Strolling along the Seine river, you may have wondered at the many barges that line the bank… Some are inhabited, of course, with lovely garden terraces, nestled behind the bamboo screens. Others are clubs that light up at night, one is a public swimming pool, and there is even a psychiatric hospital floating in front of Gare d’Austerlitz!
For lascivious end-of-summer nights, Hotel Louvre Marsollier has just the right picks for you! Beneath the Mirabeau bridge, made famous by Apollinaire’s nostalgic verse, La Plage Parisienne awaits with its romantic terrace and glistening bay windows. Enjoy the fine French cuisine with the ample choice of fish.
It will be a cruise to remember, if you make reservations at Le Calife. This incredible ship, in itself a historical attraction, departs each night at 20:30 from below the Pont des Arts (forever crowded with night time picnics). A bar, a winter garden, a veranda, a full roof terrace, a concert stage… and a passionate chef with an exquisite selection of wines; what else can you wish for?
Eastward, the Seine leads you into a lesser-known, modern Paris. In front of the Bibliothèque François Mitterand, you’ll find a more casual atmosphere (but no less excellent cuisine) at La Dame de Canton, a beautiful wooden junk which often hosts concerts and shows on its deck . And in the afternoon, why not sip a few drinks on the terrace of
La Plage Parisienne: reservations 08 26 10 09 85 ; Port de Javel , 75015 Paris ; prices from 25€ to 65€
Le Calife: reservations 08 99 789 871; 1 quai Malaquais – Pont des Arts 75006 Paris ; prices from 49€ to 76€ ; departure at 8:30pm
La Dame de Canton: reservations 01 53 61 08 49; Pont de Bercy, 75013 Paris; prices from 28€ to 35€