A terrace or outdoor cafe in Paris… it’s as idyllic as it sounds. Whether you are looking to sip on a refreshing spritz on a rooftop bar, or relax on a boat deck while doing a river cruise on the Seine, Paris certainly isn’t short of great outdoor bars and restaurants for you to enjoy the Parisian sun. Read on for our INSIDR list of top 10 terraces and outdoor cafés in the city!
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Terrace #1 – Café Jacques at Quai Branly Museum
Café Jacques is perhaps the chicest museum café which is under the umbrella of the Alain Ducasse brand so you can only expect top-notch service and quality dishes. People who come to this terrace are mostly guests who are looking for a refreshment after their visit to the Quai Branly Museum but a lot come here for the unobstructed views of the Eiffel Tower!
Café Jacques can welcome up to 150 people with their terrasse, so don’t worry about not being able to get a table!
Address: 27 Quai Branly, 75007
Schedule: 9:30am to 7pm, Tuesday to Sunday
Terrace #2: La Réserve Hôtel & Spa
This 5-star hotel and spa has a great terrace that ensures privacy. You can sit at their terrace or patio for lunch, dinner, or even just drinks. It is a bit more expensive here than most places, however, it’s definitely a splurge that’s worth your while.
La Réserve Hôtel & Spa
Address: 42 Avenue Gabriel, 75008
Schedule: open daily from 12pm to 1am, until 12am on Sunday & Monday
Terrace #3: La Javelle
This is a favorite summer hang out spot for people on the Left Bank! La Javelle is basically a pop-up bar located right on a port by the Seine. There are food kiosks from different restaurants, good music played by a live band, and dancing by the river!
Address: Port de Javel Bas, 75015
Schedule: open from May to early October
Terrace #4: Paname Brewing Company
Waterfront spot + good beer + terrace is a winning formula; a fomula expertly employed at Paname Brewing Company – which ranks really really high on our list of the best outdoor cafe in Paris. If you take a stroll beside the canal in the up-and-coming area of Jaurès, past the groups of friends picnicking and playing pétanque as the sun sets, you will come across this pub style brewery. Order one of their quality Parisian craft beers and pull up a chair on their large terrace, overlooking the Bassin de la Villette as the sun goes down.
Paname Brewing Company
Address: 41 Quai de la Loire, 75019
Schedule: Open everyday midday- 2am
Terrace #5: La péniche Baleine Blanche
If you don’t know if you want to be an exotic garden, music venue, bar or boat… be all of them! That’s exactly what La Péniche Baleine Blanche is going for, and they are pulling it off with style. PLUS they have a terrace, meaning you can enjoy their live concerts, in a garden, on a boat, on the Seine… what more could you want out of an outdoor cafe in Paris?
La Peniche Baleine Blanche
Address: 11 Port de la Gare, 75013
Schedule: Open Monday- Sunday 8pm- 2am
Terrace #6: La Félicita at Station F
Not a lot of people wander off to Paris’ 13th arrondissement. Arguably, there aren’t any tourist attractions in this part of town but La Félicita is worth the trip! It’s basically a huge food court-style restaurant inside Station F with different themes of Italian food like a trattoria, a hamburgheria, a pizzeria, and beer and cocktails bars.
La Félicita also has room enough for 300 people to take in the sun at their terrace! Call your friends and enjoy Italian food and cocktails!
La Félicita at Station F
Address: 5 Parvis Alan Turing, 75013
Schedule: open daily 12pm – 2:30pm; 6pm – 10pm, until 10:30pm on weekends
Outdoor cafe in Paris #7: Café A
Located in a converted convent in the 10th arrondissement, Café A is a popular weekend hangout for Parisians. When the weather is good you’re guaranteed a good atmosphere if you head to their terrace which is a pleasant natural setting for an evening of socialising. Their food is nothing to rave about, but the location and setting is worth the trip! Definitely one of our go-to outdoor cafe in Paris.
Address: 148 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010
Schedule: Monday- Saturday 10am- 2am; Sunday 11am- midnight
Terrace #8: La RECyclerie
The photo above doesn’t do this place justice at all. But just trust us and follow @larecyclerie on Instagram! Located in the rough and ready 18th arrondissement, this restaurant has a terrace with a twist; stretching along the abandoned train tracks, its rustic appearance is an extension of the informal, recycled interior. La REcyclerie is a fun place to grab a coffee in the sun with a relaxed atmosphere. Heads up, it gets very busy around midday during the weekends, so to avoid the queues and be guaranteed a seat on the terrace, a week-day visit would be best! Definitely a great outdoor cafe in Paris.
Address: 83 Boulevard Ornano, 75018
Schedule: Monday- Thursday 8 am – midnight; Friday 8am – 2am; Saturday midday – 2am; Sunday 11am – 10pm
La RECyclerie website
Terrace #9: Le Perchoir de l’Est
After the success of their two rooftop terraces, the Perchoir comrades have opened their third address. Staying true to their trendy tendency of finding quirky locations to observe the city skyline, le Perchoir is located on the roof of the well know train station, Gare de L’Est, and decorated in a tasteful neo-industrial style. Their terrace is decked out with large communal tables adorned with big parasols for some welcome shade from the Parisian sun. Open for a limited time only, this bar should be on your summer Paris bucket list! It is definitely one of the best outdoor cafe in Paris.
Le Perchoir de Gare de l’Est
Address: Gare de L’Est, Place du 11 Novembre 1918, 75010
Schedule: Open from 2 July to mid October
Le Perchoir website
Terrace #10: Le Mini Palais
An oasis of green and one of the best outdoor cafe in Paris, the terrace at le Mini Palais is hidden in the heart of the extravagant Petit Palais with beautiful arches that allow you to view the garden. The food is pricey and the quality debatable, but the setting is idyllic, so for an afternoon cup of coffee or glass of wine in the centre of Paris, this is a note-worthy address.
Le Mini Palais
Address: 3 Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008
Schedule: Open everyday from 10am- 2am