From urban oases to rural retreats, discover restaurant terraces so tranquil that you'll want to keep them all to yourself.
When winter weather gives way to gentle spring days. When everyone starts to venture outdoors again. When your schedule fills up with social occasions and there are parties to plan. What better time to discover the delights of a restaurant with a terrace? From hidden city treasures and countryside retreats to the most unexpected settings, here are 10 idyllic terraces for al fresco dining with a difference.
City centre sanctuaries
A secret oasis in Paris, a lush winter garden in Venice or a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views in Rome. After exploring the city, you don’t have to go far to find tranquillity – if you know where to look. Pop in for a light lunch at Blossom when seeing the sights in the City of Lights. Love is in the air? Book a table at Giardino d’Inverno, quite possibly the most enchanting setting for romance in Venice. And when in Rome, see the capital from a different angle while savouring exquisite regional cuisine at Settimo.
Delights further afield
An exceptional restaurant north of Avignon and a countryside retreat in a regional park to the south. The Luberon region of France invites you to savour Provençal recipes – true to tradition – on terraces surrounded by nature. The aptly named Confidentiel is an address you’ll want to keep to yourself, while the shady terrace chez Jeannette is an entrancing setting for a delicious meal.
Rolling greens and aquamarine blues
Where there’s a pool, there’s often a terrace. And where there’s a golf course, there’s usually a panoramic restaurant nearby. At O Deux Sens in Ardon, you can expect tasty and affordable homemade goodness with an unbeatable view of the 18th hole. And if you plan to play on one of Sotogrande’s many superb golf greens, a stop at El Cortijo for local specialities is a must. Mediterranean cuisine is on the menu at Azzurra Kitchen in Monaco, to be enjoyed with friends and family on the poolside terrace.
For luxurious layovers
Transit doesn’t have to limit you to restaurant chains and on-the-go dining. Some of the most pleasant places can also be extremely practical. D.LLIS at Marseille Provence Airport is in a leafy park, just three minutes from your next flight. Enjoy a flavourful Mediterranean meal before jetting off to your next destination. When travelling by train through Avignon, Les Gustaves welcomes diners every day of the week for lunch and dinner in an open-air setting that will make you feel like you’re on holiday.
Paris 75008, France
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In a former private mansion in the heart of the bustling Concorde district and Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Blossom offers an elegant, modern and unique setting. The room, decorated by Didier Gomez, is inspired by a winter garden and opens onto a delightful courtyard. Chef Anaïs Foray's garden spirit inspires refined cuisine that celebrates the richness of nature.
Contemporary roman cuisine, creative drinks, and a breathtaking view from the rooftop: Settimo has it all for an all-round sensory experience. Have a seat under the wide Roman sky and enjoy the very best our city has to offer. Our products are selected with care and sourced locally.
Its lush, green setting and modern cuisine make Ô Deux Sens a choice destination for French cuisine in Ardon, on the edge of central Sologne. Great ingredients, usually local, and a convivial atmosphere await, whether you're visiting for a sophisticated meal or some exquisite cocktails.
With cosy spaces, antique decor, an open kitchen, a vast, glass-roofed dining room bathed in light, a long central bar and more, Confidentiel is aptly named. We invite you to our cosy cocoon on the outskirts of Avignon to enjoy a warm and intimate atmosphere and local gourmet food. The spacious and shaded garden terrace reflects the interior, promising memorable summer evenings. Will you be joining us?
Our idea is simple: to offer people a festival of flavour whatever time of day it is, whether you're here for a quick bite to eat at lunchtime or for dinner with family or friends.Les Gustaves' identity is based on a wide range of local ingredients promising supremely tasty food.
La Carte Postale's decor is quite simply unique! From the dining room to the terrace facing the sea, we provide the ideal setting to enjoy a cocktail, lunch with friends, or a special dinner at sunset. Savour fresh Mediterranean flavours with a Corsican twist.
As you take in the unparalleled Mediterranean view, discover a cuisine with Mediterranean accents and the perfection of international classics. Gourmet breaks, sports events and a place for all of Monaco to gather... It's the local hotspot par excellence.
Relish gastronomic cuisine inspired by Provençal and Mediterranean flavours as you admire views of the Vieux-Port from our rooftop terrace. Enjoy sun-kissed vegetables and freshly caught seafood against a backdrop of Marseille's blue skies.
Open from morning until night, Le Carré Bistromanie is a welcoming Marseille sanctuary. Settle on the terrace to admire port views in the sunshine, and you'll soon find that time flies, especially when you're savouring dishes that are both generous and delectable.
Located on the site of the Corderie Royale in Rochefort, our restaurant invites you to discover our peaceful setting. Relax on the terrace and breathe in fresh air from the Charente, or admire the pastoral panorama through the dining room's glass walls. The bistronomic cuisine, revealing the region's treasures, is sure to thrill your tastebuds.
(*) Average meal price calculated on the basis of starter and main course or main course and dessert, excluding drinks, menu and promotional offers. The average price is an estimate only, calculated according to the prices provided by the restaurant. Depending on the country, the average price may or may not include all taxes.
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