10 of the finest places to dine al fresco
As the weather gets warmer, our thoughts naturally turn to the delights of eating outdoors. Dining al fresco magically makes everything taste just that little bit better so here’s our pick of the best restaurants.
La Cour Jardin
The spectacular inner courtyard at Hôtel Plaza Athénée is a haven of peace in the city. The place to be for sunny celebrations under beautiful Parisian skies. Surrounded on all sides by sweeping greenery, this restaurant is a popular choice from May to September with those in the know. Enjoy seasonal delights created by talented chef Mathieu Emeraud.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
25 avenue Montaigne,
Bistrol Paul Bert
If you’re looking to visit a classic bistro in Paris, this is a great option. You’ll find platters of oysters, steak frites, tarte tartin and crème caramel, as well as their board of specials highlighting the latest seasonal produce. Have a chat with owner Bertrand, who’s always happy to take you through his wine list.
18 rue Paul Bert,
The Barn at Coworth Park
Set amongst 240 acres of parkland just an hour outside of London, Coworth Park is a glorious location to dine al fresco. Enjoy a unique, custom-made picnic in your favourite spot in the gardens or opt for an outside table at The Barn restaurant, served with far reaching countryside views and chilled rosé. Bliss on a summer’s day.
Blacknest Road, Ascot, Berkshire
Luca is an Italian restaurant from the owners of The Clove Club, and uses seasonal British produce in its dishes. As you walk in, you might recognise the bar from magazines and Instagram accounts, and it’s no surprise – the place is stunning. It’s an ideal hang-out for a long lunch with friends or date night.
Polo patio at The Polo Lounge
With its spectacular array of palm trees and flowers, the patio area of the famous Polo Lounge is one of Los Angeles’ premier and prettiest outdoor dining settings. Equally wonderful for a sunny breakfast or a twinkling night of soft music and familiar faces. This place was made for relaxed LA-living.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Boulevard,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Spago is an LA classic and just as popular with Beverly Hills residents as it is with visitors. Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant always attracts a crowd, especially the celebrity clientele who come to try his ever-changing menu and famous pizza with smoked salmon and caviar.
176 N Canon Dr,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Dinner at Acanto Restaurant is the ultimate experience at Hotel Principe di Savoia, and in summer it’s well worth trying to get a table in their picturesque garden – a rare delight in Milan. Feast on local seasonal ingredients with a wonderfully modern twist.
Hotel Principe di Savoia
Piazza della Repubblica 17
Paper Moon Giardino
Evoking a feeling of walking into a grand private residence, Paper Moon Giardino is situated in the 200-year-old Palazzo Reina. It’s the second Paper Moon in Milan, following its 40-year-old sister restaurant just a few steps away. This is a favourite with the fashion and entertainment crowds.
Via Bagutta 12
Il Giardino Ristorante
Dine on classic Italian food and healthy options with incredible city views from this enticing rooftop restaurant, complete with an outside terrace area that’s one of Rome’s most sought-after spots. Savour the simplest things – a plate of proper Roman cacio e pepe pasta, courgette blossoms stuffed with ricotta and taleggio.
Via Ludovisi 49
Madre is a sprawling garden terrace in the middle of Rome specialising in Italian and South American dishes such as pizza, ceviche and tacos. A fun place to relax with friends or enjoy a summer’s evening.
Largo Angelicum 1/A
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