When you decide to hit the road (or the skies) and set off traveling, it’s pretty obvious that you’re going to want to see the best that the world can offer.
You’ll want to see as many of the historic landmarks, bustling cities, and amazing countryside across the world with the time that you have.
And sometimes, that can become a bit of a squeeze. However, what if we told you there’s a way to see it all, and sometimes in one go, from a height with a cocktail in hand?
You got us. Rooftops!
We absolutely love rooftops for their breathtaking views, and they only get better the further away from home you decide to venture.
The majority of these have been converted into bars, meaning you can sip on a drink while looking out at the earth (check out our previous article on Orlando rooftops too!).
We’ve picked our favorites and compiled them into this handy list so that you can get planning your next big trip.
Paris – L’Oiseau Blanc at the Peninsula
There’s nothing quite as romantic as the thought of enjoying a summer evening meal looking out over Paris, is there?
L’Oiseau Blanc at the Peninsula is located on the top sixth floor of the hotel with a summer terrace for those warm Parisian days.
L’Oiseau Blanc, or The White Bird, serves authentic French cuisine with new menus introduced every season to keep up with the produce available in the local markets.
If you’re looking for somewhere elegant and chic, this is the place for you.
Ibiza – ME Ibiza
ME Ibiza describes itself as ‘the essence of Ibiza in a spellbinding lifestyle experience’, and we think they’re spot on.
This vibrant bar and restaurant offer 360degree views of the beach served alongside exquisite dishes.
What we love the most about ME Ibiza is that it really caters to all with its menu. Gluten-free and lactose-free dishes are served to keep everyone at your table happy, and there are even healthy choices available for those who would prefer something a little lighter on the stomach.
Tokyo – Two Rooms Grill
If the beach isn’t really your scene and you prefer a city vibe, then Two Rooms Grill in Tokyo is the perfect spot for you.
Overlooking the city’s vast and moody skyscrapers, this grill and bar located on the fifth floor of Omotesando’s Ao complex has a magnificent view of the fashion district.
The restaurant brings together old and new cooking techniques to present a menu that is described as ‘simple yet elegant’.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and does have a children’s menu proving its family-friendly status.
Cairo- The Roof Pool Bar at Kempinski Nile Hotel
This rooftop is fantastic for daytime sunbathing and nighttime grazing. Situated on the top floor of the Kempinski Nile Hotel, the Roof Pool Bar has views that stretch across the city and the River Nile.
Even throughout the day guests are waited on while taking to the sunbeds, or even the beautiful rooftop pool. The ‘small but sumptuous’ menu is said to present an authentic taste of Eygpt with food available until late.
If you enjoy Shisha, this bar offers a range of exotic flavors over the summer months.
For a casual, free feeling experience of Cairo, this is the place to be.
San Fransico- Charmaine’s
This rooftop bar situated 120ft above Market Street is described as having the ‘energetic chic of a European terrace meets the laid-back vibes of California cool.’ Charmaine’s is much more of an adults-only scene, serving cocktails, spirits, wine, and beer met with small plates and bites to nibble.
The bar can be found on the top of Proper Hotel, boasting a breathtaking view of the city which looks particularly amazing come evening.
It’s well known that this bar often reaches capacity by 4 pm at the weekend (yes it really is that popular) so we suggest arriving early to grab a lovely, comfy seat.
If you’d like to check out other fantastic rooftop bars in the USA, read this awesome article on Chicago hotels with the best rooftop bars.
Bangkok – Vertigo and Moon Bar
This lovely bar offering a tipple among the skyscrapers is just a short walk away from the city center. The alfresco dining restaurant is on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree hotel, making it the world’s highest, and is described as the perfect date night spot.
The Vertigo and Moon Bar is a little pricier than other rooftops in the area but is worth it for the spectacular 360-degree view and fine dining experience.
Barcelona- Roba Estesa at Hotel Neri
If you’re looking for something a little cozier and down to earth, consider Roba Estesa. This restaurant is a little more bohemian and feels as if you are sitting in a wild garden.
Roba Estesa offers views over the Barrio Gótico and has hammocks to relax in.
This restaurant is only accessible for guests at the hotel but is definitely worth it for the ambiance and peace it brings.
A range of fantastic Spanish food is offered alongside a great wine list to allow you to sit back and experience Barcelona surrounded by jasmine and a carpet of yellow flowers.
Venice – Skyline at Hilton Molino Stucky
This bar offers views over the Giudecca Canal as far as Piazza San Marco and is described as the ultimate romantic getaway destination.
This modern Venetian masterpiece jas a rooftop pool which is open throughout the summer months offering drinks, snacks, and music.
Special events take place throughout the year at Skyline so it’s completely up to you as to whether you want to join a unique dining experience, or simply take in the views from the comfort of a sun lounger with a cocktail in-hand.
For many hotels, the idea of having a rooftop works as an amazing marketing technique to bring in new guests. There’s plenty of actionable tips you can take to make yours the most visited in town.