Six exquisite terraces to catch some sun in Paris

Finding a terrace in Paris is easy. Getting a spot in the sun, at exactly the right moment, is another story. So that you, our dear Fooding readers, will never again have to feel the frustration of arriving at a sunny but jam-packed terrace, here’s an exclusive look at the best sun-drenched spots, so you can beat the crowds.

At 8:30am, join the breakfast club at Neighbours. With their second spot, Daniel Warburton and Angelle Boucher (Honor) have officially become petit déjeuneur masters. Soak in the morning’s first rays seated at one of the twelve chairs on the terrace and opt for a slice of their incredible banana bread covered in coffee butter (€4.50) or granola with Greek yogurt and poached fruit (€7.50).

From noon to 2:30pm, grab lunch at this sibling-run spot named Cadoret. But beware! Seats are hard to come by and there are only ten lined up at the corner of rue Rebeval and rue Pradier! If you want to grab a spot alongside the neighborhood bigwigs, you’ll have to be attentive and merciless! As a reward, enjoy some natural wine and craft beers, chicken with dauphine potatoes or sausage and mashed potatoes under the noontime sun. Set menus €16.50 to €19.50.

From 2:30pm to 4pm, follow in our footsteps at Champollion… Head over to the pretty square at place du Caire and then squeeze onto the terrace under two faux-Louxor columns, in the shade of the chestnut trees, while sipping on a good espresso from la Brûlerie de Belleville, hand-selected by the owners themselves. Espresso €2.40. Freshly squeezed orange juice €5. Located at 2, place du Caire, 75002 Paris.

From 4pm to 6:30pm: indulge in some salted butter at Breizh Café Odéon. The best crepes in Paris are waiting for you at this 60-seat terrace – 25 of which are in the sun! On the menu, you’ll find the usual little Breton-Japanese bombshells, like the sweet crepe with a slight buckwheat obsession (buckwheat honey, puffed buckwheat and buckwheat ice cream) or the butter-yuzu version. Crepes from €5.80 to €14.50.

From 7pm to 8:30pm, it’s cocktail hour at Maison Maison. Towards the end of the day, work on your tan on the best south-facing guinguette (a hundred seats!), river-side on the Right Bank. For a little something to nibble on, you can count on the vibrant dishes from Roland Theimer who takes a fresh and funky approach to his globetrotting cuisine. Plates €6-19.

At 8:30pm, come for a meaty dinner at Brutos. The terrace with the best food on the list! Twenty seats, late afternoon sun that warms you without blinding you, no passing cars… Just sit back and relax! Keep the bottles of natural wine flowing and nothing bad can happen. Take a deep breath, order some delicious grilled meat and then head home, red-hot. Shared cuts of meat from €47 to €90.

Paul-Henry Bizon

Photo © : Pauline Chatelan