Paris is not New York or Dubai but, sometimes, you might notice similarities. When you drink, eat, or dance on a rooftop, you cannot help but see how close those cities are … Beware not to get confused! This rooftop concept is expanding in the City of Lights and it makes those who like to get on heights happier. They do offer a relaxing parenthesis in the very heart of Paris and its turmoil and, as a bonus, they usually enjoy a rather good view …
1. Les Ombres – The most intellectual
27, Quai Branly, 75007
The Musée du Quai Branly’s roof has a nice terrace with a wonderful view over Paris and the Eiffel Tower. You can visit the museum and, when you get hungry, climb up to the roof. Whether you go there for lunch or for dinner, you will love the view inspired by architect Jean Nouvel.
The prices are pretty high, but so is the quality. For lunch (42€), you can have Norway lobster, foie gras, or even lamb’s shoulder. Dinner is better still, with a seafood risotto, roast poultry, and French pastries for the dessert.
Lunch: From 12 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Dinner: From 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
2. Le Perchoir – The most discreet
14, rue Crespin du Gast, 75011
It is not easy to access, but it is worth the effort. Only initiates know how to find it, but here are a few tips: you will have to push a door that does not look like a bar’s door, then take a lift up to the seventh floor … or is it cloud nine ? If you are lucky and have no queue, go to the bar. You can have a daily special cocktail created by the barmen (12€), or choose from a diverse wine menu, or simply have a beer (5€).
You can even eat before going on the terrace to admire the view. The restaurant is gastronomic with a unique three-course menu (48€), changing according to the chef’s mood. Make sure to book a table in advance if you want to eat.
Restaurant: From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Bar: From 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
3. Le Nüba – The closest to the Seine
36, quai d’Austerlitz, 75013
The rooftop of the Cité de la Mode et du Design, which is above the Seine, is the perfect place to feel as if you were in a bubble of calm in the center of Paris. This club and bar concept allows you to bask in the light of the sunset with a cocktail, or to dance on the music of the DJs until dawn. There is an open space with picnic tables (they serve for the restaurant at night), bars, and a stage for the DJ, and this is from this space that you can see the Seine. A food truck managed to park next to the bar (but how did it climb up the stairs?), so you will not lack food either. And now comes the most interesting part … another space, with a roof, also includes a bar and a DJ’s stage to have twice the music! This is unique!
Week: From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Week-end: From 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.
For further information about Le Nüba click here.
4. Le Déli-Cieux – The most stylish
66, boulebard Haussmann, 75009
This self-service restaurant on the roof of the Printemps Haussmann will allow you to regain your strength after shopping. From here, you can see most of the Parisian landmarks while you enjoy your meal. On the buffet, you will find fresh salted or sweet products to have a nice lunch. This is no gastronomic restaurant, but it does enable you to catch your breath between two shops.
Bar/Restaurant: From 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
5. Molitor – The freshest
8, avenue de la Porte Maillot, 75016
You can stop with your friends above the famous Molitor swimming pool to have a drink. The hotel has been abandoned, shut down, and renovated to reopen as a five-star hotel; very trendy and yet affordable. The terrace has a view on both the swimming pool and Paris. Lying down on your deckchair, please enjoy the quiet of western Paris with a drink. It almost looks like the hanging gardens. The place has been taken by a fantastic new kitchen squad which proposes snacks or complete meals. In summer, the chef sets up the barbecue to cook planchas or other summer delicacies.
Bar/Restaurant: From 12 a.m. to 11 p.m.
6. Le Mama Shelter – The most relaxing
109, rue Bagnolet, 75020
Between the hotel, the restaurant, the pizzeria, the bar, and the barbecue on the roof, you will have a rather large choice when you come to the Mama Shelter. Its concept is already expanding all over the world, because it is a true escape from the stress and the grey Parisian fog. Atop the roof of the hotel and of the restaurant (they have the same name), you will find plenty of deckchairs, picnic tables and even ping pong tables.
Since you came, you can also go big and taste the menu. Do not miss the pizzas; they are the house’s specialty. Traditional and delicious meals are also on the menu (Mama’s cheeseburgers, sea bream, steak tartare, preserved poultry …). If you come during the afternoon, why not enjoy a drink and win a table tennis match (you can make it!)?
Bar/Restaurant: From 12 a.m. to 11 p.m.
7. Le Raphaël – The best view of the Eiffel Tower
17, Avenue Kléber, 75016
On the last floor of the five-star hotel Le Raphaël, this rooftop offers a view over the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and Paris’s roofs in a trendy and rustic atmosphere. From May to September, you can enjoy the late afternoon with a fruit cocktail (15€), and you might even indulge in a dinner at the restaurant. Lunches and dinners are only served during the week, with a unique but tempting menu (90€).
You can also have a snack if you want to take a break with a marvelous view during your shopping afternoon or between two visits.
Lunch: From 12.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dinner: From 7.30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Bar: From 4 p.m.
8. Le Georges – The trendiest
19, Rue Beaubourg, 75004
What about going to the top of the Centre Georges Pompidou to have lunch? The museum has its own restaurant on the rooftop with a unique view over Paris. You can admire Paris’s roofs and the famous Sacré Coeur. Indoors or outdoors, it does not matter since you will have the same view thanks to the big windows bays.
As evening approaches, this place is perfect for a drink and some appetizers with your friends. As night is falling, the room is lightly lit and dinner is served. The meals waver between tradition and modernity to please the greater number. The desserts are very classic, but why change them?
Bar/Restaurant: From 12 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Mona knows Paris like the back of her hand. Its bars, its restaurants and above all, its hotels, whether you want to sleep, eat, party or just take a walk in Paris, Mona knows them (nearly) all. Follow her lead, she will gladly give you all her good tips!