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Don’t you just love the grandness of Parisian train stations? The large windows, gorgeous clocks, and soaring spaces.
Now imagine sitting on the rooftop of Paris train station. You can, at Gare de l’Est.
The lovely terrace of Le Perchoir de l’Est sits out of sight from the street, hidden behind the sculpture of the two beauties frolicking above the clock, just in front of the great rounded glass window and under the watch of the Verdun warrior on the pointed roof.
High above the people running to catch their trains, you can sit among lush green potted plants, in cabanas, or under glass roofs or parasols, and sip cocktails or a coupe de champagne. Have a drink, nibble on tapas, listen to live music, and chill.
It’s a perfect summer hangout, a good place to relax with friends in Paris while sitting back and marveling at the views.
Typically, the crowd is made up of thirty-somethings, many having drinks after work, some before they catch a train, and others settling in for the evening. The setting is has a beach-bar vibe but with some elegant architecture thrown in.
Needless to say, Le Perchoir de l’Est makes for a great place to meet for drinks in the summer time, that is, if you know where to go…
Trying to find the entrance can be tough the first time, unless there’s a lengthy line to show you the way. But if you’re lucky enough to arrive when no one is waiting, here’s how to find this cool bar in Paris: enter Gare de l’Est through the doors on the far right of the building, closest to the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin. Once inside, walk straight past Sephora, and then turn to your right when the hall opens up. You’ll see the visitors’ entrance in the corner—walk on in and head up to the rooftop!