Enjoy the Seine riverbanks in Paris

Every year, as soon as the weather is good the Seine is like a magnet in the capital for summer living. You can choose whether to sunbathe at midday, or enjoy a drink under the lanterns at midnight.

Parc Rives de Seine

Paris Plages 2017 - Parc Rives de Seine © DR

The Parc Rives de Seine is one of the places not to miss. Extending from the Pont des Arts to the Eiffel Tower – on the left bank – and from Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor at Bastille – on the right bank – this riverside promenade is THE place to be in summer.

Under the Pont Alexandre-III,in a former naval warehouse of the Royal Guard, the contemporary brasserie Faust (closed until further notice) has a large outdoor terrace, and is open until 2am in the morning.

At Port des Invalides, the sleek barge Flow invites you to enjoy its rooftop terrace, as well as its quayside terrace, open from April to October, where you can have lunch, dinner or just a drink, sitting on a sun lounger by the water.

A few steps from here, the barge Rosa Bonheur sur Seine, the little sister of the famous Rosa Bonheur cafe cafe bar at the Park Buttes-Chaumont welcomes you all summer long for a drink, asnack or a meal.

Fluctuart, a museum of urban art, housed on a barge, offers not only a spot of culture but also a lovely terrace to have a delicious snack.

For wild evenings, head to the deck of the Concorde Atlantique boat which has a restaurant A l’Ouest by La Démesure sur Seine and whose sister establishment is situated on a boat in the 12th arrondissement, at Port de la Rapée. 

Those eager to continue their stroll along the Seine stop off for a quick bite at one of the food trucks that appeals: at Mozza & CO, Cantine California or Food Breizh.

The right bank has its share of good spots for eating by the waterside – notably Scilicet, the Maquereaux, the Marcounet, the Nautes – while enjoying sumptuous views of the finest Parisian monumentson quaysides accessible only to non-motorized modes of transport.

Also, worth noting, the Seine riverbanks are mostly accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Find out more about our accessible wheelchair-user facilities on the banks of the Seine.

Other places on the waterside in Paris

Moored over at the Quai d’ Austerlitz, the Off Paris Seine is the first floating hotel / bar in the capital. It offers an unusual way to experience summer in Paris as you sip a drink or savour a few tapas whilst enjoying the large terrace and its turquoise swimming strip.

Also on the Quai d'Austerlitz, the Cité de la Mode et du Design, with its fluorescent green facade, signed Jakob et MacFarlane, does not go unnoticed on the Quai d'Austerlitz. This space dedicated to the avant-garde has numerous ‘hybrid’ places that are both an outdoor bar, restaurant and club, in summertime. Installed on the rooftop of the ‘Cité’, the Café Oz Rooftop is a restaurant and lounge bar where you can breakfast, dine and have a drink on the terrace with a breathtaking view on the Seine. Wanderlust boasts one of the largest terraces in the capital with a surface area of 1,600 m²!

Wanderlust, Paris

Opposite Cité de la Mode et du Design on Port de la Rapée are many spots, including the Café Barge, a restaurant bar with dancing, and for going out and having something to eat followed by a wild night on the dance floor, the Démesure sur Seine or the Barapapa.

With its concert hall and cultural programme, and next to the swimming pool Joséphine Baker, the Petit Bain floating barge below the Bibliothèque National de France - François-Mitterrand is a popular place. It also has a terrace with bathtubs full of aquatic plants plus a bar - restaurant. A delightful spot to enjoy a quick lunch, relax, and enjoy the view of the Seine! What’s more, there are many waterside spots on the quaysides between Bercy and Tolbiac.

Guinguette La Javelle, vue sur la Seine, Paris © OTCP - DR

A little further to the west, in the 15th arrondissement, level with Port de Javel, a few steps from Parc André-CitroënLa Javelle is true guinguette in style. With multicoloured lightbulbs, large wooden tables and a dance floor, the place has a relaxed atmosphere in the daytime and a festive vibe at night. Several food trucks on site offer world food snacks. You only have to cross the Seine and walk for a few minutes to reach the Maison de la Radio.

A great transport tip for getting along the Seine quickly and crossing from one side of the river to the other in complete freedom for 24 or 48 hours, think about opting for Batobus, a river shuttle service!


9 stop-overs on the Seine

And why not have lunch or dinner on the water? See the list of our partners in our article Lunch and dinner cruises on the Seine.

Paris En Scène - Diner croisière visite monuments nuit, Paris

The quaysides of Parisian canalsCanal de l’Ourcq and Canal Saint-Martin – also have many appealing spots where you can eat by the waterside. See the best places on the route of our walk from the Canal Saint-Martin to La Villette and don’t miss any of the top spots on a walk along the Canal de l’Ourcq and in the surrounding area.

Rosa Bonheur sur Seine

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment | In a guinguette (open-air cafe with dancing)
Port des Invalides, Paris, 75007

It is on a brand new floating barge, with a large terrace on the quays open during the summer season, that the Rosa Bonheur......

La Cité de la Mode et du Design

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
34 quai d'Austerlitz, Paris, 75013

The site is immediately recognizable by the ultra-contemporary, bright green structure on its exterior. It houses spaces......

Le Café Barge

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment | On a boat moored at quayside
5 Port de la Rapée, Paris, 75012

Destined to be a petrol transporter, this barge is now the venue for bon vivants. Overlooking the Seine, this cafe cum barge with......

Café Oz Rooftop

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment | In a museum or monument
Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design - 34 quai d’Austerlitz, Paris, 75013

The Australian brand Café Oz Rooftop is located on the roof terrace of Cité de la Mode et du Design in the 13th arrondissement of......


Bar | In a museum or monument
32 quai d’Austerlitz, Paris, 75013

A bar, restaurant, club and art space, Wanderlust is situated at the Cité de la Mode et du Design, along the Seine in the 13th......

Le Petit Bain

Concert hall
7 Port de la Gare, Paris, 75013

Le Petit Bain is a 45-metre-long floating cultural venue, located on the Seine next to the Josephine Baker swimming pool in the......

Guinguette La Javelle

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment | In a guinguette (open-air cafe with dancing)
Port Javel Bas, Paris, 75015

Opened in early summer 2014, La Javelle is a new guingette, a type of open-air Parisian drinking establishment, near the Parc......

Fluctuart - Centre d'art urbain

Pont des Invalides - 2 port du Gros Caillou, Paris, 75007

Urban art on the Seine! At the foot of the Pont des Invalides, Fluctuart is a unique floating 850 m² venue spread over 3 levels:......

Bateau Concorde Atlantique

Disco and club
Port Solferino - 23 quai Anatole France, Paris, 75007

Moored on the Seine, between the Assemblée Nationale and the Musée d’Orsay, the Bateau Concorde Atlantique hosts after work......

Mozza & Co

Fast food
Berges de Seine - 11 quai Anatole France, Paris, 75007

The Mozza & Co food truck offers specialities made with authentic Italian mozzarella. It has a permanent base on the Berges de......

Débonair Café

Disco and club
36 quai d'Austerlitz, Paris, 75013

Housed on the roof of the Cité de la Mode et du Design, by the river Seine, Communion is a bar and club frequented by cool young......