Things to consider before jetting off on holiday: what factor sun cream to invest in? Are those jazzy swim shorts really suitable to wear in public? Something that rarely appears on the checklist is a pre-plan of where we’ll eat when we’re there: half cause we wouldn’t know where to start with booking a restaurant abroad, and half cause we secretly revel in a few days of a less-than-nutritious diet of ice cream. But help is at hand: we’ve got 5 of the best city break spots, and 5 holiday restaurants for those heading further afield. Bring some wow-factor to your time away by bagging a table at one of these spectacular summer-break dining spots…
Long-Haul Holiday Restaurants
1. Starfish Bloo Book Starfish Bloo
A dreamy aquarium-style dining room is found at the nautically-named Starfish Bloo, perched right on the Indian Ocean seafront in Bali. Guests can opt for the wave-like, glass encased dining room with its wicker furnishings and earthy tones, or in the al fresco area that’s within touching distance of the surf. Dishes at this seaside holiday restaurant are mostly pan Asian, fused with western influences.
2. Azure Restaurant Book Azure Restaurant
Cape Town, South Africa
Any closer to the sea and you’d be in it, Azure Restaurant at the super-plush Twelve Apostles Hotel sits on the unspoilt outskirts of Cape Town. Offsetting the expansive al fresco patio, the flamboyant pinstriped interior is plastered with crustacean-themed artwork, while an open fire and huge wine display evoke a homely feel. Menus are simple yet luxurious, with particular favourites including Bea’s signature double-baked cheesecake.
3. The Russian Tea Room
New York City, USA
Taking one of the UK’s favourite traditions across the pond, The Russian Tea Room in New York is famed for its regal take on afternoon tea. The dining room wouldn’t look out of place in the latest Wes Anderson blockbuster, decked out in scarlet leather, gilded eagles and elaborate portraits, while traditional afternoon tea stands are piled high with luxurious savouries (yep, caviar too), scones, cakes and petits fours.
4. Bosphorus Terrace Book Bosphorus Terrace
A grand setting within the Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus, The Terrace is found in the spectacular marble-clad lobby, complete with corniced ceiling and crying-out-to-be-sat-on velvet armchairs. In the flash open kitchen, a brigade of chefs beaver away creating a plethora of buffet goods, while the neighbouring outdoor terrace overlooks postcard-worthy views of Istanbul.
5. Pure Sky Lounge Book Pure Sky Lounge
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Head up to the 35th floor for stunning panoramas at the Hilton Dubai The Walk: a Hollywood-style retreat featuring glossy tiled floors and aquamarine-hued lounge furnishings that look a lot like the sparkly-blue sea below. An open-air barbecue brings a laidback street-food vibe to this rooftop spot: work your way through a plank of sliders while taking in that coastline.
City Break Restaurants
6. Das LOFT Book Das LOFT
Famous for its uninterrupted glass walls, French restaurant Das Loft in Vienna is undoubtedly the choice spot when it comes to viewing the city from up high. Offsetting the stony grey décor and clean angles, a spectacular paint palette-style ceiling canopy is the work of renowned artist, Pipilotti Rist, and spans a whopping 2000 square metres.
7. Le Jardin de Russie
In one of the world’s most romantic cities, Le Jardin de Russie is an otherworldly retreat serving timeless Italian cuisine crafted by 2 Michelin-starred head chef, Fulvio Pierangelini. Found within the 5-star hotel of the same name, this lush oasis is sheltered by a grand mezzanine area and acres of towering greenery.
8. KuDéTa Book KuDéTa
St Julian’s, Malta
Set in an elevated spot overlooking Balluta Bay, KuDéTa offers stunning views of the ocean in one direction, and the beautiful town of St Julian’s in the other. A cutting-edge approach to cooking and an all-round fun vibe are found at this fine dining restaurant in Malta, as well as perfectly-curated cocktails and a gourmet breakfast menu.
9. Porat Restaurant Book Porat
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An idyllic setting for whiling away balmy evenings and lingering lunchtimes, Porat Restaurant serves time-honoured Mediterranean cuisine. Seasonal Croat ingredients steer the varied menu, while an impressive drinks list features both Croatian and international wines, plus traditional herbal grappas.
10. Restaurant 44 Book Restaurant 44
Awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015, Restaurant 44 presents traditional German dining in a supremely elegant setting. Expansive windows and a sweeping terrace overlook the bustle of the Kurfürstendamm avenue, while the natural, understated dining room is a fitting backdrop for the chef’s light, earthy culinary creations.