The 10 most popular skybars in Europe
Wherever I travel, in Romania or abroad, I am looking to reach one of the highest tourist spots in that destination to admire the surroundings from above. I like to admire the sunset on the horizon, to look in the distance over different monuments and tourist attractions, to listen to the hustle and bustle of the city. The most suitable places for such unique moments are the skybars. Unfortunately, the pandemic has kept us on the ground, literally and figuratively, but 2022 comes with hopes of new journeys.
After a long wait, you can start rebuilding your travel plans. How Covid EU digital certificate " is launched officially in several countries, and the vaccine is already done, I hope to be able to travel more this year because I have many destinations on bucketlist. If I can't visit other continents, I'll just stay on the European side. We also have the old continent many beautiful destinations which we can visit. In addition to the beautiful Greek islands with the most famous and award-winning beaches, Europe has more 11 beautiful islands which we can visit.
Every time I plan a trip, the first thing I do, even before checking out the sights, is to look for places where I can admire the most beautiful panoramic views. If I plan to visit one of the 10 most Instagramable cities in the world, I know that I will definitely find places where the pictures will look perfect.
The 10 most popular skybars and restaurants in Europe.
However, some of the ideal places to observe the city in all its splendor are even the skybars and terraces located high up. In other words, below you have the 10 most popular skybars and restaurants in Europe.
Vista Sky Bar, Hotel Mediterraneo Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Located right in the center of Sorrento, Vista Sky Bar offers stunning ocean views and a relaxing atmosphere that begs you to stay. With live jazz and bossa nova music, cozy lounge areas, a wide selection of drinks that includes champagne and champagne-based cocktails, you won’t find a better place to enjoy a drink while admiring the Gulf of Naples.
Available as a wedding or party venue, this rooftop bar has eclectic hours, it’s always packed so make sure you make a reservation before you decide to visit them. If you are hungry, Vesuvio Roof Restaurant is located just below and will offer you delicious food and an unforgettable romantic atmosphere.
Aqua Restaurant, The Shard, London, United Kingdom
Aqua Shard is, as the name suggests, located inside The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. It is part of the Aqua Restaurant Group in Hong Kong, which has several restaurants in London. The restaurant is located on the 32nd floor of The Shard, from where you have an amazing view of London’s main sights. The food is British, but the menu is varied and the prices are for all budgets.
SE · STO on Arno, Florence, Italy
Located above one of the most luxurious hotels in Florence, The Westin Excelsior, this restaurant-bar combination is both comfortable and luxurious. With a magical view of the River Arno and the whole of Florence, SE · STO offers innovative Tuscan cuisine for lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers classic dishes as well as exclusive Italian wines, as well as unique cocktails, prepared with local and fresh ingredients.
SE · STO is an ideal place both for a relaxing and delicious lunch and for a comfortable but memorable night.
Attic Terrace, Barcelona, Spain
Set above Ayre Hotel Rosellón, the Attic Terrace is somewhat of a hidden gem above Barcelona. Located near the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, this is the top spot if you want to see the peaks and turrets of Gaudi’s architectural marvel from a different perspective. The terrace is spacious, with wooden and outdoor floors, has a fairly simple decor, but still natural and elegant. Divided into a solarium with jacuzzi and sun loungers and a relaxing area with more ordinary chairs and tables, it is an excellent roof for a few relaxing hours.
Here you can get rid of the hustle and bustle of the street and tourists and enjoy a few evening drinks or a snack at lunch, overlooking the most visited monument in Spain. The Attic Terrace at Ayre Roselon is open from 11:00 until midnight in summer. However, please note that it is only open to the public until 19:00. After that, the terrace is exclusively for hotel guests.
Montana Beach Club, Lucerne, Switzerland
You don't have to go to Nice or Cannes to feel like on the Cote d'Azur. Instead, you can go to the heart of Switzerland, specifically to Lucerne, and visit the Montana Beach Club. A perfect place for summer vacation (open from May to September), there is a rooftop bar that makes you think of a bar located on the beach. Comfortable lounges and pillows are mixed with sand and arranged among palm trees. Although it has no ocean view, the view over Lake Lucerne and the surrounding mountains is wonderful.
The rooftop bar serves light snacks and refreshments, from mixed cocktails to famous wines. Dress in the most comfortable summer clothes and enjoy a few hours of perfect relaxation with a beautiful view. And if the temperatures rise too much, you can cool off in the jacuzzi strategically located on the terrace.
Rossio Gastrobar, Lisbon, Portugal
Located above Altis Avenida Hotel and overlooking Lisbon’s famous Rossio Square, Rossio Gastrobar is a great place to enjoy great drinks and delicious food. Known for its seasonal menu, the drinks and dishes offered in this gastro bar are always changing and are prepared with local and fresh ingredients, resulting in an unforgettable dining experience.
With an Art Deco décor that still manages to be comfortable, you can relax while enjoying the views of Santa Justa, the Tagus River and the Rua Agustina Arch. The bar offers a comprehensive drink menu that covers all the basics, but for the adventurous, there is also a cocktail menu that brings together familiar tastes with a brief novelty.
Created by Michelin chef João Rodrigues, the food is one of the best you can find in Lisbon, which means you can’t leave without eating here. Live DJ shows are available from Thursday to Saturday, giving the terrace a lively nightclub atmosphere that attracts local and foreign visitors alike.
High Note SkyBar, Budapest, Hungary
Set above Budapest’s fantastic Hotel Aria, High Note Skybar offers creative cocktails, tasty food and wonderful city views all year round. While the 360-degree panoramic view of the Budapest skyline is fantastic, a plus of this terrace is probably the majestic St. Stephen's Basilica which is located nearby.
Spacious and open-air rooftop lounge in summer, Wonderland in the winter season, comfortable and charming in the colder months, High Note is definitely a destination not to be missed throughout the year. You can visit the rooftop bar for lunch, but the best time of day is - probably - sunset hours.
TaKeT, Gothenburg, Sweden
TaKeT (Roof) offers beautiful views of the Göta Älv River and shipyards, as well as a variety of events that make it one of Gothenburg's most popular destinations. With a friendly and relaxing atmosphere, TaKeT is often the place to go for live concerts, yoga classes, beer or wine tastings, art exhibitions and much more, which means you will always find something when you visit.
Equipped with comfortable lounge areas as well as more traditional bar stools, TaKeT knows how to entertain people and this extends to the menu of food and drink: cocktails, both classic or innovative, wines, craft beer, street food or restaurant food . The people behind TaKeT definitely know how to approach their customers! The terrace is open all year round, regardless of temperature.
Aurora Rooftop Bar, Vienna, Austria
Located on the top floor of the fantastic Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere, right next to the Schweizer Garten, Aurora offers stunning panoramic views in an elegant setting. The word Aurora comes from the magical aurora borealis, both the design of the place and the menu was inspired by the Nordics.
Minimalist but beautiful, the menu includes creative and artisanal cocktails with a Scandinavian touch, as well as snacks, but also a fine selection of spirits, beer, wine and champagne. New for 2021 is the beautiful open-air bar Veuve Clicquot Chandelier, which, complemented by lounge tunes and a great view, makes the Aurora Rooftop Bar worth a visit.
La Muña, Zurich, Switzerland
Located above the stunning Hotel La Réserve Eden on Lake Zurich, the rooftop restaurant and bar - La Muña - is as beautiful as the classic hotel. Located right next to the water, the rooftop terrace offers stunning 360 ° views of Lake Zurich, as well as the historic city center and the Alps. While the outdoor terrace is the best place to view, the elegant and interior of La Muña is worth a look, with antique-looking furniture and wooden floors.
Whether you dine indoors or under the huge umbrellas outside, you can enjoy a fantastic selection of food and drinks, full of Peruvian and Japanese influences. From Cheviche and Sushi to a bar menu that includes both summer drinks and sake. With a relaxing atmosphere and excellent views, La Muña brings extra beauty to the beautiful city of Zurich.
There are definitely other beautiful skybars in Europe. If you have discovered such a wonderful place and you think it is worth mentioning in this top, we are waiting for your pictures on our Instagram or Facebook or you can mention us in your posts with pictures from these places.
That being said, we wish you a summer full of travel, fun, and many relaxing days :)!