San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Crafts Edible Art

Museum's cafe food imitates art

The Blue Bottle Coffee Bar, a café and coffee bar located on the rooftop of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, has a range of sweets that are almost too beautiful to eat. Be the first to try a new dessert on the menu this week in honor of Cindy Sherman, a float inspired by Sherman’s colorful photograph Untitled #415.

While guests of the café can enjoy refreshing beverages like tea, lemonade, mineral water, and an array of blends and single origin coffees, it’s the sweet treats that are a show stopper.

The menu of desserts is inspired by the modern art museum’s permanent collection and rotating exhibitions. Desserts like the Mondrian cake inspired by Piet Mondrian’s linear Composition in Red, Blue and Yellow (1930) and Thiebaud layer cake which is inspired by Wayne Thiebaud’s painting Display Cakes (1963) are handmade by Blue Bottle Coffee Co.’s pastry team.

The list of artful dessert options also include Mexican wedding cookies inspired by the artwork of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

If you are a member of the SFMOMA, the museum is hosting an event Friday, July 13 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to celebrate artists Cindy Sherman and Stage Presence on the rooftop garden of the museum. There will be live musical performances, food and refreshments from local food vendors, as well as a special menu at the bar.

Although Blue Bottle has nine other locations, including at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City and in Oakland, Calif., its location above the museum is the only one to carry the artful treats.