When the sun’s out in Paris, people pour out in droves to fill rooftop bars, swimming pools and the best Paris gardens and parks by the hundreds. Do as the locals do and enjoy Paris this summer by heading to these top spots to soak in the sunshine below.
Slip through a hidden door and climb up the stairs to Le Perchoir, a Parisian rooftop bar filled with chill vibes. With a killer cocktail list and breathtaking views over the skyline (hey there, Sacre Coeur), there’s a reason so many people come here to roost.
You’ll find some of the coolest cats in Paris here, sprawled out in its deckchairs or huddled together on park benches. This gigantic rooftop bar owes its trendy vibe to the surrounding area – the City of Fashion and Design – and hustles from morning to night. With street food stalls, cocktails and DJs bringing summer nights to another level, it’s a great place to chill out and catch birds eye views of the Seine.
If you don’t mind spending a little more, this chic terrace bar in Hotel Raphael is the perfect date night option. Overseeing the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, the manicured hedges and lush greenery channel all the sensibilities of a royal French garden.
After a long day spent combing the stores of Printemps, head to the roof of the department store for a quick break. While it can get a little busy with fellow tourists flocking here, it’s worth seeing for the view of the city with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Serving fast food alongside boozier options, it’s good to stop off here for a cheeky glass of champagne before moving onto your next spot.
Once you’ve had your fill of modern art at the Pompidou Centre, take the escalator to the top to Le Georges. This sixth floor rooftop restaurant is just tall enough to see over Paris’ skyline and has a pretty laidback vibe, making it popular with the post-work crowd.
It’s not everyday that you get to picnic in a UNESCO World Heritage site. This beautifully manicured French garden is the pride and joy of architect Andre Le Notre and is always filled with people lounging on blankets. It’s on the tourist trail too: the Louvre and Arc de Triomphe are nearby.
Get away from the bustle of downtown Paris at this vibrant botanical garden. With a petting zoo, maze and lawns perfect for sprawling out in, it’s a peaceful city break for those who need a break from busy tourist sites.
To get to the Eiffel Tower, you’ll probably have to come through this gigantic grassy lawn which is always packed with people. If you can’t beat them, join them – settle down here and take in Paris’ most famous landmark from just metres away.
This Seine-side spot is one of Paris’ best swimming pools, with a modern metal structure that lets in plenty of light. On the sunnier days, the roof retracts to let in the UV rays and reveals an unobstructed view of the waters and the Bibliotheque Francois Mitterrand.
This fun swimming centre is as close as Paris gets to a water park. Located a little further out in the Neuilly neighbourhood, it has water slides, kiddie pools and loads of lawns for you to sun tan.