Favourite 5 Summer Terraces in Paris

With the arrival of summer, Parisians and tourists adore sitting out on the terraces of cafes, brasseries and gastronomic restaurants. In recent years, there has been a flurry of outdoor spaces popping up just for the summer months; these are perfect places for an alfresco lunch, dinner or a drink in the city. Take a look at some great temporary terraces for summer 2019!


Rooftop Arche de la Défense © Photo by Arche de la Défense

The Grande Arche de La Défense, one of the landmarks of the Paris cityscape, will be putting on rooftop events with a gourmet twist this summer.

On the 1,000-m2 rooftop terrace of the Grande Arche, people can sample the wares of fine food purveyors (there’s a butcher’s counter, a caterer’s, wine specialists, a cocktail bar and more) and dance to DJ sets perched at a height of 110 metres while enjoying an all-encompassing view of Greater Paris.

1 Parvis de la Défense, Puteaux
Metro : La Défense (Grande Arche)


Jardin Suspendu © Photo by Pauline Germain

Head to the Porte de Versailles from 13 June 2019 onwards to admire a breath-taking view from the Jardin Suspendu.

Throughout the summer, the top floor of the car park at the Parc des Expositions will be transformed into a rooftop garden with different spaces where you can relax, attend a cultural event, meet up with people and, of course, quench your thirst.

In front of the 40 Rue d’Oradour-sur-Glane, Paris 15th
Metro : Porte de Versailles


Molitor © Photo by OTCP

At Molitor, there is no beach or river, but there is an iconic Parisian art deco swimming pool. If you do not get to dive into its crystal clear water (reserved for guests of the hotel, the spa and the club Molitor), you can still gaze on it from the venue’s roof terrace, open until September only.

Enjoy house cocktails, grilled meat and fresh salads with electronic music playing in the background.

13 Rue Nungesser et Coli, Paris 16th
Metro : Porte d’Auteuil


Mademoiselle Mouche © Photo by Mademoiselle Mouche

To celebrate their 70th anniversary, Paris’s famous Bateaux-Mouches have installed a hanging garden on the rooftop of their landing stage, where you can enjoy Roaring Twenties-themed cocktail parties and DJ sets on the banks of the Seine with a superb view of the Eiffel Tower.

The pretty rooftop garden has a transparent dome tent where guests can take shelter if it rains.

Port de la Conférence, 75008 Paris
Métro : Alma-Marceau


Hôtel OFF Paris © Photo by Hôtel OFF Paris Seine

OFF Paris Seine, a one-of-a-kind floating hotel on the Seine, also has a charming poolside bar and terrace where you can sit back and gaze out over the river.

Wine, cocktails and tapas are served during the summer evening ritual of the apéritif, as well as breakfast or brunch on sunny mornings, away from the bustle of the city.

The bar at the OFF also puts on concerts and DJ sets at the weekend.

86 Quai d’Austerlitz 75013 Paris
Métro : Gare d’Austerlitz

Info and Photos Courtesy of the Paris Tourist Office 

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