As J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
At Museum Hack, we couldn’t agree more.
There is nothing quite as cheery as being able to visit your favorite museum and discuss the experience over delicious food and drink. So, in the spirit of Tolkien and general merriment, we decided to put together a list of great food near your favorite museums.
Below, you can find a short list of some of our favorite museums, organized by their home city, along with links to our favorite restaurants, dive bars, and food trucks around them.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met is world-renowned for having one of the best art collections in the world, but did you know that the collection of eateries around the Met is just as amazing?
Want to grab a quick bite to eat? Try Pick-A-Bagel and taste some of New York’s finest breakfast treats. More in the mood for coffee? Bluestone Lane comes with delicious caffeinated beverages, great breakfast, and beautiful outdoor seating with a view of Central Park.
Click here for our full list of where to eat near the Met.
Fraunces Tavern Museum
The Fraunces Tavern Museum is unique in that it has a tavern on the museum property itself. (The name may have been a slight giveaway.)
That being said, there are still many incredible meals to be found for those who want to venture outside the tavern walls. Whether you’re in the mood for an incredible grilled cheese or authentic Philly steaks, vegan food or fish and chips, we can point you towards a meal that’s right up your alley.
Read more of our recommendations on the best dining near the Fraunces Tavern.
The Brooklyn Museum
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Brooklyn, eat the best food you can possibly imagine. That has to be a saying, right?
You can find a hearty meal to satisfy any craving near the Brooklyn Museum, from New York pizza to Vietnamese cuisine, from Italian marketplaces to down-home brunch spots.
The American Museum of Natural History
Sure, the American Museum of Natural History has long been considered one of the greatest American museums, but it recently became even more infamous after Ben Stiller co-starred with Robin Williams in Night At The Museum.
Although you probably won’t see any ancient Egyptian pharaohs come to life on your tour, you can certainly take your taste buds on a tour-de-delicious while you’re in the neighborhood.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
With southern BBQ, authentic Mexican and to-die-for pizza all within a few blocks of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it’s easy to make your art excursion into a full day out.
The National Gallery of Art
Located in our nation’s capital, the National Gallery of Art is a great way to remember one of the focuses of our great nation: freedom of expression and ideas. Founded in 1937, the National Gallery of Art has been a hallmark of Washington, D.C. for the better part of a century.
As long as the national hunger for great art has existed, an actual hunger has existed as well. Like, people have always needed to eat. Duh. Eat in style with one of 22 Museum Hack recommendations (21 if you don’t count Starbucks).
Read about our other 21 recommendations.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum & The National Portrait Gallery
Once you finish your tour of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, you’ll no doubt have worked up a huge appetite. Here are our best recommendations for a place to eat after your tour.
Art Institute of Chicago
Whether you’re taking a personal day to view the world-class art at the Art Institute of Chicago or you’re considering bringing your team on one of Museum Hack’s industry-leading tours, there’s a high chance you’ll be trying to decide what to eat after your visit.
No matter whether you’re trying to save a few bucks for the museum gift shop, splurge on a great meal out, or grab a drink after the big tour, we have you covered.
The de Young Museum
Located in beautiful San Francisco, the de Young showcases art that masterfully portrays so many different parts of the human experience. Another key part of the human experience? Food, of course.
Our list has been created by seasoned de Young experts who are well-familiar with the need to grab a bite to eat before or after a tour. The best part of our recommendations? Every eatery listed is within a 15-minute walk of the de Young.
Look, you could throw a bowl in Fisherman’s Wharf and hit an incredible place to fill that same bowl with clam chowder. However, not all chowders are created equal, and not all people going to Fisherman’s Wharf want chowder.
What should you get if you want to branch out a bit from the expected? We’ve got tons of recommendations for you, with a list ranging from breakfast delights to unique drinks to a Michelin-star winning restaurant.
The Getty Museum
Los Angeles may be the city of angels, but it’s also the city of fine art, thanks in large part to the Getty. With 1.8 million estimated visitors a year, odds are a few of those visitors are going to get a bit hungry. If you’re one of the hungry masses, you’ve come to the right place.
Our recommendations include Korean BBQ, a ramen bar, and the most incredible, upscale Italian food around.
The High Museum
You’ll work up such an appetite with your private museum guide at the High Museum or after the best company team building event in Atlanta, you’ll definitely want to check out some of these incredible places to eat near the High Museum when you’re done!
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Are you planning a day of visiting museums in Boston? We’ve got you covered with more than a dozen amazing restaurant recommendations near the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Whether you’re spending a day at the museum with family, booking a private museum tour guide with us, or enjoying a company team building event in Boston, these food spots will complete your day on the town.
Hungry yet? Pick your favorite tour, then try one of our food recommendations after strolling through the museum with us! Be sure to let us know what you think afterwards!