Restaurants with great views
Written by Craig Butcher
A restaurant with great food can be peerless, but one with an inspiring view can elevate your experience to the sublime. From stunning waterfront views to a restaurant within one of the world’s most iconic buildings, and one of the world’s highest restaurants, we bring you three restaurants where the views more than match the supreme cuisine. Go with your eyes wide open and enjoy the view.
What is a ‘great view’?
While high-rise cities such as New York (Asiate) and Tokyo (Sky Restaurant 634) guarantee expansive urban views, consider al fresco dining at altitude at Sirocco, Tower Club at lebua in Bangkok, or underwater views at Ithaa in the Maldives. Let nature dominate at the stunning and precarious restaurants of Positano along Italy’s Amalfi Coast or European ski resorts such as Chamonix in France.
Felix, Hong Kong
Set atop the 28th floor of the legendary colonial-era waterfront hotel The Peninsula, the Philippe Starck-designed interior of Felix more than matches its modern European menu and stunning harbour views. Take in the iconic views of the ‘fragrant harbour’ after which Hong Kong is named in luxurious high-ceilinged surrounds.
Hong Kong, China
Distance: 6,337 km
Flight Time: 7 hours, 35 minutes
Frequency: Twice daily
Le Jules Verne, Paris
There are few sites more impressive than this Alain Ducasse-operated fine-dining establishment set, uniquely, within the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Michelin-starred kitchen excels at classic French cuisine with injections of modernity. Enjoy the tasting menus at lunch or dinner, and revel in Paris at your feet.
Distance: 4,980 km
Flight Time: 7 hours, 15 minutes
Frequency: 3 flights a day
Sky Restaurant 634, Tokyo
See one of the world’s great megalopolises unfold around you from 345m up. Combining Japanese and French cuisines, this restaurant allows you to take in the views for lunch or dinner, or opt for the teppan table for bar-seating and a grill performance worthy of the views. A reservation speeds up your place in the lift queue.
Distance: 8,279 km
Flight Time: 9 hours, 30 minutes