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The Top 5 Rooftop Restaurants in India

Rooftop restaurants are always fun. They can be ideal for a romantic getaway, chilling out with friends or spending some much-needed time with your family. Besides, the best thing about such restaurants is that they aren’t claustrophobic like the indoor restaurants. No offence, but it is always helpful to have some fresh air while binging on fantastic food.

India has many rooftop restaurants and diners with some of the best views ever. These views aren’t just limited to cities but a lot more than that. Want to know some of the best terrace diners in the country? Read on.

1. Aer, Mumbai

Aer at night
Aer at night, Photo by Four Seasons

As the name suggests (even though the spelling is modified), Aer is all about fresh air in this metropolitan city. It has to be the best rooftop diner in India given its location. Mumbai is called as “the city that never sleeps”. In all this rush of the daily life, struggling with work and people, Aer offers you a chance as well as a perfect spot to rejuvenate.

It is on the 34th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel. It is a restaurant and bar with some of the finest food you have ever come across. With a cocktail, champagne and occasional DJ nights, Aer truly defines modernism.

The restaurant is decorated excellently by adding cute chairs, lounge sofas and nude curtains. But no matter how lovely the set-up is, your eyes will be glued to the grand view that is Mumbai city; with all its traffic and lights. Watch the city whizz past you while enjoying a drink or two along with some yummy food.

2. Aqua, Chennai

The pool and lounging area
The pool and lounging area. Photo by

If you cannot be satisfied with a view only, Aqua restaurant in Hotel The Park in Chennai has the solution for it. They have an incredible rooftop diner with a large pool as well. Even though Chennai is a crowded city, you will not be disturbed with a lot of traffic and blaring horns here, unlike Mumbai (although I don’t think that much sounds would be heard on the rooftop).

Aqua restaurant is the definition of tranquility, and it will soothe you. They have a large pool in the middle of the roof with small lounging chairs arranged here and there. Swim in the pool or just gaze at the beautiful city while munching on their delicious food and gulping down their assortment of drinks.

3. Mughal Room, Agra

The Mughal Room
The Mughal Room. Photo by

Who wouldn’t want to sit under the night sky with a glass of wine in hand while gazing at the masterpiece that is Taj Mahal? Sounds like a dream? Well, it’s not.

Hotel Clarks Shiraz allows your dream to come true. In addition to offering a regal service and tasty food, the Mughal Room in their hotel gives a clear view of Taj Mahal shining under the moonlight. The ambience in the restaurant is pleasing.

I cannot imagine anything more magical or beautiful than this. Therefore, this is a must-visit hotel.

4. Dome, Mumbai

Splendid view of the sea
Splendid view of the sea. Photo by

If watching the city lights on a rooftop doesn’t sound very appealing, then you should definitely head out to the Dome restaurant in Hotel InterContinental. This restaurant is situated at the heart of the city overlooking Marine Drive. That’s right. No dull city lights, only the unending sea to gaze at.

It’s indeed an amazing experience because the restaurant in itself is excellent. The staff is amiable. The best time to visit the restaurant has to be in the evenings because then you could watch the incredible sunset.

You can just hang out here with your friends or come alone for some peace-out period amidst the constant rush of the city. It also acts as a perfect romantic setting with all the exquisite dishes, a variety of drinks to choose from and most obviously, a view to die for.

5. Sheesh Mahal, Udaipur

The magnificent Sheesh Mahal overlooking Lake Pichoda
The magnificent Sheesh Mahal overlooking Lake Pichola. Photo by

No other state in India defines its past and culture so proudly and distinctly as Rajasthan. Within the ruined pathways of its many forts and palaces, Rajasthan will enchant you. It is the hub of tourists and rightfully so.

If luxury, tradition and food is your cup of tea, then come over to the luxurious Leela Palace in Udaipur. But it isn’t the hotel only that attracts the attention of its customers but the terrace restaurant. Named proudly as Sheesh Mahal (palace of mirrors), this absolutely stunning restaurant offers a splendid view of the Lake Pichola.

It is no news that traditional Rajasthani food is a must-have and you get that opportunity here. Sheesh Mahal’s menu has an assortment of traditional to contemporary dishes that you cannot get enough of. In fact, their recipes are believed to be highly delicious.

If not for the food or the hotel itself, come here for the restaurant and the breathtaking view. The sheer calmness surrounding this place will be the most peaceful thing you’ve experienced in a while. It is a dining experience like no other.

By Merlin Chacko

Currently studying English Literature at Delhi University. Obsessed with Harry Potter and NOT Shakespeare. I believe that nothing nourishes the soul like books and travelling. Constantly amazed by the Indian culture and its history. Personally feel that the old forts and ruined palaces in India are almost magical.

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