Magnificent 7……of the world’s coolest revolving restaurants

From shifting views to a technological vibe, there’s something about revolving restaurants that makes dinner and drinks more memorable. Watch the world go by at some of the world’s standout culinary experiences

Sphere, Berlin TV Tower - Berlin

Deep in the heart of Central Europe, Sphere is part of an elevated monument to geopolitics. The Berlin TV Tower was built in the ‘60s by the then East Germany as a symbol of socialist economic might. Four decades later, the spire presides over a united (and generally capitalistic) Germany and its restored capital, Berlin. The tower’s observation structure holds the restaurant, Sphere, at an elevation of 680 feet. The establishment’s menu is fittingly filled with Teutonic specialties such as currywurst, as well as international cuisine choices. Diners can look out upon famous Berlin sites including the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz from Sphere’s windows

The Sky, Hotel New Otani — Tokyo

Embellishing the 17th floor of Hotel New Otani in Tokyo, The Sky restaurant looks out below over a serene natural scene. The huge hotel, which opened in 1964 for the XVIII Olympiad, features a beautiful 10-acre Japanese garden with roots stretching back to the 16th century. On the horizon, the stunning skyline of the world’s largest megalopolis thrums with activity. Diners at The Sky can treat themselves to the ‘stage kitchen’, where a cadre of chefs cook Japanese, Chinese and Western cuisine to order in full view. It’s like a rotating, aerial ‘Iron Chef’ stadium

Top of the World, Stratosphere Tower — Las Vegas

Las Vegas reaches ever skyward, and its manmade topography is punctuated by the Stratosphere Tower. Up 880 feet in the Mojave Desert skies, Top of the World restaurant spins above the neon-lit city below at one rotation per hour. The Top of the World’s menu is top-notch, and its collection of vintages garnered a coveted Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2012. Before or after visiting the restaurant, head to the Stratosphere’s action-packed observation deck must-do thrill rides: Insanity, X-Scream and Big Shot. In addition, SkyJump, the world’s highest controlled free fall, awaits adventure seekers. Viva Las Vegas, indeed

The View Restaurant — New York City

Step up and go around in the Big Apple at the New York Marriott Marquis hotel, where The View Restaurant takes a 360-degree spin over the whirl and whoosh of Manhattan below. Set 48 floors above the buzz of Times Square, this restaurant puts upscale dining centre stage. In addition, the adjacent View Lounge also turns, and the two are the only revolving night spots in New York City. Before or after dining at the View, take in some music or comedy at nearby world-class entertainment venues such as historic Town Hall

Al Fanar, Le Royal Meridien — Abu Dhabi

In the architectural frenzy that is Abu Dhabi, Al Fanar provides a smooth, revolving platform for haute dining above this burgeoning capital city. Taking its name from the Arabic language term for ‘the lighthouse’, this elevated amenity graces the 25th floor of the luxurious Le Royal Meridien Hotel. The menu spans the globe, and even features a business lunch special well-suited to the fast-moving world of commerce in the U.A.E. From the windows of Al Fanar, diners can gaze out upon the azure Arabian Gulf, shimmering islands, Arabian Peninsula desert stretches and gleaming skyscrapers such as Etihad Towers

360 Restaurant at the CN Tower — Toronto

Stretching like a gigantic spindle into the Canadian skies above Toronto, the unmistakable CN Tower is the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere. Some two-thirds up, at a breathtaking 1,151-foot level, enter the revolving 360 Restaurant. Not only does 360 have a gourmet menu, the establishment also boasts a ‘cellar in the sky’, the world’s highest wine collection with some 9,000 bottles. It’s even recognized as such by Guinness World Records. CN Tower’s observation levels also feature dizzying attractions such as EdgeWalk and the SkyPod elevator, which soars an additional 33 stories higher for a splendid view of Lake Ontario and beyond

O Bar and Dining — Sydney

In one of the most recognizable skylines in the world think the shell-like curves of the Opera House Sydney’s cylindrical Australia Square building has been a vertical city feature since 1967. At the top, O Bar and Dining provides an amazing view of Australia’s leading-edge urban area. If there was ever a perfect country-and-venue combination for a surf-and-turf dinner, it’s Australia and the modernistic O. The vantage point from the rotating 47th floor establishment is incredible, letting diners take in views of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Harbour Bridge and much more

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