Summer is finally here, and with it comes the warm, sunny days you’ve been waiting for. So find those hats and shades and take up your place on a terrace in Paris. Whether with loved ones or friends, now’s your chance to stock up on vitamin D. There are a number of terraces in Paris, and they’re all very different from each other, from chic, to green, to laid-back. Here are three of the best Parisian terraces to while away a summer afternoon.
Le Saut du Loup
Come here to enjoy a fantastic view of the historic heart of Paris—one of the main attractions of this terrace. In the grounds of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the terrace of Le Saut du Loup affords a view of the Jardin du Carrousel, the Tuileries, and the Eiffel Tower. That’s not too shabby! This is a little piece of heaven in the middle of Paris where the tables line up under large gray sunshades. This is a place for relaxing, admiring the very typical Paris architecture, or just chilling out in a very chic setting. It’s a place for drinking tea or coffee, and for sipping a glass of wine or a cocktail. Choose from the extensive menu of light dishes, opt for a salad or sandwich, or try an ice cream or a pastry. Saut du Loup is a perfect spot in the middle of the afternoon, and an even better one as the sun starts to set over Paris.
Le Rosa Bonheur
If you’re in the mood to party, the place to be is Rosa Bonheur. This is a popular, even must-see spot, and one you’ll never tire of. Right in the middle of the Buttes-Chaumont park, in the 19th arrondissement, visitors come here to take advantage of the terrace, which offers a magnificent view of Paris (not to mention of the sunsets). Of course, they also come for the ambiance of a traditional open-air café, decidedly friendly atmosphere, and bucolic vibe. It’s the ideal place to visit after a walk in the park. In the evening it often gets crowded, so arrive early to avoid having to elbow your way in to find a table. But once you are in, you’ll feel perfectly at home. The menu is mainly organic (including fruit juices) and is served with wine produced by integrated farming. Come here to dance, share a few laughs, play table football, or simply give in to the charm of the place.
Looking for a more discreet terrace in Paris? It’s right in front of you, brightly colored with its blue tables and red chairs. Yes, you’ve found it, the terrace at L’Ébouillanté, slightly hidden away but worth seeking out. It stands proudly at the end of a tiny cobbled street, behind the St-Gervais-et-St-Protais church in the Marais. To understand this spot, it helps to know its history. It was originally an artist’s atelier, where he entertained his friends, but it was then turned into a tearoom-restaurant with a long list of teas. It has a timeless feel, with a comfortable ambiance, far from the crowds and busy traffic, but it also has a village atmosphere that’s more Provencal than Parisian. On the menu the restaurant’s pride is in its delicious crepes filled with cheese, vegetables, or meat.
Happiness is time spent on the best Parisian terraces.