There is nothing that compares to the feeling and excitement that overwhelms you when you arrive in a new city. The excitement and anticipation to try new foods, interact with new people and new ways of life, and experience things that you never knew existed. So, to start planning all of these great things you’re about to do, why not go above the clouds and take in the city from a bird’s eye view? From your new perspective, visually plot out each area and see the landmarks from a distance you’re dying to see up close. It’s as if the places on this list were made just for this reason! And while you’re up there, you might as well do all of those things over a cocktail and some dishes synonymous with the city. It only makes sense.
63 floors up (yikes!) you might need a cocktail or two just to ease your nerves when you get there. Lucky for you, in addition to one of the best views of the city, there are plenty of fancy cocktails for you to choose from. But really you should just go for a Siam Sunray, Thailand’s official signature cocktail.
With a 360-degree view of Singapore, there’s nothing quite like experiencing the city like this. Take a walk out onto the triangular edge and look for the 20 landmarks located in all directions around you. They even provide each landmark’s history through the use of an interactive technology platform. So really, coming here is like your official introduction to Singapore.
If you can’t see it from here, it’s not worth seeing. Ok, that might be an exaggeration, but you get where we’re going with this. London Bridge, the Shard, Big Ben, the London Eye – basically every essential London landmark is at your fingertips when you’re here. This place is extremely popular with locals, so expect a queue and a trendy London crowd.
Everything about Salvation Taco at the Pod 39 Hotel packs a big punch, especially the rooftop bar. With Edison lights, exposed brick and an incredible view of the city, this place looks like it’s right out of a movie. The crowd here is a good mix of locals and tourists, and a surprisingly good place to meet people. Expect great music, stiff drinks, fantastic tacos and a good time, just like out of your favorite romantic comedy.
Live jazz, an incredible cocktail and wine list and a magnificent city view. What more could you want? Come at dusk to experience the sun setting over the city as it lights up with life. Plus, by getting there early you’ll avoid the cover charge and you’ll be able to grab a good seat. Both things you’ll thank us for later.
One of the chicest and most modern rooftop bars on this list, Ozone bar is also the highest bar in the world. A mere 118 floors up, the view of Victoria Harbor and the surrounding city are ones that will stay with you forever. Try to grab a seat on the open roof terrace if you can.
It is almost as if you can reach out and touch the essential Berlin landmarks that surround this lovely rooftop terrace. Landmarks that include the Berlin Cathedral and the State Opera House, just to name a few. Sip on a champagne, vodka or a fruit based cocktail while lounging around at this very classic European terrace and take in the old world meets new world vibe like a this is where you were always meant to be.
Istanbul has one of the most remarkable skylines in the world. The architecture, the sounds, the life, it all comes across so effortlessly for this remarkable city. Spend an evening at Mikla and take it all in over some of the city’s best Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
The Ponte Vecchio! The Duomo! The Italian hillside! Authentic Italian food! Need we say more? Bellissimo!
We’ll preface this by saying that calling this a rooftop bar is a little bit of stretch, but we think it’s still worthy of this list. Located inside of the ION Luxury Adventure Hotel, a truly unique hotel in itself located just an hour outside of Reykjavík, this bar is perfect for taking in the Northern Lights. But the name already told you that. In fact, we think this is the most unique bar on our list, which of course means you have to go there immediately.
Whether you prefer a view of the city or just a view of the stars, these rooftops all have something special to offer. If we’ve left any essential rooftop bars off of our list let us know in the comments below.