The 7 hot spots of Paris Plages

It was your dream? The beach has landed in Paris. From Pont de Solférino to Pont Alexandre III on the Left Bank and from Pont de Sully to Pont Neuf on the Right Bank, the Rives de Seine embankments, imagined in the framework of Paris Plages is going to delight little ones as well as grown-ups all summer long!

On the programme a wide array of free activities: pétanque games, stylish cantinas, paddle boarding, a special toilet for gals without forgetting beach volley. Récap’ of the most fun spots.

 

Ready for a good game?

© Jean-Baptiste Gurliat / Mairie de Paris

For whom? Fans of happy hour-pétanque.

A game of pétanque, feet almost in the water. This is the name of the game at the Parc Rives de Seine, located in the Marais—offering to lend for free pétanque games tot hose who want a 100 % relaxation moment.

Your job: managing the rosé and the saucisson. We can already hear the crickets.

The right metro station: Pont-Marie (line 7).

Open every day from 10am to 10pm

Boulodrome - Pont Louis-Philippe, 75004 Paris

 

Urinals for women

For whom? Parisiennes looking for a place to pee.

The Madame Pee urinal is the 100 % feminine revolution of happy hour with friends. No more standing in line endlessly to go use the bathroom during an evening or even when you are jogging. Founded by Nathalie des Isnards, who could no longer stand the man/woman inequality that pervaded this subject, these new feminine urinals are the sustainable promise of quick, hygienic and intimate toilets!

How does it work? Dry toilets, without any contact with the skin for irreproachable hygiene with a grating system that prevents projections. The small plus: a peg to hang your bag!

The right metro station: Jaurès (lines 2 and 5).

Quai de Loire, facing MK2 Quai de Seine, 75019 Paris

 

The sustainable table

For whom? Foodies.

To sip a “La vie en rose” smoothie (€5) and taste the green olives, capers and lemon tapenade (€3) between two tanning sessions—it’s the ideal spot!

La table de Cana, the sustainable caterer in favour of professional reinsertion criss-crossing the cities of France, launched in April its second season of Cana en Seine: a sustainable counter with a terrific view on Notre-Dame. In short, the holiday lunch spot.

The right metro station: Cité (line 4).

Open every day from 11am to 9pm

Cana en Seine, Voie Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris

 

Outdoor yoga courses

For whom? Healthy girls.

Set free your chakras with energetic arts courses organised around the Bassin de la Villette. They cover every taste: yoga, taï chi, do in (automassage technique)…

The courses are offered every morning to start of the day on a soft note. Think of bringing your mat and a bottle of water. More information on creasens.e-monsite.com

The right metro station: Riquet (line 7).

Bassin de la Villette

Open every day from 10am until noon

40 Quai de la Seine, floor of the Buvette/Guinguette, 75019 Paris

 

The art of repairing bicycles



For whom? Those who like to tinker.

It’s the super fun spot to repair or recycle your bike. Participative workshops are organized to learn the keys of bike-repair in a friendly ambiance. The added plus? Men and women mechanical pros are there to help you out. You can even rent or buy a bike and go for a sustainable stroll along the embankments.

The right metro station: Saint-Michel (line 4).

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 7pm

Solicycle, Pont d’Arcole, 75004 Paris

 

A kayak or paddle board escapade



For whom? Families who love boating.

One, two, three… kayak ! It’s the most unusual activity for summer. Rowing, kayak, kayak-polo, paddle… The adventure has landed on the Seine embankments. Only one  obligation for kids: a 25m swimming certificate and parent authorization. You are now ready for strong sensations!

The right metro station: Riquet (line 7).

Open every day from 1am to 7pm

Base nautique de la Villette, 41 bis Quai de la Loire, 75019 Paris

 

Summer tournaments

For whom? Unconditional fans of beach volley #jeannetserge.

Forget all those hours spent locked up inside the gym. With the balmy weather we are having, there is a better option: outdoor sports! Next to the Hôtel de Ville, it’s the ideal spot for all those who enjoy playing beach volley.

Bingo! It’s now possible to enjoy your lunch break to play with friends on a special court with holiday colours. An occasion to relax during a busy week.

The right metro station: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).

Until the 18th of August, open every day from 1am to 6pm

1 Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75001 Paris

 

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Sarah Temime

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