Culinary Revolutions

Once beloved of Communist central planners as well as progressive Western architects at the dawn of the space age, revolving restaurants may forever be considered kitsch. But given the fad for all things retro, their popularity seems to have come, well, full circle. The sweeping urban views they offer are also more dramatic today than in the 1960s. Here are three of the best—use them as an icebreaker on that first date, or as behavioral therapy for your acrophobe friends.

REYKJAVIK: Turning at a stately half revolution per hour, Perlan, in the capital's east, is among Iceland's...

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