Best museum and artwork gallery eating places: Nine cultural sights with unbelievable meals


Artists have all the time delighted in meals. The Dutch Masters painted nonetheless lifes of tumbled fruit and succulent oysters. Qing Dynasty carvers conjured up jadeite cabbages and pork stomach constituted of jasper. The Impressionists favoured topics equivalent to blurred apples and picnics on the grass.

Go on the lookout for precise meals that’s good in museums, although, and also you’re usually in for disappointment, notably in Australia. Cultural establishments, in any case, can are likely to farm out their catering to the types of corporations that provide workplace events.

Wily travellers be taught to keep away from museum quiches and cling-filmed fruit platters, eaten in dismal basements that scent of cloakroom coats. But that’s altering, because it ought to.

After all, the individuals who take pleasure in journey and artwork additionally respect good meals. At Hero in Melbourne’s ACMI you’ll be able to take pleasure in nice Italian nosh from chef Karen Martini, whereas the brand new rooftop Library Bar on the State Library of NSW gives wine and grazing in opposition to a Royal Botanic Gardens and harbour backdrop.

Overseas, at Oleum in Barcelona’s National Museum of Catalonian Art you’ll be able to tuck into hen full of mushroom and truffle in opulent surrounds. At Nerua within the Guggenheim Bilbao, up to date Basque dishes verify that cooking is an artwork.

Oleum is one in all six Michelin-starred eateries in museums, and a number of different cultural venues now have wonderful eating places, cafes or bars, usually in light-flooded or view-gazing places.

So tuck into Traveller‘s information to the artwork of the meals all over the world the place you may be concurrently stimulated and sated.


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THE MAIN EVENT Best identified for its very good assortment of Dutch Masters – you may see one well-known portray after one other – but additionally showcasing furnishings, silverware, ceramics and Asian artwork, usually exhibited in attention-grabbing juxtapositions.

THE MAIN COURSE At the Michelin-starred RIJKS Restaurant, massive home windows, excessive ceilings and an outlook onto a terrace and kitchen backyard carry a breezy environment as Joris Bijdendijk celebrates up to date Dutch delicacies in creative, well-balanced methods.

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RIJKS Michelin-starred restaurant
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TELL ME MORE Dishes particularly rejoice greens with the likes of beetroot mille-feuille, and artichoke with egg yolk and herring roe. A seven-course tasting menu options sea-bass tartare and pork ribs.

ONE MORE THING When contemporary air calls, hit Rijksmuseum’s formal gardens with flower beds, water options, topiaries and sculptures. Play areas are a release-value for teenagers.

ESSENTIALS Museum open each day 9am-5pm. Admission €20 ($30), reservations required. Restaurant open Wed-Sun 11:30am-16:30pm and from 6pm, Tue from 6pm solely. See;


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THE MAIN EVENT These main areas for up to date artwork home ever-changing exhibitions by prime artists equivalent to Andy Warhol or Damien Hirst. A brief summer season pavilion is designed by a world-leading architect yearly.

THE MAIN COURSE The Magazine is value it only for its light-flooded Zaha Hadid structure; trademark white curves and lopsided columns look as in the event that they’re manufactured from cake batter. Very cool.

TELL ME MORE The radically climate-aware a menu is intelligent, uncommon and exhibits you’ll be able to eat nicely whereas saving the planet. Slow-roasted cauliflower is unctuous with date molasses; poached apple with crumble and salted caramel brings a satisfying end.

ONE MORE THING The galleries sit in Kensington Gardens (, which characteristic Italian and Dutch gardens, wonderful English borders and a large Henry Moore sculpture.

ESSENTIALS Gallery open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Admission free, reservations required. Restaurant open Tue-Sun 10am-6:30pm. See 


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National Kitchen in Singapore dishes
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THE MAIN EVENT Contemporary Singaporean and south-east Asian arts displayed within the monumental colonial-era Supreme Court and City Hall. A dozen bars and eating places make this a favoured native gathering place.

THE MAIN COURSE Culinary queen Violet Oon runs National Kitchen, whose opulent decor marries French brasserie, Forbidden City and Straits design in a melding of darkish wooden, chandeliers, patterned tiles and potted crops.

TELL ME MORE The menu showcases upmarket Peranakan delicacies, peppered with Malay, Indonesian and Chinese influences in dishes equivalent to tomato-rich fish-head curry, hen in coconut, and dry laksa. Spice fiends will love the sambal beef cheeks.

ONE MORE THING Another National Gallery restaurant, Odette (, has three Michelin stars and options dazzlingly plated French delicacies with elegant Japanese influences.

ESSENTIALS Museum open Sat-Thu 10am-9pm. Admission with guided excursions $SGD20 ($20). Restaurant open each day 12-5pm and 6-10:30pm. See; 


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THE MAIN EVENT MoMA crams in world-famous work from the likes of the Impressionists, Picasso, Rothko, Warhol and Pollock, plus eclectic up to date items that problem your notions of artwork – and life.

THE MAIN COURSE The Modern overlooks MoMA’s sculpture backyard and encases you in the identical steel-and-glass structure because the artworks. The adjoining, less-formal Bar Room is extra convivial and centered on small plates.

TELL ME MORE The two-star Michelin tasting menu is wincingly costly however artwork on a plate. It runs from white asparagus to seared scallops, salmon gnocchi and dry-aged duck earlier than ending with a trio of desserts.

ONE MORE THING The museum caters to children with particular audio guides, exercise guides and a hands-on artwork lab. Sketching (with black pencil solely) is allowed within the galleries.

ESSENTIALS Museum open Sun-Fri 10:30am-5:30pm, Sat 10:30am-7pm. Admission USD25 ($35). Restaurant open Mon-Fri 12-2pm and Tues-Fri 6-8:30pm. See, 


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THE MAIN EVENT This huge worldwide ethnographical assortment is one in all Europe’s finest and gathers all the pieces from Inuit coats to Guarani masks and Nigerian textiles. Quirky altering exhibitions give attention to matters equivalent to reminiscence and animals.

THE MAIN COURSE Museum Bistro Rollerhof sits in a constructing first talked about in 1355 and has rococo ceilings, a Seventeenth-century arcaded courtyard and agreeable cobbled terrace.

TELL ME MORE Tapas and seafood within the night, alongside a much-loved entrecote staple with Cafe de Paris sauce. Lunch is finest for regional dishes equivalent to Flammkuchen (Alsace’s reply to

pizza), veal sausages with rosti, and spatzli or dumplings.

ONE MORE THING Basel Symphony Orchestra offers common free weekend concert events within the courtyard; carry alongside a picnic and settle in over lunch.

ESSENTIALS Museum open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Admission CHF16 ($23). Bistro open Tues-Wed and Sun 10am-6pm, Thu-Sat 10am-10pm. See 


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THE MAIN EVENT Furniture, textiles, carpets, glass and porcelain hint Vienna’s main position in design over the centuries and supply gorgeousness wherever you look. The spotlight may be the early-Nineteenth-century Biedermeier furnishings.

THE MAIN COURSE Cosy Salonplafond is a tavern reimagined in up to date model and graced with Danish cutlery, designer chairs and wine-glass chandeliers. By day there are set lunches for a extra mature crowd whereas by night time the bar is energetic with vibrant younger issues.

TELL ME MORE Classics at midday – bread salad, schnitzel, goulash, curd dumplings – and up to date Austrian delicacies after darkish, equivalent to pearl-barley risotto, grilled salmon with miso, and hazelnut-crusted lamb.

ONE MORE THING Join an English-language tour on Sundays at 11am for a sensible overview of design actions and the pinpointing of the gathering’s most essential objects.

ESSENTIALS Museum open Tue 10am-9pm, Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. Admission €15 ($22). Restaurant open each day 10am-12am. See, 


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THE MAIN EVENT The household residence of a Nineteenth-century industrialist couple, graced with their top-notch assortment of furnishings, tapestries and artworks by Rubens, Watteau and Rembrandt. Compact sufficient to keep away from exhaustion, and each room lavish and wonderful.

THE MAIN COURSE Cafe Jacquemart-Andre inhabits the mansion’s authentic eating room, which bursts with rococo plasterwork and pastel tapestries of prancing nymphs. In summer season, sit on the elegant terrace overlooking the courtyard.

TELL ME MORE Light lunch dishes give attention to creative salads with goat’s cheese, foie gras or Chinese-style hen, however you may actually wish to gorge on patisseries from legendary Stohrer, a agency that after equipped Louis XV’s courtroom.

ONE MORE THING The stylish museum store has nice artwork coffee-table books and ornaments and style equipment impressed by the artworks, together with stunning units of taking part in playing cards.

ESSENTIALS Museum open each day 10am-6pm. Admission 15 euros ($22). Café open Mon-Fri 11:45am-6pm, Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 11am-2:30pm. See 


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Friends enjoying a visit the the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.
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THE MAIN EVENT An ideal assortment of Aboriginal, Australian and worldwide artwork plus common world-class exhibitions, although in relatively gloomy surrounds. Admire Sidney Nolans, Arthur Boyds, Brett Whiteleys and far more.

THE MAIN COURSE Crafted by Matt Moran brings blue-sky views of Woolloomooloo and harbour glimpses past. The pared-down, casual décor – do not anticipate tablecloths – is conducive to brunches and lingering over one other glass of chardonnay.

TELL ME MORE The brunch and lunch menus are gentle, deceptively easy and Mediterranean impressed. Think rock oysters, crab sliders and chargrilled octopus in the event you’re after small plates. Roast trout or Aussie lamb rump are extra hearty.

ONE MORE THING Gallery gloominess might be expelled by an all-glass $344 million extension in December 2022 which is able to double the gallery’s exhibition space.

ESSENTIALS Museum open Thu-Tue 10am-5pm, Wed 10am-9pm. Admission free. Restaurant open Tue-Fri 11:30am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm. See;


THE MAIN EVENT The lengthy, splendid historical past and tradition of Kyoto, condensed and introduced by temple treasures, arts and crafts, work, movie and particular exhibitions.

THE MAIN COURSE A former Bank of Japan in elegant red-brick Western structure from the Meiji interval homes Maeda Coffee in its vault and courtyard. The native establishment is way beloved for its unassuming retro enchantment.

TELL ME MORE The old style Western menu is not haute but it is a cultural expertise in itself. Opt for the espresso – Ethiopian and Brazilian beans are roasted in home – and splendid cappuccino parfait, which blends biscotti, chiffon cake, black soybeans, espresso jelly and ice cream.

ONE MORE THING You’ll additionally discover Maeda Coffee at Kyoto National Museum (, Nijo Castle ( and Kyoto International Manga Museum (, the place manga sketches enhance the partitions.

ESSENTIALS Museum and café open Tue-Sun 10am-19:30pm. Admission JPY500 ($5). See; 



Tuck into the choices of well-known Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio at La Mar on the water at San Francisco’s Embarcadero, accompanied by a mighty good pisco bitter or prickly-pear margarita. The star is ceviche and empanadas, however the hungry can benefit from the seafood risotto-like arroz la mar. See 


Innovative Bordeaux-born chef David Thien brings the daring flavours of Asian-French fusion delicacies to his multi-course menu at Corner House in Singapore Botanic Gardens. Expect the likes of pan-seared Hokkaido scallops, and hen breast with Albufera sauce and foie gras. See 


The Beaux Arts magnificence of the Gare de Lyon in Paris is nowhere higher showcased than in Train Bleu restaurant, encrusted in stucco, gold leaf, bare-bummed cherubs and panorama murals. Dine on langoustines and stuffed rabbit, and end with an old style, flame-licked crepe Suzette. See 


Wine Bar George in Orlando’s Disney Springs has a superb worldwide wine menu. You have a uncommon probability to attempt super-expensive wines equivalent to Mouton Rothschild by ordering by the ounce. Attentive employees suggest pairings with small plates equivalent to charcuterie, grilled octopus or roasted beetroot with ricotta. See


The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck is present in Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai airports and plenty of others throughout the US. It’s industrial-chic and informal, with an emphasis on consolation meals rendered subtle by this US-based, Austrian-born and Michelin-starred chef. See