Now that summer has officially begun, with a heat wave that won’t budge, the banks of Seine is the watering hole that we so desperately need. So how about planting your feet in the sand or taking in the view of Île Saint-Louis? In the traditional guinguette spirit, this is possible as Parisian riverside boat bars are making a comeback to the forefront of the city’s food and beverage scene. These ancient barges are full of charm, allowing your summer nights to unfold under the lanterns before caught up in the night. With a glass of rose in your hand, or well-shaken cocktail and small dishes to share, these are the best riverside boats bars, ideal for that summer drink to cool down with.
Talk about perfect location — facing Île Saint-Louis, Maquereaux almost makes their guests forget they’re in Paris. Cradled by the sounds of seagulls, visitors board a small barge with a map of the ocean as wall decoration. Their specialties: Fresh sea-food platters, served alongside with light rosé or a refreshing Spritz. For those who are not seaborne, the dockside terrace is equally approchable to enjoy the summer evening on.
Tel. +331 73 78 36 41
Located on the banks of the Seine river, on a large sandy beach, surrounded with straw umbrellas and blue beach sofas, Polpo is the hottest destination this summer. At the water’s edge, guests will find a plethora of summer goodies: Saint Vaast oysters, sea-food platters, octopus salads and burratina. Not to mention the soft lobster roll by Homer — made by soft brioche bread, Canadian lobster, lemon butter and herbs — alone worth the visit! Another highlight of the venue, an eye-catching view and an extensive cocktail menu.
47 Quai Charles Pasqua, 92300 Levallois-Perret,
Tel. +33 1 41 34 32 86
Aficionados of Rosa Bonheur made a name for itself with its address in the Park Buttes-Chaumont, and this summer the restaurant will transform into a riverside boat. And to avoid the summer crowds, it has found a dream location, near Pont Alexandre III. What’s on the menu you ask? Homemade pizzas, delicious wines, and of course cold beers. Simple, we know, but oh so effective.
Port des Invalides, Quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris