It’s that time of year again − the sun is out and where better to pay homage to the sun gods than with a twilight bacchanal at one of Paris’s highest bars? The apéro or cocktail hour is a moment reserved for a relaxing drink with friends before dinner. In the summer months the apéro is a ritual most Parisians indulge in with friends after they leave work early on a Friday night. Yes Apéro is an art and if you want to master it come and test with us on a Canal St Martin Paris Food Tour.
Taking a drink at a bar with a view over Paris while you enjoy the setting sun will add a whole new dimension to the experience. Paris has some of the best spots to take in the view while you sip on an ice-cold beer, and we have put together a list of our favourites.
Remember, the apéro isn’t just a moment to relax with friends; it’s also a chance to do some serious people watching. What is colloquially referred to as “la drague” is a national sport in France, so if you're feeling flirty, la drague is expertly acted out on the terraces of Paris. So, don your classiest pair of shades and dress casual chic so you blend effortlessly in with the locals. Santé!
Le O’Paris Bar stands at the top of the Parc de Belleville and sports one of Paris’s best views. It has the advantage of being a local haunt, where tourists are a rare sight. Jazz concerts often take place on a Sunday afternoon, so where better to down a cocktail with the locals than at Le O’!
1 rue des Envierges
This über-chic restaurant found on the top of the Pompidou Centre commands some of the best views of the city. It might appear at first to the untrained eye that the installations from the museum have somehow been integrated into this chic eatery. The superb space-age interior, however, was designed by the architects Jakob et McFarlane. Take a table on the glamorous terrace and lap up the incredible views of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower while you sip on a dry white wine. Make it last, because you can be certain the bill won’t be cheap!
19 Rue Beaubourg
Fancy visiting a hidden address even the Parisian don’t know about? 43 Up on the Roof is the ticket if you want to impress say, the beautiful Parisienne you met that day on the street while wandering the left bank’s bookstores. Found on the top of the Holiday Inn Notre Dame, the terrace of this cocktail bar has a panoramic view over Paris with its beautiful monuments easily spotted from the confort of your seat. If this little spot doesn’t kindle the fires of romance, you can give up there and then!
4 Rue Danton
For a view with unhindered, close-up views of the Eiffel Tower, try the restaurant that sits on top of the Musée Quai Branly. This is one of the best museums in Paris, with an outstanding collection of ethnic art. It is housed in an unusual modern building that is also well worth a detour before sitting down to an apéro and dinner.
27, quai Branly
The Terrass Hotel in Montmartre has a bar on the 7th floor with kick-ass views over the city. So, if you’ve spent a day wandering the hidden streets of Montmartre and enjoyed a Sacré Coeur guided tour during a hot summer day, avail of the cool summer breeze while you sip on a glass of cold white wine while you take in the view.
12 Rue Joseph de Maistre
Why not learn the art of the French apéro followed by a game of pétanque during Localers' evening tour of the Ile-de-la-Cité?
Located on the 34th floor of the Concorde-Lafayette Hotel, this really is the mother of all bars with a view. The glitzy interior is a perfect match with the view below, particularly at night when the Eiffel Tower lights up like a diamond for a duration of 5 minutes every hour.
3 Place du Général Kœnig
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