With a name that literally translates as ‘the roost,’ Le Perchoir offers stunning birds-eye views of the city. The unmarked door hasn’t stopped Le Perchoir from becoming one of the hottest spots in Paris. Be prepared to queue, even if you arrive early, a rooftop can only accommodate so many people, after all, and Le Perchoir has no shortage of eager customers. The expertly made cocktails and extensive wine list, panoramic views, and friendly atmosphere make Le Perchoir a popular destination for a relaxed summer evening.
14 Rue Crespin du Gast, Paris, France +33 1 48 06 18 48
43 Up On The Roof
In the heart of Paris’s bustling Latin Quarter, hidden on the ninth floor of the Holiday Inn Paris Notre-Dame, you’ll find some of the best drinks in the capital. The romantic patio of 43 Up on the Roof is lined with exotic desert plants and cacti, which contrast with the quintessentially European views of Parisian rooftops and iconic landmarks. The drinks are to die for, blending a wide range of familiar flavors in new and inspired ways. Reservations are a must, and as the patio can only hold 50 or so people at once, it’s recommended you book well in advance to secure a place at this hidden gem.
4 Rue Danton, Paris, France +33 1 81 69 00 60
The Raphael Terrace
For those who don’t mind splashing the cash for unbeatable views, an intimate atmosphere, and meticulously crafted drinks, Hotel Raphael’s terrace is the place to be. Though the food and cocktails are somewhat pricey, the jaw-dropping views, you feel as if you can almost touch the Arc de Triomphe, more than make up for the expense. Be sure to try the signature ‘Raphael,’ a champagne cocktail made with Grand Brut, strawberry purée, lime, and manzana verde. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
17 Avenue Kléber, Paris, France +33 1 53 64 32 00
Déli-Cieux at Printemps
Historic Paris department store Printemps is famous as a luxury shopping destination, but it also houses several restaurants, a patisserie, and Déli-Cieux, a rooftop bar located on the store’s terrace. The central location grants Déli-Cieux a spectacular 360-degree view of the city. Alongside champagne and wine, the bar also offers a limited food menu, but the main draw here is the scenery. The convenient location means the bar is popular with tourists, armed with cameras and looking for a shopping pit stop.
64 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris, France +33 1 42 82 50 00
The Rooftop of the Piscine Molitor
Though the iconic art deco swimming pool closed down and fell into disarray in 1989, it reopened in spring 2014 as a refurbished swimming pool and four-star hotel complex. The complex’s rooftop bar overlooks both the pool and the city beyond, providing excellent opportunities for people watching and city viewing. The terrace is lined with aromatic herbs and grasses, which make for a relaxing ambience, and the menu is surprisingly affordable. The bright décor and laid-back vibe make this rooftop a must-visit summery treat.
Avenue de la Porte Molitor, Paris, France +33 1 56 07 08 50
Bar and café by day and club by night, the ultra hip Nüba is located on the largest terrace in Paris above Cité de la Mode et du Design (The City of Fashion and Design), which houses the French fashion institute, shops, and exhibition spaces. This large rooftop destination is popular with the young and trendy of Paris, live music and big-name DJs draw the crowds, and cocktails and food-truck burgers keep them dancing till dawn. Nüba’s views of the Seine and the modern buildings of the city are unmatched, so be sure to bring your camera.
36 Quai d’Austerlitz, Paris, France +33 1 76 77 34 85
Lounge Bar View
Another hotel bar ( larger buildings mean larger rooftops), Lounge Bar View is situated atop Hotel Novotel Paris Vaugirard Montparnasse. The spacious terrace accommodates many tables, meaning seats in the sun are easy to come by. The drinks and food are reasonably priced by Paris standards, and the unpretentious atmosphere entices guests to linger long after they’ve finished their meal. Seasonal cocktails, in fittingly bright summer flavors, can be enjoyed under the sun or the stars as the Eiffel Tower glitters in the distance.
257 Rue de Vaugirard, Paris, France +33 1 40 45 10 00
Le Zyriab by Noura
Located on the ninth floor of the Institut du Monde Arabe, Le Zyriab is operated by Noura, a successful chain of Lebanese restaurants with locations in Paris and London. Le Zyriab is best known for its stunning views of Paris, which can also be enjoyed from indoors through the glass walls if the weather takes a turn for the worse. Customers can sip on a wide selection of wines, champagnes, and cocktails and nibble on tasty Lebanese dishes while the Eiffel Tower pierces the sky in the distance.
1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Paris, France +33 1 55 42 55 42
Mama Shelter Rooftop Terrace
Mama Shelter is a delightfully offbeat hotel, designed by Philippe Starck, that caters to an artsy young crowd. Its rooftop terrace provides an ideal destination to enjoy a drink and a pizza in a neighborhood off the beaten track. At the weekends, guests can also enjoy live music. The bright and airy patio, with décor meant to appeal to hipsters and artists, is perfect for casual summer drinks with friends. Mama Shelter’s rooftop terrace offers a cozy alternative to the more exclusive rooftop bars of central Paris.
109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris, France +33 1 43 48 48 48
Cinéma Etoile Lilas Terrace
The scriptwriting duo who run Les Sardignac, a successful Paris bistro, have fittingly enough taken charge of the rooftop bar and restaurant at the Cinéma Etoile Lilas. The cinema’s expansive terrace, with its leafy potted trees and colorful umbrellas, seems far removed from the hustle and bustle of Paris just outside. There’s ample space to soak up the sun with a seasonal cocktail, enjoy a pre- or post-film meal, or simply settle into a deck chair with a book and a glass of red. Perfection.
Place du Maquis du Vercors, 75020 Paris, France +33 1 46 34 82 54