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Embark on a culinary journey this summer that spans an entire continent. From a one-of-a-kind cocktail named after the famous island ferry in Istanbul to two distinct chocolate confections even a connoisseur of the savoury can’t resist, these European restaurants and bars invite you to explore a curated list of cocktails, signature dishes and sweet […]

European Restaurants and Bars You Have to Try This Summer

From Michelin-starred gastronomy to bespoke cocktail creations and easy summer dining, marvel at the creativity of some of Europe’s most renowned culinary artists this summer.

Embark on a culinary journey this summer that spans an entire continent. From a one-of-a-kind cocktail named after the famous island ferry in Istanbul to two distinct chocolate confections even a connoisseur of the savoury can’t resist, these European restaurants and bars invite you to explore a curated list of cocktails, signature dishes and sweet treats dreamed up by award-winning Four Seasons chefs and mixologists to welcome summer with open arms.

Toast to warmer weather with exclusive cocktails that reflect the season, relish the flavours of summer coming alive in an array of savoury dishes from both land and sea, and indulge your sweet tooth with desserts that blend refinement with gastronomic delight.

Refreshing European cocktails

CHEERS TO SUMMER AT MZSA, LE BAR DES BERGUES AND SÜREYYA TERAS LOUNGE

Settle in at MÚZSA at Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest with a Sunglow, a gem of a cocktail reminiscent of the sun itself with its golden hue, or sip a frothy Tender Blossom, ruby red from hibiscus and zingy from notes of ginger at Le Bar des Bergues at Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva. Keep the jewel-toned theme of summer going with an Ada Vapuru – available at Süreyya Teras Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet – that reflects the breezy charm of cruising the Marmara Sea in summertime and delivers a burst of citrusy flavours.

SIP REFRESHING COCKTAILS AT THE BAR AT WILD CARROT, ATRIUM BAR AND AVRA

Looking European cocktails that are a bit more traditional? The Legendary Negroni at The Bar at Wild Carrot at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire boasts sweet vermouth to offset the bitterness of citrusy gin. Over at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, silver tequila and butterfly pea tea come together in a dance for your taste-buds in Atrium Bar’s Legacy cocktail. The vivid sapphire colour resonates with the kind of clear blue summer sky you can only find in the Italian countryside.

At Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens destination bar Avra, cocktails are the language of choice. “We love a good drink,” says Bar Manager Manon Kapfer, “and we love sharing beautifully crafted cocktails with other enthusiasts.” Experience the art of fine drinking with a gin-based Martinez, one of the bar’s Ultimate 24 Avra Classic Cocktails. This special menu showcases 24 classic cocktails accompanied by the stories of the bartenders whose careers they’ve shaped.

Innovative European Dishes

TASTE THE FLAVOURS OF EUROPE AT OCAKBAŞI, MEI UME AND LE CINQ

Summertime in Istanbul means Turkish grilling traditions are on full display at Ocakbaşi (Turkish for “fireside”) in the form of a Mixed Kebab Platter – best enjoyed alongside sun-soaked views of the Bosphorus Strait from the restaurant’s terrace at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus.

Warmer weather also means warmer waters, and ocean-fresh seafood takes centre stage at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square. Discover the complexity of a single ingredient with Lobster Two Ways – a Mei Ume signature. Lobster Tail Sashimi and Lobster Soup converge for the ultimate in dual flavour profiles.

At Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, Michelin-starred Le Cinq’s Executive Chef Christian Le Squer has reinvented a dish from his childhood that’s perfect for summer dining: Line-Fished Sea Bass with Caviar and Buttermilk. He says his goal is “to get emotions going so that guests feel the love that I have for what I create” – just like his maman would do.

SAVOUR LOCAL PRODUCE AT DANI, ZELO AND PRINCIPE CERAMI

If you’re in the mood for something chilled, cool off with Nitro Tomato and Green Gazpacho at Dani at Four Seasons Hotel Madrid, an Andalusian specialty developed by celebrity chef Dani Garcia. Known for their sweet, yet nutty flavour, cerfoglio roots offset the gaminess of tender lamb in Zelo’s Lamb Chicory with Cerfoglio Roots at Four Seasons Hotel Milan, where Executive Chef Fabrizio Borraccino serves up thoughtful Italian cuisine.

End your savoury summer journey at Michelin-starred Principe Cerami at San Domenico Palace, Taormina, A Four Seasons Hotel, and delight in the classic flavours of bright asparagus and black summer truffle, both quintessential elements to their succulent quail dish.

Though Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois, Megève, A Four Seasons Hotel, is closed during the summer months, their famous Chalet Burger – available through in-room dining – provides the sustenance you need after a long day on the slopes. It features a wagyu beef patty topped with locally made Alps cheese, a testament to the Hotel’s sustainable food and beverage practices that help inspire the decidedly European dishes available across their menus.

Must-try summer desserts

INDULGE IN SOMETHING SWEET AT ZAFFERNO, LE CAP AND O JAPONÊS

For chocolate lovers, both the Torroncino & Gianduja at Zafferano at Four Seasons Hotel Baku and Le Cap’s Crispy Chocolate and Hazelnuts at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel are must-tries. These refined creations are far from the too-sweet variety you’ll find elsewhere. As Executive Pastry Chef Pierre-Jean Quinonero from Cap-Ferrat explains in his unique approach to dessert philosophy, “I like to put modern spins on things, maximizing visuals and minimizing sugar.”

And while it may be on a different continent entirely, be transported to Japan with O Japonês’s authentic Mochi Ice Cream Trio – with flavours such as yuzu, matcha and chocolate offering a cool refuge during warm summer nights spent at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon.

TREAT YOUR TASTE-BUDS AT PAVYLLON LONDON AND COTTOCRUDO

Saturday brunch at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane gets a makeover, Pavyllon-style, at the newly Michelin-starred Pavyllon London. Celebrated chef Yannick Alléno’s Ultimate French Toast with uru ice cream and candied hazelnuts is the perfect pick-me-up before a summer afternoon of exploring iconic sites around the city.

The Walnut Cheesecake from CottoCrudo at Four Seasons Hotel Prague is another example of a sweet summer dessert where crunchy and smooth textures meet – the crispy honeycomb and creamy nutmeg sorbet are sure to awaken your taste-buds.

Whether you’re feeling adventurous or romantic, each of these culinary creations has its own story to tell. Become a character in the story of your choice or craft your own delicious narrative this summer, starting at these renowned European restaurants and bars.

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Taste your way through Europe this summer.

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