Exceptional Terraces in Paris

It’s official June is here and the days are longer so we can now linger on terraces in Paris during the soft summer evenings. Although it may be one of the wettest months of the year in Paris, we can still grab our sunglasses, pick a spot, and stride over to the terrace.

People-watching is an art form in Paris and the terrace is its playground. The art of sitting on the terrace just means yes we are outside, we are part of the city and mingling with the locals. Overhearing conversations we shouldn’t, putting ice in our rosé, and acting sophisticated.

The List of Terraces

But not just any terrace we have hand-picked some select addresses for you to discover and that we had the laborsome job of testing out.

We started the search in the 18th district close to the school in the hills of Montmartre, which already has a natural predisposition for a terrace with a view. Then we moved towards some addresses on the left bank where you can soak up the historic landmarks and still have a glass of wine.

terraces in Paris

Ready to be seated?

Terrass” en Haut: 12 rue Joseph de Maistre | 75018 Paris

Enter into a quiet hotel reception and take the lift to the 7th floor. You will be amazed to exit onto a roof-top terrace where you can have a cocktail, a glass of wine or even a dinner and you sit on one of the quietest most splendid terraces with a view of the city from the North. (Note: Closed for renovation reopening in June 2015!)


Hotel Particulier: 23, avenue Junot, Pavillon D, | 75018 Paris

While the village of Montmartre has long been absorbed by the city of Paris, this charming neighborhood has retained its countryside origins despite the passing of time. From the remaining grapevines that make up Les Vignes de Montmartre to the lush parks tucked away from the city streets, Montmartre is full of hidden away spots for some calm and a refreshing drink. L’Hotel Particulier Montmartre is home to one of the more delightful terraces of the quartier. From the cosy courtyard to the sun room that sets the scene for the hotel’s bar Le Très Particulier, this high end hotel offers a breath of fresh air that makes you almost forget you’re still in the city. The frequent events hosted by the hotel and bar offer the perfect occasion to discover this urban oasis. 


Le Perchoir: 14 rue Crespin du Gast | 75011 Paris

Rooftop real estate is sorely unexploited in Paris, despite the majestic views it offers of the city. Luckily, Le Perchoir offers a rare opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the city, while enjoying a cocktail. Sunset sipping is highly recommended at this bar, which sits atop a 7 floor building in the Ménilmontant neighborhood. Expect lines to get on the elevator that will take you to this buzzing rooftop address, which is worth the wait on a clear day just for the 360° view of Paris alone. 

Printemps Haussmann: 64 boulevard Haussmann | 75009 Paris
Terrasse– 9th floor

Right in the heart of the city this beautiful department store hosts an amazing outdoor 9th floor terrace with panoramic views of the city. For the price of a coffee you can sit out relaxing after a day’s visiting or shopping and soak up Paris from the 19th century architectural beauty.

terraces in Paris

La Palette: 43 Rue de Seine | 75006 Paris

La Palette is a quintessential Parisian terrace in the left bank area of Saint Germain. People gather young and old in this quiet side street to enjoy dinner or a bottle of chilled wine with friends in a bohemian atmosphere.

L’Institut du Monde Arab | 75005 Paris

The Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris is not only a beacon of Arab culture and heritage, but it also boasts one of the city’s best-kept secrets: its stunning terrace. Perched high above the bustling streets of the 5th arrondissement, this terrace offers breathtaking panoramic views of Paris, including the majestic Notre-Dame Cathedral, the iconic Seine River, and the enchanting skyline. One of many places that you can take to the sky to see Paris from a new perspective.

terraces in Paris

Mama Shelter: 109, rue de Bagnolet | 75020 Paris

Mama Shelter is hip, hotel restaurant and has a terrace where you can enjoy a 3-course menu for only 49€ or listen to music and sip the famous cocktails. Who knows whom you might bump into, lots of musicians like to sojourn there!

As you explore these exceptional terraces, you’ll be experiencing Paris just like a local. And after a day of terrace-hopping, dive deeper into the heart of French culture. Join us at Cook’n With Class Paris for a hands-on cooking class where you can master the art of French cuisine and patisseries. It’s the perfect way to end a perfect Parisian day! Bon appétit!

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