Explore some of the finest spots for alfresco dining in Europe
From the warmth of Southern France to the blissful beauty of the Netherlands, Europe has some of the finest spots for alfresco
dining. With the sun shining down on you, and the cool fresh air lifting the mood, it's no surprise that alfresco dining
is a popular choice during the spring and summer months. To help you get inspired for your next trip in the sun, we've
put together a list of some of Europe's best alfresco dining spots, from Michelin-starred restaurants to quaint café
This restaurant is a part of a larger arts centre and cinema, which hosts a number of regular debates, poetry nights and
concerts. If you decide to enjoy a meal here, relaxing in the outdoor dining area is a must. Sheltered by large verandas,
shaded by towering trees, and complemented by the live music, this spot makes for the perfect place to enjoy breakfast,
lunch, or dinner by candle light.
There's plenty of choice available on the menu, and dishes range from a succulent Thai chicken salad, to a juicy steak, as
well as brioche toast for dessert.
Le Moulin de la Galette
Located in Paris' cultural hub of Montmartre, this wonderful restaurant is situated in one of the area's last two remaining
windmills. As you wander to the entrance, you'll be greeted with the enchanting wooden sails and mill of the Moulin Radet,
which towers over the restaurant.
The outdoor courtyard is almost like a secret retreat, hidden behind climbing ivy and exotic plants, such as palms, so it
makes for a wonderful place to enjoy a romantic meal. Dine on duck confit with red wine sauce and mashed potatoes, sirloin
steak smothered in parsley butter sauce and sautéed potatoes, and vanilla crème brûlée for dessert.
Relax in the gardens of Le Moulin de la Galette
Known as one of the best Italian restaurants in the city, La Cantinetta also has one of the finest alfresco dining spots.
The outdoor area has a Mediterranean-style tiled floor, and is decorated with palms, brightly coloured flowers, and towering
trees that separate you from the rest of the bustling city.
In terms of food, the selection is varied and delicious, with Italian classics such as fresh burrata and slices tomatoes
served as a starter, and seafood, such as grilled cuttlefish, and pasta dishes as the mains. As the evening draws closer,
ask for a bottle of one of their best wines, and enjoy the cosy, candle-lit atmosphere.
Located in the four-star New Hotel of Marseille, Victor Café is a contemporary restaurant that offers blissful poolside dining.
Top chef, Jérôme Pollo, is renowned for using fresh, local ingredients in his food, including the vegetables and herbs
that are grown in the hotel's vegetable patch.
As you gaze at the breathtaking views of the city surrounding you, and the light twinkling over the swimming pool, be sure
to treat yourself to a beautifully cooked Kobe beef steak. Other delightful dishes include swordfish steak and tiramisu
with caramelised pear, which you can enjoy with a glass or two of the French wines on offer.
During your time in the beautiful Dutch city of Delft, be sure to swing by this charming café that's perfect for a late breakfast
or lunchtime treat. For the best experience, sit outside, where you can enjoy views of the Oude Delft (the oldest canal
in the city) and Oude Kerk, a gothic church with a 75-metre tall tower that leans slightly.
As you relax with the scent of flowers, choose from a range of delicious sandwiches, fresh pastries and pancakes, as well
as coffee, tea and local beers. One of the best drinks is the café's Satan Coffee, a delicious hot drink that's mixed
with chopped ginger and topped with whipped cream.
Spy the leaning Oude Kerk as you sip on coffee from Stads-Koffyhuis
Café de Jaren
Café de Jaren is famous for its terrace, which is located at the rear of the restaurant, on the Kloveniersburgwal canal.
Shaded by beautiful hanging trees, you can look forward to relaxing by this long stretch of water whilst dining on delicious
food. On top of the terrace, the restaurant also has an upstairs balcony, which provides visitors with views of the River
Whether you're stopping by for a quick salad and coffee for lunch, or indulging in their wild boar with star anise, cinnamon
and sweet potato dish, Café de Jaren has a full range of options that are available throughout the day. If you're in
the mood to treat yourself, book a spot on the balcony for high-tea, where staff serve up mouth-watering scones, cakes
and delicately cut sandwiches with refreshing pots of tea.
Enjoy the sun at Café de Jaren
La Terraza del Casino
Part of the Casino de Madrid, La Terraza del Casino is a two Michelin-starred restaurant run by top Spanish chef, Paco Roncero.
Located on the casino's rooftop, you can look forward to admiring Madrid's skyline, as you relax under the glow of Victorian-style
street lamps and candle light.
The food produced here is mind-blowing, and almost like a piece of edible artwork. The a la carte menu offers a range of
tapas dishes, which include salmon marinated in miso, with deconstructed tartar sauce, and pesto gnocchi with squid.
Mains are just as delectable, with the pigeon with gelé cru apples in cassis being a popular choice. Complement your
meal with a bottle of wine from the restaurant's extensive list, but be sure to ask for professional assistance from
the onsite sommelier first.
Admire the beauty of Madrid
After a day of exploring the beautiful architecture of Gaudi, and perusing the stalls of La Boqueria market, make sure you
enjoy a pit stop at the Federal Café, which is located in the up and coming Poble Sec district. At the top of this three-storey
building is an enchanting rooftop terrace, that's dotted with fresh potted herbs, tall plants and bushes, which shield
you from the bustle of busy city life.
The café serves up plenty of mouth-watering organic food, including cakes and pastries, and makes for the perfect little
oasis to relax in with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or tea after a busy day sightseeing.
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Getting there and around
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