Summer is finally here, and that’s cause for celebration. Whether you’re going to hang out on the Bank of the Seine River or spend your time sipping rosé by the canal St.-Martin, summer is a time to relax and enjoy Paris in all its glory. So what could be more pleasant than to enjoy the beautiful terraces of Paris? A small patch of green, stunning views, rooftops or secret places, we have spotted the best terraces for you to enjoy a drink in Paris. We have spotted the best terraces, we are now just waiting for you!
Let’s start with the great classics: La Palette is an iconic café-restaurant in Paris. Located in a charming Parisian street in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, it serves to those seeking an original and hip atmosphere. Dating back to the Bohemian period of Saint-Germain, La Palette is the absolute Parisian chic Café to discover.
Le Perchoir – which translates as ‘the roost’- is the perfect place to perch near Bastille in Paris. Take the elevator of this chic rooftop bar to the seventh floor for stunning 360-degree city views, music, and cocktails. And if you happen to stroll in le Marais this summer, take an hour or two to visit and enjoy another Perchoir located on top of the BHV open only and after the store closes its doors to the public (8.30pm-2am) from July to end of September.
With one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower in all of Paris, this terrace is showstopping. Palais de Tokyo’s fancy new restaurant, Monsieur bleu, offering delicious cocktails and sweeping views of the river Seine and the Eiffel Tower. Now what more could you ask for?
Le Saut du Loup
Set inside the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, the Saut du Loup is a definitely chic place to have a drink with a view to die for overlooking the Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. But it is the superb culinary cocktail which makes Le Saut du Loup such an unforgettable experience.
Le Musée de la vie Romantique
Le Musée de la vie Romantique’s terrace is a quiet, charming, and of course perfectly romantic place to have a drink. Nested in a former Parisian private mansion at the foot of Montmartre hill, this terrace is dappled in sunlight and bordered by rose hedges. You will feel almost as if you have escaped to Normandy as you sip your lemonade.
Parisian museums hold many surprises! When the Centre Georges Pompidou closes, you should head to the top floor to where you will find Le Georges, the museum’s panoramic restaurant. This privileged perch offers the most beautiful views of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and Le Sacré Coeur of Montmartre. And that’s not all, the Pink Bar, a vodka bar tucked away in an alcove has a highly unusual list of delicious cocktails for you to try.
Le Rosa Bonheur
Bucolic enchantment reigns at Rosa Bonheur, a bar set in an ancient ginguette in the charming Buttes Chaumont park. The Rosa Bonheur is an idyllic spot in the park for wine and tapas with just the birds, bees and French bobos for company, indeed for Parisians, its terrace is the place to see and be seen in the summer.
Le “43 up the Roof”
What about a view of the Invalides, the Pantheon, Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero, the Louvre, and Sacré Coeur all at once? Sip cocktails at this panoramic bar where you can see every single Parisian landmarks. You won’t know if it’s the view or the cocktails making you dizzy.
And last but not least, our very favourite terrace is le Faust! This amazing place is located at the foot of the Esplanade des Invalides in the centre of the 7th arrondissement under the Pont Alexandre III, Paris’ most beautiful bridge. To us, this is the new must in the capital: chic and classic. Enjoy a nice glass of pink champagne while you watch the sun set over the Seine!
Irina Raileanu is the owner and Director at Avenue Story.