In a city far from the sea, when the sun is feeling generous, we head toward any body of water to cool ourselves down. With this in mind, Paris Plages takes up temporary residence in this beautiful city until early September but for me, city beaches are like vegetarian bacon… plainly put, I don’t quite see the point! – so I will be sticking to canalside and Seine-side afternoons or even better, lounging on the Seine itself.
Bâteau El Alamein is a well-established little floating garden bar just by the Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir on the riverbank near the BNF. With the noteworthy La Dame de Canton and Batofar for company, this little boat’s bar is downstairs and there is seating both downstairs and on deck.
As you catch up with friends, surrounded by a varied selection of potted plants and with the Seine rocking you gently you’ll soon forget that you’re just down the road from the the spaghettied mess of train tracks of Gare de Lyon.
Despite its prime location, the prices remain reasonable at € 22 upwards for a bottle of wine. For those who constantly have food on the mind (like me), worry not! They have snacks to tide you over, and if you’re need of a full meal, there are plenty of restaurants on the riverbank!