People in tiny towns deserve great food as much as city folk do, but it’s still a surprise when a town of fewer than 9,000 residents can sustain a restaurant as good—excellent, really—as Ludvig’s Bistro. Open daily during the summer months and for plenty of special occasions off-season, the restaurant has been one of Alaska’s best for more than a decade. Chef/owner Colette Nelson puts a Mediterranean spin on all the local ingredients she can get her hands on. The restaurant is all bright pops of color, too. Even Southeast Alaska’s rainiest days can’t knock the happy off of Ludvig’s. Don’t you dare show your face without making a reservation first—even if Sitka weren’t one of the world’s most magical little towns, Ludvig’s would make it a worthy destination.

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Ludvig's Bistro Chowder Cart

There’s something special about a steaming-hot bowl of creamy chowder with a hunk of crusty bread alongside. During the summer in Sitka, you can find exactly that when Ludvig’s Bistro sets up its chowder cart in the historic Mill Building across from the Sitka Sound Science Center.

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