Broaden your horizons: the best rooftop bars and restaurants this summer
It’s been a year since we had anything remotely interesting to post on social. Thankfully, it’s time to head outside and take a ton of sun-kissed snaps once again. From spectacular skyline bars, to chic restaurants that guarantee gram-worthy views and the culinary treats to match, dig out those shades and make the most of summer with our guide to the best rooftop hangouts in town…
Heritage Madrid Hotel, Madrid
Indulge in elegance at the Heritage Madrid Hotel’s chic rooftop bar. With bamboo seating, rustic foliage and champagne on the menu at this early twentieth century hotspot, it’s positioned seven floors up above Madrid for an impressive view of the city. When the sun goes down, enjoy acorn-fed ham, white prawn onigiri and steak tartare to satisfy all your culinary desires.
Long Island Summer Lounge, Frankfurt
Leave the city behind and journey to Long Island Summer Lounge for a taste of paradise, Frankfurt-style. This European city’s version of a mini island getaway boasts palm trees, deck chairs and aqua blue swimming pools that’ll whisk you straight to the tropics. Located in downtown Frankfurt, its spectacular views of the city are complemented by German beer, classic cocktails and delicious burgers.
Le Rooftop, Paris
Perched above the flower-fringed streets of Paris at the Peninsula Hotel, Le Rooftop is a sanctuary of calm in the midst of a buzzing metropolis. Lined with lush green plants and cushioned sofas, this secret spot boasts some of the best views of the French capital – and the fine dining to match. Head there a little later in the evening to catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower all lit up.
The Vintage Cocktail Club, Dublin
There are few places as stylish as The Vintage Cocktail Club in Dublin. Ring the bell and step through the mysterious black door to discover a speakeasy-themed bar filled with antique furniture and vintage trinkets, before heading up to a secluded rooftop space. On the menu is a host of award-winning drinks, fluffy pancakes and candlelit masterclasses where you’ll learn how to craft the perfect cocktail.
The Flushing Meadows Rooftop Bar, Munich
Small yet mighty, the Flushing Meadows’ rooftop bar is located in Munich’s trendy Glockenbach district. Marrying the hip style known this boutique hotel is known for with scenic views over the city, its vibrant music and scrumptious cocktails draw in a cool crowd that make this urban hotspot all the more alluring.
RoofTop, Ohla Barcelona
Serenity meets style when it comes to RoofTop at Ohla Barcelona. Situated above a luxury hotel in the city’s Gothic Quarter, this cool spot is built where Roman water channels once passed through the city. If you’re feeling hungry, enjoy a selection of restaurants, ranging from the Michelin-starred Caelis to La Plassohla, where you can experience traditional Catalan cooking with a luxury edge.
Culpeper Roof Garden, London
Named after seventeenth century herbalist and physician Nicholas Culpeper, this cool East London suntrap is the leafy urban paradise of your dreams. Serving up unfussy food and a selection of signature cocktails, made using ingredients from the bar’s own herb garden, this trendy spot features its own intimate glass greenhouse where you can fully escape the city with a drink in hand.
The Roof Milano, Milan
Sit back, relax and enjoy one of the most magical views across all of Milan at The Roof Milano. A chic summer space for sipping cocktails under the hot Italian sky, book a table at sunset to really make the most of this place’s unforgettable views. When you’re feeling peckish, tuck into mini hamburgers and delicious seafood.
It’s all good vibes over at Beurscafé. With panoramic views over Brussels’ ancient stock exchange building, this ultra-chilled out space is a regular venue for open-air film screenings, live music and exhibitions showcasing the best of Belgium. Make sure to dress casual to fit in at this cool spot.
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