Paris: Mama's roof is on fire!

Courtesy Mama Shelter

Beginning tonight, the incredible value Mama Shelter hotel will begin hosting weekend BBQs up on their roof. The menu is a bit pricey—dinner for two will cost as much as your room—but this is a good chance to mingle in the open air with a hip eastern Paris set. It also happens to be one of the few tasty dining options close to the Père Lachaise cemetery.

Superchef Alain Senderens won't exactly be manning the grills, but the rooftop menu reflects his hand in the hotel restaurant downstairs. On the menu for €39 ($54) a basket of crudités, lentil salad, grilled kebabs of beef, chicken and fish, lamb chops, potatoes, sorbet, watermelon and other seasonal fruits. Drinks not included. Lunch is served on Saturdays from 12–4 p.m., and dinner on Thursday to Saturday from 7–11 p.m.

It sounds pretty fun, but here's the serious budget strategy: stay in the hotel—summer rooms start at only €89 ($125)—and bring your own bottle of rosé up to the roof. Pretend that you're waiting for your party to arrive while reveling in the buzzy scene. Finish your drink, then head off to dinner at Frenchie!

Mama Shelter, 109 rue de Bagnolet, 20th arrondissement, 011-33/1-43-48-45-45.

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