Summer’s over, and so are those warm sunny evenings. Ever since I visited New York during college, I’ve been a huge fan of classy rooftop bars. My friends know I’m a very picky drinker, so I prefer to share a glass of something fancy while watching the sunset than go to a loud grungy dive bar. There aren’t too many rooftop bars in Paris, so I knocked 5 off my list this summer. Here are my favorite ones, in priority order.
Looking for a romantic evening or a quiet catch-up with a friend? 43 Up on the Roof has the best atmosphere for this. There are only a few tables, so make sure you reserve ahead of time. Enter through the Holiday Inn (a bit weird, I know) and find your way up to the 9th floor for a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower and skyline. The mojitos are quite tasty, plus you can order a nice planche of cheese and other snack items.
My friend Laureen found the bar at Hotel Molitor earlier this year, and we absolutely loved it. This photo doesn’t do it justice as it wasn’t actually taken from the roof, but you get a wonderful view of the hotel’s pool and surrounding forest from this bar. It plays swanky music and has a few areas for private DJ’s and parties. I’d say it’s a good spot for an after-work happy hour or a girls’ night out. This is the rich area of Paris, so all the girls were in heels and dresses- my attire of choice.
Le Perchoir is probably the most popular rooftop hangout spot. There are actually two in Paris- the original (and less touristy) one is in the 11th arrondissement, and the smaller more central one is on top of BHV in the Marais. Tyler and I tried to come here for a date night, but it was more of a lively crowd with lots of inter-group mingling. Come with your friends and you’ll have plenty of chances to meet new people, both tourists and locals. The BHV location is a very popular spot, with crowds lining up 30-60 minutes before opening.
Now this one on top of Terrass Hotel has quite a view. Again, it’s crowded so get there early and don’t go with a very big group. The drinks are expensive but unique, with really fun names. Watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle during sunset from the top of Montmartre here is really magical and I would definitely recommend it if you’re in the area.
This a beautiful spot in the rich neighborhood. While there is also a large indoor restaurant, I highly recommend making a reservation online and requesting seats at the upstairs terrace. The décor is charming yet casual (well, as casual as the 16th gets- I spotted 4 Chanel bags just on my way to the bathroom.) Order the burrata with truffle oil and you won’t be disappointed.
I visited this last one just last night with a few friends. It’s at a unique location on top of the Centre Pompidou museum, so it’s a pretty neat spot to check out after seeing the modern art expos below. Le Georges is nicely decorated with long-stemmed roses adorning every table and an expensive menu to match. Unfortunately, you don’t get a good view of the Eiffel Tower, but you can see other popular monuments like the Notre Dame. The outdoor heaters during chilly nights also help a lot!