When the weather’s nice, Paris comes alive in its rooftop bars and terraces – offering excellent views alongside innovative cocktails. Here’s our pick of the best.
This trendy, graffiti-covered bar overlooks the Canal Saint-Martin and is part of Point Ephémère, a building that also houses an exhibition space, a dance studio and artists in residence. Le Top is only open during the summer months – keep an eye out for a green flag that indicates they’re open for business. Keep in mind that Le Top is only available to those with a reservation, but this means that it’s never too crowded, and it’s an excellent place to relax with some of the key players from the local arts scene.
In the heart of Montmartre lies the impressive Terrass Hôtel, which has seventh-floor views that are nothing short of breathtaking. Grab an appropriately named Moulin Rouge (Ketel One vodka, Chambord, Merlet crème de péche, fresh raspberries, apricot juice, cranberry juice and champagne) and relax in one of the comfortable sofas. And if you can’t choose between the many cocktails on offer, bartender Emeric Aguilar can whip something up just for you.
Brasserie Auteuil is located in an old train station in the 16th arrondissement. The light, airy space was designed by architect Laura Gonzalez, who has created a lush oasis for the terrace, with exotic plants and climbing vines set up around the rooftop. Try one of the house cocktails like the Pimento, with Jimador tequila, lime juice, cucumber, passionfruit and a sprinkling of chilli powder.
Situated in the trendy St-Germain area of Paris, this rooftop bar is popular with socialites and celebrities (apparently, it’s a favourite of Kate Moss). The bar is decked out with sleek, black marble tables, and leather seating adds to the chic, exclusive atmosphere. Reservations are essential, but once you’re there the views of Notre Dame and the St-Germain church are truly stunning.
Sitting at the top of the Palais de Tokyo art museum, the big draw of Monsieur Bleu is its unparalleled views of the Eiffel Tower. This bar is a great place in Paris to bust out your best suit or little black dress, with a glamorous clientele drawn to this sleek, art deco space, designed by Joseph Dirand. As well as an excellent cocktail list – house specials include the emerald tower with gin, vanilla, Thai basil and bergamot – the menu is classic bar food with a twist, with brunch served at weekends.
The luxurious Terrasse cocktail bar, at the top of the Hôtel Raphael in the 16th arrondissement, offers one of the best panoramic views in the city, with the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe on display. The seating is simple yet chic, with all the focus on the cityscape spreading out before you. Drinks here don’t come cheap, but you’re paying for the view, which is priceless.
After spending a day shopping at Printemps on the boulevard Haussmann, make your way up to the top of the building for a drink at Perruche. Mixologist Nico de Soto has created a “neo-tiki” inspired cocktail menu that also features classics such as daiquiris and pina coladas. There’s a small selection of sophisticated bar food: poulpe à la plancha (octopus) or canard roti (roast duck).
From the talented team at L’Exceptional, The Shed is an inviting space on the top of the Hotel Grands Boulevards. If you’re after an intimate bar with a knockout cocktail list, The Shed is well worth a visit. Plants and herbs set up around the space not only give The Shed a quirky vibe but are also grown to be used by the bar and restaurant downstairs.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Jade Cuttle