Summer is here! It’s a gorgeous day today in Paris, Taylor Swift has come back to Spotify and life is very good.
As a general rule of thumb, I’d like to avoid “listicle” blog posts but this one seemed okay given the weather, the aforementioned music situation that is currently happening, and my resulting mood. Without further ado, I present to you a few of my favorite rooftop terraces in Paris.
Rooftop terraces are absolutely the end all be all when it comes to enjoying Paris in the summer and bragging about it on social media. Because who doesn’t love a boomerang cheers with the Eiffel Tower in the background?
Anyway, enjoy this VERY SHORT AND VERY INCOMPLETE list of my favorite Parisian rooftop bars (I’ve even google mapped them for y’all because I’m JUST THAT SELFLESS, wink). I will, of course, continue to do the dirty work and test them all out for you so that you don’t have to. It’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.
This rooftop terrace is located on top of Gare de l’Est and opened last year. It’s really unique and has a very cool atmosphere. You don’t really *see* any of Paris’s amazing skyline, but I don’t mind too much because the rest of this terrace is so cool. There is a ton of seating, big tables to accommodate your whole group and gorgeous decorative lights that make it feel like you’re at a summer wedding. When I went, there was a line that wrapped around the inside of the massive train station and they were playing oldies. We got a bottle of wine and swayed along to Sherry by the Four Seasons. Good time had by all.
So, I have only been here at night, but every time I go, I love it more. It’s on the 6th and 7th floor of the building so there is an amazing view of Sacre Coeur, the Parisian rooftops, a restaurant and an indoor bar in case of bad weather. The cocktails were around 12-15 each, but absolutely delicious and worth it. It’s a little unassuming when you walk up to the building where the bar is, but you take an elevator or winding stairs up and there you are. It’s a great night and it’s in the perfect spot if you want to go out barhopping after a nice drink. Also, this may only be interesting to a select few people, but last time I was there, they had pickle-backs! I had a picture from this night, but I can’t seem to find it. Sorry.
This is definitely the place to get your instagram story on. It’s a daytime only terrace located on top of the Galeries Lafayette with a variety of drink options ranging in prices from an 8 euro cider to a more expensive glasses of champagnes. No doubt that with the amazing view of the Eiffel Tower, it’s lounge chairs and tropical vibes, it’s worth a little splurge.
I have been here once and only once, but it was unlike any place I’ve ever been. Again, not much of Paris’s notable skyline but a cool rooftop club. We waited in line for at least 45 minutes, if not a full hour and we spent the entire time questioning our decision to wait in said line. I am so glad that we did. It was a beautiful rooftop patio bar/club with a really cool atmosphere where we stayed until the sun came up. I only have this one grainy photo from that sunrise. Go, take your own pictures & thank me later.