Summer is the time to get some height and relax on the capital’s rooftop terraces. Bars, restaurants, brasseries, with intimate, luxurious, chic and party atmospheres, on the tops of hotels, museums and department stores … Rooftop venues offer a multitude of options to enjoy an evening with altitude. A round-up of the best addresses in Paris.
Hôtel National des Arts et Métiers
An intimate place, the terrace of the Hôtel National des Arts et Métiers is reserved for the thirty or so people who have booked ahead (for dinner). Here the weather is good, the sky is blue, the white and grey banquettes are perfect for lovers ... An idyllically peaceful spot to sit on comfy sofas between the wood features and plants or perched on a high chair to better appreciate the wonderful view over all of Paris.
243 rue Saint-Martin, Paris 3rd
Metro Arts et Métiers ou Réaumur-Sébastopol
Le Perchoir Marais
One of the most popular
Perched on the roof of the famous BHV Marais department store, le Perchoir Marais is a cocktail bar that seeks to pamper its guests in a vintage atmosphere that is both understated and chic. Original cocktails, beers or very good wines are served as well as plates of charcuterie or cheese, all against a background of varied music chosen by the team.
33, rue de la Verrerie, Paris 4th
Metro Hôtel de Ville or Châtelet
See also Le Perchoir de l’Est (10, place du 11 novembre 1918, Paris 10), le Perchoir Ménilmontant (14, rue Crespin du Gast, Paris 11) and from summer 2020, the Perchoir Porte de Versailles (2, avenue de la porte de la Plaine, Paris 15)
Le 43 Up On the Roof (or 43 Cocktail Bar)
Above the Holiday Inn Paris Notre-Dame
Nestling in the heart of the Latin Quarter, you will appreciate the relaxing atmosphere of this cocktail bar. Trendy and romantic at the same time, the 43 Up on the Roof is an ideal place to admire the finest monuments from the rooftopt: Sacré Cœur and Eiffel Tower, which are visible until the last rays of sunshine.
4, rue Danton, Paris 6th
Exoticism on the roof of a department store
Both a cocktail bar and a restaurant, Perruche is only one year old and yet already has many regulars. A bar with a pool house vibe and a 500 m² restaurant above the Printemps de l’Homme department store, it is an oasis of greenery and serves high quality food and drink with a selection of signature cocktails by Nico de Soto.
2, rue du Havre, Paris 9th
A chic bucolic break
The rooftop venue of the well-known Auteuil Brasserie has managed to create an elegant country atmosphere tucked away out of sight. The rattan and wooden chairs, abundant vegetation and big tables give it a special cachet place, and the cuisine is of Italian inspiration.
78, rue d’Auteuil, Paris 16th
Metro Porte d’Auteuil
Panoramic view from the centre of Paris
This Parisian must-see is a festive, chic and romantic cafe, bar and restaurant. The Georges has designer interiors where you can enjoy refined and inventive cuisine. The ‘drink only’ option at sunset is also worth doing at the Pompidou Centre, where tables have been installed on the rooftop for a simply breathtaking view ...
35, rue Saint-Merri (until May 2021), Paris 4th
Khayma Rooftop bar
On the top floor of the Generator Paris
The 9th floor of the hostel conceals a rooftop terrace with a trendy relaxed vibe furnished with hanging chairs, high chairs and plastic stools. It attracts a mixed crowd who like to dance to the DJ Set electro, chat, and sip signature cocktails with a view of the Sacré-Cœur!
9-11, place du Colonel Fabien, Paris 10th
Metro Colonel Fabien
On the Butte Montmartre
This is the 7th floor of the Terrass'' Hotel! It comprises an indoor restaurant and bar and a terrace, a perfect combination of elegance and relaxation. Comfortable swing seats and convivial round tables make it an ideal place to unwind. A large selection of signature cocktails or long drinks are available, as well as platters of charcuterie and cheese, and brunch on Sunday.
12-14 rue Joseph de Maistre, Paris 18th
Hôtel Raphael Paris
One of the most elegant addresses
A champagne bar and restaurant, the terrace of the Hotel Raphael Paris is an elegant place. For lunch, dinner or a drink, reservation is almost necessary, VIP tables are also available to enjoy the most breathtaking panorama of the city. The decor, worthy of an Italian terrace, is like a hanging garden and the perfect setting for enjoying a cocktail in the sun.
NB: reopening scheduled for September 2020
17, avenue Kléber, Paris 16th
Metro George V, Boissière or Argentine
Hôtel Molitor Paris
Mythical address and swimming pool
The Molitor bar and brasserie, in an Art Deco building, has a rooftop terrace with fragrant plants and colourful furniture that conjure up a feeling of holidays and sunshine. Try the cocktails, mocktails or mojitos and enjoy the views of the neighborhood on one side and the pool on the other.
6, avenue de la Porte Molitor, Paris 16th
Mama Shelter Paris East
Known for partying
Mama Rooftop welcomes everyone for lunch, an aperitif or dinner. Drinks and finger food or a full menu or available but Mama Paris East’s big attraction is the grill room! Enjoy roasted chickens, ping-pong tables, sun umbrellas and huge banquettes, all in a secluded setting.
109, rue de Bagnolet, Paris 20th
Metro Porte de Bagnolet
Take a look too at the rooftop of Mama Paris West (20, avenue de la porte de la Plaine Paris 15)
Vegetarian rooftop terrace
The roof terrace at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann welcomes the restaurant CREATURES. Run by chef Julien Sebbag, this pop-up summer vegetarian restaurant also boasts an urban vegetable garden, a bar offering herbal and plant-based cocktails and a festive programme. A delightful vegetable interlude combined with a magnificent view!
40 boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9th
Metro : Chaussée d'Antin-Lafayette
IMA Summer club
Summer on the rooftop of the Arab World Institute
A 300 m² panoramic terrace tucked away on the 9th floor of a Parisian institute ...this is what the Arab World Institute has created with its Summer club on the roof, a perfect place to chill, have a drink and enjoy Classics Only and Arabic Sound nights. All with a breathtaking view of the île de la Cité!
NB: until September 20, 2020
1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Paris 5th
Metro Cardinal Lemoine, Jussieu or Sully-Morland
Sky high restaurant
Perched on the 18th floor of a building located a stone's throw from the Gare de Lyon, LAHO is this summer’s meeting spot! Here you can taste dishes by Julie Basset based on healthy and seasonal products while contemplating the breathtaking view of the clock tower of the Gare de Lyon (designed by Charles Garnier), of the river Seine, the rooftops of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame and even La Défense. Not to miss!
5-9, rue Van Gogh, Paris 12e
Métro : Gare de Lyon
A starred rooftop
Sur le toit du palace Peninsula Paris, l’Oiseau Blanc propose une cuisine gastronomique française de haut vol. Le guide Michelin ne s’y est pas trompé puisqu’il l’a récompensé d’une étoile en 2020. Vous pourrez même voir suspendu dans les airs une réplique de l’avion biplan Charles Nungesser et François Coli, avec lequel ils ont été les premiers à traverser l’Atlantique.
On the roof terrace of the palace Peninsula Paris, L’Oiseau Blanc offers top-flight gastronomic French cuisine. The Michelin guide was not mistaken in awarding it a star in 2020. You can even see suspended in the air a replica of the biplane in which aviators Charles Nungesser and François Coli attempted the first non-stop trans-Atlantic crossing.
19, avenue Kléber, Paris 16e
Métro : Kléber
Many other rooftop terraces and restaurants with breathtaking views await Parisians and visitors:
Le Kong on the roof of the Samaritaine
The rooftop terrace of the Cité de la Mode et du Design in the 12th
The upper deck of the floating museumFluctuart
The confidential rooftop terrace of the Musée Guimet
the view over the rooftops of Paris is breathtaking from the rooftop of the Brach hotel (in the 16th arrondissement)
the prestigious rooftop called "Bonsoir Paris" of the Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel on the Place de la Concorde