The summer guinguettes are the modern versions of the popular old waterside cabarets and drinking establishments that sprang up on the fringes of 19th century Paris and are ideal for pleasant meals and evenings of fun and relaxation. Read on for a run-down of the essential summer guinguettes within easy reach of the Hotel Albe Saint-Michel.
La Nouvelle Seine: one of the best of the summer guinguettes
The Nouvelle Seine is the place to go when you want to enjoy a tasty meal and see a show on a barge floating on the Seine. Humour, theatre, cabaret and Music Hall; it’s all waiting for you. The cuisine is characterised by seasonal produce and accompanied by a selection of wines chosen for their finesse.
Monsieur Pélican: for gourmet moments
Also situated on the world-famous waterway, the barge Monsieur Pélican is known for cuisine made with seasonal produce originating from impeccable sources. The choice of drinks includes fruit juices, cocktails, beers, wines from grands domaines, etc. What’s more, the verdant terrace offers a fine view of the Seine.
Les Maquereaux: an ultra-trendy barge
A guinguette for fans of DJ sets and seafood, Les Maquereaux is renowned for its Brittany oysters, tender burrata, smoked fish from the Ile d'Yeu, whelks with mayonnaise and excellent charcuterie. The dishes combine beautifully with the cocktails, fresh rosé, draft beers and French wines on offer. The terrace is particularly appealing.
Rosa Bonheur: modern guinguettes
The Rosa Bonheur is "the Camargue Embassy in Paris". The Rosa Bonheur Buttes-Chaumont is situated in the gorgeous green setting of the park of the same name. From 18:00, it becomes a great place for dancing to electro beats. If that’s not your thing, then the Rosa Bonheur sur Seine offers a selection of tapas, wood-fired pizzas and live entertainment including traditional Spanish evenings. The Rosa Bonheur à l'Ouest is just as modern and welcoming.
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Hotel Albe Saint Michel, a 3-star hotel in the heart of Saint-Michel district