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Food with a view

View from Umberto a Mare

I’ve had so many wonderful food experiences over the years – too many to list (although you can read about some of them on my blog of course) so for this month’s travel linkup I thought I’d post about my most memorable restaurant views because who wouldn’t want a view like this one from Pimms in Tropea when dining out?

Pimms Tropea

We go away to the south of Italy a lot in summer as my husband is Italian so we’ve had some stunning views from our dining table over the years. I think this recent view from Umberto a Mare in Ischia has to be one of my favourites. Luckily it wasn’t busy when we arrived so we got to choose the best table – the one right in the corner. It also had the perfect amount of shade because no one wants to feel uncomfortably hot whilst eating!

View from Umberto a Mare

Our table at J.K Place in Capri had a spectacular view over Marina Grande. Honestly, I could have sat there all afternoon and stared into the beautiful waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea but I had something better to do… swim in it!

JK Place in Capri

Cape Town’s winelands offer some breath-taking views from pretty much every restaurant. One of our favourite places to go to is The Kitchen at Maison in Franschhoek, where you can dine either at the front of the restaurant and enjoy views of the mountains or the back, where you can enjoy a lovely garden that has chickens running around it. If you’re lucky, their pot-bellied pig Porcini may even be roaming in the garden too.

Wine in Franschhoek

The Cliff in Barbados was certainly memorable… for all the fishes we could see practically swimming beneath us! Unfortunately my camera did not do it justice so probably best to look on their website for better pictures but it was a pretty unique dining experience. Although I did feel rather guilty eating my fish course… (sorry fish).

The Cliff in Barbados

One of our best restaurant views ever has to be from Il Gabiano in Taormina in Sicily, which overlooks Isola Bella. The food is amazing (we’ve been many times as we’ve visited Taormina twice) and you honestly couldn’t ask for a better view.  Top tip though – don’t go at night. The lighting inside the restaurant is hideous and Isola Bella isn’t lit up. The view is definitely best enjoyed over lunch.

Il Gabianno

Lunch at Entre Cielos – our luxury hotel in Mendoza, Argentina came with an almost panoramic view of the snow-capped Andes. Not only was the view gorgeous, it was also our honeymoon so very memorable indeed.

Entre Cielos in Mendoza

However as beautiful as some of these views were, none could compare to our wedding day. We really wanted an outdoor wedding so that we could enjoy the Italian summer sunshine and the serene view over Bologna. Pretty fabulous, don’t you think? And of course there was far too much food… canapés, two pasta courses, a main of lamb followed by a dessert buffet. Plus there was food later too! It really was the perfect day and definitely my most memorable meal.

Our wedding in Bologna

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Kirsty Marrins

Reader, writer, occasional runner, travel lover.




  • Sarah

    The color of the water in that first photo!! Ah!

    • Kirsty Marrins

      Stunning, isn’t it?

  • Connie

    Wedding in Bologna? Sounds absolutely dreamy and I have no doubt that the dinner would have been a feast!

    • Kirsty Marrins

      Yes! We were very lucky – it was amazing!

  • wedding in Bologna?cool! Bologna’s my favourite Italian city:)

    • Kirsty Marrins

      It’s where my husband is from 🙂

  • Corinne

    The food really does seem to taste better when there’s a great view or a nice atmosphere. What an underappreciated aspect. Enjoyed reading your round up of favorites! Anything al fresco is always the best in my book but no doubt your wedding/honeymoon have a special place for you 🙂

    • Kirsty Marrins

      Thanks Corinne. Yes, everything does taste better with an amazing view!

  • Hridya

    What a view.. I might sit there all day haha

    • Kirsty Marrins

      It wouldn’t be hard, Hridya! 🙂

  • Sumti Bhadani

    Amazing view. I would like to have a romantic lunch with my wife once here 🙂

    • Kirsty Marrins

      I hope you get to take your wife one day!

  • Betsi

    Wow! A wedding feast to remember!

    • Kirsty Marrins

      Thanks Betsi – it was a feast indeed!

  • Yvonne

    Wow! you have been to some stunning places and restaurants! Such beautiful photos!

    • Kirsty Marrins

      Thanks Yvonne! Yes, we’ve been very lucky 🙂

  • I love restaurants with a view. Those Italian restaurants are dreamy!

    • Kirsty Marrins

      They are, aren’t they Angie? You can’t beat a sea view!

  • Betsi

    What an amazing meal at the Cliffs in Barbados! That is undoubtedly one of our favorite Caribbean islands!

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