Top restaurant terraces for making summer last for longer
After a summer like no other, where terraces spread to the streets and pavements of the French capital, enjoy tasty food whilst soaking up the last rays of sunshine in September’s top spots.
Up on the roof terrace of the iconic Galeries Lafayette is one of this season’s most sought-after pop-up restaurants. With chef Julien Sebbag at the helm, the menu at Créatures showcases seasonal vegetables in a 100% vegetarian selection of colourful salads and some of his own personal favourites.
The majestic choice
At Girafe, no need to stretch your neck to catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower! The rooftop terrace of this luxurious seafood brasserie located inside the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine will dazzle you! The cuisine is fresh, refined and elegant. You’re in seventh heaven!
The fashionistas’ choice
Perched on the roof of the Printemps du Goût at the Printemps Haussmann department store, Perruche goes all out with culinary elegance and gastronomic delight. Exotic plants, Paris spread out beneath your feet, sparkling cocktails and delicious dishes make it one of the trendiest terraces in the city.
The waterside choice
Sitting opposite Lac d’Enghien-les-Bains on the terrace of Fouquet’s restaurant, you’ll almost believe you’re at the seaside. Three-Michelin-starred chef, Pierre Gagnaire, has designed a bistro-style menu, and you can watch the pedal boats while just a stone’s throw from the city. A real breath of fresh air!
The riverside choice
Head down to Maquereaux, the barge restaurant moored at Quai de l’Hôtel-de-Ville. With a two-tiered terrace, it’s an ideal spot to enjoy oysters from Brittany, whelk with mayonnaise, or an assortment of smoked fish. Anchors aweigh!
The secret choice
La Petite Venise is a taste of Italy right in the heart of the Château de Versailles grounds. In this bucolic setting, with a shady terrace and cuisine straight from Italy, enjoy a royal luncheon, to the backdrop of the Grand Canal and the Fountain of Apollo.
The high choice
At the top of the Butte Montmartre, the Moulin de la Galette stands guard over its history, staying true to the guingette spirit so dear to the Impressionists of the 19th century. The traditional, tasty cuisine is devoted to fresh, good quality produce, the terrace lined with trees, and the view incredible.
The spectacular choice
Adjoining the Parc du Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Le Pavillon Henri IV is the last remaining vestige of the Château-Neuf, the royal residence of Henri IV and Louis XIV. Today, it is a gastronomic restaurant directed by Chef Patrick Käppler, complete with a panoramic terrace that overlooks the Seine valley.
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