The ten best rooftop bars in Paris

Enjoy top-quality cocktails and panoramic views over the city at one of these ten sensational rooftop bars
The best rooftop bars in Paris
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By Flora Hudson and Huw Oliver |
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Bar terraces are everywhere in Paris, and so it can be tricky for bar owners to make their establishments really stand out. To reel in new punters, it seems more and more are starting to look upwards. After all, the French capital has undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and iconic skylines in the world, so where better to survey the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and Sacré-Coeur than ten floors up with a cocktail in hand? Our list of the ten best rooftop hangouts will make regular street-level drinking seem so passé.

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Bars and pubs

Bar le Perchoir

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An enormously popular new bar in Menilmontant, has opened on a huge rooftop with a 360 degree view of the capital. Despite ‘speakeasy’ pretentions (the street entrance is unmarked), the place is becoming a victim of its own success, with queues out of the front door to be endured before you take the lift to the 7th floor. But once you do make it up there, you’ll find a vast space full of comfortable sofas strewn with cushions surrounding a handsome bar...

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Restaurants, Diners

Le Georges

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From this privileged perch at the top of the Pompidou Centre, you can watch the sun set over the capital’s steely rooftops and contemplate the art you’ve just admired, cocktail in hand. You’ll be fighting for table room with trendy after-work crowds, and the ice-cool service can be slower than an escargot, but it’s a small price to pay for such an unbeatable vantage over the whole sparkling city...

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Clubs

Nüba

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This rooftop club at La Cité de la Mode et du Design adds another layer of excitement to the site that already houses Wanderlust. The vast rooftop terrace offers a superb panoramic view over the surrounding quays, and an almost exotic atmosphere with a wooden DJ booth like a beach hut playing chillout world music, deckchairs, big communal tables and a table football set.Far from being an elitist hangout, there’s no dress code and the atmosphere is relaxed and festive...

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Restaurants, French

Les Sardignac

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In 2013 tart-maker extraordinaire Catherine Kluger set up shop on the 300m2 terrace of the Cinéma Etoile Lilas; now the turn of Les Sardignac, a small bistro opposite Les Folies Bergère owned by a couple of screenwriters. The terrace isn't very high up and the view isn't exactly breathtaking, but it is open and sunlit and never gets too packed. Ideally suited to a coffee in the afternoon or a glass of something stronger in the evening, the fresh air and chilled vibe will transport you a million miles away from Paris...

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Restaurants, French

Les Ombres

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The full-on view of the Eiffel Tower at night would be reason enough to come to this glass-and-iron restaurant on the top floor of the Musée du Quai Branly, but new chef Jean-François Oyon's food also demands that you sit up and take notice. Those without bottomless pockets should note that there is a reasonable prix fixe at lunch. Another option is to head to the newly opened terrace lounge bar, which offers a range of swish cocktails (€13) and posh nibbles...

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Restaurants, Brasseries

Auteuil Brasserie

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Set in a former station building on the Petite Ceinture, the legendary abandoned railway that encircles Paris, the Auteuil Brasserie feels like a breath of fresh country air despite being only minutes along the metro line 10 to Auteuil. Up the grand staircase studded with candles lies an even more brilliant surprise: the roof terrace, screened from the street by greenery like a chic country retreat...

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Bars and pubs

Le Zyriab by Noura

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A beautiful terrace on the roof of the Institut du Monde Arabe, which is remarkably quiet outside of lunch and dinner times. Le Zyriab by Noura isn’t just a high class Lebanese restaurant, it’s also a daytime café open to all. Elegant outdoor tables topped with parasols offer a sublime view over the Seine and the Ile Saint-Louis, with the Notre-Dame cathedral in the background...

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Terrasse de l'hôtel Raphael

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A panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower to one side and the Arc de Triomphe on the other doesn’t come cheap; Le Raphael is on of the most luxurious terrace bars in Paris. The menu is, naturally, sophisticated, but you pay the price – glasses of wine start at €17. But if you’re in the mood to impress, have a seat on the immaculate white cushions and luxuriate in the view over Paris’s great monuments and a classic, top quality cocktail (at €27)...

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Le Perchoir Marais

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When the sun’s out, this classy rooftop bar feels like a fancy Greek seaside resort, with its white parquet floor, blue tables, striped cushions, live DJ, decorated trees and panoramic backdrop with views of the Hôtel de Ville and the Eiffel tower. The Perchoir Marais has built up a reputation for long queues since opening back in 2014, but if you come down late (say, after 9pm) you’ll probably avoid the worst of the crowds...

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Attractions, Towers and viewpoints

La Terrasse des Galeries Lafayette

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Sure, so it's not the Empire State Building. But if you fancy seeing Paris from on high without having to pay an entrance fee or queue for hours, then this is the place for you. All you have to do is head to Galeries Lafayette and haul yourself up to the seventh floor for a panoramic view of the city, stopping at the sixth to grab something to eat or drink. The vista is one of the most impressive you’ll get in Paris – it beats that from the Eiffel Tower by virtue of having the Tower in it...

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