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Ten Terraces for Al Fresco Meals

Top 10 Restaurants with Terrace

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.

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