The 5 most trendy terraces in Paris this summer

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Dusting off life in the museum! If cultural institutions have long been perceived as mere repositories of artistic creation, in recent years they have become veritable incubators of trends, where the spirit of the times blows. The opening of chic and avant-garde restaurants that have replaced the traditional museum cafeterias is a good example. When the sunny days arrive, these trendy venues offer a surprising and refreshing culinary offer in an exceptional setting. Sunny, rooftop or in the shade of exotic trees... Discover our top 5 most trendy terraces in Paris this summer to enjoy a light lunch! 

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1/5 - At the Carnavalet Museum, a hidden terrace in the heart of the Marais

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The terrace of the Carnavalet museum in Paris

The oldest museum in the city of Paris, the Carnavalet Museum boasts an idyllic location. In the heart of the lively Marais district, push open the doors of these two splendid private mansions: the Hôtel Carnavalet and the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau. Here are gathered more than 625 000 works on the history of the capital, from prehistory to nowadays.

In addition to these magnificent collections, the Carnavalet Museum is the ideal place to cool off on sunny days. And for the amateurs of secret terraces, direction Fabula, the table of the Museum. For this summer 2022, chef Thibaut Spiwack, who has been awarded a Michelin green star, has taken up residence there to offer you a light, graphic and gourmet cuisine. In the serene setting of the Carnavalet gardens, enjoy this subdued and festive atmosphere for a timeless interlude.

Where to find it? 23 Rue de Sévigné, Paris, France

2/5 - In the Golden Triangle, the coveted terrace of the Petit Palais

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The terrace of the Petit Palais in Paris

A Belle Époque jewel between the Seine and the Champs-Élysées, the Petit Palais is the epitome of Parisian chic. Built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, it offers a true fresco of artistic creation, from Antiquity to the beginning of the 20th century. Amaze your guests during a private visit to see paintings by Cézanne, Courbet or Géricault.

A journey through the ages that continues in the peaceful Garden of the Petit Palais. A work of art in itself, with its ponds paved with blue and golden mosaics, created by the Giandomenico Facchina workshop, it is the ideal place to take a break in the shade of an exotic and luxuriant vegetation. The bistronomic menu of the Jardin du Petit Palaiscreated by chef Amandine Chaignot, also offers the opportunity to refresh yourself with seasonal products.

Where to find it? Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris, France

3/5 - A Haute-Couture terrace at the Palais Galliera

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The terrace of the Palais Galliera in Paris

Facing the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Galliera is a sublime neo-Renaissance building. A grandiose setting for a rich treasure trove of over 200,000 works, it is the first permanent fashion museum in Paris. Here, galleries and salons parade to tell us with elegance the history of clothing in all its forms.  

A setting that never ceases to inspire events of all kinds, such as the shooting of the films Inception and the The Devil Wears Pradaor even haute-couture fashion shows such as those of Chanel. Under the peristyle and its majestic colonnades, the seasonal restaurant Les Petites Mains invites you to a culinary interlude sewn with golden thread. For the second year in a row, this ephemeral restaurant opens its doors to showcase the creations of chefs Justine Piluso and Jeffrey Cagnes. A gustatory stroll to taste the quietude of a break in the shade of the lime trees, facing the Iron Lady.

Where to find it? 10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris, France

4/5 - Writing your summer on the terrace of the House of Victor Hugo

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The terrace of Victor Hugo's house in Paris

Behind one of the secret doors that encircle the Place des Vosges lies one of the most moving testimonies of French literary history. It is here, in theHôtel de Rohan-Guéménée, that Victor Hugo lived from 1832 to 1848. He wrote some of his greatest masterpieces here, such as Ruy-Blas. Above all, he welcomed his prestigious friends there: Lamartine, Dumas, Balzac to name but a few.

Enter the intimacy of the great man during a private visit of the salons and dive into the world of Victor Hugo by discovering the decorations created by the writer himself. And because the House of Victor Hugo is above all a place of delight, pleasure and beauty, let yourself be tempted by a visit and tasting on the confidential terrace of Café Mulot. A garden sheltered from view that will give your reception all its letters of nobility.

Where to find it ? 6 Place des Vosges, Paris, France

5/5 - A terrace facing the Eiffel Tower at the Museum of Modern Art

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The terrace of the Museum of Modern Art in Paris

If there were to be an allegory of Parisian cultural life, it would certainly be the Museum of Modern Art. This emblematic monument of 1930s architecture, inaugurated for the 1937 Universal Exhibition, occupies the east wing of the Palais de Tokyo, a stone's throw from the Champs-Élysées. This institution brilliantly embodies the eclecticism of the national and international art scene, with a collection of nearly 15,000 works.

Why look for a terrace in Paris when you can have a square? That's what the Museum of Modern Art in Paris offers you. It is here that is installed Forestthe restaurant-terrace of Julien Sebbag & Moma Group. A festive and sensory fusion, in which music gives the "la" to fresh and creative dishes. To be savored without delay!

Where to find it? 11 Avenue du President Wilson, Paris, France

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