Ready, Set, Go: Museum Cafés

The latest batch of restaurants at cultural institutions tastefully blurs the line between cuisine and art.

By Kyle Ver


Bar Luce at Fondazione Prada

Director Wes Anderson teamed up with Fondazione Prada to design a space that’s part café and part exhibit. Look for re-creations of classic Milanese architecture.

Los Angeles

Otium at the Broad

This casual restaurant, at one of L.A.’s newest contemporary-art museums, serves up rustic seasonal flavors, some harvested from its mezzanine garden.

Otium at the Broad.
Otium’s rustic/industrial interior.


Artizen by MW at Hawaii State Foundation

Fun fusions star, like the mixed-plate sandwich: Korean-style beef and pork, fried chicken and watercress.


Odette at National Gallery Singapore

Delicately plated dishes crafted in a glass-enclosed kitchen complement modern furnishings and a soft color palette.

A delicately plated dish at Odette.
Modern French cuisine at Odette.

New York City

Estela Breuer at Met Breuer

In March the Metropolitan Museum of Art launched a new art space in a building by starchitect Marcel Breuer. There you’ll find contemporary fare to match modern exhibits.

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  • Published: June 2016