Climb to the top of the huge roof of the Belfry to discover the 450sqm terrace that is turned into a location to house entertainments, restaurants and festive program. Last summer: the Montrouge mayor, Etienne Lengereau, said he wanted to create a seasonal festive and multicultural space on the roof of the Belfry, this cultural center already iconic in Montrouge.
In barely two months, the project came to life and an XXL terrace with lively and friendly atmosphere now expects us all. On site, enjoy a modern rooftop with sunshades shaped as trees and lots of tables and lounges made of pallets (135 seats). Jasmines climbing up on pillars smell fantastic. With over 25 species of bushes and herbs – also used for the food – the place is welcoming and verdant.
On each side of the large terrace, colossuses made by artist Julien Vignaud watch over you and if you look up, you can see artist Stoul live painting a mural.
For lunch and dinner, La Canopee serves indulging, healthy, local and affordable menu created by French-Tunisian chef Ahlem Nguili, member of the Toques Françaises and Ducasse group point of contact in North Africa. Imagine a surprising mix of traditional Tunisian cuisines with Breton flavors, where the chef learnt the ropes, French-Tunisian cuisine likely to arouse your taste buds.
For lunch, discover the vegetarian Mediterranean plate based on hummus, grilled chicken with sate Bo Bun style or some salmon gravlax with hibiscus (from €9.90 to €10.90). Meat and fish fans will get the smooth beef cooked for 7 hours or the marinated mackerel (€14.90), as for vegetarians, they will go for the Royale with snow peas and mint and parmesan (€13.90).
At dinner, get the boards and tapas! Discover the Iodée (carvi squid, Panko shrimps, smoked paprika squid, sumac mackerel), the Viandarde (sate chicken skewer, sliced sirloin with thyme, minced beef with spices, duck samosa and seasoned meat gravy), the Champêtre végétarienne (zucchinis, carrots, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, halloumi, curry corn, vegetable fried spring rolls, falafel and fig hummus), or the Serrano (ham, parmesan shavings, arugula, sundried tomatoes confit) from €17.90 to €19.90. And that is not all since a selection of baos based on pulled beef or shatshuka tuna, or zaatar grilled halloumi are available. Allow €15 for two baos and €24.90 for four.
As for sweet delicacies, La Canopee serves Tartelette Opéra du Montrouge (shortcake dessert with intense chocolate and scrumptious hints of coffee) and Chouchou d’Orient (geranium water cremeux, pistachio crunch and hibiscus reduction) or the Mille-feuille décalé des Tropiques with lime, coconut and vanilla-roasted pineapple. Allow between €7.50 and €8.50 for dessert.
In addition to food, you can expect a great festive program orchestrated by specialists of Parisian nights. Enjoy the open stage on Tuesday nights, DJ sets from Wednesday to Sunday (groovy and funky on Wednesday nights, house and deep house on Thursdays and guests on Fridays). As for Sunday, from June 19, they are devoted to musical brunches hosted by Sab Adnane (former Disco Bitch)! And we can say it is likely to be dancing! Note workshops of mixology, cooking and painting on sneakers are also on the menu of this new hot spot.
So, shall we go and visit this lively and affordable rooftop?