Summer Drinks in Paris, Where to Cool Off

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August is one of the best times of the year to see Paris; many of the locals have retreated to their country chateaux and beach bungalows, leaving a quieter and more intimate version of the city.  Although the temperatures stay somewhat mild, summer in Paris can get rather steamy, especially if you’re planning on spending time outdoors seeing the marvelous monuments.  Luckily, Paris has a wonderful assortment of outdoor terrasses where you can cool off and enjoy a rosé, cocktail, or even a bite to eat.  We’ve chosen our favorite summer oases tucked away on the quays, inside the courtyards, and conveniently located close to a few of Paris’ spectacular sites.

Le Louvre and Restaurant Palais Royal

Feeling spent after a day in the Louvre? Head over to the Jardin du Palais Royal, located just north of the museum, for an after-art aperitif.  Tucked away off the bustling Rue Saint-Honoré, this garden’s history is as rich as its beauty.  Hidden behind the rows of perfectly manicured trees, the Restaurant du Palais Royal offers a cool and quiet place to grab a glass of your favorite wine.  Feeling a bit famished? Try one of the house specialty rabbit dishes to truly get an authentic French experience.  110 Galerie de Valois, 75001 Paris

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The antique arched entry to Ralph’s restaurant

Musée D’Orsay and Ralph’s

Having taken in Manet, Monet, and Morisot at the Musée D’Orsay, treat yourself to a refined refreshment at Ralph’s in Saint Germain des Pres.  Located in the lush garden of Ralph Lauren’s flagship Paris store, this bistro oozes cool, classic Americana, with a refined Parisian touch.  Although the entrance to Ralph’s is on the famous Boulevard Saint-Germain, as soon as one steps into the courtyard of this former hotel particulier, the sounds of Paris melt away, leaving way for a veritable paradis.  The upholstered seats nestled in the green garden make Ralph’s classically styled and effortlessly chic.  If you’re up for some post-cocktail perusing, head into the shop to see a museum-worthy collection of antiques, custom pieces, and fabulous fashion.  173 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris

Eiffel Tower and Les Berges

Some of Paris’ hottest bars have decided to set up summer shop along the banks of the Seine and open pop-up style service along Les Berges. After an afternoon at the Eiffel Tower, cool down with a cocktail at Le Faust.  Located at the foot of the Alexandre III bridge, this spacious outdoor terrace, decorated with quirky furniture meant to mimic a 20th century tavern, allows for one to take in the cityscape while enjoying a refreshing cocktail. While there, be sure to check out what is on display at the the artistic and cultural event space conveniently located next to the terrace. Pont Alexandre III, Cours la Reine, Quai d’Orsay, 75008 Paris

Montmartre and 7th Bar at La Terrass

A day spent in Montmartre inevitably means taking in the wonderful, panoramic landscape of Paris. From Le Sacre Coeur to Place du Tertre, there appears to be a breathtaking view in every direction.  If you need a break from the uphill climb in Montmartre, be sure to check out the 7th Bar  located at the top of the Terrass Hotel.  Modern and chic, with cool white sofas placed among the verdure, this rooftop garden offers an unparalleled panorama of the City of Light.  12 Rue Joseph de Maistre, 75018 Paris

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Notre Dame and Les Pipos

Notre Dame is one of the oldest monuments in Paris–it reigns supreme over the Latin Quarter and Ile de la Cité as a pillar of Parisian history.  Les Pipos, a tiny wine bar located near La Montagne Sainte Geneviève, behind Notre Dame, holds a similar status on the local scale.  This bar à vins is frequented by the locals of the fifth arrondissement; from poets to musicians to scholars, this neighborhood is still painted with the same local color as it was hundreds of years ago.  The restaurant is intimate and the decor traditionally French, which makes this experience about as authentic as it gets!  Enjoy your glass of wine à l’exterieur and enjoy not only the foliage of Place Larue, but also the Parisians passing by.  2 Rue de l’École Polytechnique, 75005 Paris


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