Picture-perfect panoramas take the dining experience at these establishments to new heights.
Northern Lights Bar, Selfoss, Iceland
Close to Thingvellir National Park and just an hour’s drive from Reykjavík lies the Ion Adventure Hotel, home of the Northern Lights Bar, where you can take in the beauty of the land of fire and ice. Take in the magnificent landscape that comes alive with the stunning Northern Lights, and let nature put on a show for you.
Photograph: Ion Adventure Hotel
Le Panoramique, Chamonix, France
Located at the summit of Le Brévent mountain, Le Panoramique over looks majestic snow-covered mountains, including Mont Blanc, providing a postcard-perfect setting for a meal. The restaurant is accessible by cable car and gondola, and has two open-air terraces so that you can bask in nature’s glory. On the menu are popular Savoyarde dishes, as well as pasta, and steak.
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Jules Verne, Paris, France
Perched on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, in its spectacular eyrie overlooking the city, Jules Verne offers a beautiful view of one of the most romantic cities in the world. Enjoy the secrets Paris reveals from 410 feet up in the air and let the magic of the setting take over.
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Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, Puglia, Italy
Situated inside a natural cave, this restaurant seems straight out of a fairy tale, and has been hosting banquets and parties since the 1700s. The terrace looks out onto the crystal blue waters of the sea and gives a beautiful view of the city’s coastal landscape.
Photograph: Ristorante Grotta Palazzese
Asiate, New York, USA
There are few restaurants in New York that offer the same breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline. Located on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental, Asiate understands that the view is main draw and has 16-foot floor-to-ceiling windows for guests to take in the Empire City. The menu features contemporary American cuisine with a twist.
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The Rock, Zanzibar, Tanzania
This popular attraction in Zanzibar was once a local fisherman’s post and is located in the Indian Ocean in front of Michamvi Pingwe beach, which is on the island’s south-east coast. Visitors can reach it by foot during low tide or use a boat during high tide. There’s an open-air terrace so diners can enjoy an evening under the stars surrounded by picturesque seascapes.
Photograph: The Rock
Eagle’s Eye, Golden, Canada
Experience the raw ruggedness and pristine beauty of nature at this restaurant located in Kicking Horse Mountain Resort on the easternmost slope of the Purcell Mountains. The restaurant offers a unique mountaintop dining experience with a view of five National Parks and the spectacular Rocky Mountain Trench.
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Dasheene, St Lucia, West Indies
With panoramic views of the Caribbean and the island’s twin volcanic Piton peaks, dining at Dasheene is soothing balm for the soul. The restaurant is located on Ladera resort, which was once part of one of Soufrière's oldest cocoa plantations.
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Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar, Queenstown, New Zealand
First opened in 1967, Stratosfare is perched high above Queenstown and can be accessed by gondolas that rise up 450 vertical meters. All this height means the restaurant offers a 220-degree view of Queenstown and the surrounding natural landscape that is truly breathtaking.
La Pergola, Rome, Italy
Located on the ninth floor of the Rome Cavalieri on a hill close in the Monte Mario neighborhood, La Pergola offers diners a sweeping panorama of the Eternal City. Tables at this three-star Michelin restaurant are notoriously hard to come by so remember to book at least a couple of months in advance.
Photograph: Rome Cavalieri
Altitude, Sydney, Australia
This restaurant at the Shangri-La hovers 36 floors above Sydney harbour, providing outstanding views from its floor-to-ceiling windows. In case you’re back is to the windows, worry not. Strategically placed mirrors ensure you do not miss out on the magnificent of the harbour, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the rest of the city.