Top 10 Summer Rooftop Bars in Paris

Top 10 Summer Rooftop Bars in Paris

By Anne McCarthy

The City of Light becomes especially lit on long summer nights – when Paris is aglow with the rush of residents and tourists alike, flocking outside for some fun.

Here are ten of our favorite spots for rooftop sipping (in no particular order).

1. Le Top, Point Ephémère

Point Ephémère, situated in the 10th, is a dynamic arts center, which also just so happens to have the perfect spot for socializing and sipping in summer months. Large umbrellas and lush plants fill the deck as little lights twinkle over the bar. So pull up a chair and get comfortable with your cocktail in tow. The view, which overlooks Canal St. Martin, is the perfect summer scene.

📍Location: 200 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris, France

2. Le Perchoir

This rooftop bar, Le Perchoir, lays claim to being the first rooftop bar in all of Paris. Nestled in the 11th arrondissement, this fan-favorite bar serves up libations and delicious food throughout the night.

📍Location: 14 rue Crespin du Gast, 75011 Paris, France

Meanwhile, another Perchoir also awaits. Perchoir de Gare de l’Est (10 Place du 11 Novembre 1918, 75010 Paris, France) reopens this summer.

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3. La Terrasse des Galeries Lafayette

If you’re a first-time visitor to Paris, your guidebook will likely lead you to Galeries Lafayette, the stunning department store in the heart of Paris. On the rooftop terrace, lay your shopping bags at your feet and order a refreshing beverage as you take in the beautiful view of must-see monuments like the Garnier Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, and, off in the distance – Sacré Cœur. This terrace is only open during summer, so strike while the iron – er, temperature – is hot.

📍Location: 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France

4. Mama Shelter Rooftop Terrace

This colorful and funky rooftop is the place to be when you’re in the 20th. Huge couches with bright umbrellas, quirky decorative pillows, colorful candle lanterns, and even ping pong tables, all fill this rooftop deck which will leave you feeling well-lounged, relaxed, and hydrated. If you’re looking to eat dinner too, be sure to book a reservation before stopping in.

📍Location: 109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris, France

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5. Brasserie Georges

One of Paris’ most iconic museums, Centre Pompidou, also has a few other tricks up its sleeves besides its Warhol’s and Pollock’s and Rothko’s and the like. Check out the top of the museum; there, you’ll find Brasseries Georges, the museum’s bar and restaurant with some pretty epic views of the Paris cityscape.

📍Location: Pompidou Center, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France

6. 360 Rooftop Paris

If you’ve been here before, you will have previously known this space as “Sur le Toit.” It has now changed hands and been re-branded as 360 Rooftop Paris. Situated in the 20th, the secret to 360 lies in its understated appeal. The views are, perhaps, less luminous than others found on this list, yet 360 tends not to get overly crowded, which means all the more room for you and your friends to spread out and enjoy (and maybe even stage a photo shoot or two?).

📍Location: 2 Place du Maquis du Vercors, 75020 Paris, France

7. Rooftop Bar at Terrass Hôtel

A trip to the restaurant and rooftop bar at Terrass Hôtel don’t come cheap. However, shelling out some extra dough for a stop at this swanky locale will have you feeling like Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan for the night. The head bartender at Terrass, Emeric Aguilar, created 16 original cocktails for the bar above the city. The tricky part will be deciding which one to indulge in first. (For a more affordable option, forgo dinner and give brunch a go instead!)

📍Location: 12-14 Rue Joseph de Maistre, 75018 Paris, France

8. Perruche

This bar-restaurant is fun and chic from start, to finish, to website. An adorably designed sharing menu will have your mouth watering at first sight. Reservations can be booked in advance to ensure your spot. Fresh food and fun atmosphere are the name of the game at Perruche, where the sunset glows are the stuff of legend.

📍Location: Printemps de l’Homme, 2 Rue du Havre, 75008 Paris, France

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9.  Le Bar à Bulles – la Machine de Moulin Rouge

As Samuel L. Jackson says in “Jurassic Park” – Hold onto your butts! La Machine de Moulin Rouge is – well, you have to see it to believe it. This is a multi-level behemoth of Montmartre liveliness. Comprised of a concert venue, a dance club, a mini club, and then le Bar à Bulles, it’s the place to be for some outdoor weekend evening drinks and tapas or morning brunch-time fun.

📍Location: 4 bis Cité Véron, 75018 Paris, France

10. Île de la Cité & Île Saint-Louis

While these last spots aren’t rooftop bars, they are in keeping with our open-air theme –head to Île de la Cité and/or Île Saint-Louis for some outdoor imbibing and watch the sun set over the Seine.

Make sure you have the four B’s in tow: Blanket, booze, baguette, and bottle opener. Sprawl out with your fixings, and watch the beautiful Paris night pass by you, with fellow Parisians and travelers alike, who fill these Paris islands at nighttime.

📍Location: Île de la Cité, Île Saint-Louis

If you’re heading to Paris, add a Fat Tire Tour to your list, too! We would love to see you on one of our bike, walking, or Segway tours. The Paris Night Bike Tour is a popular summer pick. and it includes drinking wine on a boat as you sail down the Seine. What could be better?

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