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What's new around Paris's Seine

Is the French capital’s watery artery the coolest quartier around? Forget the Left and Right Banks — the Seine itself is the place to be Friday, 3 May

By Connor McGovern

Paint the town red: Cargø
Take a night on the tiles to the next level. The hottest ticket for a soiree-on-Seine, this monthly event spills across three floors of the Concorde Atlantique, moored near the Tuileries Palace. Inside it’s glitter balls galore, and revellers can dance ’til the small hours to the tunes of local and international DJs. bonjourbonsoir.paris

Get cultural: Fluctuart
Paris’s stellar set of museums has a brand new addition. Bobbing beside the Pont des Invalides, Fluctuart is set to be the world’s first floating museum, showcasing the world of urban art by the likes of Invader and Shepard Fairey. Visitors can explore three floors of exhibition space, as well as a bookshop, bar, workshops and a rooftop balcony. Opens May.

Make merry: Rosa Bonheur
Inspired by the raucous, good-time vibes of the classic French guinguette (tavern), it’s all tapas, stone-baked pizzas and live music on board this glass-walled barge. Grab a spot on the terrace for a cold glass of cuvée, if you can — the place is packed with locals seeking some riparian revelry after work.

Bon appétit: Ducasse sur Seine
The Seine is the setting for chef extraordinaire Alain Ducasse’s floating restaurant, which opened its doors last summer. Diners can expect plates as pretty as Paris itself, from dainty croque monsieur canapes to a chocolate praline dessert, all served against a passing backdrop of landmarks.

Published in the June 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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