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There's something about eating on water that has a special allure. The tranquility, the changing landscape or the soothing rocking... whatever it is, topped off with some good food and wine, floating restaurants can be in a class of their own.
Here's a selection of some of the top restaurants on water in Europe. Have a look and see what, well... what floats your boat.
1. De Limonadefabriek, The Netherlands
Despite its namesake, the “Lemonade Factory” is up to far more than squeezing lemons. Food is given centre stage on an enticing menu which includes a wide selection of fresh fish and meat dishes from fried perch or king crab to duck leg and parnips with baked pear and sunflower ristto.
2. London Shell Co, London
If you fancy life on the canals get a taster at London Shell Co. who serve up modern British seafood and game when in season, with a wine list to match, "we take our drinking as seriously as we do our daily catch " they promise. All this and conveniently located in Paddington Central,
3. Salt and Sill, Sweden
Technically this is sweden's first floating hotel, however, it came about as sleeping solution for satiated diners at Salt & Sill's waterside restaurant.
The restaurant still provides a sea view that provides an almost surreal closeness to the sea where you can enjoy a full sih menu including the Salt & Sill specialty "herring plate."
4. Paris en Seine, France
A romantic trip along the seine is on many a bucket list. Here's an affordable way to take in the sites while enjoying a comfortable cruise and some traditional French bistro fare. Or if you want to push boat out there's always the Champagne cruise.
5. Glassboat, Bristol
Something of a city institution the Glassboat has been moored up in the heart of the Bristol for years. Once a 1920s working barge, its gentrified retirement saw it turned it into an elegant destination on the water. The menu offers modern bistro fare with plenty of imagination. They do a pre-theatre menu too.
6. Patio, Berlin, Germany
An upmarket creative menu is served on two different decks on board the ship or in the ships’ winter garden making this the place to be in the city of cool.