In Paris, numerous terraces, bars, restaurants and monuments afford stunning views of the capital. Here’s a selection.
Tourist attractions such as Montmartre, the Eiffel Tower, the Montparnasse Tower and its restaurant The Ciel de Paris, the big wheel at Concorde, the Tours de Notre-Dame, the Sacré-Cœur, the Fondation Louis-Vuitton or the Ballon Generali at the Parc André-Citroën are well-known for offering breathtaking views of Paris. For fans of spectacular views and people who would like to know the best places with a view, here is a choice selection that will give you another perspective on Paris … Wonderful surprises in view!
Of course, there are the latest hip rooftop addresses: the Perchoir with a second address on the roof of the BHV Marais, the W at the Hôtel Warwick Champs-Elysées, the Georges at Beaubourg, Communion and the Wanderlust at Les Docks, the Zyriab at Institut du Monde Arabe … from where the view is suberb.
But less-well-known spots are also well worth visiting, and finding a seat might be easier! Sometimes this may be a simple street corner or an elevated little public garden or park - Parc des Buttes Chaumont, parc de Belleville - with an unobstructed view offering a different perspective of the Paris skyline. A unique panorama guaranteed and a source of pleasure that no fan of Paris should miss out on.
The 43 Cocktail Bar, Holiday Inn Paris Notre-Dame
L’adresse n’est pas secrète, mais c’est quand même l’un des rooftops les plus discrets de la capitale. Dans le 6ème, tout près de Saint-Michel, la vue sur Paris y est sensationnelle, avec cette délicieuse impression de marcher sur les toits.
Toit de l’Holiday Inn, 4 rue Danton, Paris 6th
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The Café Richelieu / Angelina, Louvre Museum
Situated in one of the wings of the museum - the Richelieu wing – the Café Richelieu / Angelina opens onto a terrace overlooking the Cour Napoléon and its famous pyramid. Here, no rooftop vistas, but one of the most visited and splendid monuments in the world that one never tires of admiring. A very gourmet address, which offers a range of irresistible Parisian pastries.
Louvre Museum, Richelieu wing, 1st floor
The terrace bar at the Louxor
Already a landmark! Reopened in 2013, Le Louxor cinema, with its quality cinema programme, is a great hit with film buffs in the north of Paris. From its equally popular terrace bar, the Barbès district can be seen from another angle, with Sacré-Coeur in the background.
170 boulevard de Magenta, Paris 10th
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La butte Bergeyre
Montmartre is not the only place from which to look out over Paris! Near to Buttes-Chaumont, a few tiny residential streets cling to a hillside from which there is a dramatic and original view of Paris. There are even grape vines here but very few tourists!
Rue Georges-Lardennois, Paris 19th
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Les Ombres, musée du quai Branly
Culture and food is generally a winning combination. And when there is a breathtaking view of Paris to go with it, then pleasure is guaranteed. A recipe that is highly-successful at Les Ombres, the rooftop – terrace restaurant at the Musée du Quai Branly. A must.
27 quai Branly, Paris 7th
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Parc de Belleville
The view of Paris from the park’s highest point is grandiose and merits certain terraces that cannot offer such a panorama! Not to be missed when you are out exploring the east of Paris.
47 rue des Couronnes, Paris 20th
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The Terrass" restaurant and bar
The Terrass" Hotel is also an open secret for many tourists in Paris, and that is no surprise! Situated just below Montmartre, it offers a 180° panoramic view from its restaurant and cocktail bar. An ideal spot to end a day’s sightseeing with a cocktail and a sunset over Paris.
12-14 rue Joseph de Maistre, Paris 18th
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Le Novotel Paris Vaugirard Montparnasse
This Novotel has a little gem of a lounge bar tucked away on the top floor roof terrace. It is an ideal and unpretentious spot to share an apero platter with friends and enjoy a house cocktail. Bartender Sébastien Foulard signs creative cocktails – try out his revisited Spritz, the ‘Sunset Vaugirard’.
257 rue de Vaugirard, Paris 15th
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Located at the belvedere at Belleville, in the east of the city, this restaurant known to Parisians is considered by them to offer the most beautiful views of Paris ... You can judge for yourself and discover the affordable menu of seasonal produce, Sunday brunch or generous cocktails!
1 rue des Envierges, Paris 20th
It is a well-known fact; summer is a season where anything goes! On this occasion, some establishments open temporary summer terraces. Spots not to be missed, which you can enjoy only for a few months!
Le Perchoir - BHV Marais
This temporary bar opens on the terrace of the BHV during summer. Stunning views of the Marais and decor that changes from one summer to another, for a snack lunch or a cocktail. Reopening date for summer 2016 not yet communicated.
37 rue de la Verrerie, Paris 4th
La Porte des Indes - Galeries Lafayette
The restaurant La Porte des Indes once again opens for the summer on the terrace of the Galeries Lafayette. A perfect place to enjoy the flavours of Indian cuisine while admiring the Paris rooftops.
40 boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9th
The Oiseau Blanc is a very chic restaurant on the 6th floor of The Peninsula Paris, 5-star hotel. It offers bistronomic cuisine crafted by chef Sidney Redel. One of the restaurant’s undeniable assets is a summer terrace, which offers one of the most spectacular views of Paris and its most famous monuments, with the Eiffel Tower in the foreground.
19 avenue Kleber, Paris 16th
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