So you want a view of Paris, huh? And, for some reason, you want it from five different rooftop days in one day.
Tough ask, but don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
Here’s how to spend a whole day hopping between the best rooftop terraces in Paris. Starting with a morning coffee and ending with a discotheque on the river.
Now, I got into more detail and listener emails in the podcast version of this story below (subscribe!). The full list of rooftops and addresses are below.
1. Morning coffee at Terrass Hotel
This is a spectacular view and maybe the best on the list. You get a 180 degree view from the perch of Montmartre and unspoilt views of the Eiffel Tower. If you head up in the morning you will almost certainly have it to yourself.
2. Culture fix at Tour Saint Jacques
The opportunity to climb the Notre Dame has passed, for now, but that’s OK because you can check out the Tour Saint Jacques instead. It’s only open three days a week, so plan accordingly. The video below will tell you everything you need to know (and even features yours truly!).
3. Tasty lunch at elegant Perruche
This recently-renovated restaurant above the Printemps department store will take your breath away. If you’re on a budget, the menu prices may just take your breath away too. But that’s OK, how often are you going to get a chance to dine above Paris?
4. Rooftops and cocktails at Le Perchoir
This is one of my favourite bars in Paris. There are several in the Perchoir chain, but I’d point you towards the slightly hidden one in the residential 11th arrondissement. Grab a cheese platter to share and a cocktail to see in the sunset.
5. Down a couple of beers mate at Cafe Oz
When the sun has set and you’re feeling like the night hasn’t quite finished, why not get your dancing shoes on and boogie to one of the rooftop bars overlooking the Seine River. Cafe Oz has a wonderful terrace, but beware, this one is best suited to the younger crowds and the backpackers 🙂
6. Bonus: Tea making at BHV
Yes, the BHV department store grows plants on its rooftop and offer tea making courses. I did it with a team of Patreon supporters:
That’s it! If you like these tips, be sure to check out The Earful Tower’s Guide to Paris.
The Earful Tower’s Guide to Paris
It’s here! After six seasons of making The Earful Tower podcast and 100+ expert guests, I’ve finally put together the ultimate guide to Paris.
If you liked this story, you’d certainly enjoy my list of the best free thing to find in every arrondissement.