Whew, talk about a heat wave. La canicule quoi. Now that the temp has dropped to a more bearable level, I plan to start working my way through this list of 27 terrasses in Paris. Because is there anything better than terrasse season?
In Minneapolis there is somewhat of an obsession with rooftop bars. Can you blame us? We suffer through nine months of winter every year, we deserve to enjoy those fleeting three months of summer, spending every possible second outside. Add rooftop bars to the list of things I miss most about Minnesota.
During my last few weeks in Lyon, I found myself searching (and searching and searching) for a similar setup. Not so easy, but after a substantial amount of *research*, I found three spots worth visiting this summer. (Full disclosure: I wrote this post weeks ago but somehow didn't post it in the moving rush. But hey, mieux vaut tard que jamais, non?)
1. La vue qui coupe la souffle: Les Muses de l'Opéra
This bar éphémère on top of the Opéra offers one of the best views of the city, with the Hotel de Ville juste en face and Fourvière in the distance. They don't take reservations, so you'll want to arrive when it opens, or a bit beforehand, and even then you'll notice a line of people waiting to take the elevator up to the seventh floor. Drink prices are surprisingly abordable which probably explains why getting a table is next to impossible.
Place de la Comédie, 69001. Thurs.-Sat., 18h30-23h30 until Sept. 2.
2. Club vibes: Le Sucre
A favorite spot among les Lyonnais, le Sucre is the rooftop bar of La Sucrière, an event space in the contemporary Confluence neighborhood. The impressive structure is an old sugar factory built in the 1930s, renovated and reopened in 2013 as a lieu culturel et artistique. With concerts on the weekends and Thursday night after-work, there are plenty of reasons to go here.
50 quai Rambaud, 69002 Lyon. Thurs. 18h30-00h00/Fri. 18h30-5h/Sat. 23h-5h/Sun. 16h-21h.
3. Secret garden: Café Gadagne
Enjoy an afternoon goûter or early evening glass of vino in the most charming museum café you've ever seen. Tucked away from the crowds, you'd never guess you were right in the center of the city. My friend Domi told me about this hidden gem last year and it took me a year to finally go check it out for myself! Definitely worth a stop, especially if you're in Vieux Lyon in need of a petite pause or just to escape the crowd of tourists.
1 Place du Petit Collège. Wed.-Sun., 11h-18h30.
So there you have it! A few of my favorite outside places and spaces for grabbing a drink in Lyon. Now on to Paris...