12 Parisian terraces for summer only

Festive, discrete or cultural ... summer terraces are idyllic spots for enjoying the sunny outdoors in Paris

With the arrival of summer, Parisians and tourists adore sitting out on the terraces of cafes, brasseries and gastronomicrestaurants. In recent years, there has been a flurry of outdoor spaces popping up just for the summer months; these are perfect places for an alfresco lunch, dinner or a drink in the city. Take a quick look at some great ephemeral terraces for summer 2018!

Le Minipalais

A hidden oasis at the Grand Palais

Minipalais, Paris © Didier Lefevre

With its palm trees, cane furniture and mosaic flooring, the terrace of the Minipalais has all the appearance of an Oriental oasis in the heart of Paris! Tucked away behind one of the neoclassical colonnades of the Grand Palais, this 300 m² venue offers a magical view of the Petit Palais and is an enchanting setting  in which to have a drink or enjoy the refined cuisine of its restaurant. A place not to miss, popular with lovers.

3 Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8th
Metro : Champs-Elysées - Clémenceau

Le Palazzo

Entertainment at the foot of an Art Deco palace

Le Palazzo, Paris © Palais de la Porte Dorée - Véronique Besnard

With its pétanque court, bar and DJ caravan, the Palazzo is a fun ephemeral terrace to relax after a hot summer’s day. At this  great location on the forecourt of the Palais de la Porte Dorée (which houses notably the Musée National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration), you can dance whilst admiring the unusual view of this extraordinary building decorated with bas-reliefs and a grand colonnade.

293 Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12th
Metro : Porte Dorée

The Café at the Musée Maillol

Tucked away in a beautiful mansion

Musée Maillol terrasse eph © DR

Art enthusiasts now have the chance to combine a visit to an exhibition with coffee in the sun! Housed in the paved courtyard of this 17th-century mansion, the Musée Maillol’s terrace is an gem of tranquility and simplicity. On the menu: quiche, sandwiches, seasonal salads, and a selection of homemade cakes and pastries for you to try. It offers the perfect opportunity to take a break after visiting the museum’s exhibitions, such as Foujita: Painting in the Roaring Twenties (1913-1931), which is showing until 15 July.

59-61 Rue de Grenelle, Paris 7th
Métro : Rue du Bac

The roof of the Grande Arche

An unobstructed view of Paris

Le Toit de la Grande Arche - Vue Panoramique Arc de Triomphe © Johann Von Otto Spreckelsen

This summer will delight fans of cityscapes! A rooftop terrace is opening on the Grande Arche de La Défense, a feat of engineering and an iconic part of the Parisian skyline. It’s a great place for culture and ‘bistronomy’, housing a photojournalism exhibition as well as a bistro restaurant with a friendly atmosphere. But, above all, the 110-metre promenade provides a 360° view over Greater Paris. Don’t miss it!

1 Parvis de la Défense, Puteaux
Metro : La Défense (Grande Arche)

Le Flow

Party time on the water

Le Flow Paris - Terrasse transats , Paris © Guillaume Brunet Lentz

Known for its rooftop bar, open year-round, the Flow spills out onto the quayside for summer! An ideal spot to sit back in a deckchair and enjoy a snack in a festive atmosphere on the banks of the Seine whilst feasting your eyes on the majestic Alexandre III bridge … Or have an aperitif before going on to dance inside the barge on clubbingevenings.

4 Port des Invalides, Paris 7th
Metro : Invalides

Jardin Suspendu

A green rooftop with a view over Paris

Jardin Suspendu  © Pauline Germain

From 14 June 2018, get together near the Porte de Versailles to discover the astonishing panoramic view from the Jardin Suspendu! Until 2 September, the top floor of the Parc des Expositions car park has been transformed into a terrace garden, open on Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the summer. It has a wide programme of events, a farm, an open air cinema, and, of course, plenty of refreshments.

In front of the 40 Rue d'Oradour-sur-Glane, Paris 15th
Metro : Porte de Versailles

The Molitor swimming pool

The offbeat rooftop terrace


At Molitor, there is no beach or river, but there is an iconic Parisian art deco swimming pool. If you do not get to dive into its crystal clear water (reserved for guests of the hotel, the spa and the club Molitor), you can still gaze on it from the venue’s roof terrace, open until September only. Enjoy house cocktails, grilled meat and fresh salads with electronic music playing in the background.

13 Rue Nungesser et Coli, Paris 16th
Metro : Porte d’Auteuil

La Démesure sur Seine

Barbecues and cocktails along the waterside

La démesure sur Seine, Paris © Adrien Beaucheix

Open only on fine days, the Démesure sur Seine has taken over the city’s riverbanks to install a unique kind of decor.  It has a 900 m² terrace with leafy trees strung with lanterns, a cocktail bar serving elaborate drinks, and most of all – the largest barbecue in Paris. An idyllic place to enjoy the best of summer in the capital!the waterside.

69 Port de la Rapée, Paris 12th
Metro : Gare d’Austerlitz

La Papa Cabane

A large terrace in the Bercy district

Papa Cabane  © Papa Cabane

Open every Thursday throughout the summer, Papa Cabane has an enormous 1,000 m² decked terrace where you can enjoy the sun until 9.30pm. The bar is well-known for its lively evenings with DJs from Paris’s growing electro scene. This is somewhere you can have a good time while drinking cocktails and tasting a range of street food. And for something active to do while you’re listening to the music, there’s ping-pong, tablefootball, mölkky, and a pétanque court.

Rue Paul Belmondo, Paris 12th
Metro : Bercy

The rooftop at Point Ephémère

A haven of peace next to the canal

Point Ephemère © Point Ephemère

When the sun shines down on Paris, the rooftop terrace of the Point Ephémère is an oasis of calm alongside the canal. People come here to relax, have a drink, and eat some tapas, but also to learn to brew beer, or work out at a Swedish gym session. And parents will be thrilled with the fact that children can keep themselves busy in the playground.

200 Quai de Valmy, Paris 10th
Metro : Jaurès

Le Clos de la Belle Juliette

A secret garden

Clos de la Belle Juliette © Clos de la Belle Juliette

In the heart of the 6th arrondissement, an enchanting curtain of greenery awaits visitors to the Belle Juliette hotel and spa. Open in June and July, this hidden garden promises relaxation as well as pleasure for the taste buds. Enjoy creative cocktails based on tea-infused rums, as well as fine Italian-inspired cuisine. Share a moment with friends or a partner – perhaps after an afternoon in the spa!

92 Rue du Cherche-Midi, Paris 6th
Metro : Vaneau


A dazzling view of the Eiffel Tower

L'Instant by Le Paris, Paris © L'Instant

The terrace of L’Instant has contemporary design chairs for lounging in as you sip a glass of rosé wine opposite the Eiffel Tower. Open from 16 July 2018, this floating restaurant has a fresh, summery menu: salads, fish, kebabs ... A picture-perfect place to end a day of sightseeing in the Eiffel Tower district!

2 Port Debilly, Paris 16th
Metro : Trocadéro

Musée Cognacq-Jay - Le goût du XVIIIe Member

8 rue Elzévir, Paris, 75003

In the heart of the Marais area, between a courtyard and a garden, a fine private mansion presents an exceptional 18th century......

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris 5/5 Palace Member


35-37 avenue Hoche, Paris, 75008


In June 2013, the Royal Monceau Raffles Paris recieved its 'palace hotel' status. The famous hotel on avenue Hoche was given a......

Molitor Paris by MGallery 5/5 Member


13 rue Nungesser et Coli, Paris, 75016


Molitor Paris by MGalley has taken over Paris's most famous swimming pool: Piscine Molitor. This hotel is arranged around the two......

Shangri-La Hotel Paris 5/5 Palace Member


10 avenue d'Iéna, Paris, 75116

The Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts' first European establishment, the Shangri-La Hotel Paris opened its doors on 17 December 2010......

Le Minipalais

Traditional French cuisine | In a museum or monument
Grand Palais - 3 avenue Winston Churchill, Paris, 75008

Opposite the Petit Palais, within the Grand Palais, the Minipalais is one of the loveliest spots in Paris. Architects Gilles &......

Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration Member

Palais de la Porte Dorée - 293 avenue Daumesnil, Paris, 75012

The Palais de la Porte Dorée (in the 12th arrondissement) is a classed historical monument, built for the Colonial Exposition of......

Musée Maillol Member

61 rue de Grenelle, Paris, 75007

The Musée Maillol presents the most important collection of works by Aristide Maillol, an artist who reinvented modern sculpture......

Espace Grande Arche - VIPARIS Member

Congress and exhibition centre
52 route de la Demi-Lune, Puteaux - La Défense, 92000

At the heart of Europe's number one business district, Espace Grande Arche offers an intimate, contemporary setting. Its......

Hôtel & Spa La Belle Juliette 4/5 Member


92 rue du Cherche-Midi, Paris, 75006


Hotel & Spa La Belle Juliette is renowned for the way it welcomes its guests: "You live like royalty here, don't fear finding......