Stockholm: Local produce rules at B.A.R., the latest restaurant from Henrik Norström and Peter Johansson, the duo behind the Michelin-starred Lux Stockholm. Patrons are invited to step up to a counter piled with crushed ice to handpick their fresh fish and seafood. The restaurant is a stone’s throw from the Grand Hôtel, which serves flawless cocktails in the elegant confines of its Cadier Bar, named after founder Régis Cadier. Web sites: restaurangbar.se/; grandhotel.se/.
Copenhagen: Denmark has been propelled into the culinary spotlight after a local boîte recently toppled El Bulli off its perch as the world’s best restaurant. The annual list, compiled by San Pellegrino, crowned Noma as the top spot, where chef René Redzepi serves regional products such as crunchy baby carrots served with edible “soil” made from malt, hazelnuts and beer. Less adventurous types should head to the charming confines of Lumskebugten for herring and fish cakes. Web sites: noma.dk/; lumskebugten.dk/