Here are five places to see a different side of Paris and take advantage of gorgeous weather in peaceful settings that make you forget the hubbub of the city. By day or night, these elegant spots embody the refinement of the French lifestyle with expansive views of the city that reveal its architecture, shine a light on its monuments and satisfy gourmet appetites with panache.
L’oiseau blanc : the most elegance terrace
This majestic terrace on the roof of the Peninsula hotel is nestled in the clouds, where Paris itself is the guest of honor. French cuisine dominates the menu, which serves classy dishes made with seasonal, regional products. Whether you’re in search of a magical lunch or dinner, the patio at L’Oiseau Blanc is a true gem for celebrating pleasant afternoons in the sun or under the shade of an umbrella as you serenely sip on fresh fruit cocktails. When happy hour rolls around, festive tapas are presented with great fanfare under the flickers of the Eiffel Tower. Paris at your feet, what more could you want?
The Peninsula Paris Hôtel – 19, av. Kleber, Paris 16th – Métro Boissière
Phone (+33) 1 58 12 66 05
The Ralph’s : the most romantic terrace
Slip past the carriage entrance to discover Le Ralph’s and an outdoor room that boasts an extra touch of Left Bank elegance. Tables are set on the cobblestones of a bright inner courtyard with enough space between them to ensure privacy. Well-chosen fabrics, burnished teak, wrought iron and ample banquettes scattered with plump blue and white cushions enhance the authentic charm of this soothing hideaway tucked in the courtyard of an opulent mansion built in 1683. The menu at Le Ralph’s delivers faithful versions of culinary traditions from across the pond interpreted with flair by Chef Nicolas Zanel.
The Ralph’s – 173, boulevard St-Germain, Paris 6th – Métro Saint Germain des Prés
Phone (+33) 1 44 77 76 00
La Maison Blanche : the most stylish terrace
At number 15 on the prestigious Avenue Montaigne, La Maison Blanche sits atop the roof of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. This enduring, enchanted perch looks out over the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides and the Seine. Inside you will find plush rooms while the splendid terrace affords remarkable views of Paris. The menu features delicate dishes with Mediterranean influences from Chef Hervé Nepple, a connoisseur of French regional products. The real deal!
Maison Blanche – 15, avenue Montaigne, Paris 8th – Métro Alma -Marceau
Phone (+33) 1 47 23 55 99
Café de l’homme : the most iconic terrace
Perched on top of the Palais de Chaillot, Café de l’Homme serves up a breathtaking view over the Trocadero gardens, the Champ-de-Mars and the Eiffel Tower. This ultra-chic address decorated by architects Gilles & Boissier confidently updates the Art Deco style of the 1930s and delivers a spectacular, sprawling terrace with 3,200 ft2 of pure elegance. As for cuisine, the menu features products and recipes from France, with occasional detours to the rest of the world’s continents.
Café de l’Homme – 17, place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, Paris 16th – Métro Trocadéro
Phone (+33) 1 44 05 33 15
Molitor : the most bucolic rooftop terrace
At Molitor, you are both in Paris and far away… Designed as a summer port of call, the 5,300 ft2 of rooftop patio makes Molitor the perfect place to relax and recharge in a friendly atmosphere for a barbecue, afternoon tea or cocktail. Arranged around an expansive stainless steel bar and an aromatic garden, it has several spots that offer unbeatable views of the Eiffel Tower, the legendary summer pool and the western side of Paris: high bar tables, a solarium, a bar, 80 seats and a landscaped garden. The scents of summer also waft over the sunny menu dreamed up by Chef Julien Mercier.
Molitor – 18, av. de la Porte Molitor, Paris 16th – Métro Michel Ange – Molitor
Phone (+33) 1 56 07 08 50