Expect soaring views of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine from these rooftop restaurants in Paris, perched high above the streets of the French capital.
The only thing better than enjoying fine cuisine in Paris is enjoying it from an elevated rooftop terrace. These high-rise restaurants command fabulous views across the iconic Parisian skyline, from Montmartre to the Arc de Triomphe. Indulge in expertly crafted cocktails and spectacular cuisine from some of the best chefs in France, as recommended by Culture Trip.
Offering the most magical views of the Parisian skyline from the heights of Montmartre, this bar-cum-restaurant sitting atop the elegant Terrass’’ Hotel in Paris’s 18th arrondissement is sure to impress. During the summer, take a pew outside on the terrace. Come winter, the floor-to-ceiling windows still allow you to admire the vista from inside. The menu comprises a modern take on traditional French dishes. You can’t go wrong with chef Eric Lurthy’s salmon gravlax and rack of lamb with fruit tagine.
Vegetarians flock to Créatures, the trendy restaurant plonked atop the stylish Galeries Lafayette department store. Here, grungy chef Julien Sebbag serves up creative plant-based fare. Not only does he ensure all his produce is sourced as locally as possible, he also implements a strict zero-waste policy, meaning a Créatures dining experience is 100 percent guilt-free. Sharing menus rotate based on the season, but expect dishes including baked focaccia layered with grilled veggies and creamy mozzarella, plus colourful salads combining Mediterranean flavours.
With views of the Eiffel Tower to one side and the Arc de Triomphe to the other, the five-star Hôtel Raphaël’s rooftop is perhaps the most luxurious in all of Paris. Part restaurant, part posh champagne bar and restaurant, the three-course menu may set you back a fair few euros, but you won’t find much finer fare anywhere else in the city. Chef Francisco Merino whips up French fine dining – including roasted wild prawn and scallops carpaccio with artichoke cream – like no other.
Terraces don’t come much bigger than the one perched on top of the Centre Pompidou. Gaze across the Unesco-listed Parisian rooftops from this restaurant on the roof of the contemporary arts centre, built in the 1970s. The eclectic menu of French, American and Asian dishes tastes just as good whether you dine outdoors or indoors. If you’re stopping by for dinner, don’t leave too early – live DJs kick off right after dessert.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Roberta Dencheva.