There was a time when eating in a museum meant lukewarm cafeteria food or jetting outside for street meat. Not anymore. Museums have been quietly cultivating a thriving culinary scene. Here are five of the best from around the world.
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Dishes at this Frank Gehry-designed spot are considered limited-edition fare and are inspired by each exhibition that rolls through.
317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Since this two Michelin-star eatery overlooks the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, you’re basically becoming more cultured while you scarf their roasted lobster potage.
11 W 53rd St, New York, NY
Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
Every menu at Nerua is prepared one year in advance and only takes into consideration the area’s best offerings from gardens and farms.
Abandoibarra Etorbidea, 2, 48009 Bilbao, Vizcaya, Bizkaia
MUSÉE D’ORSAY RESTAURANT
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Having maintained the most dazzling aspects of its original look from the 1900 opening, this restaurant is listed as a Historic Monument.
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Go during one of the museum’s special exhibitions and you’ll be able to order an Image Cake, a dessert made of mouth-watering ingredients that match the exhibit’s theme.
140-0001 Tokyo, 品川区Kitashinagawa