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Eat at the Museum in Milan Featured

When art meets food. 

by Maria Chiara Antonini

As Milan Art Week keeps both locals and visitors busy running between an art exhibiton and the other, it only makes sense for people to save time and combine experiences. Thanks to the opening of design bars and bistros inside of Milan's classic museum and galleries, the days of changing adddresses are over. Not only is Milan witnessing a new cultural ferment but also becoming more and more liveable.  

Coffee & Brunch 

Caffè Fernanda 

Recently opened inside the Pinacoteca di Brera, Caffè Fernanda, a project by RGAstudio of Milan (the same of Il Taglio restaurant on Via Vigevano and the bar at Hangar Bicocca), was designed to make better use of the entrance to the Pinacoteca, which was too large and not proportioned. Dedicated to Fernanda Wittgens - the first woman who become director of the Pinacoteca di Brera during the Second World War - interiors have ottoman colour walls, design furnishings and precious details in brass and marble mixed with important artworks from the Brera collection.


Next to the Galleria d'Arte Moderna (GAM), inside of the courtyard of Villa Reale, LùBar opened two years ago: a café and bistrot designed by Lucrezia Bonaccorsi and Natalia Bianchi. The interior decoration pays omage to the Neoclassic style of the beautiful Villa Reale, and the menu offers tasty bites to share over breakfast or light lunch. 

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Bar Luce

Luce bar by Wes Anderson inside the Fondazione Prada: another example of giving a new lease in life to disused industrial spaces, is one of the favourite addresses for art lovers today. The richness of its interior decoration creates a powerful contrast with the very basic and minimalistic architectonic style surrounding the Fondazione. 

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Lunch & Dinner

Vòce Aimo e Nadia

Located in Piazza della Scala inside of the Gallerie d'Italia, stands a place where culture, art and food come together. A bookshop, a café and a gourmet restaurant that offers traditional Italian dishes with a contemporary twist. As a result, Voce offers a one-of-a-kind experience that you most definitely would want to add to your list. .

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Terrazza Triennale 

If you want to have a dinner in a very special location, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city during the evening, the place you can't miss is the Terrazza Triennale. The project has been done by OBR architects studio and the location is right on the roof top of La Triennale. The restaurant is open also during the day, and they offer light lunch and cocktails.

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Enrico Bartolini 

If you go to visit MUDEC museum, then you can have a dinner just at the third floor of the museum, where there is Enrico Bartolini restaurant. It has 2 Michelin stars and it offers an extraordinary taste&food experience with Italian and international recipes. And if your Salone del Mobile agenda doesn't leave you a free time enough for a formal dinner, you can stop at the bistro: it's at the ground floor of MUDEC, close to its nice bookshop.


For more ideas on Do, Dine, and Spend in Milan, visit our Destinations page.