chondroyannis Mathieu from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - people-cafebar-naxos-greece-201033

Consolation and encouragement

Consolation and encouragement [ large preview34 ]
"The text says “Consolation and encouragement – 2 Euro”." Licensed: creative commons. Photo taken by Ingo Carow35 from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - consolation-and-encouragement36

Studio Floors

Studio Floors [ large preview37 ]
"Upon entering the New 42nd Street Studio building you are greeted with this bold and colorful installation to find your way from floor 1 to 10." Photo taken by Alexis Buatti-Ramos from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - studio-floors38

Positano rest cardiff wales

Positano rest cardiff wales [ large preview39 ]
"I word pass this sign everyday – and it makes me happy as its on the wonk – hope they dont fix it." Photo taken by Andrew Wilcox40 from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - positano-rest-cardiff-wales41

Student Lounge

Student Lounge [ large preview42 ]
"The two “T” are combined to create a room with a light bulb in between." Licensed: You can use this image only during the contest. Photo taken by Puvan from Singapore.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - student-lounge43

Love motel

Love motel [ large preview44 ]
"In Taiwan motels are considered a place to go have a romantic time." Licensed: Creative Commons. Photo taken by Pat Cullen45 from Taiwan.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - love-motel46

Shower day rooms sign japan

Shower day rooms sign japan [ large preview47 ]
"A sign for shower rooms & day rooms which was not translated well, it’s just suppose to be for shower rooms." Licensed: I took the photo. Photo taken by Marianne Kroutchkevitch from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - shower-day-rooms-sign-japan48

Thailand Bar-signs

Thailand Bar-signs [ large preview49 ]
"Read the awsome signs!" License: Free To Use if my website is promoted. Photo taken by Simon Turesson from Sweden.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - thailand-bar-signs50

Cashdesk light

Cashdesk light [ large preview51 ]
"Cashdesk in Lafayette’s Galeries." License: Photo taken by Benjamin Royer from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - cashdesk-light52

cashdesk light 2

cashdesk light 2 [ large preview53 ]
"Cashdesk in Lafayette’s Galeries." License: Photo taken by Benjamin Royer from France.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - cashdesk-light-254

First out cafe London

First out cafe London [ large preview55 ]
"Coffee Shop window in the evening." Photo taken by Sabine Reichel from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - first-out-cafe-london56

Thank you!

Thanks to all participants for taking their time for preparing and sending submissions for the contest and creating a unique and diversified gallery presented above. We truly appreciate and respect your efforts and your time, folks!

Further Galleries

You may want to take a look at other contest galleries, too:


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