The best rooftop restaurants in Paris
To see Paris in all its glory head up to one of the many roof terraces in the city to take in the stunning skyline
Shangri-La Hotel Paris
With views directly across to the Eiffel Tower, the Shangri-La Hotel terrace is truly magnificent. Book the Suite Shangri-La on the seventh floor at the top of the historic building and enjoy a private terrace of almost 100 square metres. Although the terrace is private, the hotel has been known to open it for events, so keep an eye out for future pop-ups.
Shangri-La Hotel, 10 avenue d’Iéna, 75116 Paris, +33 (0)1 5367 1998
For the ultimate sunbathing spot in Paris, head to Mama Shelter. The rooftop restaurant, a sunny retreat only open in the summer months, beckons Mama’s guests with cool sofas, deckchairs, dining tables and retro umbrellas. Open from 10am to 5.30pm, it’s the perfect place to grab a light lunch or pre-dinner aperitif.
Mama Shelter, 109 rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris, +33 (0)1 4348 4848
Situated on the rooftop of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysees, Maison Blanche is perfectly located to give some of the best views in all of Paris. The avenue Montaigne terrace is ideal for those seeking a elegant date spot, with white sofas and tables offering breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower. Go to the restaurant for lunch and enjoy chef Fabrice Giraud’s seasonal menu, or head there at night and watch the City of Light come into its own.
Maison Blanche, 15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 4723 5599
Le Perchoir Marais
On warm summer evenings, Le Perchoir Marais is the place to go. Located in the perennially cool Marais district, Le Perchoir is the place to be seen. Take advantage of the cocktails, lie back and admire the incredible views of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. With top DJs playing into the night, this is one of the most fashionable rooftop venues in Paris.
Le Perchoir Marais, 37 rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris
The Centre Pompidou is one of the most iconic buildings in Paris and an extraordinary museum; head to the Georges restaurant on the sixth floor for spectacular views from its large glass-enclosed terrace. The restaurant’s modern, artistic style is a great contrast to the timeless setting of the Parisian skyline.
Georges, Centre Pompidou, place George Pompidou, 75004 Paris, +33 (0)1 4478 4799
Surely one of the prettiest of Paris’s rooftops is on top of the upscale Hotel Raphael in the 16th arrondissement, with its panoramic views of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. While the views are truly magnificent, the rooftop garden itself offers an intimate setting, ideal for a romantic drink or two. Be sure to try the signature Raphael cocktail made with champagne, strawberry, mint and lime.
Hotel Raphael, 17 avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris, +33 (0)1 5364 3200
Come summer, Nüba in the 13th arrondissement is the place to be. Located on top of the Cité de la Mode et du Design cultural centre, this vast rooftop terrace is a relaxed place to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding banks of the Seine, as well as the festive atmosphere led by the top DJs who play here. Big communal tables and deckchairs complete this summer hotspot.
Nüba, Cité de la Mode et du Design, 36 quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, +33 (0)1 7677 3485