In many places where the summers are hot, open rooftop cafes can be very unpleasant in the summer months but come winter and these same rooftop cafes on high-rise hotels are a delight. During most of December, later part of January and a full month of February the weather in Ahmedabad is great for open to air cafés and lounges as the view is great, the weather has a nip in the air and with great food, it just adds up to a beautiful evening.
Gujaratis love eating out and partying, especially on the weekends and rooftop places adds that extra something needed to make an evening special. While starred hotels have many restaurants the ones on the rooftop are where the fun lies, especially for the youth and young couples.
We bring you the best rooftop places on high-rise hotels in Ahmedabad which offer all the 3 - great view, great ambience and great food.
List of top 5 Rooftop cafes on high-rise hotels in Ahmedabad:
This restaurant is part of The Fern Hotel. It serves European food both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. It is open only in the evenings and is located on the ninth floor on S G Highway. Needless to say, it has a great view of the highway where car lights can be seen zipping past but minus the sound. One wall of the rooftop @Nine restaurant has a vertical garden on it which is beautiful. It is open on 2 sides with a canopy on top so you can enjoy an evening even during the rainy season. This is a fine dining restaurant and one of the most romantic eateries in town.
Price for 2: Rs 1600
The café cum restaurant is located on the 10th floor off C G Road. This vegetarian restaurant is open from 11:30 am to 11:00 pm. It serves lunch, dinner and also snacks. It has both open air and an air-conditioned lounge on the rooftop. There is a large statue of a sitting Buddha here.
Price for 2: Rs 1300
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Located in Anandnagar area, Sphere Lounge is on the rooftop of Hotel Ramada. This place is open from 06:00 pm to 02:00 am and it serves vegetarian food. It is very popular with the youth and is crowded on most nights. There is loud music and a huge TV screen to watch either live sports or music videos which is the reason for the youthful crowd here. The place offers a nice view of the western part of Ahmedabad city. It is wheelchair friendly and also has DJ music on the weekends.
Price for 2: Rs 1100
This lounge is located on the top floor of Starottel on Ashram Road. It is open from 08:00 pm to 01:00 pm and it serves vegetarian food. There is a nice mid-sized swimming pool here though it is out of bounds for guests at the lounge after 06:00 pm but it adds a beautiful ambience to the place. The view from here is nice as one overseas the centre of the city.
Price for 2: Rs 1000
Open from 06:00 pm to 11:00 pm, this café is located on the sixth floor of the Hotel Eulogia Inn which is the top floor here. It is situated in Gota area, off S G Highway. This is a vegetarian place and the food here is easy on the pocket. It’s a nice property and the ambience is good.
Price for 2: Rs 600
A published author working on her second book, Sonal worked for many years as a journalist in The Indian Express, The Asian Age and DNA Newspaper where she regularly reviewed restaurants and wrote about food. She worked in Nairobi as a general manager of a group of restaurants in another era. She loves experimenting with food but is also known for her Biryanis and Kababs and even her baking skills. She likes travelling to little known places and if she finds quaint eateries it just makes the trip more fun. Currently based in Ahmedabad, she is happy with the growing awareness of gourmet food in the city.