The balmy days of summer are best spent outside, so why not head out and indulge in a spot of fine al fresco dining? And we’ve got all the best Instagram-worthy inspiration right here. These world-class gastronomic picks offer everything from a 360-degree view of Rome to a breath-taking perspective panorama of the Atlantic Ocean. Read on to discover the best undiscovered al fresco spots. >>
Nestled within Crete's opulent Blue Palace Resort & Spa hotel, Isola Beach Bar offers a relaxed bohemian ambiance paired with light and refreshing beachside dishes with a local flavour, making it the perfect setting to indulge in a long, leisurely lunch in the restaurant or from your sunbed. Tuck into freshly caught seafood and traditional Cretan cuisine while taking in the postcard views of surrounding crystal ocean and Spinalonga. What’s more, the refreshing sea breeze will keep you comfortable in the scorching midday heat too.
Gastronomes can tuck into local 'Pintxos' (Basque-style tapas) paired with traditional cocktails blended with a signature Basque twist – from a Bloody Mary with a pinch of Espelette pepper to a gin & tonic with a splash of Izarra herbal liqueur. Throughout the season, there will be a series of live musical events held at Elaïa, for a relaxing atmosphere against the backdrop of an unforgettable sunset.
Located on the top floor of the Dorchester Collection’s Hotel Eden, Il Giardino Bar is renowned for serving up delicious cocktails to the backdrop of a sensational panoramic 360-degree view over Rome. With its own open-air terrace for guests to enjoy, daily live music and an aperitivo hour, Il Giardino Bar is the perfect choice for watching the sun go down over Rome’s skyline.
For an opulent taste of coastal cool on your doorstep, head to Le Rivea at Hotel Byblos, St .Tropez. Nestled within the Tropezian hill – a stone’s throw from La Place des Lices – Le Rivea by Alain Ducasse is a secluded oasis offering a myriad of Mediterranean cuisine combining French and Italian influences.
Paris is always a good idea and this courtyard, a haven of peace away from the hustle and bustle of the busy capital. Adorned by the hotel’s famed red geraniums, La Cour Jardin at Dorchester Collection’sthe Hotel Plaza Athénée, is a must-visit during the summer months. With an ever-changing seasonal menu, you can always find something tasty to tuck into.
One of London’s best kept secrets, the terrace at Michelin-starred Angler is perfect for soaking up afternoon sun rays here in Blighty. Guests can enjoy a menu of delicious seasonal delights – and even if the sun fails to make an appearance, a retractable roof and heaters ensure you can still stay cosy and dry. Bliss.