For a megalopolis renowned for its urban sprawl and population density, Tokyo offers a remarkable choice of outdoor terraces and venues for drinking, dining and general chilling, and as the city slips into autumn and the fizzing celsius temperatures melt into the pleasant mid 20s, the hunt is on for the perfect prandial perch. Here are our four faves right now.
Two Rooms. This is one very slick operation with its ultra-sleek polished wood floors and crisp napery, fine steaks and wines, but the masterstroke is a generous outdoor deck offering twinkling city skyline views, just perfect for a sip from its 1800-bottle strong wine list.
5/F / Ao Building / 3-11-7 Kita-Aoyama / Minato-ku / +81 3 3498 0002 / tworooms.jp
T.Y. Harbor Brewery. This ex-warehouse city waterfront craft beer bar and restaurant is the proud owner of a smashing, spacious, sail-canopied terrace with teak chairs and tables front and centre for the comfort classic burgers, wings and ribs menu.
2-1-3 Higashi-shinagawa / Shinagawa-ku / +81 3 5479 4555 / tyharborbrewing.co.jp
Bulgari La Terrazza Lounge. Hello, gorgeous. If the soft lilt of jazz over sips of Dom Perignon rings your glam bell, then head along to this demure little champagne tryster with its glittering city panorama and sophisticated aperitivo offerings.
2-7-12 Ginza / Chuo-ku / +81 3 6362 0555 / Fri-Sat cover charge / bulgarihotels.com
Tsurumaki Woods. For something completely different, set the satnav for Setagaya and drop by this extraordinary alfresco triple dining option surrounded by lush vegetation and dense trees, and featuring an expansive wooden deck plus contemporary cabins housing Yukinoshita Patisserie, modern Japanese Kogentey and pancake (okonomiyaki) specialist Konamon.