Rooftop + Terraced Restaurants in Paris

Sometimes, a person just wants to be outside. The weather is finally nice, the outdoor seating you see all around beckons the soul to take advantage and linger. These Paris restaurants have fresh air and some good views on the menu. 

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: Oberkampf/­Folie-Méri­court

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: online

DEETS: rooftop, bar and restau­rant, 360-views

INSTAGRAM: @leperchoirmenilmontant

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: Berges de Seine

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions

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

INSTAGRAM: @petitbain

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-Eleuthere (18th arr.)

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

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mont­martre

PRICE: 

HOW TO BOOK: online

DEETS: new, 18th arrondisse­ment, terrace

INSTAGRAM: @coeursacreparis

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 (9th arr.)

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

NEIGHBORHOOD: Palais Garnier/Grands Boulevards

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/Covered Passages/Bourse

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/Trocadero

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: Canal de L’Ourcq/La Villette

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.), 5 Place Vic­tor Hugo (16th arr.)

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

NEIGHBORHOOD: St. Ger­main-de-Prés, Chaillot/Trocadero

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 (as well as some fish eggs, prefer­ably with cham­pagne), 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: St. Ger­main-des-Pres

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: Bois de Boulogne

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: Haute Marais

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: St. 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

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-Riv­o­li

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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