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 Tours de Notre-Dame (closed to the public until further notice), 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 … 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.

  • Due to the current situation related to the Coronavirus pandemic, Parisian establishments welcoming the public (restaurants, rooftop bars, monuments, etc.) and Parisian parks may have to modify their opening hours, and reduce their capacity in order to guarantee the respect of current health and safety guidelines. 
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
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The Café Richelieu / Angelina, Louvre Museum (Temporarily closed)
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

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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
 More info on the Cinema the Louxor

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 (Temporarily closed)
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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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

Every summer, pop-up terraces appear in Paris. On wasteland, in unusual places or as simply extensions of existing terraces, these spots lasting just a few months of the year are perfect places to enjoy sunny days in the capital. For eating or drinking under a blue sky, with friends or family, summer terraces are an essential part of la vie Parisienne.

See our article on these 20 terraces for summer only

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Have a drink and enjoy rooftop views of paris

Relax on the rooftops of the French capital. Bars, brasseries and restaurants welcome you on their rooftop terraces for an evening with altitude! Everything you need to discover the City of Light from above.

See our selection of 15 rooftop terraces to discover in Paris

Paris Montparnasse - Top of the City

Monument
Rue de l'Arrivée, Paris, 75015
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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

Monument
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

Hotel

5 rue de Berri, Paris, 75008

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

La tour Eiffel

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

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

Bar
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

Cinema
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......

Wanderlust

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

Hotel

257 rue de Vaugirard, Paris, 75015

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

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......