Catch the summer breeze.
Now that the warm weather has enveloped the northern hemisphere, it’s the perfect time to wile away happy European evenings in a rooftop bar. Nurse your Negroni or kick back with a Kir Royale, and enjoy the scenery. You’re not in Kansas anymore.
The Guardian offers a list of Europe’s 10 best rooftop bars, many of which you might not stumble across on your own:
Skajo. Freiburg, Germany. Enjoy 360-degree views of the old city, including the edge of the Black Forest.
Park. Lisbon, Portugal. The top level of a car park in Bairro Alto reinvented as a garden terrace. Great views of the city and the River Tagus.
Frank’s Café. London, England. In the Peckham neighborhood. Another bar on the top floor of a car park, this one featuring contemporary sculpture. Mingle with the locals just off work, and stay for the ravishing sunset.
Konak Café. Istanbul, Turkey. Great views of the Golden Horn from Topkapi Palace and Aya Sofya to the Blue Mosque. The Asian and European shores are both visible. Visit the charming fin-de-siècle drawing room at the café entrance.
La Pedera. Barcelona, Spain. Antoni Gaudí’s modernista masterpiece, La Pedera, has a secret rooftop bar. Come avoid the crowds and enjoy the skyline in peace, all while listening to jazz.
Neboticnik. Ljubljana, Slovenia. The Neboticnik (Slovenian for Skyscraper) was Yugoslavia’s tallest building when it opened in 1933, but these days it’s just an unassuming 13-floor tower—one that happens to house a rooftop bar with the best views in the city.
Rinascente. Palermo, Sicily (Italy). Atop the Rinascente department store, this serene rooftop bar has views of Piazza San Domenico, the cathedral and its cloister, and the nearby mountains.
Art-Café. Tblisi, Georgia. Enter what seems like an abandoned club cloakroom through an unmarked door, and you find the perfect place to enjoy cocktails with a distinctly Georgian twist (try cha-cha, Georgia’s version of grappa). A great spot for viewing the capital’s eclectic architecture.
360 Bar. Budapest, Hungary. Head here for sundowners, and marvel at the skyline including the magnificent Fisherman’s Bastion. The house DJ attracts a youngish crowd.
Locavore Bar. Vasteras, Sweden. On the 18th floor of the Steam Hotel in this central Swedish city. Housed in a former power station that’s now done up in Scandinavian chic, it offers nice views over Malaren, Sweden’s third-largest freshwater lake.
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