Location: Stockholm, Sweden

The Verdict: Designed by studio Uglycute, Bar Central first appealed to me mostly for its awesome…., brass details and green palette.

It is a great place to go for a satisfying bistro meal in Stockholm, with central-European influences and a great wine list. Tasty food, friendly service, a trendy interior, and a beautiful location. Overall, a charming experience!

Bar Central
Skånegatan 83
116 35, Stockholm

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Höst restaurant

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

The Verdict: Norm Architects and Danish design house Menu have joined forces with Copenhagen-based restaurateurs Cofoco to bring us an urban eatery with rustic references. The interior features raw wooden planks, wool blankets, vintage lamps and reclaimed windows from an old hospital. The food, served on dinnerware designed by Norm especially for Höst, is a modern take on traditional Nordic dishes, including ‘Jonfruhummer’ – a Norwegian lobster served with warm salad of brussel sprouts, hazelnuts, crispy potato chips and a wispy sauce of chicken skin.

Nørre Farimagsgade 41
1349 Copenhagen
+45.8 993 8409

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KEX hostel

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

The Verdict: KEX Hostel has a unique vintage and industrial atmosphere. It is housed in an old biscuit factory in downtown Reykjavik and furnished with salvaged materials and found objects from various places. The interior has a nice, vintage industrial feel with an eclectic, contemporary touch. More than just a hostel at KEX you will find a variety of dorms and rooms for up to 142 guests along with a café and bar, lounge area, heated outdoor patio, tourist information desk, laundry room, old school gym, guest kitchens, meeting room, free WiFi, and more.

Even if you don’t stay overnight, make sure to stop by for a cup of coffee and biscuits, or for a drink at the popular bar.

KEX Hostel
Skúlagata 28
101 Reykjavík
+354 561 6060

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Hotel Flora

Location: Gothenburg, Sweden

The Verdict: Hotel Flora‘s interior is designed by Danish creative studio Design By Us. Each room is different and unique, and you are guaranteed a stylish décor! You’ll find bright colours, flowery wallpapers, sparkly details – A fun, modern and experimental amalgam. Hotel Flora is without a doubt a truly interesting option for accommodation on the Swedish West coast.

Hotel Flora
Grönsakstorget 2
411 17 Gothenburg
+46 31-13 86 16

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Usine Restaurant

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

The Verdict: Designed by Richard Lindvall, USINE (French for ‘industry’) is a restaurant concept comprising of an international Bistro, a bar, a cafe, take-away and conference rooms in a 2000 sqm space in Stockholm. The style is industrial minimalist meets French bistro, with clear Nordic influences. It has a lot of concrete (one of Lindvall’s favourite materials), black-lacquered steel, white subway tiles, Carrera marble, Ash wood and cognac-coloured leather. Stunning!

Södermalmsallén 36
118 28 Stockholm
+46 08 120 51 336

Location: Helsinki, Finland

The Verdict:  Block by Dylan is located in the city center next to the Market Square in an architecturally impressive building. It is a lunch and brunch place by restauranter Kim Heiniö, the man behind multiple hip eateries around Helsinki.

Finnish designers Laura Seppänen and Suvi-Maria Silvola are the creative minds behind the stylish interior design. Its marble and granite surfaces, oak floors and remarkable 20-meters-high ceilings in the inner patio make the place feel sophisticated and add some wow effect. There is a lovely mix of vivid colours and interesting details. The artwork by graphic designer Jenni Ritamäki give a cool, urban and relaxed feel to the minimalistic and modern look. If you are an interior enthusiast and looking for eating your heart out at the buffet, Block by Dylan is well worth the visit.

Block by Dylan
Eteläesplanadi 2
Helsinki, Finland
+358 40 5533000

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Restaurant Kul

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

The Verdict: Kul is located in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District, nestled in between art galleries, organic juice bars and fresh fish restaurants. Kul brings some enticing contrast to the trendy up-and-coming neighborhood. Chefs Henrik Jyrk and Christian Mortensen serve a multitude of high end grilled foods alongside other delicacies. Oysters or veal, truffles or trout – Kul puts a special spin on every item on the menu, and feeds guest in an equally unique interior. Raw wall treatments, subway tile, simple dining chairs, and a focus on black and white leave room for all the more color and extravagance on the guests’ plates.

Høkerboderne 16b-20
1712 Copenhagen
+45 3321 0033