Rooftop bar season has arrived, and if you don’t know where you can grab a 12€ craft cocktail made with muddled sea urchin while watching the sun set behind the Notre Dame, then why even bother leaving the house?
Here are your top seven options for sky-high lunching, brunching, and otherwise imbibing in Paris.
Le Perchoir, aka “The Perch,” is a series of rooftop bars spread throughout Paris, each more vibey than the next. The top banana here is the one in Ménilmontant, on the 7th floor of an industrial building just off of the bar-spattered rue Oberkampf. Seven floors might not seem too high up, but in a city where the average building is six stories or less, the results are breathtaking—particularly at sunset.
– Le Perchoir Ménilmontant, 14 Rue Crespin du Gast, 75011
– Le Perchoir Marais, 37 rue de la Verrerie, 75004
– Le Perchoir de l’Est, Gare de l’Est, 75010
In the neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, nothing as hopping as the Hôtel Montana, which is the spot to be seen… that is, if you can get in. With a primary clientele of actors and models, it might not be the place to go if you’re looking for a short wait and a cheap drink, but then again, not every club is for the faint of heart. The rooftop is a black leather bachelor pad affair with a heated glass ceiling, and the beverages are an “order by the bottle” kind of situation. But who knows who you might spy in the wee hours at this exclusive establishment…
– Le Montana, 28 Rue Saint-Benoît, 75006
Another hotel bar, this outdoor terrace is one of the latest new renovations to come to the historic Montmartre neighborhood. Le Terrass” has a colorful beach resort kind of feel paired with unparalleled views from the highest point in the city. They also have a surprisingly reasonable brunch prix fixe (at least compared to their dinner options), for only 42€.
– Le Terrass”, 12-14 Rue Joseph de Maistre, 75018
Managed by some of Paris’ most up-and-coming mixologists, this Tuscan paradise is a must-see for some relaxed, warm weather day drinking, or just a cup of coffee. A brasserie italienne, the menu boasts classics from Pizza Al Taglio to truffle penne, served beneath a wooden gazebo laced with roses. Don’t miss the gelato, the work of master glacier Philippe Faur.
– Auteuil Brasserie, 78 Rue d’Auteuil, 75016
Named “The Best Rooftop In Paris” by Vogue in 2017, Mama Shelter is a hotel complete with restaurant, island bar, and pizzeria. It boasts an ironic, graffitied chalkboard wall aesthetic curated by architectural and furniture designer, Philippe Starck. The rooftop terrace is like an upgraded rec room, complete with foosball, hammocks, deck chairs, and ping pong, and it attracts an ultra-chic crowd with its burgers and rotisserie chickens. But don’t worry, there are also a few vegan options for you kombucha lovers out there.
– Mama Shelter, 109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020
While most of Paris’s new rooftop bars are in trendier parts of the city like the Marais or the 11th, Les Ombres is located in the heart of the upper-crust 7th arrondissement, smack on top of the Musée du Quai Branly. The futuristic glass and steel design is about what you’d expect from a museum that hosts Paris’ main collections of non-French art (i.e., African, Asian, and Oceanic pieces). It’ll cost you an arm and a leg, but the view is one that never goes out of style: an uninterrupted picture-perfect sighting of the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, and Sacré-Cœur.
– Les Ombres, 27 Quai Branly, 75007
The Hôtel Molitor has long been known for its gorgeous open air pool and its relationship with the arts. Since its opening in the 1930s, artists have come here to leave their mark. When the hotel pool closed in 1989, graffiti artists coated the walls. For its reopening in 2014, dozens of artists were invited to transform some of the hotel’s refurbished rooms into small art exhibits. Molitor brims with a quirky kind of mischievousness, and the balcony bar gives you the perfect view for watching it all (and maybe getting in a little trouble yourself).
– Molitor, 13 Rue Nungesser et Coli, 75016