The best Paris rooftops
Panoramic or vertiginous, classy or lively, the roofs of hotels, train stations or department stores are transformed into open-air bars… So enjoy!
The newest: The Roof
On the roof of the Madame Rêve hotel, just above the Plume restaurant, discover the large terrace of the brand new and well named rooftop: “Roof”. Signature cocktails and Japanese-influenced finger food can be enjoyed while lounging on the deckchairs. The Roof invites you to contemplate and relax. In addition, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the most beautiful monuments in Paris, from the Sainte-Eustache church to the Eiffel Tower and the emblematic Notre-Dame.
The most panoramic : Laho
Enjoy the most beautiful sunset in Paris while sipping cocktails or mocktails, savoury or sweet platters, as you wish. At 60 metres high, a few steps from the Gare de Lyon, the already famous rooftop Laho opens for a third summer season.
The most bucolic: Perruche
Perched at the top of Printemps Haussmann, the Perruche restaurant reveals a 500m² roof terrace. In an elegant, plant-based setting, like a green oasis, it is a delight to sit down for lunch and a drink, while enjoying the view over the roofs of Paris. The ideal summer spot after an afternoon of shopping!
The most quirky: the Perchoir(s)
Of all the Perchoir bars in Paris, don’t miss the always busy, original Ménilmontant address. The secret of this roof terrace’s success? Its mouthwatering cocktails, home-cooked dishes, view over Sacré-Cœur, and year-round events programme (concerts, yoga classes, barbecues ).
Its winning formula has proved so popular that the Perchoir team has now opened three more rooftop bars: the Perchoir Marais on the roof of the BHV department store, with a panorama over the Eiffel Tower, the Seine and the Hôtel de Ville ; plus the summer pop-up Perchoir de l’Est, on top of Gare de l’Est (from May to September) and the latest addition to the family, the Perchoir Porte de Versailles with its urban farm.
The latest addition to the Perchoir galaxy, le Perchoir - Porte de Versailles houses the largest urban rooftop farmhouse in Europe and a panoramic terrace in Pavilion 6 of the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre.
The most romantic: Terrass' Hôtel
Between Montmartre and the Place Clichy, head straight for seventh heaven and take the lift up to the roof of this elegant and typically Parisian hotel to discover the breathtaking view over the capital. Sip cocktails while admiring the sunset or simply bask among the crowd of hip insiders, who have made this chic rooftop terrace their summer HQ.
The most Parisian: The Galeries Lafayette terrace, Creatures
After a shopping marathon in this temple of Parisian fashion, head for the roof of the lofty department store to relax, grab a drink and nibble some tapas while enjoying unparalleled views over the Opéra de Paris, the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. In a cool and cosy atmosphere, the menu imagined by the chef Julien Sebag gives rhythm to your day from morning to evening to enjoy the most Parisian of rooftops.
Best for dance: Bar à Bulles
Up on the third floor of the Machine du Moulin Rouge, one of the top spots on the Parisian club scene, the Bar à Bulles is a timeless rooftop bar overlooking the famous Place Pigalle. Meet up with friends for an aperitif or a starlit interlude before heading to the Le Central dancefloor and its wild electro line-up.
The coolest: Mama Shelter
This rooftop terrace is just like the Mama Shelter, the coolest hotel in eastern Paris: playful and cosy at the same time. The family is expanding and opening a new rooftop in the west of Paris. The menu includes the same ingredients that have made the house a success: multicoloured cushions and pop parasols, table football and ping-pong, barbecue and a menu that mixes French and Italian gastronomy.
The most dizzying: the roof of the Grande Arche
This rooftop garners all the superlatives: it is both the highest (110 metres above ground-level) and the biggest (boasting a surface area of 1,000 m2)! At the heart of the buzzingParisian business district, the roof of the Grande Arche de la Défense offers an extraordinary view over Paris. As a plus, in the covered section you can find a restaurant headed by the chef Matthieu Dos Santos, an exhibition space dedicated to photojournalism and, outside, the opportunity to stroll over the edifice's iconic bridge for some unforgettable, sky-high cocktails!
The most historic: the Molitor swimming pool
The Art Deco Molitor swimming pool was the haunt of generations of Parisians. Nicknamed "the white liner," for decades anyone who was anyone in Paris made regular visits to its cool blue-toned depths, before it closed in 1989. Luckily, the magnificent building, a listed historic monument, reopened as a luxury hotel in 2014. And while today the pool is only open to select members, the roof terrace remains accessible and offers an unmissable view over the Eiffel Tower and the outdoor pool. Convivial dining, craft cocktails, and carefully selected DJs make for a moment of timeless elegance.
The most arty: the Point Ephémère
Doyenne of the Canal Saint-Martin, the Point Éphémère brings a zest of summer charm to its rooftop terrace. The unofficial meeting point of the Paris arty set, it offers an outdoor bar, deck chairs, a street-food inspired Sunday brunch, outdoor film screenings and yoga classes.
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