Rooftop + Terraced Restaurants in Paris

If outside is your place, then a restaurant’s rooftop or terrace is where you ought to be. These Paris restaurants boast exquisite rooftops (THE! VIEWS!) or terraces (THE! PEOPLE! WATCHING!) on top of a delicious menu.

Coeur Sacré

Yeah, you can prob­a­bly guess where this place is and why the view is so killer. Locat­ed at the foot of Sacré-Cœur (sur­prise sur­prise!), the Cœur Sacré bar/restaurant (main­ly bar) is on the top floor of the L’Espace Mont­martre, a white, cir­cu­lar build­ing that also hous­es a cof­fee shop and a gallery. Fresh­ly opened with a VIP-lounge vibe, Cœur Sacré has a pret­ty up-and-close view of the majes­tic Sacré-Cœur on one end of its panoram­ic ter­race, and the entire, very flat city at its dis­pos­al on the oth­er (Eif­fel Tow­er includ­ed). The fresh Ital­ian-Mex­i­can small plate cui­sine offered is just one more perk in a long, long line of perks.

ADDRESS: 5 Rue Saint-Eleuthère (18th arr.)

MÉTRO: Abbess­es (line 12) or Anvers (line 2)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mont­martre

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: online

DEETS: new, 18th arrondisse­ment, terrace

INSTAGRAM: @coeursacreparis

Le Perchoir Ménilmontant

On the 6th floor of the unmarked indus­tri­al build­ing known as Le Per­choir there’s a restau­rant called La Table. Its perks include large win­dows, a min­i­mal­is­tic style, ease of reser­va­tions, and a larg­er menu than the bar. How­ev­er, it’s the 7th floor of Le Per­choir that steals the show. It’s an inti­mate, rus­tic rooftop bar with a 360 degree view of all things Paris and an elec­tric clien­tele. The lines to get in may be long, the quest for reser­va­tions may be impos­si­ble, the food offer­ings at the bar are slim (though very inter­est­ing­ly range from Kore­an chick­en, to empanadas, to a mid­dle-east­ern blend of chal­lah, tahi­ni, and haris­sa), but once you’re in and set­tled with your drink, you can’t help but relax and enjoy the stun­ning view of your mon­u­ment of choice. 

ADDRESS: 14 rue Crespin du Gast (11th arr.)

MÉTRO: Ménil­montant (line 2) or Rue Saint-Maur (line 3)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Folie-Méri­court

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: online

DEETS: rooftop, bar and restau­rant, 360-views

INSTAGRAM: @leperchoirmenilmontant

Perruche

It’s just as pricey as all those oth­er bar/resto/let’s‑gawk-at-the Eif­fel Tower-while-eating-caviar-like-it’s‑soup kind of places, but some­how, Per­ruche has a more quaint, attain­able feel. Maybe it’s the cute yel­low pil­lows that dot every white-clothed mini table, or maybe it’s the fact that Per­ruche is on the rooftop of one of the most pop­u­lar depart­ment stores in Paris, Print­emps Hauss­mann, and not a lux­u­ry hotel. Either way, Per­ruche offers fan­tas­tic seafood-lean­ing, Fran­co-Ital­ian cui­sine (with plen­ty of veg­e­tar­i­an options) in both their art deco-esque restau­rant or their green­ery-graced rooftop with, yes, a pret­ty good view of the Eif­fel Tow­er. Turn the oth­er way how­ev­er, and you’ll also see a stun­ning Opéra Gar­nier rise from the sea of build­ings, and that’s pret­ty unique.

ADDRESS: Print­emps de l’Homme, 2 Rue du Havre 9th floor (8th arr.)

MÉTRO: Ternes (line 2), Chaussée d’An­tin La Fayette (lines 7, 9), or Saint-Augustin (line 9)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Ternes

PRICE:

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 40 34 01 23

DEETS: rooftop, French, veg­e­tar­i­an friend­ly, open dai­ly, late night

INSTAGRAM: @perruche_paris

Restaurant Edgar

The vibe of Restau­rant Edgar can be sum­ma­rized in their sig­na­ture col­or of choice; a medi­um aqua blue. Trendy, youth­ful, and down­right deter­mined to emu­late the swing­ing six­ties, Restau­rant Edgar is housed in an old tex­tile fac­to­ry in a part of the 2nd arrondisse­ment called “Lit­tle Egypt,” and is par­tic­u­lar­ly known for its sprawl­ing ter­race that spills out onto the neigh­bor­ing square. For about 20€ a dish (30 total for brunch), Edgar offers an “ode to salt” menu of bistro-style seafood with the occa­sion­al car­ni­vore dish pep­pered in. The cook­ing and the atmos­phere are both phe­nom­e­nal, and the ter­race is the per­fect jovial peo­ple-watch­ing perch.

ADDRESS: 31 Rue d’Alexan­drie (2nd arr.)

MÉTRO: Stras­bourg-Saint-Denis (lines 7, 8, 9) or Sen­tier (lines 3)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Sen­tier

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 40 41 05 69

DEETS: hotel restau­rant, ter­race, seafood, open dai­ly at 7:30a

La Terrasse at Hotel Räphael

The Hotel Räphael is locat­ed steps from the Arc de Tri­om­phe (safe­ly beyond the unruly giant traf­fic cir­cle), and has, you guessed it, fan­tas­tic views of pret­ty much every­thing. Their rooftop ter­race, La Ter­rasse (orig­i­nal), has an up-close-and-per­son­al view of the iron giant itself on one side, and a view of a pret­ty incred­i­ble stretch from the Arc de Tri­om­phe all the way to Sacré Cœur on the oth­er. La Ter­rasse serves a small plates menu all day with every­thing from eggs to caviar for lunch, din­ner, and mon­u­ment-watch­ing snacks. It’s a bit pricey for appe­tiz­ers, but let’s be real, you’re pay­ing for the view. 

ADDRESS: 17 Avenue Kléber,(16th arr.)

MÉTRO: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile (lines 1, 2, 6)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Chail­lot

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 53 64 32 30

DEETS: rooftop, French, Eif­fel Tow­er view, lunch, din­ner, hotel restau­rant and bar, open daily

INSTAGRAM: @hotelraphaelparis

Chez Plumeau

Steps from the over­crowd­ed tourist hub of Sacré Cœur is a small slice of par­adise known as Chez Plumeau. As con­ve­nient as it is idyl­lic, Chez Plumeau serves clas­sic French cui­sine on a gor­geous ter­race under a low-hang­ing, hun­dred-year-old wis­te­ria tree. When they’re not serv­ing beef tartare or duck tourne­dos, Chez Plumeau taps into their cabaret his­to­ry to host jazz con­certs and plays.

ADDRESS: 4 Place du Cal­vaire (18th arr.)

MÉTRO: Abbess­es (line 12)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mont­martre

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 46 06 26 29

DEETS: ter­race, French, veg­e­tar­i­an friend­ly, open dai­ly, late night, lunch, dinner

INSTAGRAM: @chezplumeau

Le Pavillon des Canaux

Le Pavil­lon des Canaux has mas­tered mul­ti­task­ing. They’re a cof­fee shop, a co-work­ing space, a com­mu­ni­ty cen­ter that hosts cook­ing class­es, and a real-life doll­house. No, that last one isn’t offi­cial­ly on their résumé, but the cutesy-yet-chic décor grac­ing their charm­ing two-sto­ry house right on the Canal de l’Orque hard­ly sug­gests any­thing else. In addi­tion to all of these perks, they have a delight­ful and kook­i­ly dec­o­rat­ed glass-enclosed ter­race where you can sip cof­fee until well past mid­night (depend­ing on the day), or munch on some lentil stew or quiche of the day. It’s tran­quil, it’s love­ly, and the cof­fee isn’t too bad, either.

ADDRESS: 39 Quai de la Loire (19th arr.)

MÉTRO: Lau­mière (line 5) or Riquet (line 7)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Jau­rès

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: online (large par­ties only)

NUMBER: +33 1 73 71 82 90

DEETS: ter­race, cof­fee shop, French, open dai­ly, late night

INSTAGRAM: @lepavillondescanaux

Le Relais de la Butte

Found­ed in 1672 and sit­u­at­ed at the top of Mont­martre, Le Relais de la Butte has the great views of Paris with­out the rooftop restau­rant price, plus an added homey, his­toric atmos­phere. Le Relais de la Butte has a ter­race of twen­ty or so close-knit tables perched right at the crest of the hill that offer cob­ble­stone-laden views of North­ern Paris and a peek at the uni­form sprawl below. In terms of food, Le Relais de la Butte serves clas­sic French dish­es with a focus on region­al cui­sine includ­ing sar­dines, snails, salmon, and plen­ty of beef. It’s a hot spot for those will­ing to brave the hike, so keep in mind that there are no reser­va­tions avail­able for the terrace. 

ADDRESS: 12 Rue Rav­i­g­nan (18th arr.)

MÉTRO: Abbess­es (line 12)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mont­martre

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 42 23 24 34

DEETS: French, ter­race, open dai­ly, late night, break­fast, lunch, dinner

INSTAGRAM: @le_relais_de_la_butte

Maison Sauvage

Buried under­neath a pile of sea­son­al­ly-chang­ing draped flow­ers is Mai­son Sauvage, a health-for­ward restau­rant with pos­si­bly the most oth­er­world­ly ter­race in all of Paris. The car­ni­val-esque cas­cade of flow­ers starts from Mai­son Sauvage’s third floor and just bare­ly brush­es the ground floor awning to cre­ate a spec­ta­cle impos­si­ble to miss, espe­cial­ly from the var­i­ous tables scat­tered around the side­walk. Open for three meals a day (and brunch), Mai­son Sauvage offers a siz­able menu of trendy sta­ples like avo­ca­do toast, quinoa bowls, and fish tacos. Be warned: tables inside their two-sto­ry din­ing room can eas­i­ly be booked in advance, but the breath­tak­ing ter­race is first come, first served.

ADDRESS: 5 Rue de Buci (6th arr.)

MÉTRO: Odéon (lines 4, 10) or Mabil­lon (line 10)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Saint-Ger­main-de-Prés

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: online

DEETS: ter­race, French, healthy, veg­e­tar­i­an friend­ly, veg­an options

INSTAGRAM: @maisonsauvageparis

La Palette

Found­ed in 1902, La Palette has a famous-artist-patron infused his­to­ry almost stereo­typ­i­cal of the Saint-Ger­main-des-Pres neigh­bor­hood (in this case, Pablo Picas­so and Paul Cezanne among oth­ers), but unlike oth­er cafes, it has a ubiq­ui­tous amount of art­work from the era in ques­tion on dis­play in its back, land­mark-des­ig­nat­ed room. There’s also the fab­u­lous­ly clas­sic, classy, plant-adorned ter­race to check out, also adja­cent to some his­toric art­work etched into the win­dows. In terms of food, La Palette also dif­fers from a lot of his­tor­i­cal cafés by offer­ing a paired down menu pri­mar­i­ly con­sist­ing of fish and eggs (but not fish eggs), per­fect­ly enjoy­able on the charm­ing, old-school terrace.

ADDRESS: 43 Rue de Seine (6th arr.)

MÉTRO: Mabil­lon (line 10) or Odéon (lines 4, 10)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mon­naie

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 43 26 68 15

DEETS: brunch, ter­race, French, open dai­ly, late night, break­fast, lunch, dinner

INSTAGRAM: @le_palette_paris

Auteuil Brasserie

The rooftop ter­race of the Brasserie Auteuil is so dreamy, with its ivy-entan­gled wood­en beams, del­i­cate dec­o­ra­tions, sun-filled splen­dor, and rus­tic vibe, that the food served with­in it doesn’t mat­ter much. For­tu­nate­ly, Brasserie Auteuil offers fan­tas­tic clas­sic Ital­ian food fea­tur­ing Bur­ra­ta, pas­ta, piz­za, beef, a selec­tion of Ital­ian desserts and sor­bets, and a size­able drink list from a size­able bar. Get­ting a seat in the down­stairs restau­rant is easy enough, but to enjoy an after­noon on the ter­race that feels like a vaca­tion away from the city, be sure to book well in advance.

ADDRESS: 78 Rue d’Au­teuil (16th arr.)

MÉTRO: Porte d’Au­teuil (line 10) or Michel-Ange-Auteuil (lines 9, 10)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Vil­la Montmorency

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 40 71 11 90

DEETS: Ital­ian, ter­race, rooftop, bar, restau­rant, late-night, break­fast, lunch, dinner

INSTAGRAM: @auteuilbrasserie

Le Grand Salon

The Hôtel Par­ti­c­uli­er Mont­martre is the small­est, most pri­vate hotel in Paris (which does not stop them from being luxe as heck) with a fan­cy restau­rant, Le Grand Salon, that, weath­er per­mit­ting, spills out into the largest hotel gar­den in Paris (make those con­tra­dic­tions make sense). The gar­den ter­race has two parts: the retro green­house-like glass cov­ered enclo­sure, and the smat­ter­ing of del­i­cate tables among the stun­ning­ly lush gar­den. No offense to the art-deco-like din­ing room, but this is where it’s at. Enjoy your high-class gar­den par­ty par­adise with a vari­ety of high-class meals like beef carpac­cio, Mediter­ranean octo­pus, and of course, brunch on Sundays.

ADDRESS: 23 Avenue Junot Pavil­lon D (18th arr.)

MÉTRO: Lamar­ck-Caulain­court (line 12)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mont­martre

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 53 41 81 40

DEETS: hotel restau­rant, ter­race, French, inside bar

INSTAGRAM: @hotelparticuliermontmartre

Caffé Soprano

With its large awning and sprawl­ing ter­race, Caf­fé Sopra­no resem­bles a clas­sic French brasserie, but it’s actu­al­ly an Ital­ian restau­rant. Caf­fé Sopra­no serves every­thing from bruschet­ta to cala­mari, from stag­ger­ing­ly var­ied piz­za and pas­ta options to tiramisu. All this is avail­able to eat on a love­ly cor­ner ter­race in the heart of the Marais. It’s a great peo­ple-watch­ing set­up (and they also have a ton of gela­to).

ADDRESS: 2 Rue Dupetit-Thouars (3rd arr.)

MÉTRO: Tem­ple (line 3), Republique (lines 3, 5, 8, 9, 11) or Oberkampf (lines 5, 9)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Arts-et-Métiers

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 42 72 72 60

DEETS: Ital­ian, ter­race, 3rd arrondissement

Café de Flore

Café de Flo­re has THE Paris ter­race. Add a cup of cof­fee (or wine), a steady hour or two of peo­ple watch­ing, and a black-and-white Insta­gram fil­ter and the per­fect Parisian expe­ri­ence is with­in your grasp. Found­ed in 1887, Café de Flo­re has been a heav­en for artists, writ­ers, celebri­ties, and even fash­ion design­ers over the decades, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the 1930s and 40s. Its time­less look and classy feel are per­fect for a casu­al, leisure­ly, his­toric after­noon sand­wich or sal­ad, but if you’re feel­ing hun­gry and adven­tur­ous, try their specials.

ADDRESS: 172 Boule­vard Saint-Ger­main (6th arr.)

MÉTRO: Saint-Ger­main-de-Prés (line 4)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Saint-Ger­main-des-Prés 

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 45 48 55 26

DEETS: café, ter­race, open dai­ly, late night, break­fast, lunch, dinner

INSTAGRAM: @lecafedeflore

Petit Bain

Okay, here’s one you prob­a­bly haven’t heard of yet: a float­ing cul­ture center/concert venue docked on the Seine that triples as a rooftop (boat top?) bar/restaurant. Petit Bain describes its cui­sine as “sim­ple and friend­ly, ide­al for before or after a con­cert,” but of course, the con­cert may very well occur simul­ta­ne­ous­ly. Petit Bain’s bright yel­low every­thing makes it pret­ty hard to miss, and its peace­ful river­side ser­vice is avail­able well into the ear­ly morning.

ADDRESS: 7 Port de la Gare (13th arr.)

MÉTRO: Quai de La Gare (line 6)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Seine

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

DEETS: on the water, con­cert hall, on the Seine

INSTAGRAM: @petitbain

Au Cheval Blanc

There’s great loca­tions and then there’s flex­ing “Quai du Lou­vre” as your address. The hotel Cheval Blanc is on the left bank of the Seine and its gourmet rooftop restau­rant will pre­sum­ably have fan­tas­tic up-close views of the Lou­vre, the Tui­leries, the Eif­fel Tow­er, and most imme­di­ate­ly, Notre Dame. Cheval Blanc’s food will be con­cep­tu­al, deli­cious, and ridicu­lous­ly expen­sive, but with views like this at the true epi­cen­ter of the city, it is whole­heart­ed­ly worth it.

ADDRESS: 8 quai du Lou­vre (1st arr.)

MÉTRO: Pont-Neuf (line 7) or Lou­vre-Riv­o­li (line 1)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Lou­vre

PRICE: €€€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 79 35 50 22

DEETS: new, brasserie, hotel restau­rant,  gourmet cui­sine, French, open dai­ly, open 7am — 1am

INSTAGRAM: @chevalblancparis

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