Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris

Crédits : Charlène Campos. Translation: Jill Harry. Pictures: Adrien Dirand, Jérôme Galand, Studio Cui Cui, Marc Plantec, DR.

Terraces in Paris

PERRUCHE

High-altitude garden

On the roof of Printemps de l’Homme, this vast terrace of 500 m² offers a stunning view of the City of Light. White and yellow striped cushions, 1970's furniture, green ceramics, tropical vegetation…, the setting decorated by Toro & Liautard is as photogenic as the dishes: "pappardelle" with lemon and vegetables, "tagliata" with undercut of beef, semi-cooked tuna with sesame, Saint-Jacques scallops and more. One of the capital's trendiest addresses drawing both Parisians and tourists.

  • Printemps de l’homme (9e étage). 2 rue du Havre, IXe
  • Metro: Havre-Caumartin
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 40 34 01 23
  • Time: Mon-Sat, 9.35 a.m-2 a.m; Sun, 11 a.m-7 p.m.

LE PERCHOIR MÉNILMONTANT

Upper-crust

Instead of Seventh Heaven, Le Perchoir takes you to the 7th/top floor of an industrial building. Much more than a roof-terrace, this venue appreciated by celebrities and trendies offers a restaurant on the 6th floor, a bar, snack bar and a vast space hosting DJ sets with views of the rooftops at night, and daytime yoga or meditation classes.

  • 14 rue du Crespin du Gast, XIIe
  • Metro: Ménilmontant
  • Time: Tues-Sat, 6 p.m-1.30 a.m. 

LE CAFÉ MARLY

Relaxing terrace

Under the arcades of the Richelieu wing, facing the Louvre's superb Pyramide designed by I. M. Pei, this is one of Paris' most prestigious settings. Its long shaded terrace is definitely where to reserve a table, though the Napoleon III interior is worth checking out. Ideal for a pause between visits or a romantic dinner. 

  • 93 rue de Rivoli, Ier
  • Metro: Louvre-Rivoli, Pyramides
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 49 26 06 60
  • Time: Daily, 8 a.m-2 a.m. 

LES OMBRES

Design within a museum

This restaurant nestles in the lush gardens of the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac. Signed Jean Nouvel, it opens out to a scenic terrace with a view of the nearby Eiffel Tower. Inventive, refined, the menu offers a flavoursome trip around the world, matching the museum dedicated to the art and civilizations of Asia, Africa and America. 

  • 27 quai Branly, VIIe
  • Metro: Alma-Marceau, Iéna
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 47 53 68 00
  • Time: Daily, 12 noon-2.15 p.m., 7-10.30 p.m.

CAFÉ DE FLORE

A cultural institution

This legendary address in Saint-Germain-des-Prés was the meeting-place for the 20th century's greatest artists and writers: Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, André Breton, Picasso… Giving directly onto Boulevard Saint-Germain, its terrace is perfect for watching the "germanopratine" show: waiters flitting to and fro, tourists, Parisians in a hurry, chic residents, while enjoying hot chocolate or a "club Rykiel" with no bread, no mayo.

  • 172 boulevard Saint-Germain, VIe
  • Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 45 48 55 26
  • Time: Daily, 7.30 a.m-1.30 a.m.

NATIONAL OF THE TOP

Cocktail bar

The rooftop terrace of the Hôtel National des Arts et des Métiers is not solely reserved for hotel guests. Parisians and tourists enjoy its "aperitivi" or after-dinner drinks with views of the rooftops of Paris. Open from April. Well worth a try! 

  • 243 rue Saint Martin, IIIe
  • Metro: Arts & Métiers, Réaumur Sébastopol
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 80 97 22 80
  • Time: Daily, 6 p.m-2 a.m.

AU TOP

Countryside in Paris

To reach this restaurant on the top flor of an office building, you first enter its courtyard, take a private lift, a long corridor then a few steps… Well worth it! Especially its breathtaking view and oriental Mediterranean cuisine concocted by the team of the Café La Perle a few metres away.  

  • 93 rue Vieille du Temple, IIIe
  • Metro: Filles du Calvaire, Rambuteau
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 43 56 50 50
  • Time: Mon-Fri, 6 p.m-midnight; Sat-Sun, 9 a.m-midnight. Upon reservation.

GEORGES

Architectural institution

The work of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, the Pompidou Centre not only hosts the National Museum of Modern Art, but also the restaurant Georges. On the terrace or beneath the glass roof, this famous address  offers one of the most stunning views of Paris. Extend your cultural visit by admiring the Eiffel Tower,  Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre  from your table. 

  • Place Georges Pompidou, IVe
  • Metro: Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville, ChâteletE-mail
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 44 78 47 99
  • Time: Daily except Tues, 12 noon-2 a.m. 

MOLITOR

Roof terrace

With a view of its legendary pool, highly-prized in the 1930's then an "underground" venue in 1990, the Molitor Hotel's rooftop terrace of 500 m² offers a bar and a brasserie. With its garden of aromatic herbs and flowers, this corner of paradise is the place to be, for cool cocktails, grills or taking to the dance floor in summer with DJs from around the world.

  • 13 rue Nungesser et Coli, XVIe
  • Metro: Michel-Ange Molitor, Porte d’Auteuil
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 56 07 08 50
  • Time: Open from May: daily, 6.30 a.m-1 a.m. 

GIRAFE 

A ravishing terrace

In the Palais Chaillot's Paris wing, this glamorous address and its terrace with panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower is a sight for sore eyes. The dining-room's Art Deco decor has been sublimated by architect Joseph Dirand. In the kitchens, Chef Benoît Dargère arouses awe with a salty contemporary menu (salmon with quinoa, calamari pan-fried in olive-oil, stuffed pepperoni, grilled octopus, "aïoli", seasonal vegetables). 

  • Palais de Chaillot. 1, place du Trocadéro, XVIe
  • Metro: Trocadéro
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 40 62 70 61
  • Time: Lun-ven, 12h-14h30, 19h-22h45 ; sam-dim, 12h30-15h, 19h-22h45. 

Welcome to the City Guide of the Royal Monceau- Raffles Paris to visit the City of Light in another way.

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