The Veranda, Stockholm
Besides spectacular views of the Royal Palace, this landmark hotel serves up an authentic smorgasbord—a centuries-old Swedish tradition. Chef Andreas Askling (formerly of Aquavit in New York City) carries the torch with a lavish spread worthy of the residents across the harbor. The assortment of hot and cold dishes—like smoked reindeer sausage, carrot-and-cumin herring, and Tvarno ham with melon salsa—are to be sampled in small portions, in several courses, accompanied by crispbread and boiled potatoes, then chased with shots of aquavit and frosty Scandinavian beer.
Save Room for: The Swedish meatballs with lingonberries—there's a reason it's the national dish.