As pubs, bars and restaurants get ready to reopen in the UK this Saturday, the vast majority of central London is set to be transformed into continental-style outdoor dining. While beer gardens and an array of street-side eateries exude that holiday ambience in the UK, nothing compares to the real deal abroad.
Local, vibrant food scenes and original cocktail concoctions often make for the ultimate travel experiences and create lasting memories, giving visitors a true flavour of the destination.
Enjoy an aperitif at Rociondola Sunset Bar by Lake Levico in Trentino, Italy
This split-level bar fits perfectly into its surroundings framed by the beach at Parco Segantini on the shores of Lake Levico and is a great spot to enjoy a cocktail at sunset or an aperitivo on the terrace as the DJ plays a chill-out playlist. Lake Levico is surrounded by small beaches and shaded lawns, its waters boast Blue Flag status and the lake is located just a few minutes drive from Levico Terme, a renowned spa destination in Northern Italy. Rociondola Sunset Bar therefore provides an idyllic setting in which to relax after an active day spent on the lake enjoying its watersports offering or an afternoon being pampered in Levico Terme.
Take in Vienna's skyline at the Atmosphere Rooftop Bar
The Ritz Carlton Vienna's spectacular rooftop bar, located on the iconic Ring Boulevard, is the perfect spot to escape for a sundowner in Vienna. The Atmosphere Rooftop Bar, which reopened on 15th May 2020, is located on the hotel's 8th floor and offers refreshing highball cocktails, mocktails and spritzers, relaxed summer vibes and incredible views over the beautiful city. The menu includes Mediterranean fare by Pastamara and reservations are required in advance.
Sip on Colombian coffee in Cartagena, Colombia’s caribbean coastal jewel
Colombia’s caribbean coast is a melting pot of rich culture, musical heritage, colonial architecture and culinary delights. Travellers can enjoy a Colombian coffee of the finest blend at Cafe del Mar in the caribbean city of Cartagena. The local hotspot, located on the old city wall, has outside seating for visitors to soak up the sun, enjoy the spectacular caribbean sea views and take in the colourful Cartagena skyline. The city comes to life each day with the musical rhythms of salsa and Champeta, an upbeat music and dance genre with African ancestry that originates from the city. Cafe del Mar transforms for visitors to enjoy a drink and dance the night away as the party spills into the streets, with salsa dancing galore.
Al fresco indulgence in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Al fresco connoisseurs will find plenty of spots across the UAE capital to indulge in fine food and drink whilst watching the sunset or the sea lap at the shore. Adjoining the five-star St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Riviera Beach Club is one of the city’s luxury hideouts with its private beach overlooking the glistening waters of the Arabian Gulf. Post swim or sunbathe, visitors can dine on gourmet seafood fusion cuisine and cocktails on the outside deck at Catch. Meanwhile, culture lovers who have satisfied their art fix at Louvre Abu Dhabi should head to the museum’s modern rooftop bar. The Art Lounge combines views of the sea and the museum’s striking architecture with light tapas-style dishes and refreshing drinks on the terrace.
Enjoy sushi with the backdrop of Mount Asama at The Prince Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan
Nestled on the edge of Karuizawa Park, The Prince Karuizawa is home to renowned French restaurant, Beaux Sejours. Blending elegant French cuisine with traditional Japanese flavours, Chef Jikiden offers a selection of sharing plates and larger dishes that coincide with the changing seasons. Perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner, whether healthy or indulgent, diners can soak up the idyllic sights of Mount Asama whilst tucking into a crab kamakshi, a colourful hiyashi chuuka or yakitori dish served with the restaurant’s signature green onion sauce. The restaurant’s alfresco terrace sits in a secluded oasis surrounded by natural beauty, offering a serene place to rest after a day of sightseeing.
Feast your way through Arizona, USA
Arizona’s capital, Phoenix, boasts a decadent alfresco dining and drinking scene featuring tried-and-true local favourites to authentic international fare. Perched 1,800 feet above the sweeping vistas of Phoenix’s Mountain Preserve below, Different Pointe Of View entices guests in with its tranquil terrace, perfect for a glass of bubbly whilst soaking up the warm winter sun, or head to the trendy Skydeck in the heart of midtown Phoenix for poolside yoga followed by cocktails. Alternatively, after hiking one of the breaktaking trails around Scottsdale, travellers can refuel on tacos, tequila and burritos at Diego Pops, a popular laid-back Mexican restaurant famous for its Sonoran Hot Dog and Snow Cone Margarita which can be sipped on the airy patio. On the other side of the city, located next to Scottsdale’s Camelback Mountain, the intimate courtyard at LON’s offers inspired Arizonian cuisine, handcrafted cocktails and an outdoor crackling fireplace in the evenings.
Tuck into brunch in Old San Juan Farmer's Market, Puerto Rico
Located a short walk from some of Old San Juan’s historic architectural landmarks like El Morro Castle and the Cuartel de Ballaja, visitors can take advantage of the Old San Juan Farmer’s Market ('Mercado Agrícola Natural Viejo') located in the courtyard of the Museo de San Juan. The market is the perfect place to pick up some organic local produce including coffee, homemade chocolate, bread or cheese, or tuck into an inexpensive brunch. Check out the handcrafted gifts before taking a stroll through the picturesque district that is Old San Juan. The oceanfront views near the market are also worth the trip and the market is open every Saturday from 8:00am - 1:00pm.