Vodka tonic and a healthy fear of heights, anyone?
There’s little in life that gives more pleasure than sipping a French 75 on a rooftop that has a view of the Eiffel Tower. Well, maybe pairing that cocktail with some French eye candy sitting at the next table over. And while stairs might have to be involved in this particular endeavor, just imagine how toned your booty will be after hitting the Parisian streets AND every rooftop on this list.
Plus, even if you went to every rooftop bar in the city, it still wouldn’t compare to climbing the steps of the Eiffel Tower. And as someone who has done that, this is a piece of cake that ends with a carafe of cocktails and a (personal) pizza.
Pro Tip: Hot Girl Summer starts with a drink in each hand and seventh story bird’s eye views of Paris, and ends when someone tumbles down the stairs (RIP to your heels).
So if you’re ready to start your hot girl (or boy, we’re inclusive here) summer with a bar in the sky, here is a list to start you off right:
Located in the 4th arrondissement, Le Perchoir Marais is situated on the roof of the Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville and offers panoramic views of the Eiffel Tower, River Seine, and the city below. Taste one of their signature spicy cocktails or splurge for a bottle of champagne and pair it with a charcuterie board or small plate while lounging on one of the white cushioned benches. It’s a place to bring friends and family, or go alone to meet locals and tourists alike. Check out their Instagram to get a better feel of their immaculate rooftop vibes.
33 rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris, France | Métro: Hôtel de Ville (l. 1&11)
If you’re looking for a fun retreat, look no farther than a Mama Shelter Rooftop Bar: They’re bright and colorful set-ups with cushy spots to sip glasses of wine and entertain company. Open day and night, you can enjoy a peaceful cup of espresso in the morning then later come back for an evening round of ping pong. The bar menu has dishes to share and pizzas galore, not to mention pitchers of cocktails big enough to satiate your party of friends (or perhaps just you?). Plus, Mama Shelter West boasts eighth floor views of the Eiffel Tower.
East: 109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris, France | Métro: Porte de Bagnolet (l. 3) fr.mamashelter.com
West: 20 Avenue de la Porte de la Plaine, 75015 Paris, France | Métro: Porte de Versailles (l. 12) fr.mamashelter.com
Perched on top of the Hotel des Grands Boulevards in the second arrondissement, The Shed is a small hidden rooftop oasis perfect to escape the hustle-bustle of the city below. It’s rustic-chic, decorated with pink and red sofas and tables surrounded by greenery that’ll make you feel as if you’re relaxing in a garden (so if you have allergies, beware!). They have a small but delicious list of cocktails along with an exclusive champagne and wine selection, but if you’re feeling a bit more hungry you can always head to the hotel’s top-quality restaurant that also offers outdoor seating.
17 Boulevard Poissonnière, 75002 Paris, France | Métro: Bonne Nouvelle (l. 8&9)
La Terrasse de l’Hotel Raphaël has 360 degree views of Paris (aka the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Sacré Coeur…), offering an Instagram moment from every angle. The sun filled terrace is located in the 16th arrondissement on the 7th floor of the five star Hotel Raphaël and is open from April to September. Dine for lunch or dinner in their little hanging garden that always smells like fresh flowers or just unwind with a drink from their impressive list of cocktails and champagne. You won’t be disappointed.
17 Avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris, France | Métro: Boissière (l. 6)
Le Top at Point Éphémère is a trendy bar located in the 10th arrondissement with lawn furniture and wooden benches overlooking the Canal Saint-Martin. Its picnic vibes are perfect for a relaxed summer hang-out with friends to either spend the day or sip an after-sight-seeing cocktail by the water. The rooftop bar and terrace is only open when the weather is nice, so be sure to add it to your list for a particularly warm Parisian day or night. And since Point Éphémère is an event center, you can always take in a performance while in the area. Check out their Instagram for an up-to-date schedule of their current events.
200 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris, France | Métro: Louis Blanc (l. 7&7B)
Located on the rooftop of the Cité de la Mode et du Design in the 13th arrondissement, Café Oz is a hip Aussie bar right along the river. With bright colors and aboriginal fresco, it’s a vibrant space. Pair that with an outdoor DJ and you’re guaranteed to want to dance. This sports bar is trendy with Australian beers, house cocktails, and classic shooters (Jägerbombs anyone?). Here you can watch a sports match and satiate your hunger with a burger (on the barbie perhaps?) or sharable items like charcuterie boards and pizza.
34 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, France | Métro: Paris Austerlitz (l. 5&10)
If you ever feel like partying until 6am on a really warm summer night, head on over to Debonair Café. It’s Paris’ largest open-air club where the bodies get sweaty, but the fresh air is plentiful. It’s located in the 13th arrondissement, and they’re always hosting hot DJs, bands, and themed events to keep you entertained all summer long. Start early (3pm is early if you were up ’til sunrise the night before, ok?) to eat and drink during the day, and then dance the night away.
36 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, France | Métro: Paris Austerlitz (l. 5&10)
Check out their Instagram here.
This bar and restaurant will fulfill your wildest dreams if your aesthetic is luxurious green oasis where it kinda feels like you are in Greece, but then you can also see the Eiffel Tower. La Perruche is a rooftop garden on top of Printemps Haussmann and like a parakeet, it is colorful and beautiful. Located in the 8th arrondissement, the restaurant inside has immaculate views with large bay windows, but the true breathtaking views come from the roof (obvi).
Printemps de l’Homme, 2 Rue du Havre 9th floor, 75008 Paris, France | Métro: Chaussée d’Antin – La Fayette (l. 7&9)