Paris: What To Do By The Water Featured

In addition for being the city of love, Paris is known for the beauty of the River Seine and its amazing canals, especially during the summer months.


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Les Berges de Seine is a 2.3km-long stretch along the river that is the place to go for anyone in the search for a laid-back ambiance. This traffic-free area is filled with locals who flock here during the hour of “apero” (aperitif) with a picnic or to lounge and drink at one of the many bars that make their homes on the docked boats. Stroll or bike along this park-like promenade, pause to watch locals fishing or children playing in the playgrounds dotted along the way, or just sit amidst the greenery, letting Paris enchant you in a different fashion.

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Looking for something a bit more private? Canal Saint-Martin is your answer. In addition to the small boutiques and restaurants along the water, this area extends into the small streets that fan out from the canal, which are filled with shabby-chic bars. Don’t miss Hai Kai for the gourmet France-meets-Asia cuisine or the Verre Vole wine bar and Le Comptoir General, a bar and event space. Furthermore, any fans of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2001 blockbuster, ‘Amelie’, can recreate some of the film’s most beautiful scenes on the iron footbridges and tree-shaded quays.

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Austerlitz is the place to go for a night out on the water. Les Docks, a prominent lime green building, begins a long strew of bars and clubs that are popular until the late hours of the night. In the summer, makeshift restaurants and bars with clusters of deck chairs dot the banks. For something a bit more relaxed than clubbing at Wanderlust, Concrete, or Batofar, make a stop at Le Petit Bain, a bar on a boat for a drink and La Paillote for a light snack.

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Along the Seine, Jardin des Tuileries, is the ideal place for refined relaxation. With its manicured lawns and picturesque gardens, you will feel truly rejuvenated after breathing in the floral scents and feeling the warmth of the Parisian summer sun. In addition, you can easily visit iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde.

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For more ideas on how to Do, Dine and Spend in Paris and beyond, visit our Destinations pages.