Very few city skylines are as instantly recognizable or as breathtaking as Paris’. The Parisian cityscape has inspired French and international artists alike since the 15th century. The zinc-covered UNESCO world heritage Paris rooftops have dusted themselves off recently to become some of the most happening spots in the city.
What you’ll find in this article:
– The best Paris rooftops for views
– The best Paris rooftop bars
– The best Paris rooftop clubs
With a cocktail in hand, and a loved one by your side, there is no better way to end an evening in Paris than on one of the Paris rooftops, especially after a romantic dinner in the City of Love. These Paris rooftops spots have become just as popular as the recent trend of hidden cocktail bars in the city!
Paris Rooftops: Best views of the city
Paris Rooftops: For panoramic Views
Looking to snag that postcard-perfect panoramic view of Paris during your travels? On top the Eiffel Tower is of course a classic location, but it is also the highest point in Paris and provides a great angle of the city from above. The Tour Montparnasse is another option for snapping a photo of the city and you will get to see the Eiffel Tower from this view!
The beautiful rooftop terrace of the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann is also an ideal spot. After snagging the perfect photo, you can enjoy the incredible year round events on the terrace like their Christmas-themed events, fashion shows and more.
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Paris Rooftops: Best sunset views
There is nothing like that final evening glow to mark the end of another lovely day in Paris. The sunset is always pretty, but in Paris, it’s simply magical.
On the ground level, Pont Alexandre III is easily one of the best places to watch the sunset in the city from. It is a great place to sit and really take in the city at that magical hour!
But for sky-high views of both the Eiffel Tower and the La Defense business district, head to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. The attraction gets pretty crowded around sunset hour so make sure to check the number of people on the app Affluences.
Arc de Triomphe
Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008
Metro access: George V (Line 1)
Ticket: 13€ (free for under 26)
Schedule: open daily from 10am – 10:30pm
The Centre Pompidou museum doesn’t only have amazing modern and contemporary art, it also has one of the best Paris rooftops! It has views over beautiful Haussmannian architecture, the Sacre Cœur, and the Eiffel Tower! You can head out to the rooftops during your musem visit or you can also just buy a “View of Paris” ticket for 5€.
Address: Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004
Metro access: Rambuteau (Line 11) or Hôtel de Ville (Lines 1 / 11)
Rooftop-only access ticket: 5€
Schedule: daily from 11am – 10pm; closed on Tuesdays
Paris Rooftops: Most romantic views
Paris isn’t called The City of Love for nothing, the city is undeniably romantic. The opportunities for romance are endless, however, you simply can’t beat a glamorous view of the city from above.
For the most romantic dinner view of Paris, head to Les Ombres. This gastronomic restaurant located in the Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac museum combine luxurious cuisine with a breathtaking glimpse of the Parisian skyline.
Address: 27 Quai Branly, 75007
Metro access: Pont d’Alma (RER C)
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The Montmartre neighborhood is the embodiment of Parisian charm. Located on a hilltop in the city it offers the most romantic panoramic views of the city. If you’re in the area to catch a show at the Moulin Rouge, grab a drink at the rooftop bar Bar à Bulles for an apéro!
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BEST ROOFTOP BARS IN PARIS
Le Perchoir Marais, Gare de l’Est, Oberkampf
Paris rooftop bars have become hugely popular in the past five years. Le Perchoir is an institution in the Paris rooftops scene. There are three locations in Paris: (1) the Marais, (2) the trendy Oberkampf neighborhood and (3) on top of Gare de l’Est.
All three locations feature bohemian chic vibes and 360 degree panoramic views of the city. The cocktails are outstanding and there really is no better view than Paris from above.
Le Perchoir Marais (located in LE BHV MARAIS)
Address: 33 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004
Metro access: Hôtel de Ville (Line 1)
Le Perchoir Oberkampf
Address: 14 Rue Crespin du Gast, 75011
Metro access: Ménilmontant (Line 2)
Le Perchoir de l’Est
Address: 10 Place du 11 Novembre 1918, 75010
Metro access: Gare de l’Est (Line 4 / 5 / 7)
The rooftop bar of Terrass’ Hotel is ideally located in Montmartre. Enjoy head-on views of the Eiffel Tower in the bar’s elegant atmosphere. The bar is open from noon until midnight, seven days a week.
The chief mixologist has concocted 16 delicious and unique cocktails. Our personal favorite is the “Sacre Français” with gin, ginger beer, bitter lime, and liqueur Saint-Germain, for a delightfully sweet tang. We’re not sure what’s more enjoyable – the drinks or the view.
Address: 12-14 Rue Joseph de Maistre, 75018
Metro access: Abbesses (Line 12)
The Rooftop Bar at Mama Shelter
The brainchild of world-renowned architect Philippe Starck, Mama Shelter is one of Paris’ most beloved concept hotels. The recent addition of a rooftop bar and eatery has only deepened Parisians love for Mama Shelter.
The rooftop features soft, cozy lighting, comfy sofas and a chic yet laid back atmosphere. The only drawback is that it’s only open on Sundays, but that has made it one of our favorite Sunday activities in Paris. The drinks and food are just like every other aspect of the hotel, absolutely impeccable.
Mama Shelter (Paris East)
Address: 109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020
Metro access: Gambetta (Line 3)
BEST ROOFTOP CLUBS IN PARIS
Wanderlust is dedicated to fashion and design by day and turns into one of Paris’ most popular clubs by night. The massive 1,600 square meter terrace is perfect for dancing the night away under the stars. Wanderlust opened its doors just two years ago and has since made a name for itself among the younger Parisian crowd. It is located on the banks of the Seine river, along the Quai d’Austerlitz, so you can enjoy views of the water while sipping on delicious cocktails. They have an excellent sound system as well as weekly guest DJ sets.
Address: 32 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013
Metro access: Gare d’Austerlitz (Line 5 / 10)
Debonair, formerly known as Nüba or Communion, is one of the most well-known Paris rooftops. It’s definitely one of our favorite summer spots. They organize fun and original “apéritifs” (evening drinks) frequently. Located within the City of Fashion and Design, you’re sure to notice that the Debonair crowd is well-dressed and sporting fashion-forward looks. Hit the dance floor during the DJ set and enjoy the breathtaking view of Paris while showing off your moves. The on-site restaurant serves up delicious pizzas and burgers to keep you going all evening!
Debonair Paris (Located in City of Fashion & Design)
Address: 36 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013
Metro access: Gare d’Austerlitz (Line 5 / 10)