Ten spots to contemplate the Parisian skyline

In Paris, numerous terraces, bars, restaurants and monuments afford stunning views of the capital.

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-Elyséesthe 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.

Le 43 Cocktail Bar, Holiday Inn Paris Notre Dame, Paris

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
 More info on the 43 Cocktail Bar

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
 More info on la butte Bergeyre

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
 More info on Les Ombres

Paris, parc de Belleville © DR - Amélie Dupont

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
 More info on the Parc de Belleville

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
 More info on on the Bar du Terrass" Hotel

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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Moncoeur Belleville
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 

Summer terraces

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!

The Peninsula Paris - L'Oiseau Blanc Restaurant | 630x405 | © OTCP

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

L'Oiseau Blanc
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
 More info on the Oiseau Blanc

Paris Montparnasse - Top of the City

Rue de l'Arrivée, Paris, 75015

Europe’s fastest lift takes you to a height of 196 m in 38 seconds. Finest view of Paris in a new fun, modern and very......

Tours de Notre-Dame de Paris

1 rue du cloître Notre-Dame, Paris, 75004

After climbing the 422 steps of the towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral, visitors are rewarded with one of the most stunning panoramic......

Warwick Paris 4/5


5 rue de Berri, Paris, 75008


Discover the elegant and contemporary atmosphere of the Hôtel Warwick Champs-Elysées, located in the heart of Paris’ Golden......

La tour Eiffel

5 avenue Anatole France - Champ de Mars, Paris, 75007

A symbol of Paris and more generally of France, the Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair. It is one......

Fondation Louis Vuitton

Bois de Boulogne - 8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Paris, 75116

The Fondation Louis Vuitton, situated in the Bois de Boulogne, a stone's throw from the Jardin d’Acclimatation, opened its doors......

Le Ciel de Paris

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment | In a museum or monument
Tour Maine Montparnasse - 33 avenue du Maine, Paris, 75015

Located on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower, this restaurant enjoys a magnificent view over Paris and the Eiffel Towerl.......

Le Perchoir

14 rue Crespin du Gast, Paris, 75011

Self-proclaimed first rooftop venue in Paris, the bar-restaurant Le Perchoir, located at the top of a building in Ménilmontant,......

Le Georges

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment | In a museum or monument
Centre Pompidou - place Georges Pompidou, Paris, 75004

The Georges restaurant on the sixth floor of the Pompidou Centre offers one of the most beautiful views of Paris. Project......

Le 43 Cocktail Bar

Bar | In a hotel
Holiday Inn Paris Notre-Dame – 4 rue Danton, Paris, 75006

The 43 Cocktail Bar at the Holiday Inn Paris Notre-Dame (a former ministry converted into an eco hotel) is ideally located close......

Le Louxor - Palais du cinéma

170 boulevard Magenta, Paris, 75010

Built in 1921, the Louxor cinema boasts distinctive neo- Ancient Egyptian architecture. A listed historical building, it closed......

Butte Bergeyre

Street, area of interest
70 rue Georges Lardennois, Paris, 75019

La butte Bergeyre is a mini district of the 19th arrondissement of Paris, peaking at 100 metres. This hill with its little paved......

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Park, garden, promenade
1-7 rue Botzaris, Paris, 75019

The Buttes-Chaumont Park, in the north-east of Paris, is one of the biggest and original green spaces in Paris, measuring 25......

Ballon de Paris Generali

Guided tours
  • Porte de Versailles - Commerce

The biggest hot air balloon in the world! Get a unique bird's eye view of Paris on board the world's biggest air-balloon, from......

Débonair Café

Disco and club
36 quai d'Austerlitz, Paris, 75013

Housed on the roof of the Cité de la Mode et du Design, by the river Seine, Communion is a bar and club frequented by cool young......


Bar | In a museum or monument
32 quai d’Austerlitz, Paris, 75013

A bar, restaurant, club and art space, Wanderlust is situated at the Cité de la Mode et du Design, along the Seine in the 13th......

Les Ombres

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment | In a museum or monument
27 quai Branly, Paris, 75007

In the heart of the beautiful gargen of the Musée du Quai Branly, perched on the roof terrace, the Les Ombres restaurant offers a......

Parc de Belleville

Park, garden, promenade
47 rue des Couronnes, Paris, 75020

Until the 18th century Belleville was just a corner of the countryside with farms, windmills and open-air cafes. The former......

Terrass’’ Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment | In a hotel
Terrass Hotel - 12-14 rue Joseph de Maistre, Paris, 75018

Take the lift to the 7th floor or walk up the 127 steps to discover this discreet and friendly address. Enjoy the dazzling......

Novotel Paris Vaugirard Montparnasse 4/5


257 rue de Vaugirard, Paris, 75015


The Novotel Paris Vaugirard Montparnasse is located in the centre of Paris close to Gare Montparnasse, between the Eiffel Tower......

Le Zyriab

Gastronomic restaurant | In a museum or monument
Institut du Monde Arabe - Niveau 9 - 1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Paris, 75005

Le Zyriab is situated on the top floor of the Institut du Monde Arabe. Its sober, clean decor seamlessly blends glass, iron and......

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre

Place of worship
Parvis du Sacré-Coeur - 35 rue du Chevalier de la Barre, Paris, 75018

The Sacré-Coeur, consecrated in 1919, is one of the most iconic monuments in Paris. At the top of the Butte Montmarte, it has one......