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.

The terrace of Osteria con Vista c/o Triennale di Milano
The terrace of Osteria con Vista c/o Triennale di Milano

Address: viale Alemagna, 6
Phone: 02 36644340
Public Transport: M1 (red line) – M2 (green line) Cadorna F.N

GAM Milano - Galeria d'Arte Moderna

If you want to take a break from modern art, end your visit to GAM-Galleria d’Arte Moderna, with a stroll through the English gardens lying behind it, and enjoy an aperitivo at LùBar, a destination of taste offering Sicilian cuisine, set in Villa Reale’s former Orangerie.

Inside LùBar
Inside LùBar

Address: via Palestro, 16
Phone: 02 83527769
Public Transport: M1 (red line) Palestro

Fondazione Prada

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.

Ristorante Torre, at Fondazione Prada
Ristorante Torre, at Fondazione Prada

Address: Largo Isarco, 2
Phone: 02 23323910
Public Transport: M3 (yellow line) Lodi T.I.B.B

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.

Enrico Bartolini al Mudec
Enrico Bartolini al Mudec

Address: via Tortona, 56
Phone: 02 84293701
Public Transport: M2 (green line) Porta Genova F.S

Gallerie d'Italia

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.

A dessert at Voce by Aimo e nadia, photo credits (c) Paolo Terzi
A dessert at Voce by Aimo e nadia, photo credits (c) Paolo Terzi

Address: piazza della Scala, 6
Phone: 02 40701935
Public Transport: M1 (red line) – M3 (yellow line) Duomo