Paris is a good-looking city. And by that I include the people, architecture and the banks of the river Seine. What better way to breathe in the view across the higgledy piggledy rooftops Amélie Poulain style – she ponders what everyone else in Paris is up to at any given moment – than from a rooftop that, conveniently, serves drinks too.
Unfortunately, in most cases, you will have to pay through the nose for a seat at one of the Paris rooftop bars and restaurants. But here are 5 of the best…
A decent mix of locals’ luncheoning and tourists snapping Notre Dame descend on Le Georges. It is on the 9th floor of the infamous Pompidou Centre so very convenient for slipping away from Europe’s modern artists for an hour or two – service is a tad slow! The alfresco bit is also open at night but just for diners.
19 Rue Beaubourg
Traipsing around museums and galleries is tiring and thirsty work. So Café Richelieu, located on the first floor of the Louvre, is very convenient for a break. You will need to buy a ticket for the museum to access the café during museum hours, but the terrace overlooks the magnificent pyramid and the Eiffel Tower. It’s a real gem!
Louvre, 1st Floor-Richelieu Wing
The name refers to the restaurant’s shady location – in the shadow of the immense Eiffel Tower that looms overhead with intermittent twinkling. This place is not just a pretty face; the food is also fantastic, as are the prices. But if you are looking to splurge and unashamedly gawp at Paris, this is THE place. Hey, you can always book a cheap Paris hotel instead.
27 Quai Branly
Les Jardins Plein Ciel
In summer, the roof terrace of the Raphael Hotel is open for lunch and dinner. The menu is predominantly cold dishes with barbeque meats rustled up by the hotel chef Philip Delahaye. Its crowning piece is a view to the Eiffel Tower.
17 Avenue Kléber
If you can’t afford sky-high prices, Le Deli-Cieux (The Deli-Cious) is much more down to Earth. It can be found on the 9th floor of the Printemps de la Maison department store. It’s a low key and self-service affair but stylishly presented among splashes of greenery. Free up some money for shopping and stay at a cheap Paris accommodation like hostels.
66 Boulevard Haussmann
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