Travel – Unusual rooftops
For the past few years, rooftop after-work drinks have become a must. We can’t resist the sensation of overlooking the city, glass in hand, in a particularly cozy atmosphere.
In Paris, there is no shortage of rooftop bars. In fact, you’ve probably been to most of them. So, instead of giving you an umpteenth list of the most famous ones, we thought we’d share more unusual spots that are sure to surprise you and your friends.
- Le Zyriab – high-flying Lebanese cuisine
Noura, the Lebanese cuisine specialist, took over this restaurant on the 9th floor of the Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute), with an unblocked view of Notre-Dame.
On the menu: mezze, pita and – of course – hummus to scoop up with your Lebanese bread. As for desserts, rose and orange blossom are the stars amongst the traditional sweet treats.
You can stop by to eat or to sample a date or rose syrup – or even a Lebanese arak, a popular Middle Eastern alcoholic drink.
- Brasserie Auteuil – charm and dolce vita
The former Auteuil train station is now home to an Italian brasserie, where you can share pizzas, platters and burrata with your friends.
In front of the beige and anise green building, you can sip on an Auteuil Detox (water flavored with cucumber, grapefruit and tarragon) or homemade lemon sodas and lemonades, while soaking up the sun on the terrace.
The rooftop offers more privacy. Plants and wood create a welcoming atmosphere, making you feel right at home.
You’ll almost forget that you’re in Paris!
- Les Sardignac sur le Toit – A rooftop focused on fun
Here, the highlight isn’t the view of Paris, but rather a relaxed atmosphere and an atypical setting. Set foot on the rooftop of the Cinéma Etoile at the Porte des Lilas and spend a unique moment of simple pleasure.
The tree-lined terrace features: deckchairs, foosball, a ping pong table and a mojito bar… The ambience is family-friendly and authentic, the music is modern and the view is atypical, overlooking a circus tent. You can stop by to enjoy a fruit cocktail or homemade milkshake and stay for the housemade dishes using fresh products.
Created almost four years ago, Le Perchoir quickly became the must-visit Parisian rooftop. The Perchoir family has grown since then and now boasts four addresses.
The original creation, Le Perchoir, is located in the 11th arrondissement. It has two bars, one inside and the other outside. Its advantage? It also offers gym classes.
Le Perchoir Marais, perched on the top of the BHV department store, offers a view of the Eiffel Tower, the Seine River and Notre Dame…
Located in the Saint-Martin hall of the Gare de l’Est train station, Le Perchoir de l’Est closes its doors in winter and opens them again in June. The bar includes a stand of gourmet kebabs from Hugo Desnoyer’s Grillé restaurant, as well as other snacks.
The latest addition is Le Perchoir MK2. Japanese inspiration meets virtual reality in this space measuring 3,000 square meters. Opened just a few months ago, this is the first French night spot devoted entirely to virtual reality.
- Le Point Ephémère
Le Point Ephémère has its own rooftop, aptly named the Top.
A great place to kick back in a deckchair above the Canal Saint-Martin. The local products, bar and Sunday brunch invite you to slip away from the rest of the world for a few hours.
The cool ambience on the terrace, with its plants and palm trees, transports you far away from Paris!
Events are held here regularly, including reading clubs, gym classes, gardening workshops and more.