Stringent regulations ensured that Paris’ low-lying skyline was preserved, keeping the historic city much as it was when Baron Haussmann rebuilt it under Napoleon III during the 19th century.
Without towering skyscrapers, as found in most of the world’s major cities, Paris’ low rooftops allow stunning views right across its iconic buildings and landmarks. On these rooftops, you’ll find independent and hotel restaurants, clubs, bars and coffee shops – all offering a memorable perspective of the City of Love. For something extra special while in Paris, definitely head up to one of the rooftop bars to sip on champagne, and indulge in hand-crafted cocktails and distinctive culinary delights. After all, there’s nothing more Parisian than sipping on your drink while admiring the view of the French Capital’s most iconic monuments, including the flickering lights of the Eiffel Tower, as the sun sets beyond.
The BusinessClass.com guide to 10 Ten Best Rooftop Bars in Paris:
Le Rooftop – Hotel Peninsula Paris
Le Rooftop, located on Level 46 of the Hotel Peninsula Paris in the 16th Arrondissement, is one of the city’s premier rooftop bars. With its own private terrace and high above Avenue des Champs-Élysées, it was designed by renowned Philippe Starck and the remarkable venue is a welcome mix of opulent luxury and a contemporary style. Here, using only the best ingredients in their cuisine and expertly blending innovation with classic elegance, you’ll also find L'Oiseau Blanc – The Peninsula Paris' Michelin-starred rooftop restaurant.
All inside, but with panoramic windows in all directions. At adjoining Le Rooftop, Head Barman Ivo Correia Rocha and his team offer a selection of refreshing and creative cocktails. The cocktails and dishes are enhanced by products from the beehives and the vegetable garden on the hotel's roof. To make the experience even more unique, order from the exclusive rosé wines from Château d'Esclans which are available throughout the day.
Address: L'Oiseau Blanc, 19 Avenue Kléber, 75116
Le Rooftop, Terrass Hotel
Located in the heart of Paris, Le Rooftop is on the 7th floor of the Terrass Hotel Paris in the Montmartre district and has indoor and outdoor seating that offers a break from the busy streets below. A chic bar and restaurant with a popular terrace, it offers panoramic views of Paris’s most recognised monuments and landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and Opera House. There are only 8 tables and 5 seats at each, making it perfect for an intimate gathering at the end of your day, or to meet for a lingering lunch with friends.
This historic hotel was once frequented by Dali, Renoir and Edith Piaf, and has been in the hands of the same family for five generations. The bar menu features innovative cocktails and an extensive international wine list and modern French cuisine. On most evenings, live jazz plays to further enhance the setting.
Address: Terrass Hotel,12 Rue Joseph de Maistre, 75018
Le Rooftop, Hotel Raphaël
Le Rooftop at Hotel Raphael Paris showcases French tradition and hospitality in the heart of the 16th arrondissement, just a few meters from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées. Built-in 1925, the building has an impressive sculpted façade and is lovingly preserved by the family of hoteliers who has owned it for generations. The Michelin-starred restaurant has been impressing patrons for over 20 years and is ranked as one of the top restaurants in Paris. Here acclaimed Chef Antoine Westermann puts his touch to all the dishes, and impeccable service and timeless elegance are guaranteed throughout. Le Rooftop bar is on the 7th floor and the views from there are hard to beat.
A literal hanging garden with 360-degree panoramic views of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Sacré Coeur, it mixes touches of yellow and white in the chairs and umbrellas with more regular dining furniture. Open during the summer, when the air is filled with the heady perfumes of flowers in bloom and the colours they bring. Quench your thirst with a glass of champagne, chilled Chablis or a good Coteaux d'Aix en Provence, as you soak it all in.
Address: Hotel Raphaël, 17 Avenue Kléber, 75116
Le Tout Paris – Cheval Blanc Paris
Le Tout Paris is located on the seventh floor of Cheval Blanc Paris, which is at 8 Quai du Louvre, overlooking the Seine and a short distance from the Pont Neuf. Le Tout Paris is the more casual brasserie-style restaurant, while the hotel's other restaurants include the Italian Langosteria and the three Michelin-star Plenitude. Promising a more intimate and elegant atmosphere, Le Tout Paris opened its doors to soon become a favourite among Parisians and tourists alike.
This brasserie with its colourful décor was designed by Peter Marino and is on the seventh floor. The terrace with its view over the Seine and the Left Bank below is bathed in Parisian light and it draws inspiration from the traditional and original Art Deco bistro amid a sea of refashioned Parisian rooftops. The Tout-Paris bar showcases cocktails that embody the French identity alongside great classics, always revisited. A place to go for a drink, and a fine meal and where Parisian life prevails.
Address: 8 Quai du Louvre, 75001
Le Perchoir Marais is tucked away on the rooftop of one of Paris' favourite department stores, BHV MARAIS. Serving small plates, wine, beer and spicy cocktails, the ‘Bistrot Marseillais’ décor is a delightful added attraction that evokes the festive spirit of Marseille. One of several Le Perchoir-rooftops in Paris, this one is in the heart of the Marais, one of the oldest and trendiest neighbourhoods in the city.
To keep things fresh, the alfresco bar changes with the seasons and the décor has a surf club or seaside feel to it with the low wooden tables and stools, shade sail canopy, and strands of twinkling lights. Yet the view of Paris rooftops and the Eiffel Tower in the distance lend to a cosmopolitan, relaxed and lively atmosphere with live DJ sets often leading to dancing. Open from June to October, Le Perchoir gets busy quickly in good weather, so arrive early to be first in the line.
Head to Kimpton St Honoré Paris’s 10th floor to discover Sequoia, a glamorous rooftop bar on Boulevard des Capucines in the 9th arrondissement. A new addition to the city and designed by renowned architect Charles Zana, the 300 sqm terrace has 80 seats from which to admire the setting and 360° views of Paris. On the menu, you’ll find a short list that includes the 6 cocktails of the moment, wines, and champagnes, as well as a selection of tapas-style dishes to share.
Housed in a beautiful 1917 Art Nouveau building, the modern Kimpton St Honoré Paris Hotel is elegant and inviting. The rooftop and Sequoia are filled with greenery, making it a true elevated garden escape with stylish lounge sofas and dining tables. Enjoy delicious, signature cocktails while dancing to live DJ sets. Sequoia is a walk-in-only venue, so well worth trying your luck while in the city.
Address: 27-29 Bd des Capucines, 75002
Mama Shelter Paris East Rooftop
Founded by Serge Trigano and his sons Jérémie and Benjamin, the Mama Shelter brand came onto the hospitality scene with an urban refuge concept. Located in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, Mama Shelter Paris East is the original Mama Shelter branch in the French capital and has arooftop bar that is vibrant and charming, packed with colourful dining tables, comfy lounge sofas and both a ping-pong and foosball table for added entertainment. Sip on cocktails or bite into gourmet pizzas cooked on the wood fire, and Italian-style mezze prepared with fresh ingredients imported from Italy.
The bar is both lively and intimate, perfect for those who want to unwind with friends or indulge in a board game or two. Regular DJ sets provide a relaxed soundtrack and an extensive cocktail list keeps things interesting. Also in Paris Mama Shelter Paris West and Paris La Défense, each with their own notable rooftop bar.
Address: 109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020
Café Georges Pompidou
Located on the sixth floor of the Center Pompidou, Café Georges Pompidou offers an indoor-outdoor rooftop with panoramic Paris views. Project architects Dominique Jacob and Brendan McFarlane were careful to acknowledge the Centre’s architecture and came up with a minimalist and avant-garde design that includes aluminium sheeting with fluid contours for the interior of the restaurant.
With its huge bay windows and its beautiful volumes, Café Georges evolves throughout the day according to the light and the seasons. Ideal for a drink, lunch or an evening, you can enjoy a cocktail at the bar, sit with friends on the terrace, savour healthy and gourmet cuisine, enjoy the Parisian sunset and party to the sounds of DJ sets. The rooftop restaurant offers modern and tasty French cuisine from quite a large menu. As the night wears on, the area turns more into a rooftop bar, perfect for cocktails and views with a group of friends.
Address: The Centre Pompidou, 6e étage du Centre Pompidou, 75004
Les Ombres – Musee du Quai Branly
On the roof terrace of the Musée Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, the entirely glass-sided Les Ombres Quai Branly restaurant has an interior and exterior designed by architect Jean Nouvel and overlooks the nearby Eiffel Tower. Serving some Mediterranean classics, and seasonal produce from the best producers, finely perfected cooking times and sauces with the menu supervised by Alain Ducasse and skilfully executed by talented chef Alexandre Sempere.
With a clever name referencing the restaurant’s location at the foot of the tower, Les Ombres means ‘the shadows’ — this eatery seats nearly 100 on its spacious terrace and diners enjoy a stunning view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. An innovative version of French cuisine inspired by the Mediterranean, the flavours of the meals and drinks are subtly created and prepared.
Address: Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, 27 Quai Jacques Chirac, 75007
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