The best rooftop bars in Paris

Bar terraces are everywhere in Paris, and so it can be tricky for bar owners to make their establishments really stand out. To reel in new punters, it seems more and more are starting to look upwards. After all, the French capital has undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and iconic skylines in the world, so where better to survey the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and Sacré-Coeur than ten floors up with a cocktail in hand? Our list of the ten best rooftop hangouts will make regular street-level drinking seem so passé.

Bar le Perchoir

An enormously popular new bar in Menilmontant, has opened on a huge rooftop with a 360 degree view of the capital. Despite ‘speakeasy’ pretentions (the street entrance is unmarked), the place is becoming a victim of its own success, with queues out of the front door to be endured before you take the lift to the 7th floor. But once you do make it up there, you’ll find a vast space full of comfortable sofas strewn with cushions surrounding a handsome bar..

Le Georges

 From this privileged perch at the top of the Pompidou Centre, you can watch the sun set over the capital’s steely rooftops and contemplate the art you’ve just admired, cocktail in hand. You’ll be fighting for table room with trendy after-work crowds, and the ice-cool service can be slower than an escargot, but it’s a small price to pay for such an unbeatable vantage over the whole sparkling city


This rooftop club at La Cité de la Mode et du Design adds another layer of excitement to the site that already houses Wanderlust. The vast rooftop terrace offers a superb panoramic view over the surrounding quays, and an almost exotic atmosphere with a wooden DJ booth like a beach hut playing chillout world music, deckchairs, big communal tables and a table football set.Far from being an elitist hangout, there’s no dress code and the atmosphere is relaxed and festive..