Top ChoiceRooftop Bar in Le Marais, Ménilmontant & Belleville

Le Perchoir

Sunset is the best time to hit this iconic, 7th-floor bar for drinks overlooking Paris' rooftops and – on Saturday night – on-trend DJ sets. Greenery provides shade in summer and in winter the bar is covered by a...

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Bar Hemingway

Black-and-white photos and memorabilia (hunting trophies, old typewriters and framed handwritten letters by the great writer) fill this snug bar inside the Ritz. Head bartender Colin Peter Field mixes monumental...

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Shakespeare & Company Cafe

Instant history was made when this literary-inspired cafe opened in 2015 adjacent to magical bookshop Shakespeare & Company, designed from long-lost sketches to fulfil late bookshop founder George Whitman's...

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Le Pavillon Puebla

The folks running the hugely successful rooftop bar Le Perchoir are also behind this enchanting, self-proclaimed 'temple du bonheur' (temple of happiness), evocative of an old-fashioned guinguette (outdoor...

Top ChoiceCafe in Le Marais, Ménilmontant & Belleville

Grand Café Tortoni

A favourite address with hobnobbing socialites in the 19th century, this historic Italian cafe is suddenly the trendiest spot in Haut Marais to linger over coffee or an egg-and-pastry breakfast at the red...

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Scilicet

An elongated stone archway houses this hidden riverside bar, with digital light displays projected on the ceiling, and DJs spinning from 8pm nightly in summer and regularly through the rest of the year. Its...

Top ChoiceCafe in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Les Deux Magots

Les Deux Magots

If ever there was a cafe that summed up St-Germain des Prés’ early-20th-century literary scene, it’s this former hang-out of anyone who was anyone. You'll spend substantially more here to sip un café (€4.80) in a...

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Quai de Bourbon

With its worn petrol-blue facade and decorative vintage ironwork (look for the bunch of grapes), Quai de Bourbon appears to be just another quintessential Parisian neighbourhood bar. But enter the fashionably...

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Coutume Café

The Parisian coffee revolution is thanks in no small part to Coutume, artisanal roaster of premium beans for scores of establishments around town. Its flagship cafe – a light-filled, post-industrial space – is...

Top ChoiceWine Bar in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Au Sauvignon

Grab a table in the evening light at this wonderfully authentic wine bar or head to the quintessential bistro interior, with original zinc bar, tightly packed tables and hand-painted ceiling celebrating French...

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Nuage

One of a crop of co-working cafes to mushroom in Paris, Nuage (Cloud) lures a loyal following of nomadic digital creatives with its cosy, home-like spaces in an old church (and subsequent school where Cyrano de...

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Poinçon

If there's a more atmospheric bar in the 14e, we haven't seen it. Opened in 2019, Poinçon occupies a delightfully restored railway station that was part of the Petite Ceinture. Half trendy bar and half slick...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Montmartre & Northern Paris

Le Syndicat

Plastered top to bottom in peeling posters, an otherwise unmarked façade conceals one of Paris' hottest cocktail bars, but it's no fly-by-night. Le Syndicat's subtitle, Organisation de Défense des Spiritueux...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Le Marais, Ménilmontant & Belleville

Le Mary Céleste

Snag a stool at the central circular bar at this eternally fashionable, brick-and-timber-floored cocktail bar or reserve one of a handful of tables online. Innovative cocktails mix weird and wonderful ingredients...

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Baby Doll

Paying homage to immortal Parisian musician Serge Gainsbourg (1928–91), this seductive bar has foliage-print carpets replicated from his 7e mansion, ruby and emerald velvet banquettes, pleated leather armchairs...

Top ChoiceWine Bar in Montmartre & Northern Paris

Déviant

The latest creation of talented chef Pierre Touitou of nearby Vivant, this jam-packed wine bar lures foodies and fashionistas with its huge selection of natural wines by the glass and exquisite small plates to...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Le Marais, Ménilmontant & Belleville

Candelaria

A lime-green taqueria serving homemade tacos, quesadillas and tostadas conceals one of Paris' coolest cocktail bars through an unmarked internal door. Phenomenal cocktails made from agave spirits, including...

Top ChoiceBar in Eiffel Tower & Western Paris

St James Paris

Hidden behind a stone wall, this historic mansion-turned-hotel opens its bar nightly to nonguests – and the setting redefines extraordinary. Winter drinks are in the wood-panelled library; summer drinks are on...

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Café Oz Rooftop

Chilling with the hip crowd in this alfresco rooftop bar, with beer or cocktail in hand between potted palms and colourful orange parasols, is very much what summer in the city is all about. The river views are...

Top ChoiceWine Bar in Bastille & Eastern Paris

Le Baron Rouge

Just about the ultimate Parisian wine-bar experience, this wonderfully unpretentious local meeting place, where everyone is welcome, has barrels stacked against the bottle-lined walls and serves cheese,...