Don't miss out! 12 terraces to enjoy summer in Paris

Paris and its terraces—every summer, they pop up in plain sight and in hidden corners. Ephemeral, quiet, crowded, chic, popular, panoramic or cozy, this is our selection of summer terraces to live Paris outdoors. How to choose? Beats us, we want them all!

Underground at Hasard Ludique

Le Hasard Ludique made a splash during its opening last year. A nice venue with a Berlin touch, installed in an old station of La Petite Ceinture (a former railway converted into a raised park); we had no choice but to love the concept. This year, to celebrate its first anniversary, Le Hasard Ludique has created the “Bar du quai,” a space of 300 m2 located below in the grass. Cocktails and tapas are on the menu, and so are poetry contests, flea markets, ecological bazaars, exhibitions, and of course concerts and DJ sets. Le Hasard Ludique has concocted a busy program, with dozens of things to look forward to this summer!

Le Hasard Ludique, 128 avenue de Saint-Ouen, 75018 Paris.
Website of the Hasard Ludique (External link)

Panoramic at Jardin Suspendu

A parking garage at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles; in principle, not the stuff of dreams, but on the roof of this parking structure a huge green terrace of 3500 m2 will be installed on June 14! With its view of Paris, it’s a safe bet that this will be the place to take in the height this summer. Between its ciné-concert space, relaxing nooks, and organic food court, there will be something to do in this garden of a new kind. We’re also definitely coming to watch the World Cup games and dance until the early hours of the morning. The 15th arrondissement hasn’t had its last word quite yet!

Le Jardin Suspendu, 40 rue d’Oradour sur Glane, 75015 Paris.
Website of jardin Suspendu (External link)

Surprises at Ground Control

This is one of the top addresses of the Gare de Lyon district. Since last year, Ground Control has landed in the Charolais Hall, an empty space of the SNCF, and has created an attractive terrace of 1500 m2. This year, it’s returned, grabbing the interior space to offer us even more activities. A cocktail bar in an airplane cockpit, concept shops, workshops, exhibitions, food trucks for all tastes … you can spend hours in Ground Control without discovering all the secrets.

Ground Control, 81 Rue du Charolais, 75012 Paris.
Website of Ground Control (External link)

Originality at the Grands Voisins

For 3 years, Les Grands Voisins has occupied the former Saint-Vincent-de-Paul hospital, and you sense happiness in spirit of this urban village: decorations made of odds and ends, a seasonal café, and even a chicken coop and a vegetable garden. The approach of the Grands Voisins is an eclectic program. You can go for a walk in the artists’ studios, participate in a dance class, or attend a concert. From families to hipsters, all populations meet here—that is the strength of this atypical place, also called home to 600 people who reside here.

Ancien hôpital Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, 74 Avenue Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris.
Website of La terrasse des Grands Voisins (External link)

At home at Papa Cabane

On Thursday night, Papa Cabane is the place to be! The huge terrace installed right behind the AccorHotels Arena is coming back this season. With its tables and benches made of pallets and its many activities, from here the capital looks like a summer camp. Pétanques, ping pong, foosball … there is something for everyone here, accompanied by DJ set all evening long. And if you are a bit hungry? Feast on what the many food trucks are peddling. We have only one complaint: that the place is open only one evening per week!

Papa Cabane, Rue Paul Belmondo, 75012 Paris.

Al-fresco at the Bal de la Marine

What if you had a drink with a view of the Eiffel Tower? This is the sort of cocktail hour the Bal de la Marine hosts on its new terrace. This waterside bistro was once the meeting place of admirals and high-ranking sailors, but that was before the dynamic team of La Javelle took it over. Today, we go there to taste oysters or ceviche with our feet in the water, or to dance it out to wild playlists or soak up the music at concerts. All under the glitter of la Tour Eiffel.

Le Bal de la Marine, Port de Suffren 75007 Paris.

Cultural break at Musée Maillol

The Maillol Museum launched a brand new café this season in its pretty paved courtyard. Well sheltered in this former mansion in the 7th arrondissement, enjoy a peaceful moment after wandering among the treasures of the Museum’s collection. For a healthy lunch or for a coffee break, we also adore its cozy setting. The menu of salads, quiches, and seasonal sandwiches will satisfy anyone’s desire for freshness—and if you’ve got a sweet tooth, opt for a homemade pastry or a good homemade ice cream. It’s the perfect option to merge culture and relaxation.

Café-terrasse du Musée Maillol, 61 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
Website of the Musée Maillol (External link)

To find more terraces:
. Le Mob Hôtel (External link) , 4-6 Rue Gambetta, 93400 Saint-Ouen
. Les Maquereaux (External link) , Quai de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris
. Le Jardin (External link) , 20 rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris
. Grand marché Stalingrad (External link) , 6-8 place de la Bataille de Stalingrad, 75019 Paris