This Is The New, Must-Visit Rooftop Bar In Paris Right Now
Opened last October at the cusp of Paris’ first and second arrondissements, Hôtel Madame Rêve is one of the city’s latest luxury hotel openings. But despite how new it is, the 82-key hotel has already become one of the finest and most lauded properties in the French capital thanks to its stylish rooms and exceptional service. And as of a few months ago with the launch of Roof, it just got even better.
Set on the hotel’s fourth floor, the rooftop terrace spans nearly 11,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 250 people, making it one of the largest of its kind in the city. At this garden oasis you’ll find cherry trees, potted plants, and herbs planted around the edge of the deck. To top it all off the bar is open nightly with a live DJ Tuesday through Saturday. Since opening it has become one of the hottest destinations for an alfresco evening in Paris, filled with well-dressed locals and visitors sipping on drinks, playing a friendly game of billiards, and enjoying the views.
In addition to the energetic ambiance the cocktails are winners, too. Concocted by the hotel’s resident mixologist Gauthier Zucco, formerly the head bartender for the Moma Group, his creations are light, fruity, and very drinkable. Signatures include “On the Roof,” a frozen tipple made with Blanche d’Armagnac, coconut, white beach, and thyme; “Paloma Picasso,” made with Casamigos blanco tequila, grapefruit juice, rosemary, and soda; and there’s even a large-format libation called “Dream Sharing”—a raspberry brandy that’s mixed with Pimm’s, watermelon, verbena, and sparkling rhubarb—that are fit for groups gathering for a convivial night. In addition to these offerings they also have non-alcoholic options and a selection of French wines to choose from. And should hunger strike, snacks come in the form of sushi rolls, a nice alternative to typical bar bites.
No rooftop bar would be complete without views and Roof certainly delivers. The most prominent landmark is Saint-Eustache Church, along with Paris’ iconic chimneys, while on the other side you’ll find both the Eiffel Tower and Sacré-Coeur in the distance. And if you’re staying at the hotel, there are several sun loungers that are reserved just for guests from which you can enjoy a cocktail and the vistas.
If you are coming from out of town, the hotel is certainly one worth staying at. Warm and inviting rooms are characterized by precious woods and furniture in their signature golden hue. Custom throws drape the bed; natural sunlight fills the room thanks to oversized windows; and mosaic tiled¬–bathrooms feature a large walk-in shower at minimum, while some also have a standalone bathtub. Many of the accommodations even offer a balcony should you want your own private outdoor space.
Throughout your stay you’ll also have access to a fitness center with Technogym equipment and a sauna with views of the city. While there’s no formal spa, there is a pair of treatment rooms where you can relax with a massage or body scrub. And in addition to the Roof there are also two additional dining options available on the property. On the ground floor is Madame Rêve Café that serves Mediterranean cuisine throughout the day while on the third floor you’ll find La Plume. The latter acts as the hotel’s breakfast space for guests, but for lunch and dinner it turns into a contemporary Japanese restaurant by chef Benjamin Six, formerly of Zuma, and serves up delicious bites like tender wagyu beef tataki, crispy Madagascar shrimp tempura, and melt-in-your-mouth Angus beef short ribs that have been marinated with shio koji for 24 hours.