Even if Paris isn’t as filled with high-rises as New York or Berlin, the French capital still benefits from plenty of roof terraces to take in the beautiful view of the Parisian skyline. Without the steel and glass, the low architecture captures a wholly different sensation only possible in Paris.
After visiting art expos, shopping sessions, or nights out, you can choose which terrace best suits you throughout the seasons!
The terrace of the Cité de la Mode et du Design on the quai d’Austerlitz has become the place to be for the young hip Parisian. Open from spring to the beginning of autumn, you can sip cocktails while sitting on poufs overlooking the Seine, and eat from trending food trucks before dancing the night away to electro music. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
For who? A young and fast-paced crowd used to electro festival ambiances.
32 quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris
Metro : Quai de la gare (line 6)
In the same area as Wanderlust but a little bit higher, Nüba boasts an unforgettable terrace of 400 m2 with a panoramic view of the Seine and the capital. With canapés and long chairs, a DJ in a hut, and palm trees and tinsel lights, there is definitely a relaxed and summery feel to this rooftop. Facebook Page
For who? The trendy bunch used to privileged summer nights
Where? LE NÜBA
36 quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris
Metro : Quai de la gare (line 6)
Perched on top of the roof of Centre Georges Pompidou in the heart of the Halles neighborhood, Le Georges offers one of the most beautiful views of the rooftops and monuments of Paris. Come to have lunch, drink a glass of wine after visiting an expo, and dine well. Roses on each table light up the ambiance the entire night… A guaranteed romantic setting! Facebook page here.
For who? Couples looking for a chic and romantic atmosphere
Where? LE GEORGES
19 rue Beaubourg, 75004 Paris
Metro : Châtelet Les Halles (lines, 1, 4, 7, 11, RER A, B, D)
Designed by Philippe Starck, the roof terrace of the famous hotel Mama Shelter presents a perfect space to pass great memories. You can choose your ambiance between the traditional restaurant and the cantine-pizzeria, or simply drink a cocktail while swinging in the hammocks, deck chairs, under parasols and with ping-pong tables. A great space to chill and relax in the heart of the capital after a long day.
For who? Young and trendy “bobos”
Where? MAMA SHELTER PARIS
109 rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris
Metro : Gambetta (line 3)
43 up on the Roof
On the Left Bank, 43 Up on the Roof is a restaurant-terrace of the Holiday Inn Paris Notre-Dame, with an impressive view of the Eiffel Tower, the Panthéon, Sacré-Coeur and the roofs and inner courtyards of the buildings of the Sorbonne area. On the menu, original cocktails are made by your Barman recently renowned for his signature cocktail, the Anna K (lime, herbes de Provence, basil, Midori, tequila, green apple nectar, tonic). Find their Facebook here.
For who? Fans of chic and discreet cocktail bars
Where? UP ON THE ROOF
9e étage de l’hôtel Holiday Inn Paris Notre-Dame, 4 rue Danton, 75006 Paris
Metro: Odéon (lines 4 and 10)
Warm and simple, the Perchoir has magnificent view of Paris on its area of 400 m2, with an easy-access bar and restaurant that has a unique menu (updated every day). Outside of tourist hubs, this intimate spot is great to have a chill aperitif before a night of partying in the bars of the Oberkampf neighborhood. Such a success, they opened a second location in Le Marais district.
For who? For couples and friends who like simple and original space
Where? LE PERCHOIR
14 rue Crespin du Gast, 75011 Paris / Reservations: 01 48 06 18 48
Metro: Ménilmontant (line 2)
The terrace of l’hôtel Raphaël
A true haven of peace in the upper-end 16th arrondissement, the hôtel Raphaël has one of the most luxurious rooftops in Paris. The well named “gardens in open sky” offers guests a breathtaking, 360 degree view over the Arc of Triomphe, the Grand Palais, and the Eiffel Tower. The terrace is open from 4PM to 10PM from June to September.
For who? Those who enjoy luxe places and atmospheres
Where? HOTEL RAPHAEL
17 Avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris
Metro: Kléber (line 6)
In the west, the Molitor is a garden filled with aromatic herbs and flowers aside the Molitor Pool (recently transformed into a hotel complex), offering an exceptional view on the Eiffel Tower and the Bois de Boulogne. Open from June to September, chefs offer grilled menus, salads, and special cocktails on top of the olympic swimming pool. Definitely a sporty, artsy, and exclusive place. Find their menu here.
For who? Those who like art and luxe
Where? PISCINE MOLITOR
Porte Molitor / 1-5 boulevard d’Auteuil, 75016 Paris
Metro: Michel-Ange Molitor (line 10)
Zyriab at the Institute of the Arab World
This panoramic terrace at the Institute of the Arab World offers a great view on the capital, particularly the Seine, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Île de la Cité and the Marais. Le Zyriab (the name of the Lebanese restaurant) is your ideal location to taste a mint tea or dine after an art expo, as the sun sets across Paris.
Where? INSTITUT DU MONDE ARABE
10th floor, 1 rue des Fossés Saint Bernard, 75005 Paris
Metro : Jussieu (lines 7 and 10)
Deli-Cieux au Printemps
Who doesn’t dream of having coffee in a cosy space after an intense shopping session? This is absolutely possible at Deli-Cieux above the Printemps Store, which has a rooftop on the 10th floor with a breathtaking view of the Opéra Garnier. You can go there to relax and enjoy a cocktail or a typical French platter before some more shopping.
For who? Great shoppers looking for a little break
Where? PRINTEMPS DE LA MAISON
64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
Metro: Havre-Caumartin (lines 3 and 9, RER A)