By Amy Farley Frances Hibbard Jaime Gillin Jennifer Chen and Suzanne Wales
May 01, 2012
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From hotel openings to cultural happenings, we’ve got the latest in five buzzing cities.

BARCELONA
Stay: Primero Primera

A stylish boutique hotel in a tucked-away bourgeois barrio alto. Doubles from $255.

Eat: Fábrica Moritz Barcelona
Tapas restaurant set in an old Moritz beer factory and made over by French architect Jean Nouvel. 34/93-426-0050; dinner for two $55.

Do: Museu d’Idees I Invents de Barcelona
A two-story showcase for wacky inventions such as a mop with a microphone. —Suzanne Wales

HONG KONG
Stay:
The Jervois
Christian Liaigre–designed suites with full kitchens accessed by private elevators. Suites from $285.

Eat: Yardbird
A tiny, no-reservations izakaya known for its beak-to-tail yakitori chicken skewers. 852/2547-9273; dinner for two $130.

Do: Saamlung
Edgy gallery hosting a solo exhibition of mixed-media works by Chinese artist Jiang Zhi. Opens mid-May. —Jennifer Chen

MONTREAL
Stay: Ritz-Carlton

A 1912 Beaux-Arts masterpiece fresh from a $200 million redo. Doubles from $425.

Eat: Restaurant Le Filet
Seafood-focused spot with Canadian Maritime oysters, house-cured gravlax, and rock crab risotto. 514/360-6060; dinner for two $75.

Do: Montreal International Jazz Festival
Stars (James Taylor) and up-and-comers (the Barr Brothers) perform at this year’s 33rd annual event. montreal June 28–July 7. —Amy Farley

SAN FRANCISCO
Stay:
Inn at the Presidio
A 1903 brick building turned 22-room inn with Golden Gate Bridge views. Doubles from $195.

Eat: Central Kitchen
Another hit from the folks behind Flour & Water, with an open kitchen and house-made everything. 415/826-7004; dinner for two $100.

Do: “Barbary Coast and Beyond” at San Francisco Symphony
A series of concerts highlighting music from the Gold Rush through 1915. May 10–12. —Jaime Gillin

SYDNEY
Stay:
Darling Hotel & Spa
Waterfront accommodations with a eucalyptus-scented pool. Doubles from $430.

Eat: Neild Avenue
A converted warehouse serving Greek, Middle Eastern, and Italian dishes, plus local wine. 61-2/8353-4400; dinner for two $150.

Do: Blue at Brett Whiteley Studio
A rare glimpse inside the late painter’s love of Sydney Harbor and surrounding beaches. 61-2/9225-1881; Sat. and Sun. only; through July 7. —Frances Hibbard