5 barges to enjoy this summer

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€.

Photo credits: Facebook Rosa Bonheur sur Seine

Le Rosa Bonheur sur Seine
Port des invalides
75007 Paris
Metro station: Invalides (lines 8 and 13).

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€.

Photo credits: Facebook Le Batofar

Le Batofar
Port de la Gare
75013 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 60 17 00
Metro station: Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand (line 14 and RER C).

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€.

Photo credits: Le Petit Bain

Le Petit-Bain
7, port de la Gare
75013 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 43 49 69 88
Metro station: Quai de la Gare (line 6).

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).

Photo credits: L’Antipode

Face au 55, quai de la Seine
75019 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 03 39 07
Metro stations: Riquet (line 7) or Jaurès (lines 2, 5 or 7).

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€.

Photo credits: Facebook La Balle au Fond

La Balle au Bond
3, quai Malaquais
75006 Paris
Tel.: + 33 (0)9 53 62 54 00
Metro station: Pont Neuf (line 7).


Le Perchoir (the Perch): the first rooftop in Paris

The trendy New York rooftop bars and restaurants are the new hit in European capitals. Nestled on top of a high building, they offer a spectacular view over the city. Le Perchoir is the first rooftop restaurant in Paris. Located on the 7th and 8th floors of the building, the restaurant serves delicious food as well as a magical view over the roofs of Paris. On the menu : lobster sandwiches, burgers, homemade salmon mousse, or a cocktail made to order by one of the bartenders. Le Perchoir wants to be known solely by word of mouth, and it is working very well. Make sure you reserve ahead of time !

Le Perchoir, the first parisian rooftop

Cocktail of the day : 12€.
The bar is open daily from 4pm on.
The restaurant opens every evening at 7 :30pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

All new in Paris : Le Perchoir has found a temporary address. They have just open a new bar in the Marais quarter, on the rooftop of the famous BHV store, with a magnificent view over the City Hall, Beaubourg, and the Tour Saint-Jacques (Saint-Jacques tower).

Open daily since July 1st and until the end of October, 2014, from 8:15pm to 2am, Wednesdays at 9:15pm, and Sundays at noon.

Le Perchoir in the Marais Quarter


Le Perchoir
14, rue Crespin du Gast
75011 Paris
Tel. : +33 (0)1 48 06 18 48
Metro station: Ménilmontant (line 2).

Le Perchoir Marais
Entrance 37, rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris
Metro station: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).


An interview with Gabriel Gaté, initiator of Taste Le Tour

Hotel Mareuil recently had the pleasure of hosting Gabriel Gaté, who created the “Taste Le Tour” show. The French chef, who currently resides in Melbourne, takes advantage of the Tour de France to present some of the most delicious regional specialties of our country.

1/ How did you start Taste Le Tour? What is the concept of the show?
Australians are very fond of the Tour de France, and the race has been shown live on Autralian TV for over 20 years. The images of the regions, villages, castles and mountains are simply magical. In 2003, I suggested to SBS Television a small food section for each leg of the Tour. After two years’ negotiations, they accepted the idea and “Taste Le Tour with Gabriel Gaté“was born, with a first showing in July 2005. The concept is to present the best of French gastronomy in each region of the Tour de France. It can be a particular wine, charcuterie, nougat, or the making of a cheese. We also show beautiful images of the different French regions associated with the food.


2/ How do you select the people or adresses presented on the show?
As soon as I have the Tour’s route in October, I start researching different specialties. I’ve been a chef for 43 years and I have lots of contacts, acquaintances, and professional friends.

3/ According to you, which is the most beautiful French region and why?
France is of great beauty. My native region on the banks of the Loire is magnificent with all the castles and the Loire itself. I also love Alsace and Beaujolais with the Route des Vins (road of wines). There is also Provence with its markets and the scent of lavender, the valley of the Dordogne and its beautiful villages…

4/ What are your favorite regional specialties?
I love a bouillabaisse from Marseille, a grand coq au vin bourguignon (a great rooster cooked with Burgundy wine), a seafood platter from La Rochelle or other Atlantic coast locations, or a classic Cassoulet du Sud-Ouest (Southwestern Cassoulet). I became a chef because I love to eat!



Gabriel Gaté and Jean-Pierre Lavigne, producers of Tomme cheese of the Pyrénées.

5/ What are your favorite gourmet adresses in Paris when you are staying at Hotel Mareuil?
Paris is rich in excellent restaurants. Just steps from the Mareuil, I had a very good meal at l’Atelier des Artistes, 4 rue Rampon 75011. The young chef, Yann Fontaine, is very talented. For a more romantic and gastronomic meal, I really enjoy la Grande Cascade, Allée de Longchamp in Bois de Boulogne 75016. For a great meal of contemporary French cuisine, I love l’Astrance, 4 rue Beethoven 75016. Chef Pascal Barbot is one of the best in his generation.

Follow the adventures of Gabriel Gaté and his gastronomic Tour de France on SBS.

More about the Chef.