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A Taste of Berlin, Shanghai & Stockholm

City: Berlin

Mogg & Melzer

If you happen to hit Berlin you simply must indulge in a good old-fashioned New York sandwich with all the trimmings. Located in a former Jewish girl’s school (with hallways decked in shades of emerald green) right in the centre of a trendy neighbourhood, Mogg & Melzer is co-owned by DJs Oskar Melzer and Paul Mogg. The two have created an artsy little bistro that serves up a mean sandwich in funky surroundings furnished with Mid-Century finds, such as antique Pirkka chairs and a vast selection of tables that sits 20, all by the late Finnish designer llmari Tapiovaara. Mogg & Melzer offers hearty American fare such as beef brisket (salted and coated with a pepper crust, then made into pastrami using a smoker in the courtyard), tantalising cucumbers pickled not in vinegar but salt, and balsamic lentils paired with baked Crottin de Chavignol and wild herbs. Scrumptious sandwiches come in two sizes on fresh rye and are topped with melted Swiss cheese served alongside succulent salted pickles. Love the coffee and homemade desserts, the matseball soup and daily specials, as well as delicatessen treats; think kosher salt or wine from Pauly Saal. 11-13, Auguststrasse, Berlin. Tel: +49 (0)30 330 060 770. www.moggandmelzer.com

Mogg & Melzer, Berlin

Mogg & Melzer, Berlin

Mogg & Melzer, Berlin

Mogg & Melzer pastrami sandwich

City: Shanghai

The Commune Social

You are in for a great food adventure at Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton’s edgy tapas and dessert bar in the Jing’an District of Shanghai. The Commune Social is a no-reservation, no-service-charge type of bar that offers diners an opportunity to experience what Atherton describes as “the deformalising of fine dining”. A fresh take on tapas with an international twist and a finely curated list of wines and cocktails to perfectly complement one another, the Commune Social’s eclectic mix of gastronomy and design space emphasises the idea of sharing (the tapas way of eating). Begin your Commune Social experience at the Secret Bar, and then move on to the tapas bar or the dining room for dinner. End the night at the delicious Dessert Bar. Whichever you fancy, each room evokes a wonderfully unique atmosphere. 511 Jiang Ning Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai. www.communesocial.com

The Commune Social, Shanghai

The Commune Social, Shanghai

Peanut ice-cream with red fruit and salted peanuts

Peanut ice-cream with red fruit and salted peanuts

City: Stockholm

Nosh & Chow

The place to be seen at when in Stockholm, Nosh & Chow at Norrlandsgatan 24 is a sensational eatery decked in old-school cool décor by Spanish designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán. Its menu draws from all corners of the globe, inspired by various cities, countries, and regions. Give your taste buds an adventure with handmade merguez sausages, truffle-infused gnocchi, baked artichoke, tomatoes, and spinach salad, while basking in the glow of an open fire. Once dinner is over, head to Nosh & Chow’s very own speakeasy bar, Bernie’s, for a delicious cocktail or two. Norrlandsgatan 24, Stockholm. www.noshandchow.se/en

Nosh & Chow, Stockholm

Nosh & Chow, Stockholm

Bernie’s in Nosh & Chow

Bernie’s in Nosh & Chow