1. PERGOLA, PADDINGTON, LONDON
Somehow just five minutes’ walk from London Paddington, Pergola has all the makings of a secret garden hideaway. The vibrant space, which is sprawled over two floors with high ceilings adorned with foliage, has an unmistakably relaxed feel, while the resident DJs at the weekend are not to be missed. Expect to sip a bespoke cocktail while lounging around on a giant day bed or have a day-to-dark tasting session from its many food kiosks: the food line-up includes everything from shredded duck to Vietnamese BBQ and burgers by the award-winning Patty & Bun. You’ve been warned, it does get busy, so booking is recommended.
2. ARLÙ, ROME
The quaint and quixotic family-run café and restaurant is mere steps away from the Vatican and St. Peter's Square. Arlù has been playing host to locals and visitors alike since 1959 and serves up fresh food that looks as good as it tastes: Mediterranean shrimp with brandy and citrus sauce anyone? Make a beeline for one of the tables on the cobbled street – as early as 11.30 am – as they’re the perfect people-watching spot.
3. BUSSOLA, DUBAI
With its innovative approach to Italian cuisine, it’s no surprise that the award-winning Bussola is one of the leading al fresco restaurants in the marina district. Find a seat on the terrace for dinner and be mesmerised by the view of the Arabian Gulf and the Palm Jumeirah. Just don’t leave without trying a Bussola Signature pizza from the in-house pizzeria.
4. L’ENTREPÔT, PARIS
An art-house cinema turned avant-garde eatery, L’Entrepôt is off the beaten track but worth the conversations with Siri. Located in the southern fourteenth arrondissement of Paris, it’s the place to take in contemporary art (ranging from photography to sculpture), live music, food and cocktails aplenty – undoubtedly best enjoyed on the veranda, which leads onto a patio garden.
5. THE HAT, MADRID
Good food, great ambience and chilled draught beers. What more could you ask for? The Hat is well equipped with delicious food, including its famous paella on Sundays. It’s technically an eco-hostel hidden away in the La Latina area, but its rooftop restaurant has bragging rights: you can enjoy one of the best sunsets Madrid has to offer. It’s down to earth with an inviting atmosphere and pared-back decor, so get there quick, because it will soon be on everyone’s go-to list.
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