Whether you’re a local or a tourist, we all know that feeling after a long day of work or exploring a new city when you really just need to sit down, relax, and eat something. Often, this forces you to eat out of convenience. However, if you find yourself in one of the following cities, we’ve put together a list of restaurants that house incredible art as well as good food. Kill two birds with one stone and treat yourself to a unique dining experience complete with an elevated, artful ambiance.
Hong Kong: Bibo
At Bibo, you can enjoy innovative french inspired cuisine while taking in the wonderful art that surrounds the tables. Throughout the restaurant, they have works from 34 contemporary artists including Banksy, Jeff Koons, Daniel Arsham, Kaws, Takashi Murakami, Damien Hirst and Blek le Rat.
Provence, France: La Colombe d’Or
This idyllic restaurant is located inside a small family-run hotel in Provence. It was also a common spot for many artists such as Picasso and Matisse to stay. The owner often accepted art in exchange for room and board of these artists, leaving the hotel with a quite impressive collection of art today. A romp through the restaurant, hotel rooms, and common spaces exposes you to artworks by some of the most well-known artists of all time.
Zurich, Switzerland: Kronenhalle
Similar to La Colombe d’Or, the owners of Kronenhalle accepted paintings in exchange for food from many artists. Additionally, the owner became close friends with many artists over the years, acquiring pieces in the form of gifts. The walls of the three dining rooms are lined with works by various artists including Chagall, Picasso, Braque, and Giacometti.
London, UK: Pharmacy 2
Pharmacy 2 is a restaurant inside the Newport Street Gallery launched by artist, Damien Hirst, in collaboration with Chef Mark Hix. Don’t miss the literally sensational experience of eating the European cuisine of Hix while surrounded by Hirst’s Cabinets and Butterfly Kaleidoscope works.
New York, NY: Caravaggio
Caravaggio is not your average Italian restaurant. Inside, one of the main walls is a mural of faces by Donald Baechler, pictured. It doesn’t stop there! In addition to that work, the restaurant houses pieces by Frank Stella, Beatrice Caracciolo and Henri Matisse.
Berlin, Germany: Zagreus Projekt
Every two months the owners of Zagreus Projekt commission a different artist to create a piece specifically for their gallery. These pieces usually take over the entire room, creating a completely new environment every two months. Within the artist commissioned space they offer dinners a few times a week served at a communal table giving you an experience unlike any other restaurant.
Paris, France: The Café Jacquemart-André
To dine here is to travel back in time! Inside this old Parisian mansion-made-museum in the 8th arrondissement is a café serving pastries and light meals. Enjoy a light lunch and enjoy the 18th century tapestries decorating the walls as well as a Tiepolo fresco.
Los Angeles, CA: Manuela
Manuella is in the arts district of LA in the same building as Hauser & Wirth. This has given them great access to art for the restaurant. A large Mark Bradford piece sits on a main wall, while the outdoor area looks out onto the shared terrace with Hauser & Wirth, giving you the perfect opportunity to eat and then continue looking at art immediately.
London, UK: Sketch
I’m sure that you have seen no shortage of Instagram posts of people eating at Sketch. However, the Turner prize-nominated artist, David Shrigley, has just replaced his old works on the pink walls with 91 new colorful drawings to enjoy while eating you meal or stopping in for afternoon tea.
Featured Image by Sketch.
Have you been to any of these restaurants and want to share your experience? Think we missed one of your favorite spots with incredible art? Reach out to our editor Claire King Wittman at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!