It’s not surprising that even places of culture in Milan, including museums, galleries and art foundations, have embraced new experiential trends of combining culture with food or shopping, and have incorporated bistros, restaurants or even small thematic stores. Here's a short list of the best museums where you can satisfy your taste and culture whims all-in-one.
A map of these venues follows
Triennale di Milano
Among these, pioneers include the Triennale Milano which, in addition to being an institution of design, also hosts a store boasting art catalogues, books on photography and design-led publications, a café on the ground floor, and the Terrazza Triennale-Osteria con Vista gourmet restaurant on its terrace. The restaurant, overlooking Parco Sempione, features a menu curated by chef Stefano Cerveni.
GAM Milano - Galeria d'Arte Moderna
Fondazione Prada, which boasts a permanent collection of contemporary art, also embraces the same all-in-one philosophy and recently enriched its offerings with Torre, a panoramic restaurant, where you can sample a wide selection of the great classics of Italian and regional cuisine. If you want to indulge in a hearty breakfast before visiting the Foundation, Bar Luce is an absolute must. Designed by film director Wes Anderson, Bar Luce recreates the atmosphere of a typical, olden-day Milanese cafè.
MUDEC - Museo delle Culture
The formula offered by MUDEC-Museo delleCulture is particularly appealing. In addition to hosting art and photography exhibitions, and cultural events, it’s the only museum in Milan boasting a two-Michelin star restaurant. The Enrico Bartolini al MUDEC is the ideal choice for those who want to end a morning or day dedicated to culture with a starred lunch or dinner.
On the subject of high-end cuisine, Vòce restaurant curated by starred duo Aimo and Nadia is a temple of taste that interacts with the spaces of the Gallerie d’Italia exhibition complex. The restaurant offers discerning diners a choice of tantalizing regional dishes or specialities inspired by the exhibitions showing at the museum.