A bustling terrace next to the Seine, shaded by trees and surrounded by plant pots.
Top: The shaded terrace of Pavillon Puebla by @studiocuicui / Above: Busy by the river at La Démesure sur Seine

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Paris lives for its cafés and their legendary terraces. We also adore being outside in summer, especially since the season is so short. But when the sun is too strong, it’s best to seek out some pleasant shade – something not all café terraces have. Savor the summertime in Paris, while keeping cool at the best shaded terraces in the city.

La Démesure sur Seine Est

String lights and lamps light up a busy terrace at La Démesure sur Seine. An empty terrace with colourful furniture and lots of green plants on a clear day in Paris.
La Démesure sur Seine lit up at night / The cool terrace at Martin République

Nestled under the trees along the Seine at the Port de la Rapée, this large seasonal venue is blessed with plenty of natural shade. Sip away on refreshing cocktails and choose from a wide selection of nibbles at the food court, while taking in a cabaret show, stand up or concert.

Le Papa Cabane

Three wine glasses with Pimms served with orange and rosemary. Light breaks through on a cloudy day at the busy terrace of Le Papa Cabane.
Cocktail hour at Le Papa Cabane

The summertime vibes flow freely at this huge pop-up bar behind the Accor Arena at Bercy. With sitting areas topped in bamboo and draped in sheer curtains, you’d almost think you were in Ibiza or Mykonos – with a Parisian edge. The island ambiance is enhanced by crisp cocktails, salads, apéro planches and live DJs.

String lights at dusk as the customers salsa dance on the terrace. Two half drunk pints of beer as the evening draws on at Le Papa Cabane
Salsa classes at Le Papa Cabane

Pavillon Puebla

Crowds of people fill the terrace at Pavillon Puebla surrounded by leafy trees. A man working at his laptop at the tranquil terrace at Martin.
La Fete de la Musqiue at Pavillion Puebla by @the_party_diary / The green haven of Martin

Encircled by the century’s old trees of the Buttes-Chaumont park, this trendy bar offers a hip and shady haven. Managed by the team at Le Perchoir, expect a similar atmosphere to their rooftop bars, here with two terraces decked out in wooden structures, Moroccan armchairs, swings and intimate seating nooks. The tempo picks up after sundown, with DJs and dancing till dawn.

The rustic cabin at the end of the terrace has wood and wicker stools and chairs. The vintage photo booth surrounded red ivy and leaves in the autumn at Pavillon Puebla
The chilled terrace and autumnal vibes at Pavillon Puebla


A DJ plays music as pepole eat on the terrace at Martin. The green and leafy facade of Pavillon Puebla
Apéro time at Martin / The luscious greenery of La Pavillon Puebla

All times of day are perfect to enjoy this verdant courtyard oasis, a stone’s throw from the Canal Saint-Martin and République. Its inviting outdoor tables and sofas are perfect for morning coffee or brunch, an inventive lunch or an apéro of cocktails, cheese, charcuterie boards and DJ beats.


The brightly coloured restaurant of Andia reflects its Andean heritage with patterned lamps shades and lots of plants. Chicken, corn and other dishes with rich and colourful sauces.
A taste of the Andean Mountains at Andia

Formerly La Gare, Latin American flavors now travel through this former train station of the Petite Ceinture railway. Shade-seekers will love their covered patio, which brings a little of the Amazon jungle to Paris. If it isn’t too hot, you can also sample fresh drinks, stylish salads and cooling ceviche in their enchanting garden.

l’Hôtel Particulier de Montmartre

One of the loveliest hidden gardens in Paris is just minutes from the crowds amassed at the Sacré-Coeur. The garden café of this chic boutique hotel is the ideal spot for a break while strolling around Montmartre, whether during the afternoon or at apéro hour.

The elegant brick facade of Hôtel Particulier Montmartre with string lights hanging over the terrace. The lush garden with pertty garden furniture at lunch service.
The beautiful Hôtel Particulier Montmartre

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The large terrace full of people enjoying the summer evening on the wooden decking at Le Papa Cabane. The string lights give a magical affect to the evening as people enjoy drinks surrounded by trees in Pavillon Puebla.
Enjoy warm Parisien evenings at Le Papa Cabane and Pavillon Puebla

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Lily Heise

Lily Heise has been living in Paris for more than 10 years. When she’s not getting into romantic mischief, she writes on dating, travel, and culture. Her writing has been featured in Frommer’s Guides, the Huffington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, City Secrets, DK Eyewitness Guides, and other local and international publications. She is the author of Je T’Aime, Me Neither, and Je T’Aime… Maybe? lively novelized memoirs on her romantic misadventures, and continues to share dating tips, stories and travel features on her blog www.jetaimemeneither.com.

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