Summer's Here: The Best Cities to Eat Al Fresco


The scent of freshly cut grass, the jingle of the ice-cream van, the sizzle of BBQs filling the air… Summer is officially here. And what better way to make the most of cornflower skies and glorious sunshine than to take your meals outside? Al fresco dining is one best things about the warm summer months, and expats around the world are able to enjoy in a huge variety of locations – expat communities like InterNations will be full of insider tips on the best places, but here are a few of the cities that do ‘al fresco’ best.


Sunshine in Paris and cafe culture go hand in hand. Expats can join the ranks of Hemingway and linger over coffee (or something stronger) in the bistros that line the picturesque cobbles of Montmartre and the boulevards of Saint-Michel and Saint-Germain.


This vibrant coastal city offers more outdoor cafes and restaurants than you can shake a glass of sangria at. Avoid the main tourist drag of Las Ramblas where prices are greatly inflated and explore the winding streets for hidden gardens and rooftop terraces. In the summer months, the chiringuitos (beach bars) come to life down on the sea-front.


If you’re visiting home on a break from your expat life, our nation’s often-drizzly capital may not seem an enticing option, but when the sun comes out, we know how to make the most of it. Enjoy a meal with views of the Thames or pack a blanket, head to one of London’s leafy, green parks and enjoy that quintessentially British picnic experience. Don’t forget the Pimm’s!


The Spanish capital is a must on any al fresco dining list, there’s nothing better than relaxing with a refreshing tinto de verano and taking advantage of the restaurants, gardens, terraces and rooftops with their panoramic, city views.

New York

The city that never sleeps is filled to the brim with classy rooftop bars, quirky pavement cafes and bustling garden spaces. The hippest neighbourhoods embrace the al fresco dining trend – Brooklyn, the West Village and the Lower East Side provide an excellent outdoor dining scene during the summer months.


This city state is renowned for its delicious cuisine and the balmy weather means expats can dine outside all year round. Discover the unique floating bars and restaurants on the boats at Clarke’s Quay, or visit the world famous hawker markets that line Chinatown, Little India and Singapore’s man-made beach.

Buenos Aires

The romantic streets of Buenos Aires were made for al fresco dining or dining al aire libre to use the correct vernacular. Tree-lined terraces, rooftop restaurants and flower-filled gardens create an exciting and exotic atmosphere that’s hard to beat. Visit the outdoor tables of Palermo Viejo or the classy neighbourhood of Recoleta for some of the best options.


Expats in Dubai can enjoy al fresco eating at a dizzying heights of sophistication, with fine dining options, high-quality cuisine and glamorous settings all around the city. Choose an elegant rooftop restaurant to watch the sunset with a drink in hand and experience a golden moment like no other.


When the Canadian cold fades and the sun peeps through, this lively city brings eats to the streets. The intimate and quirky roadside eateries of Old Montreal and Outremont create a jovial ambience amongst diners that can last long into the evening.


With that iconic view of the harbour, locals, expats and tourists alike know that the waterfront wharfs and seafront neighbourhoods of the city create the perfect setting to sink a drink with the breeze in your hair.

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Information correct at time of publication.