Ten Terraces for Al Fresco Meals
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.
Average meal price 49 EUR
Just off Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in the bustling Concorde district, Blossom combines Parisian chic with an appreciation for nature. The restaurant features a secret garden and showcases organic, plant-based ingredients through creative and delicious cuisine. Each new season brings a host of new flavours!
Settimo Roman Cuisine & Terrace
Average meal price 80 EUR
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.
O Deux Sens
OrlÉans Ardon 45160
Average meal price 30 EUR
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.
Average meal price 35 EUR
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?
Average meal price 30 EUR
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.
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