Food and sunshine: two of the most important factors for travelers choosing their next vacation destination. In fact, 77% of global travelers consider tasty local food/cuisine to be a key factor in deciding their next vacation spot and 71% regard consistent weather as an important factor when deciding.
On your next trip, why not combine both as it becomes safe to do so again? For all types of tastes and budgets, alfresco dining is a great way to enjoy the warm summer temperatures and sunshine. With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, Booking.com has delved into their over 28 million total reported listings in more than 152,000 destinations to reveal some of the best alfresco dining spots.
From rooftop wonders with panoramic city views, to hidden eateries nestled in sun-trapped courtyards, eating in the open air makes for a wonderful way to enjoy summer.
The enchanting Grotta Palazzese holds a place on every foodie’s bucket list. This breath-taking restaurant inside a cave on the Italian coast, with a warm summer night’s breeze, was built centuries ago. Enjoy dramatic sea views as you sit at dimly lit tables and watch the waves lap the shores beneath you.
Bangkok is a city of contrasts, from the hedonistic nightlife scene along Khao San Road to the entrancing temples and shrines. Sirocco is the world’s highest alfresco restaurant and is a must-visit for foodie thrill seekers. This iconic rooftop restaurant boasts unrivalled views of bustling Bangkok, an in house jazz band and sumptuous chef’s tasting menu to indulge your senses.
Port Douglas, Australia
With the famous Aussie sunshine and warm temperatures in Port Douglas year round, travelers are spoiled for choice with alfresco dining options. Flames of the Forest is Australia’s only rainforest dining experience in the heart of Tropical North Queensland. This unique restaurant combines local produce with the stunning beauty of the surrounding forest. You can choose between the Aboriginal Cultural Experience (includes a seven dish banquet and an Aboriginal cultural performance) or the Rainforest Dining Experience (includes a six course tropical tasting menu).
Where to stay: Port Douglas is a haven for travelers looking to embrace natural beauty and breath-taking landscapes, from Bloomfield Falls to the pristine four-mile beach. Known for its boutique, beach-lined cafes, restaurants and bars, it is perfect for soaking up the rays whilst tucking into delicious food. The Martinique on Macrossan apartments is a great place to stay – with the beach just a short walk away and the Flames of the Forest restaurant just a short drive away. The spacious self-contained apartments each have a private balcony and are surrounded by lush tropical gardens, boast a saltwater swimming pool and BBQ facilities.