Jackpot! Not the type to let great opportunities pass, the Rosa Bonheur team is expanding its herd with a brand new XXL tavern in the heart of the Bois de Vincennes . A taste of the holidays on a real island surrounded by water the size of a football field with music, Camargue barbec and pétanque court . In short: the dream spot for chilling with friends.
The holiday lifestyle
The subscribers to repeat weddings have inevitably already attended a fiesta at the Chalet de la Porte Jaune , a superb 19th century hunting lodge. It is in these premises that Rosa Bonheur has installed her mismatched tables, her Ricard parasols and her garlands under the trees. At the water's edge, everyone grabs a chair here, over there a pint of white pressure (€ 7.50), a Spritz (€ 10) or a Campari Tonic (€ 9). Others arrive straight after having taken a small boat trip , the rallying point of which is glued to the Rosa - but depends on a separate service.
On a picnic table toast a bunch of hip thirty-something, their dogs at their feet. Opposite, a little girl is playing in the sand and, further on, the smart kids who arrived early take to the pétanque court. Rosa Bonheur à L'Est is definitely establishing itself as the cool haunt for families and groups of friends in the area, from Saint-Mandé to Vincennes via the South-East of Paris. Because, in addition, its giant terrace can accommodate a thousand people at once joined by Line 1 or RER A, and in a really easy way.
Mimi, the owner, wanted to make this new address a return to her Camargue sources. In addition to the friendly welcome (try to arrive at off-peak hours to avoid the line), the wood-fired barbecue area steals the show at the pizza stand (bresaola € 14.50, Reine € 12.50) and shell it on weekends (€ 12 for 6 oysters), offering skewers of divinely tender bull meat with merguez, sausage and rump steak or marinated chicken (€ 12), served with new potatoes and salad. It feels like Arles and yet, here, it's Paris ...
How to get there ?
- By bike: a bike park awaits you in front of the entrance, after enjoying a bucolic stroll in the woods.
- By line 1: get off at Château de Vincennes then catch bus 114 for two fast stations (Porte Jaune stop) or 20 min on foot.
- By RER A: get off at Fontenay sous Bois then 8 minutes on foot.
Open Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m., weekends all day until 1 a.m.