For millennia, the river that runs through our beautiful city was mostly used for the transportation of goods and people. In darker times, invaders such as the Vikings sailed their drakkars to attack Parisians, while brighter days allowed for peaceful trading, water pumping, bathing, and laundry washing…
Nowadays, although the river Seine is still used for transporting goods on the iconic péniches (barges), it is increasingly enjoyed for its recreational uses. Parisians can be seen exercising on the riverside (indefinitely closed to motor vehicles), running, biking, or rollerblading.
A swimming-pool, located Quai François Mauriac (Paris 13), known as Piscine Joséphine Baker, boasts a sundeck, a spa, and even a gym directly on the river.
Dining while on a sightseeing tour on the river (on a typical boat with glass walls, called bateau-mouche) has long been an option in Paris but the offer has been upped lately, notably with world-famous chef Alain Ducasse and his electric ship named Ducasse sur Seine.
Not only can we enjoy a Michelin-starred chef’s meal on the river, but we are also invited to learn to cook and bake like a pro with Lenôtre, the elite of Parisian gastronomy since 1957. Their cooking school-boat opened in 2017.
You can also choose to rent a private yacht as a venue for intimate events with Yachts de Paris at Port Henri IV, (Paris 4).
Picture now a floating hotel and restaurant, with a small lap pool, DJ nights on the deck, and a really fun feel: this is OFF Paris Seine, located Quai d’Austerlitz (Paris 13). A really original spot for brunching if you want to surprise your friends.
In the 21st century, the river Seine is also synonymous with culture. At La Nouvelle Seine (a play on words as a scène – or stage in French – is pronounced the same way as Seine), you can enjoy a show and dinner on the same boat, to be found Quai de Montebello (Paris 5). Most shows are standup comedy, cabaret, and impro.
Fluctuart is the first floating urban art center of the world, a unique place, open to all art lovers, also available as a venue for professionals and artists. Fluctuart promotes all trends of urban art, from pioneers to contemporary street artists.
Finally, if you are a night owl and wish to end your day dancing on water, your destination should be Rosa Bonheur by the most beautiful bridge of Paris (Pont Alexandre III) at Quai d’Orsay (Paris 7).
You may have fallen in love with the river by now, to the point you may want to consider renting or purchasing a houseboat so you can live on the Seine in Paris… Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for all your luxury real estate needs in the city!