There are many obvious reasons to visit sacred spaces: to pray, to contemplate, to admire stunning feats of art and architecture. But at some houses of worship, culinary treasures also await. In California, a Buddhist temple makes Vietnamese vegetarian fare so delicious that few miss the meat. In New York, a cafe inside a Swedish church supplies pillowy cinnamon buns and hearty Scandinavian sandwiches. And in India, a golden Sikh gurudwara serves up lentils, rice, and rotis to thousands every day.
You do not need to be religious to visit these 11 eateries, but you do need to be respectful. Just bring an open mind and an empty stomach.
Editor’s note: Visit each place’s website or social media to get the latest information on openings, closures, and how to support them. If you do choose to venture out, please follow all guidelines, maintain social distance, and wear a mask.