1. Le Panoramic in Chamonix-Mont Blanc, France.
The best view of the highest peaks in the Alps are to be found at this restaurant/terrace located high in the mountains (so high that you can only reach it by cable car). If you want a spectacular view (and meal!), but hate mountain climbing, now you know where to go.
2. Grotta Palazzese in Puglia, Italy.
This restaurant is situated in a cave right next to the Adriatic Sea. Its menu offers a series of seafood and fish specialties and Italian recipes. There is a tasting menu or you can order à la carte, but to be honest, the only thing that matters is the amazing view.
3. The Rock in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
This small restaurant (it only has 12 tables, all with views of the sea) is found on a rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It was originally a fishing spot, until a group of investors decided to convert it into a little paradise for lovers of seafood.
4. La Escondida in Ocoyoacac, Mexico.
This little paradise is hidden 23 miles along the Mexico-Toluca highway. Its gastronomic offering is very diverse and they offer all kinds of international dishes, but its specialty is traditional Mexican food. Make the most of your next vacation to go have some barbecue tacos and visit this Rivendell of Mexico.
5. Fangweng in Yichang, China.
Getting here is no easy task, but doing so is worth the effort because the restaurant is near an area that is full of cliffs and lovely views of the Yangtze River. Fangweng is on one of these cliffs and serves local food. If you’re looking for flavors from the region with a unique view, this is the place for you.
6. Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant in Diani Beach, Kenya.
It is estimated that this cavern is between 120,000 and 180,000 years old, but it was converted into a restaurant 30 years ago. The structure remains intact and there are natural holes in the roof that allow you to see the sky while you dine. Basically, it is the ideal place for the best first date in the world. Its menu is international but with a specialty in seafood.
7. Kiz Kulesi in Istanbul, Turkey.
Also known as the Maiden’s Tower, this historic monument in Istanbul has a long history steeped in mystery and legend. At the same time, the tower has appeared several times in pop culture, including in videogames and movies. It is currently a small museum and restaurant with unique views of the Bosphorus.
8. Le Jules Verne in Paris, France.
Located in the heart of the Eiffel Tower, this restaurant has unique views of Paris and a menu that explores the best of contemporary French cuisine. The restaurant has a team of renowned chefs behind its dishes and, taking into account the fact that it is INSIDE THE EIFFEL TOWER, it is an obligatory stop on any romantic vacation.
9. Äscher in Wasserauen, Switzerland.
Getting to this hotel/restaurant is no easy task. You have to take a cable car and then it is a 15-minute walk through different places in the area (including caves) to reach the promised land. The most adventurous meal you’ll have in your life and most likely the best view.
10. Duck & Waffle in London, United Kingdom.
Located in the center of London’s central business district, Duck & Waffle is a restaurant that specializes in traditional English dishes with influences from other European regions. This culinary paradise is found on the 40th floor of a building, thereby achieving the status of the highest restaurant in all of London. The best part? It is open 24 hours a day, so you can fit it in at any time during your vacation.
11. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant on Rangali Island, the Maldives.
Do you want a visual and gastronomic experience? This restaurant is submerged five meters below the surface and has panoramic views of the marine life. Its menu includes all the luxuries that European cuisine offers, including caviar.
12. Unkai Terrace in Tokachi, Japan.
This elevated terrace/restaurant is located at 1,088 meters, the perfect height for experiencing unkai. Unkai is a “sea of clouds” that occurs under certain weather conditions and this terrace has the best seats for watching this natural phenomenon. Unkai occurs in the mornings, so it is very convenient that they serve breakfast to accompany the view.
13. Piz Gloria in Mürren, Switzerland.
If you’re a fan of James Bond, perhaps you will recognize this restaurant. It was one of the main locations used in the 1969 movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Piz Gloria revolves 360°, thereby offering amazing views of the region. In addition to this, it has a museum dedicated to 007 inside. Is that not enough? It also has dishes inspired by the most famous secret agent of all time.
14. The Jane in Antwerp, Belgium.
This building was originally the chapel of a military hospital until a couple of chefs decided to convert it into their own restaurant in 2011. The place’s new look has won several design awards and it has rapidly become one of Belgium’s most famous restaurants. The combination of avant-garde design, haute cuisine and the old chapel aesthetic creates a unique experience.
15. The Grotto in Krabi, Thailand.
There are romantic dinners on the beach and then romantic dinners at The Grotto. This restaurant is located in a rock formation near the sea. In fact, it is so near the sea that the diners have sand under their feet. The food mixes international cuisine with Thai cuisine and sometimes they even have barbecues. Basically, it’s paradise.
16. El Farallon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Located on the tip of the Baja California Peninsula, this restaurant combines the best fresh seafood from the area with traditional Mexican seasoning to create traditional dishes with experimental twists. Despite the delicious menu, the main attraction of this unique place is the amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Do yourself the favor of going on vacation to Cabo San Lucas just to see the sunset from here.