There’s a reason this Shanghai restaurant is named Heavenly Jin. At 1,825 feet above the ground, it’s captured the Guinness World Records’ title of world’s highest restaurant in a building.
The Heavenly Jin restaurant is part of the J Hotel, which occupies the top two floors of the Shanghai Tower, the second-tallest skyscraper in the world at 2,073 feet. The tallest skyscraper in the world is Dubai’s Burj Khalifa (2,716 feet), which also held the highest restaurant in a building title at 1,446 feet, until Heavenly Jin broke it.
“It is a great pleasure to witness the success of Heavenly Jin in breaking the Guinness World Records’ title and becoming the latest record-holder for ‘Highest Restaurant in a Building’, which is of great significance to us,” said Jenny Zhang, general manager of J Hotel Shanghai Tower in a press release. “Since opening, the restaurant has been praised by customers for its high-quality dining experience and service. We welcome guests and friends from all over the world with a higher level experience above the clouds.”
The restaurant opened in 2021 and serves traditional Chinese classics fused with European and Japanese elements. The space is designed with an open-concept kitchen so that diners can watch their food be prepared, and floor-to-ceiling windows offer a breathtaking view of the Shanghai skyline. The restaurant seats up to 256 people and has five private dining rooms.
Despite Heavenly Jin’s vertiginous accomplishment, it should be noted that it’s not the highest restaurant in the world, only the highest restaurant in a building. The title of highest restaurant in the world went to Bolivia’s Chacaltaya ski resort, which sits in the Andes at 17,634 feet above sea level. The ski resort did, however, close a few years ago with no concrete plans to reopen.