Two Swedish restaurants are the most exclusive in the world
Not just one, but two Swedish restaurants have been nominated to be among the world's 14 most exclusive places to eat, according to Britain's The Telegraph. Fäviken, in northern Sweden, and Stockholm’s Matbordet (“The dining table”) in The Grand Hotel, both made the esteemed list. Fäviken’s 31-year-old chef Magnus Nilsson serves local food that he and his team have hunted, fished and harvested on the site's 20,000-acre hunting estate in the mountains of Åre in northern Sweden. With space for just 12 guests at a time, dinner can cost $250 a person. In this remote location, guests are encouraged to spend the night there as well; $350 includes lodging and breakfast. Mathias Dahlgren's newly opened Matbordet menu changes daily and has themed dinners. Table reservations must be made at least one month in advance. “A really good restaurant visit is more than just good food, it's a cultural experience, and a memory to take with you your whole life,” says Dagen Nyheter's food editor Elin Peters.

Borås makes art history
For the first time ever, Sweden is turning one of its cities into an outdoor art gallery. Many countries have no tolerance for street art, but mural festivals like the one in Borås, are starting to bring awareness to — and appreciation for — public art projects. The “No Limit” mural festival has opened its walls to Sweden’s first street-art mural event with more than 10 public walls, most of them on building exteriors, throughout the city. Thanks to arts programming support, a growing global appreciation for art in general, and interest from local and government institutions, New York artist Shai Dahan, who moved to Sweden three and a half years ago, curated a show that emulates the success of other such festivals. With participation and funding from the city of Borås, "No Limit" includes work by artists from The Netherlands, Brazil, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Spain and Sweden. The western city, with a population of 66,000, received the exhibit very favorably, and Dahan will continue the free guided tours until the end of October.