From Dubai’s record-holding Burj Khalifa and New York’s One World Trade Center, these restaurants sit perched atop some of the world’s highest, if not most iconic buildings and towers. Each of these elevated establishments serve dishes with a side order of spectacular skyline views.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Like its name suggests, you’ll feel on top of the world at this Las Vegas restaurant. Rotating 360 degrees and 800 feet above the Las Vegas Strip in the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, Top of the World Restaurant (pictured above) offers both a fine dining and drinking experience. In fact, it’s been honored with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 17 years in a row.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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It’s only fitting that the world’s highest restaurant (from ground level) is located in the world’s tallest building. Perched high over Dubai on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa you’ll find the aptly named At.Mosphere lounge and restaurant. At more than 1,300 feet in the air, a meal here will also grant you unobstructed aerial views of Dubai and the Arabian Gulf. The menu features options like organic blue guinea fowl, pan-seared veal chop and foie gras ravioli. Fittingly, high tea is also served onsite.
New York, New York
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The observation floor of the One World Trade Center offers three unique dining options and one incredible view of New York from 101 floors above ground. If soups and salads are what you prefer to pair with your skyline views, grab a table at ONE Cafe, which serves a made-to-order menu of items without the need for a reservation. ONE Mix’s menu is inspired by New York’s five boroughs and serves small plates, wine and cocktails. For fine dining, make a reservation at ONE Dine, where you’ll be treated to a four-course fixed-price menu that rotates with the seasons.
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Shanghai has a skyline to marvel at and that’s just what you can do while dining at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai’s Club Jin Mao on the 86th floor of the 88-story Jin Mao Tower. Chef Beck Chen, a Shanghai native, serves a menu of authentic Chinese cuisine. The restaurant is decorated with traditional and contemporary accents, but the real showpiece is undoubtedly the view.
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Toronto’s iconic CN Tower is home to 360 Restaurant, which revolves 360 degrees 1,151 feet in the air. The restaurant is also the highest wine cellar in the world and can store up to 9,000 bottles. The menu includes more than 550 varieties of wine from around the word that can be paired with the restaurant’s market-fresh cuisine and unparalleled Toronto views.
Seoul, South Korea
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YTN Seoul Tower, the 774-foot-tall communication tower known by most as N Seoul Tower, is home to n.Grill. On the top floor, one level higher than the popular observation deck, the rotating restaurant serves meals from Seoul’s highest point. With its location atop Namsan Mountain in central Seoul, it also offers an unbeatable vantage point of the sprawling city below. N. Grill’s French menu is prepared by the renowned Chef Duncan Robertson, who previously had tenures at the Michelin-starred Nobu and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon.
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Chicago has an impressive offering of high-rise restaurants, but one stands out among the rest. Arguably the Second City’s second most famous building, the John Hancock is home to The Signature Room at the 95th. As the name implies, the restaurant and lounge occupy the 95th floor of this landmark building where floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of Chicago’s famous skyline and lake.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Atmosphere 360 sits nearly 1,000 feet above ground level in the Menara Kuala Lumpur, South East Asia’s tallest tower. The restaurant slowly rotates 360 degrees to give you a full view of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline. When you pair the restaurant’s altitude with its interior decor that includes paintings of the planets and colorful fiber optic lights, you’ll have to remind yourself you’re not eating in space.
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At more than 1,100 feet high in Tokyo’s iconic Sky Tree, which holds the Guinness World Record as the tallest tower in the world, Sky Restaurant 643 is serving up a menu that Chef Naoya Makimura refers to as blending French technique with Japanese taste. The end result is fine Tokyo cuisine paired with spectacular views of downtown Tokyo. On a clear day, you can even see Mt. Fuji in the distance.
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Occupying the 86th floor of Taiwan’s most famous landmark, Ding Xian 101 offers a menu of Taiwanese fusion dishes along with its unbeatable views. The restaurant’s expansive windows provide views of Taipei from the near-top of of the Taipei 101.
?Top Photo: Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
Paste Travel’s Bucket List columnist Lauren Kilberg is a Chicago-based freelance writer. Her travels have found her camping near the Pakistani border of India and conquering volcanoes in the Philippines.