Hurray! Paris terraces have finally reopened. Starting this week, outdoor spaces will surely be taken over, despite the obligation of wearing masks and the imposed sanitary barriers … You don’t feel like queueing up? Phew: the Do It Team has put together a list of the best must-reserve spots to celebrate the end of the restaurant lockdown.
THE BEST CHANGE OF SCENERY
The hot spot: Le Perchoir.
The coolest rooftop in Paris has just undergone a major lifting. New bar, new terrace: and for once you can actually make a reservation to gain access to the most beautiful view in Paris. On the menu, stylish snacking: pizzettes, burrata and tapenade to share (€38). And of course: beers and cocktails. During the week-end the rooftop also morphs into a restaurant under the helm of La Table de Ménilmontant (unique menu at 35 €).
Reservations online. 14 rue du Crespin du Gast, Paris 11th.
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THE MOST FOODPORN
The hot spot: PNY Burger.
They converted the most anti junk food fussy gourmets. No need to introduce the ultimately cool burgers whipping up cheese-burgers, deluxe Big Mac version, as well as a fab tonkatsu (starting at €12.50), all totally foodie-compatible, along with craftsmanship beer. Sending out its usual good vibes, PNY is back on track with terraces in the Marais, Faubourg Saint-Denis, Pigalle and Saint-Antoine in keeping with a friendly concept. "Reserve your PNY terrace with your buddies".
THE MOST BUCOLIC
The hot spot: Le Chalet des Iles.
A lot more than a terrace, this real garden of Eden on an island in the Bois de Boulogne, is reachable after a mini boat crossing. In short, the promise of a country outing in the middle of Paris—ideal for a romantic dinner at sunset or a bucolic and chic brunch (€60) while the kids run around in the grass.
Reservations online. 14 Chemin de Ceinture du Lac Inférieur du Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16th. 01 42 88 04 69
THE MOST ROGUISH
The hot spot: Le Lazare.
Everyone knows “this” buzzing train station bistro. And being able to go back to it privileged terrace in front of Saint-Lazare, far from cars, is truly a joy. Quite normal, behind this terrific place, signature hearty dishes are whipped out by talent of three-starred chef Eric Frechon, such as his eggs mimosa (€12), and a mythical sausage-mashed potatoes (€21) and irresistible crêpes Suzette (€9).
Reservations online. Parvis de la Gare Saint-Lazare, indoor street,
75008 Paris. 01 44 90 80 80
THE MOST HAPPY FEW
The hot spot: Loulou.
Orchestrated by Paris Society (the group of Laurent de Gourcuff), the Musée des Arts Déco terrace is once again the socialite rendezvous, an ideal address for those who want to go back to the glam’ post lockdown “see and be seen” post-confinement ambiance. Here one runs into the Parisian Gotha, comfortably settled on white banquettes blanches, far from traffic and with a view on the Carrousel gardens. One the programme: prosecco (€12), vitello tonnato (€22), snob pasta (€27) and other pleasures from the Boot. Another alternative: the terrace of Monsieur Bleu facing the Eiffel Tower.
Reservation online. 107 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st. 01 42 60 41 96
THE MOST STARRED
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The hot spot: Pavyllon.
The brand new starred signed Yannick Alléno is taking its summer quarters in the Pavillon Ledoyen gardens. A hidden bucolic dream, sheltered from indiscreet onlookers behind the Grand Palais amongst the greenery of the lower Champs-Élysées, implemented by architect Chahan Minassian. Hard to be more romantic… And its lunch menu (€68) is a must!
Reservation online. Carré des Champs-Elysées, 8 avenue Dutuit, Paris 8th
, 01 53 05 10 10
THE MOST PIZZA-MANIAC
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The hot spot: Daroco 16.
The reopening of its cool terrace is creating the buzz in the 16th. The super trendy restaurant of the Alexandre Giesbert and Julien Ross team has relaunched its pizza oven and the barman is once again shaking up cocktails. With always the same festive and glam successful recipe: white spritz, fior di latte Margarita (€11), Milanese breaded veal scallop (€29) and gelati. La vita è bella…
Reservations online. 3 place Clément Ader, Paris 16th, 01 44 14 91 91
THE MOST SECRET GARDEN
The hot spot: Café A.
Located in the former Couvent des Récollets right near the Gare de l’Est, the Café A features one of the coolest terrace of the Right Bank. Here you will discover a pretty tree-lined XXL courtyard, installed in a divine setting, sheltered from cars, between the cloister and the handsome buildings all around. A great place to come for a healthy lunch or a nice mojito at sunset to the sound of a hype playlist.
The most chic
The hot spot: Mini Palais.
The super chic table of th Grand Palais is reopening its majestic terrace under the imperial columns, where one can enjoy the menu signed by chef Eric Frechon: coddled egg with caviar of eggplant (€10), carpaccio of marinated beef (€21), salade niçoise (€19) or a juicy sirloin tip, curcuma butter and pak choi (€29). All this while enjoying the view on the Pont Alexandre III and the Petit Palais at sunset, sipping a frosty caïpi (€15 ).
Reservation on 01 42 56 42 42, 3 avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8th
The best deal
The hot spot: Petit Bouillon Pharamond.
Usually, it’s necessary to stand in line before setting in its Belle Epoque decor and enjoying Norman. Joy: the terrace of Petit Bouillon Pharamond is open for reservations, in order to appreciate house specialties under the half-timber tripes à la mode de Caen (€10.90), tartare friees (€10.50), snails (€6.90), herring with potatoes (€4.40) and chocolate mousse (€4.90).
Reservation online. 148 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, Paris 10th, 09 81 29 83 38
AND ALSO… BUT NO RESERVATIONS!
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A true open sky happy hour, set up at the Station F (3 Parvis Alan Turing, Paris 13e), La Felicità is making its come-back for all the fans of Big Mamma. On the programme: deck chairs, spritz and pizzas cooked in a wood oven at small prices on the largest terrace in the capital: 300 places to chill, flirt and party. And for those who don’t want to be in the 13th: the terraces of East Mamma, Ober Mamma and Mamma Primi have also reopened.
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