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When choosing a bar in Paris for an evening apéritif or a relaxed after-dinner drink, you will quickly discover that there is a bar for every style, ambiance, cocktail, design element, music—the list goes on and on.
If you happen to be looking for a mellow and tranquil—yet chic—end to a busy day and an absolutely stellar view of Paris, I highly recommend the rooftop sky bar cloudM at the CitizenM hotel.
Conveniently located next door to the Gare de Lyon in the 12th Arrondissement, this well-hidden respite away from the city center’s crowds is open to both hotel guests and the public. Simply enter through Citizen M’s lobby and take the elevator to the tip-top (16th floor) of this Parisian version of a sky scraper.
As you walk in, you will immediately notice that this is not your run of the mill, classic Parisian bar. Instead, a large, open-space greets you.
beautifully decorated with lush, velvety couches and armchairs in vivid reds and blues, splashed with yellows, oranges, and grey to balance out the dynamic. Small, intimate gathering places have been cleverly created by grouping these seating options together, mimicking what might be a relaxing drink in your own home.
The menu offers a bit of everything without being too overwhelming: wine, cocktails and beer as well as little nibbles to stave off any hunger. Despite the beauty of your immediate surroundings, the star of the show is without a doubt the incredible view of Paris at a distance.
As you sip your cocktail or glass of wine, allow your eyes to fall upon the glowing green exterior of the Cité de la Mode et du Design. Farther in the distance the majesty of Notre Dame can be seen, as well as Montparnasse Tower and, the pièce de resistance, the Eiffel Tower.
For a truly distinct Paris bar experience, do try out cloudM. You won’t regret it!