When you’re on a Paris rooftop, with your head almost in the clouds, gazing at and reaching out to the stars, you are served an unparalleled view of Paris. It’s like being on top of the world, with Paris at your feet. Although Paris can’t compete with New York when it comes to grand rooftop terraces, there are still a few that shouldn’t be missed. Here’s are some choices to help you find the best rooftop in Paris, which will be well worth a visit during the summer months.
Le 43 Up on the Roof
Have you thought about sipping a cocktail while admiring the sunset? If so, then you must head to Le 43 Up on the Roof and its terrace, which is open from May to October each year. From the ninth floor rooftop of the Holiday Inn Paris, Notre-Dame, you enjoy the spectacular city view, along with the bonus views of the Eiffel Tower, Panthéon, Les Invalides, Notre-Dame, the Louvre, Trocadéro, and Sacré-Coeur. This is definitely a candidate for the best rooftop in Paris. What more could you want? The answer is, a cocktail, of course, and there are many choices to suit your mood. You can stick with the classics, or if you’re feeling adventurous, try out some of the barman’s more original creations, like the Golden Monkey, which is made with Monkey Shoulder whiskey, apricot liqueur, Noilly Prat vermouth, and apple juice in a subtle blend of flavors.
43 Cocktail bar, 4 rue Danton, 75006 Paris
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Le Perchoir is perched on the seventh floor of an office building in the Ménilmontant district. You’ll be in seventh heaven, 23 meters above the ground, with a 360-degree view of the Paris rooftops spread out before you. On this spacious terrace with its industrial chic design, whether at a large wooden table or on a pallet sofa, your view of the city will always be magical. With a glass of rosé in one hand and tapas in the other, you admire the sunset over Paris, tinged with orange and pink hues. A spot like this is special, and you should arrive relatively early to be sure to grab a place to sit. You might even bump into a celebrity or two.
Le Perchoir, 14 rue Crespin du Gast, 75011 Paris
Open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. at weekends.
+33 (0)1 48 06 18 48
Les Sardignac sur le Toit
Who would have guessed that a terrace could be created from the roof of a theater built over the Paris ring road? But that’s exactly what you find at Les Sardignac sur le Toit in the 20th arrondissement. More precisely, you are located on the roof of the Cinéma Étoile Lilas. You don’t necessarily come here for the view, even though you can catch sight of the Bagnolet towers. Instead, you come for the ambiance and change of scenery. Spending time on this terrace, the brainchild of a couple of screenwriters, is a bit like being at home with Mum. Home-style food, like burgers, salads, charcuterie plates, and cheese, is served while you sit among the trees. The menu is full of simple, yet tasty dishes, and there’s something for everyone. If you aren’t too hungry, you can simply drink a glass of organic wine with friends and lounge in a deckchair to make the most of the sun.
Les Sardignac sur le Toit, 2 place du Maquis du Vercors, 75020 Paris
Open from Wednesday to Sunday, noon to midnight.
+33 (0)9 67 12 25 28