What better way to get a bird’s eye view of a town/ city than from a rooftop terrace? These restaurants around the world offer wonderful aerial views that are instagram worthy and perfect for impressing that special someone.
1 Rooftop Sunset Bar at Double-Six, Bali
With its 1700 square meters it, the Sunset Bar on top of Double-Six Seminyak is the largest rooftop bar Bali has to offer. And really living up to its name, the views you get over the Indian Ocean, especially around sunset, is out of this world. Best enjoyed from one of the luxurious floating lounge-pods at the edge of the terrace, with the surrounding water blending the rooftop and ocean together. From the bar and kitchen, you can order super tasty bar bites along with more filling dinner plates in a mix of local and international flavors. There is also a large set of creative and well-crafted signature cocktails and good choices of wine, beer and spirits. Perfect for a romantic dinner or date.
2 Attitude Rooftop at Avani Bangkok
Attitude is a fantastic rooftop restaurant with a magnificent view over the city and river. A super stylish end elegant roof terrace with a great atmosphere and nice service. Seating both inside and outside, and with the same amazing views as from the Avani+ Riverside pool terrace. Here you can enjoy asian tapas and creative and tasteful cocktails made by the bar mixologists. All this with live DJs raising the atmosphere even more. The tapas-style menu innovated from a show-kitchen is a culinary journey for the senses. Perfect for a date or romantic night out.
3 Tomo, Dubai
Tomo is a Japanese rooftop restaurant that oozes of quality. Located at the 17th floor of the superb five-star Raffles Hotel in the older part of Dubai, this is the place to catch the most amazing views of the “new” skyline. And ‘amazing’ is almost an understatement, if you manage to catch a sunset from here you are in for a treat of a lifetime. And the quality of views continues in food and drinks, with Tomo Dubai serving some of Dubai’s best Japanese food, prepared by the admittedly talented chef Chitoshi Takahashi. Choose between a large selection of sushi dishes, Waguy Beef and rice/noodle dishes. The rooftop also has a Japanese touch, serving a wide variety of Sake and Shochu, along with sophisticated cocktails. You can’t find a better place for a romantic dinner than this.
4. SE-STO on Arno Florence
Perched on top of the five-star luxury hotel The Westin Excelsior, SE•STO on Arno is both a romantic rooftop bar and an excellent rooftop restaurant. Located (as the name suggests) on the banks of river Arno, with a magical view over Florence and its surroundings. The roof terrace consists of an indoor, ‘glass-hut’ restaurant and two terraces, one dedicated to the restaurant and one to the bar. The restaurant serves both lunch and dinner, described as ‘Tuscan cuisine with a touch innovation’, made by Executive Chef and his team. Romantic and classy at the same time! At the rooftop bar you can enjoy signature and old-style cocktails, exclusive wines and a great aperitif.
5. Social Club Restaurant & Rooftop Bar, Vietnam
On the top floors of the superb Hotel Des Arts Saigon Mgallery Collection you find the beautiful Social Club Restaurant & Bar. From the indoor 23rd level restaurant, serving gourmet European cuisine, a couple of stairs leads up to the 24th floor rooftop bar and terrace, offering breathtaking views of the Saigon skyline. The rooftop terrace has a unique and luxurious setting, with lots of wooden details, in both lounge sofas and bar, along with wicker chair bar stools, creating the feeling of a very natural and clean oasis right in the buzzing city. Both the bar and restaurant are ideal for a romantic date. Just make sure to book your table in advance.
6. Horizon Grill, Kuala Lumpur
At the new and luxurious Banyan Tree in Kuala Lumpur you’ll find one of the best rooftop restaurants in Asia. Horizon Grill, as it’s called, offers a stylish restaurant experience on the 58th floor. With dining both indoors and al fresco on the lovely rooftop terrace, the views over KL are amazing. Serving hearty á la carte breakfasts, executive lunches and a gourmet dinner menu with fresh seafood and premium steaks, the most cosy and romantic time to visit is for a dinner. Make sure to book your table in advance to get a good seat. After dinner you can also head up to the fantastic Vertigo rooftop bar one floor above and enjoy some fine mixologist cocktails.
7. Spire 73, LA
Spire 73 rooftop bar and lounge is perched on the 73rd floor on top of the fabulous hotel called InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. This is the highest rooftop bar in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the highest in the world. The roof terrace offers spectacular views over the entire city. All the way from Hollywood to the beaches. Up here you can find fire pits that creates a cozy and romantic feeling among the array of different and stylish seating options. Everything from comfy lounge sofas, to classic bar stools and chairs right by the edge of the terrace. They don’t serve an á la carte dinner, but bar bites and small dishes can be ordered. Great rooftop if you’d like to impress on your date!
8. Press Lounge, NY
One of the best roof terraces in New York, located at the Kimpton Ink48 Hotel. Known for their amazing service and quality in everything, along with spectacular views over both Hudson River and the mighty Manhattan skyline. A menu with quality over quantity, including a set of well-crafted cocktails, beer on both bottle and draught, wine and bubbles by the glass and a few bar bites and snacks. Not a full dinner. But super luxurious and romantic still. Perfect place for both after work or date, while soaking in views of the Big Apple, enjoying the sophisticated but vibrant atmosphere. Just make sure to be in good time, as the main terrace does not take reservation. You can however reserve the private Garden Table.
9. Cafe de l’Homme, Paris
Does it get more romantic than panoramic views over the Eiffel Tower? Most likely not, and one of the very best places to get this is at the Café de l’Homme. Located inside the Palais de Chaillot, the beautiful terrace comes with lovely vistas of Trocadéro Gardens and the Champ de Mars as well. Here you get a fine-dining cuisine, a great selection of wines and mixology cocktails of the highest standard. Luxurious and sophisticated, yet cosy and welcoming at the same time, Café de l’Homme is truly a fantastic spot for a romantic dinner. And if the weather should fail for al-fresco terrace seating, there is also a part of the terrace that is a covered and very cosy Winter Garden.
10. Aroma Restaurant , Rome
Aroma Restaurant is a Michelin restaurant located at the luxurious Hotel Palazzo Manfredi, with a really nice roof terrace. From the rooftop you get a lovely close-up view of Coliseum and Rome’s historic sites. With just 28 seats it is an intimate restaurant with grandiose views. A perfect spot for a romantic Valentines date. Here you can enjoy Roman-born Chef Di Lorio’s fantastic gourmet food, both á la carte style or go for a tasting menu with the option of a sommelier picking out the perfect wine for each dish. Pricey indeed but guaranteed a memory for life.
11. TOPS at Banyan Tree
While many places claim to have the very best view of the river and Pudong skyline, we would argue that TOPS at Banyan Tree is the winner of the bunch. From this large and airy terrace, you get spectacular views of the skyline and over the river. Apart from fantastic views, TOPS also offer a stylish and sophisticated terrace with a gorgeous vibe. Sit down in one of the lounge sofas or park yourself in the large round bar and enjoy the contemporary drink menu, selection of nouveau tapas and some chill music. Perfect rooftop bar for a romantic drink or dinner.
11. Flair Restaurant & Bar , The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong
On the 58th floor of the The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong you’ll find Flair Rooftop Restaurant & Bar. Not only the highest rooftop restaurant in Shanghai, but in all of China. From the magnificent rooftop you get a fantastic view of Shanghai. Both a cool close up of the Pearl Tower, and being one of few rooftops on the Pudong side, some rare views of the Huangpu district. Often ranked as one of the world’s best rooftop bars. The bar offers a large set of creative and well-made signature cocktails. There is also a large food menu, serving tapas-style dishes from Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Thailand and China. Romantic and luxurious at the same time.
12. Restaurant Terrazza Danieli, Venice
The luxurious and romantic vibe starts already at the entrance of the Hotel Danieli and continues up to the rooftop and restaurant, which has a very classic Italian fine dining setting. You can enjoy lunch and dinner at the restaurant all year round, and during the warmer months out on the terrace, which then also is open for afternoon cocktails. The cuisine is Mediterranean influenced and of the very highest class. The rooftop bar has its own (extensive) menu, including fantastic mixologist cocktails, aperitive, a wide range of martini’s, premium spirits, champagne, bar bites and even some cigars.
Excerpts of this article first appeared on https://www.therooftopguide.com/