8 Unusual Food Museums That’ll Work Up Your Appetite

8 Unusual Food Museums That’ll Work Up Your Appetite
At the Instant Noodles History Cube of the Cup Noodles Museum in Yokohama Photo Credit: Uino / Shutterstock

From appetisers to delectable desserts, these museums dedicated entirely to food are going to leave you craving for more

Roshni Subramanian
April 14 , 2022
09 Min Read

Museums are generally not something that people associate with the idea of fun. For some museums are a snooze fest but for the others it’s a journey through time. One might also be under the misconception that museums only cater to the interests of art and history geeks. But I beg to differ.

In a world where there is no dearth of bizarre news, there are museums that are not only offbeat but they might also satiate your hunger pangs. Puzzled? Well, a step into these food museums will surely put all your doubts to rest and transport you to foodie’s paradise.


Frietmuseum, Burges, Belgium

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The age old debate of chips versus crisps is endless. But Belgium seems to have all the answers. While some call it french fries, it’s a little known fact that Belgium is the real source of ‘pommes friets’. This museum displays the history of fries from Andean potatoes to Belgium’s iconic paper cone of crispy hot pommes frites. Irrespective of the name, shape and size, fries do undeniably spark immense joy and here’s a museum celebrating its evolution over the years. Well, who would have thought potatoes could be moulded to such beauty?

Big Mac Museum, Pennsylvania, USA

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Birthday celebrations weren’t hep enough unless it was being hosted at McDonalds and Ronald McDonald seems to have played a significant role in childhood birthday parties. Maybe birthdays at McDonalds aren’t a thing anymore but what has remained constant throughout is the Big Mac (the OG version of the Indian Maharaja Mac). Big Mac now has its own museum. Opened on Big Mac’s 40th anniversary, what adds to the quirky charm of this museum is that it houses a 14 feet tall Big Mac.

Cup Noodles, Yokohama/Osaka Ikeda, Japan

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Be it a tiresome day at work or just a dull day in general, a bowl of piping hot chicken noodles surely uplifts your mood. Well, the credit for this goes to Momofuku Ando, the inventer of Chicken ramen noodles.He's also the first person to have introduced the concept of instant noodles in a cup.The Cup Noodles Museum in Ikedo (Osaka) and Yokohoma is a crowd favourite in Japan and is flocked by thousands of children everyday.

Kimchican Museum, Seoul, South Korea

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Kimchi, the classic Korean fermented dish redefines simplicity and versatility like nothing before.  A perfect condiment for every meal, Koreans use it as pizza topping as well. Opened in 1986, the Khimchican museum has become a popular tourist attraction over the years.

Chocolate Museum, Cologne, Germany

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Milk, dark, liquorice, mint, you name it and they have it. ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ has inspired the masses and since then a trip to a real life Chocolate factory has been on everybody’s bucket list. Well, thank your stars as your dreams are turning into reality. Beginning with a large model of cocoa tree to a tour of the chocolate factory, the Imhoff Schokoladenmuseum in Cologne is a one stop shop for all your sweet indulgences.

Carpigiani Gelato Museum, Bologna, Italy

Gelato is generally denser and milkier in texture as compared to ice cream

Well, if the chips versus crisps battle weren’t enough to polarise the world, the age old debate of gelato versus ice cream is surely going to make everybody scream. In simple words, gelato is nothing but ice cream with an Italian origin. But what sets it apart is the creamy texture, the warmer temperature and right amount of air that is incorporated into the mix. At Carpigiani Gelato museum in Bologna, you can discover the evolution of gelato and dig into a pint of goodness. The museum also houses a workshop where you can sign up for gelatology lessons!

Dessert Museum, Manila, Philippines

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If your love for sweets and selfies was put in one place, then that place would be Manila’s Dessert Museum. This brand new addition to the latest fad of ‘instgrammable’ museums has already garnered massive fan following. This dessert museum has 8 themed studio rooms, each dedicated to donuts, marshmallows, candy canes, ice cream, bubble gum, gummy bears, cotton candy and chocopop!

 Coffee Museum, Santos, Brazil

The coffee Museum in Santos, Brazil

A day without caffeine could be far worse than one can imagine. Even the thought of it scares the bejeezus out of caffeine addicts. Though grabbing your cup of coffee from the nearest coffee shop sounds quite appealing but there is a place that can top your everyday coffee any day. The Coffee Museum in Santos, Brazil is the original source of these roasted beans. Inaugurated in 1914, until 1950, this place was where the coffee prices were determined and was known as the coffee version of New York Stock Exchange. The two storey coffee museum has scales, sacks, tasting tables and photography depicting the earlier era. The museum also houses a cafe where one can taste coffee samples from around Brazil.

So what are you waiting for? Plan your next museum visit alreday. 


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