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Five of the Best Terrasses in Paris

There are few things in life more enjoyable than having a drink and delicious eats on a patio when the weather is divine. No matter if it is spring, summer or fall, you need to experience a terrace in Paris, so it’s time to don your lunettes de soleil (sunglasses) and grab a table at one of (or more) of the best terrasses in Paris.

Here are our Picks for the Best Terrasses in Paris

Le Georges

The interior of Le Georges in the Pompidou Center

Le Georges in the Pompidou Center

There are few views of the city more captivating than the one from Le Georges, the restaurant on the 6th floor of the Centre Georges Pompidou. I love the clean contemporary style of both the interior of the restaurant and its large terrasse. I recommend grabbing a kir (dry white wine with a dash of blackberry liquor), some escargot, and watching the sunset. Best to make a reservation by calling in advance.
Le Georges
Tel:+33 (0)1 44 78 47 99
Metro: Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville or Châtelet

L’été en pente douce

colorful tables at L' ete en pente douce

Look down at the city from the Terrace of The interior of L’ ete en pente douce

If you find yourself in Montmartre, head to L’été en pente douce, located at the top of rue Muller. I was immediately won over by the lively ambiance on la terrasse and the many locals who, according to my friend, frequented this spot. There was a glass full of Japanese rice snacks in different flavors on our table that we promptly demolished. Our server was happy to bring us refills, gratuit (free). We shared a bottle of La Treille Muscate at a very reasonable price and their copious cheese platter, was a steal.
L’été en pente douce
23, rue Muller
Metro: Abbesses or Anvers

Terrass Hotel

the Terrass Hotel offers great views over Paris

Paris view from the Terrass Restaurant and bar

The Terrass’’ Restaurant Bar has been completely refurbished to make room for a restaurant, inside bar and an outside terrace with panoramic views over Paris. The restaurant and inside bar have been conceived as an artist’s loft with large bay windows. Outside,  the leafy terrace has been furnished with deck chairs and parasols so you can take full advantage of the 180 degrees view over Paris.
Terrass Hotel
12-14 Rue Joseph de Maistre
75018 Paris
Tel : +33 (0)1 46 06 72 85

La Sardine

diners on the terrace at La Sardine

A lively bunch enjoying the Terrasse at La Sardine

Tucked in the bustling 10th Arrondissement, La Sardine is a cafe and bar that offers a quiet and lush terrace to eat your tapas, drink your wine and take in the loveliness of Paris. Fresh daily specials will keep you coming back
La Sardine
32 Rue Sainte-Marthe, 75010 Paris
Tel. 01 42 49 19 46 – Open daily all year.
M ° Goncourt or Colonel Fabien
Station Vélib 50m Rue Sambre et Meuse


the Grandcoeur restaurant and brasserie

The Grandcoeur restaurant and brasserie enjoys a large terrasse

This restaurant and brasserie, located in the vibrant Marais, has a beautiful terrace that is classified as a 17th Century Courtyard. Chef Mauro Colagreco, who has earned two Michelin stars for his restaurant Le Mirazur in Menton has brought his talents to Paris. At Grandcoeur, he has opted for a simple, but fresh menu.
41 Rue du Temple, 75004 
Metro: Hotel de Ville, Rambuteau

No matter what time of year, the French enjoy their terrasses. Try these best terrasses in Paris to see why it is such a joy to eat and drink outdoors in Paris.

Written by Jen Westmoreland Bouchard and Terri Fogarty for


Thursday 20th of May 2010

Thanks for this article, it's really hard to find nice terrasses in Paris if you don't know the neighborhood.

I've found a nice one in the 15th, metro Félix Faure, called "Le bistrot du 15ème". It's a nice, quiet place to stay, very sunny.

Sarah Chambers

Wednesday 12th of May 2010

Ooh, I absolutely love outside eating! I only wish I had a trip to Paris planned so I could try out some of your recommendations. Oh well, my patio will have to do for the time being!

If you have any other foodie-themed travel tales you would like to share, we'd love you to enter them to this month's Grantourismo - HomeAway Holiday-Rentals writing competition. Sarah

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