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Europe's Best Culinary Cities

Whether you're looking for gourmet treats or cheap eats, be sure to check out Europe's top gastronomic cities.

Copenhagen, Denmark
Not content with holding two Michelin stars, Danish restaurant NOMA was awarded the title of World’s Best Restaurant at the San Pellegrino Awards 2010. This top-notch eatery features dishes that are an “homage to soil and sea”, so if you’re lucky enough to bag a table, expect seasonal, local ingredients delivered in innovative ways.  To top off a successful culinary year, Copenhagen chef Rasmus Kofoed also bagged the title of Europe's Best Chef this summer.

Rome, Italy

With a wealth of family-run establishments and access to fresh ingredients grown just outside the city, Rome boasts a number of top-value places to drink and dine. Eat well in the Eternal City without breaking the bank by hunting around side streets rather than the main piazzas — and keep an eye out for where the locals are eating. You’ll never be short of a sumptuous pasta, crusty pizza or creamy gelato in this tasty city.

Lyon, France
Nestled between the Provence region of the Alps and the Burgundy region to the north, Lyon blends the cuisines of the two areas, resulting in a unique gastronomic experience. Stretching along the banks of the river Saone in Lyon, the public market offers fresh produce and perfect picnic fodder, including meat, dairy, honey, oils and other delicious delicacies, from succulent chickens roasting on spits to stinky soft cheeses. Don’t miss it.

San Sebastian, Spain
In the little-known Spanish city of San Sebastian, every local bar and eatery is a culinary heaven, and Michelin stars seem to grow on trees. Despite having the same population as Stockton-on-Tees, San Sebastian has a whopping 15 Michelin stars — more per inhabitant than any place on Earth. Book in advance for Arzak (established in 1897), where Juan Mari Arzak has taken up the family mantle, serving up classic Basque cuisine to amaze and amuse.

Stockholm, Sweden
While it may be synonymous with reindeer, meatballs and pickled fish, over the past decade, Sweden´s capital has been making its culinary mark as one of Europe’s most exciting, diverse and creative gastronomic destinations. The city boasts a range of world-class restaurants, offering eating and drinking experiences to suit every taste, from traditional Swedish cuisine to delicious fusion food. And you can wash it all down with a warming glass of Glögg.

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Deal Expert, London
Monday, 16 August 2010
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