We set sail at the Grand Bleu
The Arsenal Basin is an unknown nugget in Paris. With its fishing port, it’s a great spot, just a few steps from the Place de la Bastille—especially since the restaurant Le Grand Bleu has had a makeover. This year, the place installed an extra large terrace and organized a rich musical program. Homemade cocktails, cheeses and sausages, ceviche, carpaccio, oysters; between the menu and the blue and white parasols over wooden tables from old sailing boats, the atmosphere transports us to the seaside. There is even a little breeze off the island of Ré…
Le Grand Bleu, Port of Arsenal in front of 46 boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris. Website of the Grand Bleu
Underground at Hasard Ludique
Le Hasard Ludique made a splash during its opening last year. A nice venue with a Berlin touch, installed in an old station of La Petite Ceinture (a former railway converted into a raised park); we had no choice but to love the concept. This year, to celebrate its first anniversary, Le Hasard Ludique has created the “Bar du quai,” a space of 300 m2 located below in the grass. Cocktails and tapas are on the menu, and so are poetry contests, flea markets, ecological bazaars, exhibitions, and of course concerts and DJ sets. Le Hasard Ludique has concocted a busy program, with dozens of things to look forward to this summer!
Le Hasard Ludique, 128 avenue de Saint-Ouen, 75018 Paris.
Website of the Hasard Ludique
Wind of Freshness at the Gateways
Hotel terraces have their own particular charm—the 5 star hotel “Le Parister” opened its doors last winter, and it’s with great haste (and pleasure) that we discovered its pretty summer terrace. The hotel’s restaurant is called Les Passerelles, in reference to the gates that overlook this lush little courtyard. The planted garden of 40 m2 brought us to an oasis far from bustle of the city. The menu of this charming spot located at the heart of Faubourg Montmartre: fresh seasonal cuisine and really good cocktails, not to mention a perfect escape from the Parisian tumult.
Les Passerelles, 19 rue Saulnier, 75009 Paris.
Website of Terrasse du Parister.
Originality at the Grands Voisins
For 3 years, Les Grands Voisins has occupied the former Saint-Vincent-de-Paul hospital, and you sense happiness in spirit of this urban village: decorations made of odds and ends, a seasonal café, and even a chicken coop and a vegetable garden. The approach of the Grands Voisins is an eclectic program. You can go for a walk in the artists’ studios, participate in a dance class, or attend a concert. From families to hipsters, all populations meet here—that is the strength of this atypical place, also called home to 600 people who reside here.
Ancien hôpital Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, 74 Avenue Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris.
Website of La terrasse des Grands Voisins
At home at Papa Cabane
On Thursday night, Papa Cabane is the place to be! The huge terrace installed right behind the AccorHotels Arena is coming back this season. With its tables and benches made of pallets and its many activities, from here the capital looks like a summer camp. Pétanques, ping pong, foosball … there is something for everyone here, accompanied by DJ set all evening long. And if you are a bit hungry? Feast on what the many food trucks are peddling. We have only one complaint: that the place is open only one evening per week!
Papa Cabane, Rue Paul Belmondo, 75012 Paris.
On the hill of the 88 Menilmontant
For the second year in a row, the Miroiterie hangout was taken over by the Bellevilloise team. The 900 m2 space is focused on relaxation and culture—so after ping-pong table and Twister, stretch out on deckchairs in the shade of a canvas sail. The social program has been designed to satisfy everyone: yoga classes, live painting, concerts, mixers…and if you are a bit hungry, sample the Thai dishes of L’Échappée. Perfect for a break away from the asphalt.
88 Ménilmontant, 88 rue de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris
See double at the Palais de Tokyo
The restaurant Les Grands Verres established its summer quarters with the opening of two terraces on the esplanade between the Palais de Tokyo and the Museum of Modern Art. First stop, the terrace of the main restaurant, where we were pleasantly surprised by the menu of chef Preston Miller. Then we headed over to the one of P’tits Verres, which offers a simplified menu. Deckchairs, high tables—it’s the prototypical al-fresco experience. Over the summer, many events will be organized from concerts, yoga classes, private viewings, and DJ performances. A trendy program, just like the place.
Terrasse Les Grands Verres, Terrasse Les P’tits Verres, 13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris.
Website of the terraces of Les Grands Verres and Les P’tits Verres
Cultural note at the Palazzo
If the deckchairs and the soft pillows aren’t enough to make you come to the Palazzo, its seductive summer program might convince you.
For the second consecutive year, the Palais de la Porte Dorée, which houses the National Museum of Immigration and the Tropical Aquarium, opened an ephemeral terrace of 1000 m2 on its front patio. Culture is emphasized, especially through mini-visits, but also by the celebration of Heritage Days or the Festival of Music. It’s a festive and friendly place, close to the Bois de Vincennes.
Palazzo, Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris.
Website of The Palazzo
Al-fresco at the Bal de la Marine
What if you had a drink with a view of the Eiffel Tower? This is the sort of cocktail hour the Bal de la Marine hosts on its new terrace. This waterside bistro was once the meeting place of admirals and high-ranking sailors, but that was before the dynamic team of La Javelle took it over. Today, we go there to taste oysters or ceviche with our feet in the water, or to dance it out to wild playlists or soak up the music at concerts. All under the glitter of la Tour Eiffel.
Le Bal de la Marine, Port de Suffren 75007 Paris.
Surprises at Ground Control
This is one of the top addresses of the Gare de Lyon district. Since last year, Ground Control has landed in the Charolais Hall, an empty space of the SNCF, and has created an attractive terrace of 1500 m2. This year, it’s returned, grabbing the interior space to offer us even more activities. A cocktail bar in an airplane cockpit, concept shops, workshops, exhibitions, food trucks for all tastes … you can spend hours in Ground Control without discovering all the secrets.
Ground Control, 81 Rue du Charolais, 75012 Paris.
Website of Ground Control
Cultural break at Musée Maillol
The Maillol Museum launched a brand new café this season in its pretty paved courtyard. Well sheltered in this former mansion in the 7th arrondissement, enjoy a peaceful moment after wandering among the treasures of the Museum’s collection. For a healthy lunch or for a coffee break, we also adore its cozy setting. The menu of salads, quiches, and seasonal sandwiches will satisfy anyone’s desire for freshness—and if you’ve got a sweet tooth, opt for a homemade pastry or a good homemade ice cream. It’s the perfect option to merge culture and relaxation.
Café-terrasse du Musée Maillol, 61 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
Website of the Musée Maillol
Panoramic at Jardin Suspendu
A parking garage at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles; in principle, not the stuff of dreams, but on the roof of this parking structure a huge green terrace of 3500 m2 will be installed on June 14! With its view of Paris, it’s a safe bet that this will be the place to take in the height this summer. Between its ciné-concert space, relaxing nooks, and organic food court, there will be something to do in this garden of a new kind. We’re also definitely coming to watch the World Cup games and dance until the early hours of the morning. The 15th arrondissement hasn’t had its last word quite yet!
Le Jardin Suspendu, 40 rue d’Oradour sur Glane, 75015 Paris.
Website of jardin Suspendu