In fine weather, Parisian terraces are some of the most popular places in the capital! So what are the top spots? And where do you go to for some tranquillity? Follow the guide to find yourself a nice place in the sun.
The Chaillot district has some fine sights with its palaces, the gardens of Trocadero, and the forecourt des Droits de l'homme … There is so much to see! Need to take a break? We have the perfect address for you! At the beginning of June, the very luxurious Shangri-La Hôtel Paris is reopening its summer terrace La 8 Iéna, located away from prying eyes behind wrought iron gates. On the menu, don’t miss the Tchi-Drinks – Chinese beverages renowned for their ancestral virtues.
The biggest monuments also have a terrace! The terrace of the L'Opéra Restaurant, at the Palais Garnier is one of the largest in Paris with a surface area of some 1,500 m². Embellished with green plants and raised up on wooden flooring, this sheltered spot is quite a surprise right in the heart of Paris. An ideal place in the daytime to enjoy the tasty cooking of chef Stéphane Bidi. At nightfall, on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer, music is played on the terrace.
Right in the centre of the Musée du Petit Palais, Le Jardin du Petit Palais is a contemporary and friendly cafe that opens out onto a superb interior garden with exotic plants. It is open for lunch or a drink until 7pm.
Perched on the rooftop of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the restaurant Maison Blanche overlooks Paris and has clear views of the Eiffel Tower, Invalides and the Seine.
And for legendary venues, the terrace of Café Fouquet’s, ideally located on the Champs-Élysées, attracts travellers from around the world. Offering stunning views of the famous avenue, it offers a non-stop service.
Terraces to discover
Very intimate, the Swedish Cultural Centre is a small haven of tranquillity in the Marais and has a lovely paved courtyard where you can enjoy Swedish specialities from 12 noon to 6pm.
A few steps from the Place de Clichy in the Batignolles district, Le Bistrot des Dames is a real piece of countryside in Paris. Located at the rear of the Hôtel Eldorado, its superb quiet and shaded courtyard is the ideal place for something to eat or drink.
In the 19th arrondissement of Paris, the Centquatre, an artistic institution dedicated to the production and creation of art, houses a restaurant that is aptly named Le Café Caché (The Hidden Café). This completely atypical place has a beautiful courtyard with synthetic turf.
As for rooftop terraces, even department stores have their head in the clouds. While out shopping for the day, take a well-earned break on the terrace of the brand-new restaurant La Porte des Indes on the 7th floor at Galeries Lafayette.
Located on the rooftop of Printemps’ home department store, Déli-cieux also affords panoramic views of Paris from the top of its nine floors. In a modern setting in white and blue, created by designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, you can enjoy a cocktail or a self-service snack.
A few steps from the Champs-Élysées, in the heart of the Golden Triangle, the very chic MiniPalais is a fashionable address. And certainly, it has everything to please: a prestigious position in the Grand Palais, a menu overseen by three-starred chef Éric Fréchon, a dream terrace bordered by majestic columns ... Open until 2am in the morning, it is the perfect place for a drink early in the evening or for after dinner drinks to prolong the night.
Located in the Palais de Tokyo, in the vicinity of the Seine quaysides and opposite the majestic Eiffel Tower, Monsieur Bleu is a design restaurant by architect Joseph Dirand. Conceived to be a place full of life, it is somewhere you can drop in for lunch, for a snack, to dance ...! In summer, its huge, elegant and contemporary terrace is ideal for a drink under a starry sky. From 7pm until 2am in the morning, it hosts the Nuits Bleues soirées with snacks, DJs, concerts and a tapas menu.