5 Terrasses in Paris That Feel Like Endless Summer

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Some have unique views, others offer green spaces. From Montparnasse to a hill in Meudon, here are five terrasses in Paris to keep the summer vibes going.


1. Le Girafe, for the best view of the Eiffel Tower

The duo behind this site just can’t stop. After Monsieur Bleu at the Palais de Tokyo and Loulou at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Laurent de Gourcuff and Gilles Malafosse opened Girafe at the Cité de l’architecture at the Palais de Chaillot. A terrasse in Trocadero that guarantees you’ll be turning your head southward toward where the Eiffel Tower stands just across the Seine (she’s so close you feel like you could reach out and touch her with your fingertips). This close-up relationship with the Iron Lady continues in the Art Deco décor — cream benches, cane chairs, 1930’s lighting — designed by Joseph Dirand. In the kitchen, Benoît Dargère blows in a culinary ocean breeze on his menu: sea bream ceviche with coconut and lime; langoustine carpaccio with caviar; fried squid made with candied peppers, chorizo, and Espelette pepper; lobster served with linguine, tomatoes, herbs; and sole meunière. For dessert, give into the chocolate and caramel tarte with salted butter.
— 1 place du Trocadéro-et-du-11-Novembre, 75016. Menu here.

2. Guinguette on Top, for the highest happy hour

The Eiffel Tower on the left, the Pantheon on the right, the Invalides to the front, the Sacré-Cœur on the horizon… This is the breathtaking 360-degree view from Guinguette on Top, perched 210 meters above Paris on the roof of Tour Montparnasse. Get a ticket for the panoramic observatory — free for children under 4 years old, up to 19€ for adults — and climb to the top of the highest ephemeral rooftop in the capital which will be open until September 30. A terrasse surrounded by nothing but sky with the look of a small village party with its synthetic grass, wooden picnic benches, and red and white gingham tablecloths, open starting at 4 p.m. on weekdays and 12 p.m. on weekends and closing at 11 p.m. all week. Every evening, sway to live music by jazz, funk and electro artists or DJs and sip on a cocktail or a glass of rosé. As for the food, an enticing tapas-style sharing menu: eggplant caviar; sea urchin coral tarama; creamy burratina, bresaola, and arugula; a cheese and charcuterie board; caramel muffins and semi-salted butter.
— 33 avenue du Maine, 75014

3. Apicius’s garden, for a green escape

You’re in Paris just steps from the Champs-Elysées and yet you have the feeling that you’re very far away from the fury of the city, breathing in some country air. In June, Mathieu Pacaud crafted a garden for Apicius as an extension of his Michelin-starred flagship restaurant. A lush oasis populated by green alcoves hidden beside an 18th-century mansion house. This 1,500-square-meter jewel of a natural oasis invites you to have a chic apéro there, listening to acoustic concerts, seated on the woven armchairs scattered around the garden’s bucolic cocoon of roses, orange trees and pomegranates. The 30-year-old chef has created a menu celebrating summer flavors: pineapple tomato carpaccio with lime; melon and Parma ham; sea bass tartar; raw tuna variation; grilled lobster; poultry brochettes with lemon; strawberry soup. If the food prices are too much, treat yourself to something sweet from the enchanting menu of cocktails and champagnes.
— 20 rue d’Artois, 75008. Food menu here, drink menu here.

4. Brasserie Paris Longchamp, for the most entertainment

It is a gourmet brasserie inaugurated in April that serves only the best beside the Longchamp racecourse in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne. A terrasse constructed on the southern side that nearly plants your feet in the grass. On race days, you can even see the thoroughbreds in the paddock. With this brasserie that features the great classics of French cuisine (for a price that is surprisingly reasonable), you are sure to have something great: whole artichoke served with parmesan vinaigrette; sautéed squid with garlic and parsley; Caesar salad; sea bass fillet with fried vegetables, jus de viande; rib steak with béarnaise sauce, homemade chips; brioche perdu served with vanilla ice cream.
— 2 route des Tribunes, 75016. Menu here.

5. Quai de Meudon, for a rooftop unlike the rest

This was once the Meudon station, built by Gustave Eiffel’s teams for the 1889 World Fair. The building, listed as a historic monument, was renovated in 2015 as a restaurant, Quai de Meudon, overlooking the T2 tramway line and a museum telling the history of the railway. Upstairs, the terrasse looks out over the islands of the Seine and the Seine Musicale performance space. In the open kitchen, chef Olivier Lamy conjures up tradition in contemporary fashion: duck foie gras served with green tomato marmalade; salmon tataki with sesame and black radish; sea bass à la plancha, shiitake risotto in jus de volaille; lamb confit with spices and roasted carrots; apricot tarte topped with frozen yogurt.
— 10 route des Gardes, Meudon (Hauts-de-Seine). Menu here.This article was first published on Le Point.

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