A quick Google search or checking your favourite Paris blogs reveals a number of bars, cafés, restaurants and terraces that have wonderful rooftop views. I am not sure if it is a new trend but there are a couple of temporary 'popup' additions to existing terraces that are worth considering if you are fortunate enough to be visiting Paris over Christmas and New Year.
Angelina's, a rue de Rivoli institution famous for its hot chocolate and Mont Blanc patisserie, has taken over one end of the 8th floor terrace at Galeries Lafayette. It is free to go up to the terrace and enjoy the views of Paris. With heating provided in the café you can enjoy the view of Opera Garnier, Madeleine and through to the Eiffel Tower for a little longer. It still does get quite chilly. You do need to make a bit of a sprint if it is raining. I think from memory we paid about 7-8 €uros each for our hot chocolate. Not exactly cheap - but it is delicious and the view is stunning.
|View towards Madeleine and Eiffel Tower|
|View back towards Sacre Coeur|
|Enjoying a cocktail (just for the photo of course)|
|Hôtel de Ville from BHV rooftop bar|
8th Floor Galeries Lafayette
40 bd Haussmann
11.00am to 6.00pm
Le Bar Etoilé (12 November to 23 December 2012)
52, rue de Rivoli
5.30pm to 7.45pm Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri and Satu
5.30pm to 8.45pm Wed
5.30pm to 7.15pm Sun