Meals With A View: Cafes And Eateries In The Most Stunning Locations

Meals With A View: Cafes And Eateries In The Most Stunning Locations
The Giant Coffee Shop on a tree in Mae Kampong homestay village, Chiang Mai, Thailand Photo credit: ploypemuk /Shutterstock

There is no denying that a pleasant view contributes significantly to the quality of a meal. Here’s a list of restaurants that focus on the view just as much as the food

OT Staff
December 22 , 2022
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Ambrosia, Santorini, Greece

The View: Ambrosia Restaurant is one of Greece’s most well-known and picturesque fine dining establishments. It is located inside a Cycladic house in Oia, on the Caldera cliff of Santorini. Distinctive red roses dominate the table space, beautifully donned with white tablecloths. Located on one of Santorini’s all-white building with split-level terraces, you can have the most romantic dates here with your partner while viewing the Aegean Sea. You can’t get a view of the sunset, but the brilliant sky at sunset is stunning enough scenery.
Tip: Outdoor seating can be availed only from April through October. Reserve your tables at least a month prior. 
Address: Cliffside Terrace at Village Center, Oía 847 02, Greece. Website:
 The Giant Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
The View: This café is built around a big Bodhi tree perched up on a cliff with a 360-degree outlook, offering a stunning view. It is an extraordinary sight to witness how the café has perfectly blended into the tree. From the top observation deck, you can see far-off blue skies, green jungles, and tall, dense mountains in the distance. Many guests walk on the swing set rope bridge leading to the café to capture selfies.
Tip: Parking space is limited here. Therefore, leaving your car in one of the villages is advised before hiring a local driver to take you up.
Address: Ban Pok Village, Huay Kaew, Mae On, Chiang Mai 50130, Thailand
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The Grotto, Krabi, Thailand
The View: The Grotto is located at the edge of the stunning Phranang Beach, hidden beneath an old limestone rock. The large stalactites that hang from the ceiling enhance the restaurant's atmosphere. The beautiful setting is ideal for taking in the views of the sea breeze. Enjoy a leisurely lunch here while reading your favorite book, or get lost in the splendour of an unforgettable sunset.
Tip: It is the perfect rare location for a marriage proposal, a wedding celebration, or just to express your love.
Address: 2R4Q+6GP, Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi, Thailand. Website:
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Grotta Palazzese, Polignano a Mare, Italy
The View: The enigmatic atmospheres of the natural cavities contrast with the azure of the sea and sky. The colours of the day bring out the beauty of the seaside scenery, while the colors of the sunset in the evening create indelible nuances in the grace and elegance of the restaurant lighting. Up to 150 people can be seated on the terrace. With a beautiful view of the coastline and the ocean on one side and the larger cave, which is made up of two smaller caverns, on the other, it faces the sea.
Tip: Reserve a table, preferably in advance. The restaurant remains closed during winter, so plan your trip accordingly.
Address: Via Narciso, 59, 70044 Polignano a mare BA, Italy. Website:
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Café Rico, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
The View: Wildlife abounds in Costa Rica. Sitting at Café Rico’s garden area, you might have some friendly animals join you while you delight in a sumptuous breakfast. Local non-human inhabitants like tanagers, hummingbirds flit around in the natural setting. You may also spot black lizards and blue-jeans poison-dart frogs along with a strolling little sloth.  
Tip: You can exchange books or purchase one from their library, which is available in all the distinct languages. After a scrumptious meal, bicycles can be rented directly from Café Rico to explore the breathtaking beaches in Puerto Viejo. 
Address: M64W+VV9, Av. 69, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica. Website:
Labasin Waterfalls Restaurant, Quezon, Philippines
The View: Due to its prime location in the middle of a small river and waterfall, this restaurant has a strict no-shoes policy. After finishing their barefoot meal, customers can recline under the flowing waters of a small waterfall because the bamboo tables and kitchen stations at the watery café are just steps from its roar. 
Tip: Wear flip-flops, so it is easier to go barefoot. The buffet lunch at the Waterfalls is weather-dependent and subject to change anytime to maintain the customers' safety.
Address: X8VW+J23, Tiaong, Quezon, Philippines. Website:
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Le Panoramic, Chamonix, France
The View: Le Panoramic, open for lunch and snacks, is located on the peak of Brévent and is one of the most incredible locations to enjoy views of Mont-Blanc. It is situated at an elevation of 2,500 meters right in front of Mont Blanc, painting astonishing scenery. Gondolas and cable cars make it simple for pedestrians to reach the location. Tourists can ski and come here to enjoy the beautiful view. 
Tip: If you aren't a skier, you can get a Gastronomic Pass and Chamonix Pass, which will cost you less than buying individual tickets and provide you access to all the mountain restaurants in the station.
Address: Brévent, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France. Website:
Café Du Soleil, Mount Fansipan, Sapa, Vietnam
The View: Observe Sapa town in all its glory from a height of 3143 meters. This café offers an unrivaled vista with a sight of Indo-China’s tallest mountain, Mount Fansipan, perched high in the clouds. Buddhist sculptures and temples are embedded here in the mountain and its surrounding summits. When you step outside the front door, you can see straight down the mountain's ridge and a road that leads to a temple. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide a spectacular view down toward a vast Buddhist statue.
Tip: Come during the daylight to get an entire view of the serene mountains.
Address: Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam. 
Sheesh Mahal, Udaipur, India
The View: A two-storey, open-roof fine-dining space with panoramic views of the Pichola lake, and a starry sky above  - it couldn't get more romantic than this. Have a memorable meal caressed by refreshing lake air and viewing the alluring cityscape of an ancient lake city. The stunning city palace in the background and the terrace bathed in warm amber lights make the view stand out.
Tip: Traveling with a kid on their property is hassle-free. They ensure that children are kept busy with different activities. 
Address: Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001. Website:


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