15 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 2019!

La Démesure sur Seine

The biggest barbecue in Paris

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

Le Poisson Lune

Entertainment at the foot of an Art Deco palace

Terrasse du Poisson Lune

This unusual new pop-up terrace is in the courtyard of the beautiful Palais de la Porte Dorée, which houses the Musée National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration as well as a tropical aquarium. A number of family-friendly events inspired by the ongoing ‘Paris-Londres. Music Migrations’ exhibition are being organized here all summer long (DJ sets and concerts, discussions over drinks, dance classes, workshops, etc.)

293 Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12th
Metro : Porte Dorée

The roof of the Grande Arche

An unobstructed view of Paris

Rooftop Arche de la Défense

The Grande Arche de La Défense, one of the landmarks of the Paris cityscape, will be putting on rooftop events with a gourmet twist this summer. On the 1,000-m2 rooftop terrace of the Grande Arche, people can sample the wares of fine food purveyors (there’s a butcher’s counter, a caterer’s, wine specialists, a cocktail bar and more) and dance to DJ sets perched at a height of 110 metres while enjoying an all-encompassing view of Greater Paris.

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

Jardin Suspendu

A green rooftop with a view over Paris

Le Jardin suspendu - De jour, Paris

Head to the Porte de Versailles from 13 June 2019 onwards to admire a breath-taking view from the Jardin suspendu. Throughout the summer, the top floor of the car park at the Parc des Expositions will be transformed into a roof garden with different spaces where you can relax, attend a cultural event, meet up with people and, of course, quench your thirst.

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

The piscine Molitor rooftop

Cocktails gazing down at art deco swimming pool


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

The rooftop at Point Ephémère

A haven of peace next to the canal

Le top Point Ephémère

The relaxed party atmosphere at Le Top, the rooftop space at the Point Ephémère, reflects the vibe of this well-known Paris arts venue. The spacious terrace overlooking the bustle on the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin offers a haven of peace and greenery when warm weather arrives. You can relax and enjoy the sunshine on one of the deckchairs and have a drink and some tapas at the refreshment stall.

200 Quai de Valmy, Paris 10th
Metro : Jaurès

La Cité Fertile

An urban wasteland converted into a community space

Cours de la Cité Fertile

Near the Gare de Pantin, a one-hectare strip of wasteland formerly owned by the French railway company SNCF and surrounded by trees and bushes is home to the Cité Fertile, an offbeat community space. This pop-up space with a sustainable and eco-friendly ethos is also a great outdoor spot where families can relax and play together, offering boules pitches, beach volleyball courts, a makeshift beach, a library and other activities.

14 Avenue Édouard Vaillant, 93500 Pantin
Métro : Aubervilliers - Pantin - Quatre Chemins

Mademoiselle Mouche

A hanging garden across from the Eiffel Tower

Mademoiselle Mouche

To celebrate their 70th anniversary, Paris’s famous Bateaux-Mouches have installed a hanging garden on the rooftop of their landing stage, where you can enjoy Roaring Twenties-themed cocktail parties and DJ sets on the banks of the Seine with a superb view of the Eiffel Tower. The pretty rooftop garden has a transparent dome tent where guests can take shelter if it rains.

Port de la Conférence, 75008 Paris
Métro : Alma-Marceau

Le Petit Pré

The ‘food garden’ at the Longchamp racecourse

Le Petit Pré

This summer pop-up terrace tucked away in a grassy corner of the Longchamp racecourse has the appeal of an old-fashioned guinguette (open-air dance hall). The large garden is open to one and all on race days: you can come here to enjoy alfresco drinks or dinner a stone’s throw from the enchanting Parc de Bagatelle.  

2 Route des tribunes, 75016 Paris
Métro : Porte d’Auteuil ou Porte Maillot + navettes gratuites

The terrace at the Off

Paris’s first floating bar

Hôtel OFF Paris Afterworks

OFF Paris Seine, a one-of-a-kind floating hotel on the Seine, also has a charming poolside bar and terrace where you can sit back and gaze out over the river. Wine, cocktails and tapas are served during the summer evening ritual of the apéritif, as well as breakfast or brunch on sunny mornings, away from the bustle of the city. The bar at the OFF also puts on concerts and DJ sets at the weekend.

86 Quai d’Austerlitz 75013 Paris
Métro : Gare d’Austerlitz

The Hasard Ludique terrace

A terrace flanking the Petite Ceinture

Le Hasard Ludique bar été

Housed within a station along the Petite Ceinture, the railway line that once ran around Paris, the Hasard Ludique is the hottest new spot in the 18th arrondissement. The 300-m2 terrace running the length of the platform opens from the end of March. There is a joyful vibe at this unusual and alternative space hosting a number of live events besides its offer of bar and catering services, as well as games that all are free to play.  

128 Avenue de Saint-Ouen, 75018 Paris
Métro : Porte de Saint-Ouen

The terrace at the Poinçon

A terrace in southern Paris

Le poinçon

With a similar kind of ethos to the Hasard Ludique, Le Poinçon, the new Parisian cultural space opens this summer inside the former train station in Montrouge, another town along the Petite Ceinture, but in southern Paris. Hosting live events, exhibitions and concerts, it also has a café-restaurant.

124 Avenue du Général Leclerc, 75014 Paris
Métro : Porte d’Orléans

Le Faust

Trendy terrace on the Berges de Seine

Located at the foot of Paris’s most beautiful bridge, Pont Alexandre III, across from the Grand Palais, the Faust is a trendy venue with a terrace. The clientele is made up in equal parts of Parisians who come here for an after-work drink and tourists strolling along the quayside Berges de Seine. Situated on a pedestrian-only walkway on the waterside, the terrace of Le Faust opened for 2019 on 16 May, and will be open seven days a week throughout the summer.

Port des Invalides Pont Alexandre III, 75007 Paris
Métro : Invalides

Lounge Bar View Rooftop at the Novotel Paris Vaugirard Montparnasse

Terrace tucked away on a hotel rooftop

Terrasse - lounge bar view de l'hôtel Novotel Vaugirard Montparnasse Paris

This secret terrace perched on the 7th floor of the Novotel Paris Vaugirard Montparnasse offers a spectacular panoramic view over Paris rooftops and the Eiffel Tower. Screw up your courage, walk into the 4-star hotel and take the lifts to the left. The rooftop bar offers a fine selection of wines and cocktails to be enjoyed during the opening months: May to September.

257 Rue de Vaugirard, 75015 Paris
Métro : Vaugirard

Summer Boat

Beach bar atmosphere at the Port de la Râpée

Alizé Summer Boat

Music, deckchairs and cocktails create a beach bar atmosphere on this boat moored at Port de la Râpée. Besides a stunning view of the district’s emblematic monuments (the French finance ministry, the Bibliothèque Nationale and the Cite de la Mode), the Summer Boat has a restaurant and hosts many summertime events for both children and adults.  

11 Port de la Râpée, 75012 Paris
Métro : Gare de Lyon ou Gare d’Austerlitz