Restaurants with the best city views
The Skyline Restaurant, Queenstown
When in Queenstown, your holiday isn't complete if you don't eat here at least once. Be it lunch or dinner, The Skyline Restaurant is unique in that it's only accessible by cable car. A five minute walk from central Queenstown will bring you to Skyline Gondola, an exclusive ferry service used to carry passengers up to the restaurant. At the top, you are greeted by a magnificent 220° panoramic view of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu. Naturally, if the view is this good, you'd expect the food to match, which it does.
Skyline Queenstown, Brecon St, PO Box 17, Queenstown (+ 64 3 441 0101; www.skyline.co.nz)
OXO Tower Restaurant, London
Run by the Harvey Nichols Group, this restaurant is located on the eighth floor of the OXO Tower on the south bank of the Thames in London. Known for its ability to fuse eastern and western cuisine and pair it perfectly with its vast collection of over 800 wines from around the world, OXO Tower Restaurant, with its beautiful 250-foot terrace offers a panoramic view of London with the illuminated St. Paul's Cathedral in the background.
OXO Tower Restaurant, OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank, London (+44 020 7803 3888; www.harveynichols.com)
Le Jules Verne, Paris
Jules Verne enchanted millions with his stories and created fictional masterpieces, it is only fitting that this enchanting restaurant located on the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower should pay homage to him. One of the most coveted places to dine in all of France, Le Jules Verne by celebrated chef Alain Ducasse makes sure that the gastronomical high complements the physical high one gets by being 125 metres off the ground, staring out over Paris.
Le Jules Verne, Tour Eiffel, 75007, Paris (+33 01 4555 6144; www.lejulesverne-paris.com)
This eatery is located on the 70th storey of Chicago' Lake Point Tower and offers unparalleled 360° views of Lake Michigan and the city's impressive skyline along with the historic Navy Pier. A multi-award winning restaurant, Cité offers French-American cuisine with a level of elegance and sophistication that makes it one of the most sought-after restaurants in Chicago.
Cité, 505 North Lake Shore Drive, 70th floor, Chicago (+1 312 644 4050; www.citechicago.com)
Asiate, New York
Sitting pretty on the 35th floor of this luxury hotel, Asiate offers diners a privileged view of the city's famed Central Park. At this restaurant, the menu changes as often as the scenery outside, mimicking nature's seasonal dance on your palate with their world-class cuisine. Hanging from the ceiling is a magnificent glittering-tree branch sculpture that symbolises the trees of Central Park in winter, covered in their coats of snow.
Asiate, The Mandarin Oriental New York, 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street, New York (+1 212 805 8800; www.mandarinoriental.com)
Mumbai is fast becoming a global city to be reckoned with and nothing expresses this more than AER. Located on the top floor of the posh Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai, AER is a lounge-cum-restaurant like no other. Clad in white, it sits 34 floors above the ground and is the highest rooftop lounge in the country. The restaurant serves a variety of cuisine including sushi, Mediterranean food and Tapas along with cool lounge music.
AER, Four Seasons Hotel, 114, E. Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai (+91 022 2481 8000; www.fourseasons.com)
Sky on 57, Singapore
Located at the highest point of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, on the stunning Sands SkyPark, this 12,000 sq ft restaurant offers diners a view of Singapore beyond compare. Gaze over the city and the bay at your feet as you tuck into a hearty meal. Needless to say, once you're done, you can step out onto the terrace and enjoy a glass of cognac as you appreciate the grandest view Singapore has to offer. If you prefer silent contemplation over a glass of wine, sunset is undoubtedly the best time to go.
Sky on 57, Level 57, Sands SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Tower 1, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore (+65 6688 8857; www.marinabaysands.com)
Tin Lung Heen, Hong Kong
No matter how well-heeled a traveller you are, you still wouldn't have eaten a meal at this height. Except in an airplane perhaps. Tin Lung Heen is situated on the 102 floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, the world's tallest hotel. Serving authentic and refined Cantonese cuisine, this restaurant is popular for its dim-sum and premium variety of tea which is served from a special tea house within the restaurant.
Tin Lung Heen, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong (+852 2263 2263; www.ritzcalrton.com)
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