There’s nothing better than drinking out of doors when the sun is shining (or even when it’s a bit gloomy tbh, it’s called an alcohol blanket for a reason) and the views are that of Paris. I mean, PARIS. Sip drinks on these rooftops, terraces, or waterfront spots and maybe even soak in the Eiffel Tower views without the fuss. You might have to swat at a pigeon or two, but it’s worth it.
These are our favorite spots for flora and fauna-watching outdoors in the City of Light Outdoor Drinking…
La Belle Vie
This place has everything you want from your friendly neighborhood restaurant/bar —great selection of wines and alcohols (with amazingly long happy hour), delicious food to share (or not), funky interior, nice staff and a rooftop terrace. It’s a safe option if you want have a great night without going out of your ways too much. You simply cannot be disappointed by this place.
Newest kid in town has all you could ask from the good boat bar/resto — perfect location close to uber-hip Le Marais, tables spread on 3 different floors, all overlooking the Île Saint-Louis, with terrace spilling onto the pavement as well… And that’s just a beginning. With amazing Italian cuisine (main theme is Italy in the 60s, by the way) and additional space forseen for exhibitions and small artistic events, they may become THE spot of the 2023. Get there before everyone else will!
ps. Feeling ~specially~ classy? Book their private terrace. Oh, and check out their tartufo pizza. With an aperol spritz (or two) you’ll be sure to feel the love in the air.
The newest baby of known-and-loved jazz bar La Bellevilloise looks like one of those place you were frequently visited during college — mismatching chairs, hardwood/dirt floors floors, grafitti on the concrete walls surrounding the place, cheap pitchers, a ping-pong table, a chess board… And just about the most laid-back atmosphere in town. There’s no space for uptightness and stinginess here no; here Paris stops pretending to be oh-so-pretentious and just puts down the coat on a plastic chair and dips white sneakers in the sand. Full-on relax mode activated.
A large 19th century house located in Parc des Buttes-Chaumont (our version of NYC’s Central Park) hosts this chic-n-unique cocktail bar from spring to late October. With two terraces, there’s plenty of space to party when the stars come out. Since there’s a live DJ and dance floor almost every night, you can shake your booty until they shut it down and everyone has to wobble to the one open park exit.
As a pop-up rooftop bar with immaculate views, Le Perchoir de l’Est is hard to beat. The terrace is garnished with flowers, a couple statues, and flowered arches all under a rose window that looks straight outta Eiffel (it’s not but still) making it a dreamy location for lovers of fancy windows and cool breezes. From spring to late October, find the McDonalds in the train station, then look to the left, you’ll see a desk with security guards. (They will show you where to go.) On weekends, a DJ does her thing and the roof of the train station becomes a dance floor. If you can’t get in, Cafe A is across the street and is another fun spot (and it’s bad weather-proof, which Le Perchoir de l’Est is not…)
ADDRESS: Place du 11 Novembre 1918, Rue du 8 mai 1945 (10th arr.)
From this seventh floor terrace, you can gaze out at the Sacré-Coeur as you sip your cocktail. The wooden tables and cushioned benches lend to an artistic ambiance and the music makes for a festive energy perfect for dancing. And when the pre-dinner drinks have been sipped to completion, the floor below hosts La Table which has delicious food and an even more extensive beverage selection.
Situated on the roof of the Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville, this location offers a panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, and the overall beauty of the city (cries in perfect view). It’s a place where tourists and locals alike mingle and enjoy the splendor of a spicy cocktail and Instagrammable everything (no joke).
Located in the 20th arrondissement, Moncoeur Belleville is a small neighborhood bistro with a beautiful terrace and a redic view of the Eiffel Tower. It’s the local’s favorite spot to watch the sun set with a gin and tonic in hand.
This park tavern is a place to meet new people, dance to good music, and nosh on homemade tapas and wood-fired pizzas. The cocktails and service are ~meh~ but that’s not why you are here. They alternate between live DJs, absolutely throbbing gay nights (for the boys and the girls), Sevillanas, and tavern balls, but it’s always A SCENE.
Nature is at the heart of this restaurant and bar. Located in the largest urban rooftop farm in Europe, 100% of its products are cultivated by Nature Urbaine (a local urban farm). With options and great ambiance, it’s a place you won’t want to leave, which is fine because their benches are plush and inviting.
ADDRESS: 2 Avenue de la Porte de la Plaine (15th arr.)
Located just next to the Montmartre neighborhood in the Barbès ‘hood, La Brasserie Barbès is industrial yet elegant. Dark wood is accented with bright light fixtures and large windows. There are four floors of the restaurant-bar including a patio, rooftop, and dance hall. They serve top-notch French brasserie-style cuisine and a selection of lovingly handcrafted cocktails and wine. NOTE: The Barbes quarter is NOT recommended for solo female travelers at night.
Located on the third floor of the Louxor Palais du cinéma, this bar has a terrace with a view of the Sacré-Coeur and Barbès quarter. The bar offers light meals and artisan wines carefully selected by the house. So whether you take in a movie and then drink, or vise versa, the option will be there. NOTE: The Barbes quarter is NOT recommended for solo female travelers at night.
DEETS: movie theater, bar, light meals, open daily
Rosa Bonheur sur Seine
Get your sea legs together and head out to this bar(ge) on the water. Expect tapas, wood-fired pizzas, and of course, drinks, the bar gives a full 365 (maybe more like 290?) view of the Seine, which compensates for the quality/price ratio of the cocktails. Every Wednesday, the Rosa Bonheur sur Seine hosts a guinguette (a retro type of open-air live music party that was once-upon-a-time for the working class but will now set you back around 15 euros per cocktail…) ball of live music and dancing.
Hop on board the El Alamein boat for live music and drinking. In this floating garden, you’ll be able to enjoy the water from a whole new perspective. Or if you’re not a fan of boats, enjoy their terrace on the dock.
Located on top Novotel Paris Vaugirard Montparnasse, this rooftop bar has a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower. Open from April to September, enjoy the sky-scraping views while sipping on house cocktails and French tapas.
ADDRESS: 7eme étage Hotel Novotel, 257 Rue de Vaugirard (15th arr.)
Le Pavillon des Canaux is a colorful, quirky, and fun space serving fresh dishes from a seasonal menu. Their coffee also comes from Lomi, a local Parisian coffee roaster. They have a beautiful terrace as well as a canopied area for when the weather is being naughty.
By the water in the 19th arrondissement, Café Odilonserves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Every other day of the week, they have a delicious menu of fresh pizzas and small plates. The Café has a large terrace for outdoor seating, as well as ample indoor space.
Located on top of the Hotel des Grands Boulevards, The Shed is a small hidden rooftopgarden bar. It’s rustic-chic with comfy pink and red sofas and tables surrounded by greenery. They have a small but mighty list of cocktails along with their champagne and wine selection.
HOW TO BOOK: recommended booking, email: email@example.com
NUMBER: +33 1 85 73 33 32
DEETS: rooftop bar, tapas, French-Italian cuisine, hidden bar, hotel bar
With exquisite views of Paris, Georges boasts a fresh menu of well-balanced gourmet and vegetarian meals. The atmosphere is classy and romantic with dim lighting and white “love seats.” Plus, the view from the floor to ceiling windows is *chef’s kiss*. Up on the rooftop, the views are just as, if not more, immaculate along with their house special cocktails and select wines.
ADDRESS: 6e étage du Centre Georges Pompidou Place Georges Pompidou (4th arr.)
*access to the Georges restaurant is located on 35, Saint-Merri Street, in front of the Fontaine Stravinsky.
MÉTRO: Rambuteau (line 11) or Hôtel de Ville (lines 1, 11)
If you’re looking for a retreat, look no further than Mama Shelter East’s rooftop. Bright and colorful, it’s the perfect cushy spot to sip a glass of wine or play a round of ping pong (yep, fun right?). The indoor bar has a vibrant island bar with a live DJ and the restaurant is a mecca of tapas and dishes to share.
With a terrace on the water and a rooftop bar, trendy Le Top at Point Éphémère is a place to wistfully look out onto the Canal Saint-Martin and sip a cocktail. It’s perfect for enjoying summer weather in colorful lounge chairs as it is only open in the warm season.
DEETS: event space, rooftop bar, by the water, terrace
La Terrasse de Hotel Raphaël
With 360 degree views of Paris, the rooftop bar at Hotel Raphaël gives you that and more (more = views of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe). Open from April to September, the terrace is filled with sunlight and the smell of fresh flowers: it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Located in the heart of the 16th arrondissement, Auteuil Brasserie has a covered rooftop great for winter (it’s heated!) or summer cocktail sipping on cushioned benches. Discover delicious Italian inspired cuisine and share a burrata or pizza with friends at this trendy brasserie.
Located in the 3rd arrondissement, L’herbarium is a roof-top bar at L’hôtel National des Arts et Métiers. With superb views of Paris, the terrace bar is a great place to enjoy an afternoon drink with friends or just take in the scene and relax. If you wish to remain indoors, the cocktail bar also boasts a luxurious indoor space.
A place for beer enthusiasts, Paname Brewing Company opened its first tap house and brewery in 2015 along the river Seine. They offer a street food inspired menu and excellent, relaxed vibes. On their terrace, diners can be right on the water sipping a house craft beer.
Wine on the water? Yes please! Long time saltwater sailor Charles Delalande opened his dream of combining water and wine in 2016 with La Bougeotte. The idea was to share products and wines from various regions locally and across urban and rural communities in a more economic fashion. The on-board cellar is made up of 60–80 wine selections which are available to you for sipping on board or take home, along with other cocktails and a small smattering of dishes.
Located in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Le Pavillon du Lac offers splendid views of the greenery in the middle of the busy city. Perched within the trees, the outdoor terrace and bar opens just as soon as the Spring sun peaks through and is a place to have a quick breakfast or sip an original cocktail.
With ten beers on tap, over twenty whiskeys, and thirty cocktails, this Irish pub is the place to sit back with a pint and enjoy the company of your friends; and of course, the terrace with views of Parc de Belleville.
DEETS: Irish pub, café, happy hour, in Versailles, terrace
Major Eiffel Tower views alert! Perched on the rooftop of the Quai Branly Museum, Les Ombres is a refined Parisian restaurant offering contemporary French cuisine. The rooftop terrace offers spectacular views and engulfs its diners in a hanging garden of greenery and soft light.
ADDRESS: 27, quai Branly (7th arr.)
MÉTRO: Pont de L Alma (RER C), Alma-Marceau or Iéna (line 9), Ecole Militaire (line 8) or Bir Hakeim (line 6)
Under the shoulder of the Palais Garnier Opera house is the beautiful terrace of Coco. With white umbrellas for shade and green plants perched on the walls for garden vibes, this bar and restaurant is a place to take a break and enjoy the beautiful Haussmann architecture of the surrounding historical monuments. It’s both open and intimate, a place where you don’t feel as if you’re in the middle of a lively metropolis.
Located on the rooftop of the Cité de la Mode et du Design, Café Oz is a bar right along the river with bright colors, aboriginal fresco, and an outdoor DJ. This bar is trendy with Australian beers, house cocktails, and classic shooters (Jägerbombs anyone?). As for the cuisine, they serve up a variety of pizzas, wraps, burgers, and boards for sharing and snacking.
DEETS: by the water, rooftop bar, happy hour, pitcher drinks, Aussie bar, sports bar
From the dock to the barge rooftop, Flow is serving up fresh foods and cocktails for sharing and self-indulgence. Every evening on the boat, there is live music animating the upper deck into a dance party. Back on La Terrasse, lunch and dinner from Le Grillé is offered under the warm Parisian sun.
As one of Paris’s largest boats, you can glide along with three stories, a half-covered terrace, and some of the most breathtaking views (i.e. the Grand Palais, the Tuileries Garden, the Pont Alexandre III). Anchored at the foot of the National Assembly and the Musée d’Orsay, the boat has a bar on every floor and the ability to privatize five different spaces. And if you’re feeling dancey, in the hold and completely submerged is a club. Yes, boat clubbing is a thing!
ADDRESS: Face au 23 Quai Anatole France (7th arr.)
Wanderlust is an outdoor event space located in the 13th arrondissement that hosts a variety of street food, pizzas, and cocktails, as well as a selection of live music. They have intimate covered wooden cubicles as well as picnic tables and benches for dining and drinking.
The large, red boat is home to a large terrace and looming “lighthouse”. While the bright red Le Bateau Phare doesn’t set sail, (it stays put) in-the-know Parisians avoiding the tourist areas enjoy the wine and cocktail bar on the end of town away from the Eiffel Tower. The restaurant offers fresh products with flavors from around the world. On board also offers an array of live music events: a perfect pairing to relaxing on deck with a drink.
ADDRESS: Port de la gare, face au 11 Quai François Mauriac (13th arr.)
Petit Bain is a floating canteen, club, concert hall, and rooftop bar all wrapped into one. With dark wood shiplap and perky yellow accents, the upper deck terrace overlooks the river and the banks of the 13th arrondissement. Open year round, they offer simple, fresh cuisine and live music sets.
Aux Folies is a mecca for the Parisian youth due to its cheap drinks and late hours. With a large (and somewhat crowded) terrace, gatherers can sit outdoors day or night, warm or cold, as it is heated. It’s only open until midnight, so either get the drinks in before the night continues onto the streets or before it ends with bed.
Dance to live music every night at La Javelle; a beer garden that partners with small local businesses to bring you Parisian food-trucks, local brewers, and small vendors (think a hairdresser, a masseur, even a shared vegetable garden). La Javelle is a garden terrace along the River Seine full of deck chairs and tables with twinkling fairy lights, a disco ball, and hanging plants.
ADDRESS: Port de Javel Bas (15th arr.)
MÉTRO: Javel — André Citroën (line 10) or Balard station (line 8)
DEETS: beer garden, by the water, terrace, food trucks, dancing
Sip cocktails in the rooftop garden cocktail bar at La Perruche, a luxury restaurant in the 9th arrondissement. The restaurant inside has immaculate views with large bay windows, but the true views come from the roof where you can see the Eiffel Tower. With beach-chic vibes, the cocktail bar has cushy yellow chairs from where you can watch the sun set.
ADDRESS: Printemps de l’Homme, 2 Rue du Havre 9th floor (9th arr.)
MÉTRO: Chaussée d’Antin — La Fayette (lines 7, 9)
Welcome to open-air clubbing: where the bodies get sweaty but the fresh air is plentiful. Debonair Café is Paris’ largest rooftop club located in the 13th arrondissement where you can eat, drink, and dance the night away.
In the summer on the rooftop of a former ministry turned eco-friendly hotel, Le 43 is a cocktail bar boasting large umbrellas, beautiful views, and flourishing green planters. The bar has 360 views of some of Paris’s most iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and is a short jaunt from Notre-Dame.
DEETS: rooftop bar, hotel bar, Eiffel Tower views, cocktail bar
Fluctuart prides itself on being the world’s first floating urban art center, as well as one of those places that want to make art accessible to everyone. Walls (literal and figurative) do not belong here: it’s the passion for art that matters. The permanent exhibit is dedicated to urban art in various shapes and techniques, and its cultural calendar is almost bursting with workshops, conferences, debates and screenings. Artists vary as well, from pioneers to contemporary artists, or even students. Not into urban art? With its two creative spaces, a bookstore, a restaurant, two bars and a perfect location near the Invalides, Fluctuart is a perfect spot for everyone. Stop in for a drink on the rooftop and take advantage of the amazing views of the Eiffel Tower — and let the art speak for itself.
ADDRESS: 2 port du Gros Caillou, Berges de Seine (7th arr.)
MÉTRO: Invalides (lines 8 and 13) or Franklin D. Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9)