The world's best rooftop bars and restaurants
Hotel Grande Bretagne Roof Garden, Athens, Greece
The restaurant and bar that tops the Hotel Grande Bretagne boasts nothing less than the Acropolis as its backdrop. Still not impressed? Turn your gaze to Kalimarmaro Stadium, the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Michelin-star chef Asterios Koustoudis serves an inspired Mediterranean menu in a covered open-air dining room and terrace.
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Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
There’s no better place to unwind after a day of exploring this magical colonial Mexican city than the tapas bar crowning the luxurious Rosewood San Miguel de Allende hotel. The view of the town’s historic district and the magnificent neo-Gothic church, La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, designed by self-taught architect Zeferino Gutiérrez, is unrivaled.
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Le Bain, New York City
The penthouse discotheque and rooftop bar at the first New York outpost of André Balazs’s Standard hotel is quite possibly the hippest place to take in panoramas of the Hudson River and downtown Manhattan. Set atop the 18-story concrete-and-glass tower designed by New York’s Ennead Architects that straddles the High Line park, the turf-covered roof boasts a plunge pool and a crêperie.
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Sirocco and Sky Bar, Bangkok
From your perch on the 63rd floor of the Lebua hotel, dine on chef Clément Pellerin’s Mediterranean fare at the Sirocco restaurant or enjoy a cocktail at the adjoining Sky Bar. The elegant spaces, fashioned by architecture firm DWP, are finished with sandstone, timber veneers, gold-leaf touches, and Thai silks.
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Ristorante Bramante, Rome
Just steps away from the Piazza Navona, chef Jean-Luc Fruneau reimagines traditional Mediterranean cuisine at the multilevel rooftop garden at the Raphaël Hotel’s restaurant, which faces the Bramante cloister in the church of Santa Maria della Pace. The terrace also overlooks many of the Eternal City’s architectural wonders, from the Pantheon and St. Peter’s Basilica to Castel Sant’Angelo and Giuseppe Sacconi’s 1885 war memorial.
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The Roof, Madrid
British interior architect Keith Hobbs seamlessly blends the classic with the contemporary on the rooftop terrace at the ME Madrid Reina Victoria hotel. The bar itself is built into a stone wall, and sofas add to the relaxed atmosphere. Located in the Plaza de Santa Ana, the hotel looks onto the heart of the city.
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The Ides, Brooklyn
A factory turned hotel on the waterfront of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood proves the ideal setting for taking in the Manhattan skyline across the East River. Located on the sixth-floor roof terrace at the buzzy Wythe Hotel, the bar offers seasonal cocktails with an emphasis on locally made spirits.
Architect Mahmut Anlar of the Istanbul firm Geomim employed furnishings from the 1950s and ’70s to infuse this restaurant with a cool retro vibe. Its prime position atop the Marmara Pera hotel in the Turkish city’s historic Pera district affords wide-ranging perspectives of the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace below.
Le Panoramique, Chamonix, France
Mont Blanc provides a dramatic backdrop for this seasonal—it’s open from June 15 through September 15—casual eatery adjacent to the Le Brévent cable-car station, a short distance from Chamonix in the Rhône-Alpes region. Mulled wine, local cheeses, and a plate of pasta add up to the perfect lunch after a morning of hiking.
Aer, Mumbai, India
Unobstructed prospects of the bustling Indian metropolis are yours at this high-energy restaurant and lounge occupying the entire roof of the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai. Snack on international tapas—think goat-cheese-and-pistachio truffles and whiskey-smoked salmon—while a DJ spins jazz, funk, and house music. Located on the hotel’s 34th floor, the bar is the city’s highest.