When summer arrives, the banks of the Seine are a favorite spot for Parisians, where they can sunbathe or go for a stroll with family and friends. It is also the ideal opportunity to enjoy refreshments onboard one of the many barges along the way. Here is our selection of the five barges that you won’t want to miss!
1/ The Rosa Bonheur on the Seine
The famous bar from Buttes-Chaumont welcomes you this summer in the shade of the Alexandre III bridge. Well-known for its festive and friendly atmosphere, the Rosa Bonheur invites customers to dance, enjoy refreshments, or bond around a foosball table. An ideal venue for outings among friends, the newly-anchored barge is already a hit.
Open daily from 11am to midnight.
Wine bottle starting at 19€.
2/ The Batofar
The Batofar is so well-known in the capital, it needs no introduction: restaurant, concert venue, club and patio, this barge has it all. With the many events that take place there all year long, the Batofar is a party barge where concerts, afterwork and clubbing take place, while the beach area and its lounge chairs are available for you to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail.
Open Tuesdays from 12:30pm to midnight, Wednesday through Friday from 12:30pm to 6am, and Saturdays from 6pm to 6am.
House burger is 8,50€.
3/ The Petit-Bain
If you are looking for a more unusual place, the Petit-Bain is the place. This small barge, very recognizable with its bright yellow paint, takes you through nature with bathtubs filled with water plants. You may also enjoy concerts at the barge, where you will hear lesser known musical styles such as Parisian psych folk, or Argentinian electro cumbia. For all music lovers!
Open Tuesday-Wednesday from 6pm to midnight, Thursday through Saturday from 4pm to 2am, and Sundays from 4pm to midnight.
Parties/Concerts from 8€ To 20€.
4/ The Antipode
Perfect for a family outing, the Antipode features both a café and a concert venue. Between concerts, theater, and children shows, the Antipode will delight young and adult audiences alike. On the program this summer: concerts by the No’made quartet or Paté de fua, puppet shows, a coaching workshop and more. Come and enjoy these family friendly events on Canal de l’Ourcq. Due to the Paris Plage event, the barge is in Pantin until August 31st 2014.
Open Sunday – Thursday from midday to midnight, and Friday – Saturday from midday to 2am.
Platters of pork products, cheese or both: €9.
Until August 31st 2014: Mail Charles de Gaulle – 93500 Pantin – France – Metro: Eglise de Pantin (line 5).
5/ The Balle au Bond
Away from Parisian traffic, this barge has made its deck into a lovely garden with a view on the Louvre museum and the Pont des Arts. On the same page as these prestigious neighbors, the Balle au Bond favors culture: concerts, projections, art exhibits, litterary prizes and more take place on the barge.
Open Monday-Tuesday from noon to 4pm, Wednesday from noon to 2am, and Thursday-Saturday from noon to 5am.
Menu Formule Tonique: 9€.