11 breathtaking rooftop bars in Paris

Perched atop hotels, train stations and prestigious department stores, Paris' rooftop bars offer a unique view of the infinite tangle of zinc roofs in the capital. Let's take to the heights and look at 11 of the most fashionable places to sip a drink.

Le(s) Perchoir(s): Full views of the Sacré-Coeur, Eiffel Tower and the Seine

If you want to visit all the 'Perchoirs' in Paris, you can't be in a rush. The capital has no less than four variations of this conceptual rooftop, each with a splendid view. The first of its kind, the Perchoir Marais on the roof of the BHV, offers a sublime view of the Eiffel Tower, the Seine and the Hôtel de Ville. The rooftop in Ménilmontant offers delicious cocktails, homemade food, yoga classes, concerts and barbecue parties. Its breathtaking view of the Sacré-Cœur is the icing on the cake. Your wanderings may also take you to the Perchoir de l'Est, nestled in the upper floors of the Gare de l'Est. From May to September, you can watch the comings and goings of busy travellers while sipping a cocktail. The latest addition is the Perchoir Porte de Versailles, located in the extension of the largest urban rooftop farm in Europe - the views are equally sublime.

Le Bar à Bulles: Trendy cocktails overlooking the cabaret

The Machine du Moulin Rouge is home to the legendary cabaret of the same name, the club Le Central and, on the third floor, the rooftop 'Le Bar à Bulles'. Here you can enjoy a drink while gazing out over the famous Place Pigalle, a landmark of the northern districts of Paris, before swaying to the electro beats of Le Central.

Terrass' Hôtel: Sensational Montmartre

The rooftop bar of the Terrass'Hôtel is perched on the seventh floor of this romantic hotel at the top of the Butte Montmartre, the highest point in Paris. The views are exceptional, taking in the Eiffel Tower, the Dôme des Invalides and the Grand Palais.

Mama Shelter: Trendy and cool

This bar on the roof terrace of the Mama Shelter hotel was elected by Vogue magazine as the best rooftop in Paris. Visitors are pampered with delicious cocktails and small plates prepared by Michelin-starred chef Guy Savoy, all in a relaxed atmosphere with panoramic views. This is the place to relax and enjoy your holiday.

The Galeries Lafayette Terrace: Relax after retail

Shopping isn't usually a relaxing activity. If you don't want to miss out on the many temptations of the famous Galeries Lafayette, you might as well take a moment to relax at the rooftop bar afterwards. There you can enjoy a few tapas, a glass of wine or a cocktail, all with an exceptional view of the Paris Opera House, the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre.

The Grande Arche rooftop: Cocktails under the stars

The roof of the Grande Arche, on the 35th floor of this monumental triumphal arch of modern times, is home to an enormous 1,000-sqm bar where you feel as if you're touching the sky! Here you can sip a cocktail 110 metres above ground with a breathtaking view of Paris' most famous landmarks: the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Montparnasse Tower and the Louis Vuitton Foundation.

The Molitor Pool: Exclusive and timeless

The exclusive Art Deco-style Molitor pool is a Parisian institution that reopened in 2014 after being transformed into a chic hotel, where the whole of Paris likes to be seen sipping a cocktail by the turquoise water. While its pool is member-use only, its timeless charming roof terrace is open to all.

Le Point Ephémère: Picturesque canal charm

The Point Éphémère is a concert bar located on the picturesque Canal Saint-Martin which, in the summer, combines all the activities that make this district so charming: yoga classes, deckchairs, street food and open-air cinema. Soak up the playful atmosphere while sipping a cocktail!

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