The beautiful and romantic french capital is a great place to visit any time of the year. But if you are a laid-back person, you’ll especially appreciate it during summer. The nice weather invites you to walk down the streets, see the amazing green gardens and pass by all the monuments the city has to offer. And by sunset, when you’re too tired to keep running around, find a place to just enjoy some company and the breeze – you’ll actually find it one of the best things to do in Paris. With DJs and bars, summer sports or just shady places to relax, these summer spaces are the perfect spots to lay back and have a drink.
La Terrasse des Galeries Lafayette
40 boulevard Haussmann, 9e
If you fancy seeing Paris from on high without having to pay an entrance fee or queue for hours, then this is the place for you. All you have to do is head to Galeries Lafayette and haul yourself up to the seventh floor for a panoramic view of the city, stopping at the sixth to grab something to eat or drink. The vista is one of the most impressive you’ll get in Paris – it beats that from the Eiffel Tower by virtue of having the Tower in it.
Bar le Perchoir
14 rue Crespin du Gast, 11e
An enormously popular new bar in Menilmontant opened on a huge rooftop with a 360-degree view of the capital. You’ll find a vast space surrounding a handsome bar, comfortable sofas strewn with cushions, colourful plants and scented herbs planted in pots around the seats or hung from railings. Watching the sunset over the Sacré-Coeur, glass in hand, under garlands of coloured lights, really is something special.
36 Quai d’Austerlitz, 13e
This rooftop club at La Cité de la Mode et du Design adds another layer of excitement to the neighbourhood. The vast rooftop terrace offers a superb panoramic view over the surrounding quays, and an almost exotic atmosphere with a wooden DJ booth like a beach hut playing chillout world music, deckchairs, big communal tables and a table football set. Far from being an elitist hangout, there’s no dress code and the atmosphere is relaxed and festive. Inside, coloured lights reveal rooms done out in copper and stone.
If you’re planning on a weekend in Paris, these are amazing places you will definitely want to visit. You will experiment the city life, see the stunning views and get inspired by the special charm this place has.