2 secret view spots in Paris.

We were in Paris last week. (I know: Paris! We were pinching ourselves).

During our time there, we walked miles and miles and saw so many gorgeous things: views, buildings, streets, monuments…

These were two unexpected spots that I just had to share. They weren’t crowded at all, the views were a surprise and a treat, and they were really fun for all of us.

The first was the Promenade Plantee.

promenade plantee paris

The Promenade Plantee is a 4.7 km (2.9 mi) elevated built on top of obsolete railway infrastructure in the12th arrondissement. It’s been there since 1993 – it was the inspiration for the High Line park in New York City.

promenade plantee paris 2

It’s very neighborhoody-feeling, with lots of joggers and walkers. There are beautiful views of the neighborhoods on either side. You can just amble along, without feeling rushed, soaking up the atmosphere.

promenade plantee 3

The next spot was the rooftop cafe of Printemps, the iconic department store on Boulevard Haussmann.

rooftop cafe printemps

We popped up here for a snack and a rest, but ended up staying for awhile because it was just perfect.

Here’s what we were looking at…

view from printemps parisHave you been to these “secret” view spots? (Or do you have any other great spots to share?)



  1. Enjoy Fine Food says

    Printemps rooftop is a good “insider” tip. So is “Promenade Plantee,” but where did you find a Parisian wearing the flat-billed smiley-face trucker cap?

    OMG, that’s you! You fashionista, you! Now we’ll be seeing those everywhere.

  2. Promenade Plantee looks like it would be gorgeous for a run

  3. Few great spots to share for you :
    – the M64 restaurant at the Intercontinental Paris Marceau, only 2 minutes from the Champs Elysées, a really courtyard and revisited food classics
    – the Prince de Galles, again a nice courtyard and delicious food next to the Champs Elysées
    – a bit away from Paris, 30 minutes driving distance, the Tiara Mont Royal, a nice castle to spend a week end in a castle in the middle of the forest

    Being Parisian makes it easier to share good spots 🙂


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